Saturday: Hili dialogue

May 23, 2020 • 6:30 am

Good morning on Saturday, May 23, 2020: National Taffy Day, a mediocre confection that’s death to those with fillings. It’s also World Turtle Day,  Declaration of the Báb Day for those of the Bahá’í faith, and Red Nose Day.

News of the Day: Things are opening up in much of the U.S. (but not Chicago), and Memorial Day Weekend will see crowds in many places—and perhaps a resurgence of the pandemic.  Meanwhile, there’s an article by Timothy Egan in today’s New York Times titled “Bill Gates is the Most Interesting Man in the World.” Despite excoriation from conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxers, and other loons, he is one of the world’s great philanthropists, and a model of how a billionaire  should respond during the pandemic.

The official death toll for the pandemic stands at 96,370 in the U.S. and about 338,000 worldwide. We’ll break 100,000 in a day or two, one of the estimates that people poo-pooed because it seemed too high.

Here are the results of the poll from two days ago on whether the plea bargain for Lori Laughlin and Massimo Giannulli was appropriate:

The result? Most people thought the punishment (two months in jail for Loughlin and five for Giannulli, plus community service and fines) was too light:

Stuff that happened on May 23 includes:

  • 1430 – Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to raise the Siege of Compiègne.
  • 1498 – Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy.
  • 1533 – The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

She was one of Henry’s wives that wasn’t executed; Henry spurned her because he became enamored of Ann Boleyn and because Catherine failed to produce a male heir (that was, of course, due to the wrong sperm from Henry hiself.)

  • 1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.

After one unsuccessful attempt to hang him (the rope broke), Kidd was successfully executed, gibbeted, and hung over the Thames for three years. Here’s a drawing of his fate:

  • 1829 – Accordion patent granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austrian Empire.
  • 1844 – Declaration of the Báb the evening before the 23rd: A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá’í Faith; Bahá’ís celebrate the day as a holy day.
  • 1934 – Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Here’s a short video documentary of the ambush and its aftermath, as well as a photograph of the notorious pair. The parts leading up to the ambush itself are re-enactments:

  • 1945 – World War II: Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with roughly 75% voting yes.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1707 – Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (d. 1778)
  • 1883 – Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)
  • 1891 – Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish novelist, playwright, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
  • 1910 – Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)
  • 1925 – Joshua Lederberg, American biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1951 – Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player
  • 1974 – Jewel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

If you have 45 minutes to spare and like big band jazz (I do!), here’s a video about Shaw’s band, featuring many greats.

Those who made their final exit on May 23 include:

  • 1701 – William Kidd, Scottish pirate (b. 1645) [see above]
  • 1868 – Kit Carson, American general (b. 1809)
  • 1906 – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian director, playwright, and poet (b. 1828)
  • 1934 – Clyde Barrow, American criminal (b. 1909) (and of course Bonnie Parker)
  • 1937 – John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company and Rockefeller University (b. 1839)
  • 1945 – Heinrich Himmler, German commander and politician, Reich Minister of the Interior (b. 1900)
  • 2002 – Sam Snead, American golfer and journalist (b. 1912)
  • 2015 – Anne Meara, American actress, comedian and playwright (b. 1929)
  • 2017 – Roger Moore, English actor (b. 1927)

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is not finding a proper meal outside (she needs a mouse):

Hili: Grass, a tulip, dandelions and no meat.
A: Enjoy what you have.
Hili: Hypocrite.
In Polish:
Hili: Trawa, tulipan, mlecze, żadnego mięsa.
Ja: Ciesz się tym co masz.
Hili: Hipokryta.

And the handsome Szaron, who now at least can coexist with Hili:

To complete the roster of Polish cats, here are Leon and Mietek. It’s possible that their new home (close to Dobrzyn) will finally be built:

From Laurie Ann, who posted it on my Facebook page.

From Jesus of the Day:

From Bad Cat Clothing:

Two double tweets from Simon. In the first two, Sarah Cooper does the very best lip-synching of Trump’s moronic remarks. Each of his gaffes tops the last one!

WTF? Bringing the country back with . . . Asians? And a recap of the per capita:

Tweets from Matthew. Cat turns off owner’s alarm clock—among other perfidies. This is the worst morning cat ever! (Sound up, please.)

This is very good!:

Now here’s a biological problem:

A science geek gets excited over a fly (as did I). It’s a beautiful metallic color, and what’s with the alternating rows of ommatidia (the “unit” of a compound eye)?

Good Lord, I had no idea! Watch the linked video to learn about the “Cannonball Run”:

Answer: I don’t cut my sandwiches!


20 thoughts on “Saturday: Hili dialogue

  1. “ … and perhaps a resurgence of the pandemic.“

    It won’t be a pandemic anymore if all other countries have cleared the SARS-CoV2 / covid-19.

  2. It has always been difficult for me to understand how instrumental music could ever have been as massively popular as I assume it was.

    It was rare a rarity on the modern pop radio decades ago (example: Boston- Foreplay/Long Time, or Joe Satriani) but now? If there’s not a picture of a person all dressed funny and rapping forget it. You’d have to go find it somewhere…. unless I’m missing something….

    1. Diagonal is good enough for the pastrami on rye at my favorite deli, and it’s good enough for me.

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  4. Under the heading, ‘1533 – The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.’ you mention that it was because of Henry’s sperm that Catherine did not produce a male heir. I would presume, however, that Henry provided to Catherine sperm with both X and Y chromosomes, in about equal numbers, so Henry could not be faulted for not producing a male heir. That is not to say that I think Catherine was at fault, either. It was merely a random accident, surely?

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