Good morning on a Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and welcome to a temporarily truncated version of the Hili dialogue (Botany Pond calls!). Please bear with me while we have a Temporary Duck Interruption.
June 24 marks the anniversary of one of the first UFO sightings in the United States, when Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine high-speed crescent-shaped objects near Mt. Rainier in Washington, in 1947.
This is the sighting that gave rise to the term “flying saucer,” though the Wikipedia link above gives several explanations for the sighting that don’t involve extraterrestrial beings
News of the Day:
Coronavirus is surging in many parts of America as people pretend that the pandemic is over. Anthony Fauci delivered a grim warning yesterday about the persistence of the disease, while also holding out hope for a vaccine at the end of the year.
Today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 121,178 an increase of about 800 over yesterday’s report and one of the smallest death tolls yet. The world death toll now stands at,, 477,237 an increase of about 5400 from yesterday.
Major League Baseball says it will resume a short 60-game baseball season on July 23 or 24 (the usual season is 162 games). Presumably the games will be played in empty stadiums.
I reported yesterday about a huge and heartwhelming show of support for black NASCAR driver Bubba Walters when a noose was reportedly found in his Talladega Speedway garage stall. Yesterday the FBI revealed that it wasn’t a noose but a door pull, and had been there well before Walters occupied the space.
I believe that yesterday there was a kerfuffle in the comments here about whether President Trump was joking when he said that he called for a slowdown in coronavirus testing (I claimed he wasn’t joking). He’s now said he wasn’t joking, so I hope this settles that.
Article of the day (from HuffPost, of course. Click on the screenshot to read it.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili disappeared for a while:
A: Where have you been, I haven’t seen you since yesterday.Hili: I was exploring the surroundings.
Ja: Gdzie byłaś, nie widziałem cię od wczoraj?
Hili: Zwiedzałam okolice.
Reader Ginger K. sent a link to a cool interactive map showing which prehistoric creatures lived in your locality (this applies throughout the world.)
Finally, a meme from reader Peter; a shortened version of the movie Alien.