Happy (?) Monday: June 29, 2020: National Lasagna Day, a celebration of cultural appropriation. It’s also National Almond Buttercrunch Day, created by Big Almond Buttercrunch, National Waffle Iron Day, and Please Take My Children to Work Day.
If you’re unfamiliar with Almond Buttercrunch, it’s a delicious form of toffee with a hard center coated with chocolate and dusted with crushed almonds. Voilà:
News of the Day: The Washington Post reports that those Russian bounties offered to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers indeed resulted in the death of American troops. The US administration has yet to formulate—or articulate—a response.
The global death toll from coronavirus has now reached half a million (see below), with over 10 million cases reported. In the U.S., of course, new cases are surging, and the NYT reports a disturbing statistic:
It’s not just case counts that are going up. In many places, another statistic is also trending the wrong way: A rising share of coronavirus tests are coming back positive.
In Los Angeles County, officials said Saturday that the positivity rate there had risen to 9 percent; two weeks ago it was averaging 5.8 percent. In Texas, the rate climbed above 13 percent on Friday; it was around 7 percent two weeks ago.
Arizona’s positivity rates have been climbing steadily since early May and have been averaging above 20 percent for a week, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Public health experts watch positivity rates, along with hospitalization rates, deaths and other key indicators, to get a sense of how prevalent the virus is in a particular city or state, and how fast it is spreading.
Although Americans are expected to be independent, in this case they needed to be compliant and weren’t. The result: all of us are tarred with the stupid policies that resulted in this resurgence. This is due not just to a failure of leadership, but also to a failure of people to understand or, worse, a failure of people to care about others.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 125,814,, an increase of about 300 over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 501,604, an increase of about 3400 from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on June 29 includes:
- 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground.
- 1888 – George Edward Gouraud records Handel‘s Israel in Egypt onto a phonograph cylinder, thought for many years to be the oldest known recording of music.
Here’s that recording; it’s not great, but hey, it was 1888!
The earliest recorded sound, however, is one from 28 years earlier, 1860, described on Classic FM:
An oil lamp helped capture the first recording of the human voice known to exist. Parisian inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville created a device called a phonautograph, which etched visual sound waves onto paper covered in soot and smoke from a burning oil lamp.
The inventor never intended to playback the recording, but one-and-a-half centuries later, the etchings have been deciphered and digitised.
Here it is:
- 1889 – Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships vote to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest United States city in area and second largest in population at the time.
Hyde Park is US!
- 1927 – The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker tri-motor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.
The flight took 25 hours and 50 minutes, the crew misplaced their food, but they made it in the plane below (same year that Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic).
- 1972 – The United States Supreme Court rules in the case Furman v. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
- 1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.
- 1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
Here’s the first on-sale Apple 1 from Wikipedia. The retail price was—get this—$ 666.66:
- 2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1858 – George Washington Goethals, American general and engineer, co-designed the Panama Canal (d. 1928)
- 1861 – William James Mayo, American physician and surgeon, co-founded the Mayo Clinic (d. 1939)
- 1936 – Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2011)
Those who Went West on June 29 include:
- 1852 – Henry Clay, American lawyer and politician, 9th United States Secretary of State (b. 1777)
- 1933 – Roscoe Arbuckle, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1887)
- 1940 – Paul Klee, Swiss painter and illustrator (b. 1879)
- 1964 – Eric Dolphy, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1928)
- 1967 – Jayne Mansfield, American actress (b. 1933)
- 1995 – Lana Turner, American actress (b. 1921)
- 2003 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907)
Director Sydney Pollack on Bogie and Hepburn in The African Queen:
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is weary of The People. When I asked why cats weren’t populists, Malgorzata replied for Hili: “Of course, they are not populists. Cats are sophisticated thinking individualists. How could they fall for populists’ cheap tricks?”
Hili: The populism among humans astounds me.A: Why?Hili: Cats would never fall for it.
Hili: Zdumiewa mnie u ludzi populizm.
Hili: Koty nigdy nie dałyby się na to nabrać.
From Nicole. I hope you know “cow tipping“.
From Bruce Thiel. Hard to argue with the logic!
A tweet from sherfolder, who says, “on Twitter I found this interesting presentation where you can quickly find an overview of the quintessence of all the different philosophies in a few simple pictograms.”
Check it out: it’s not so much about the meaning of life as the various philosophies’ goal of one’s life. I fit into many categories!
The Meaning of Life According to Different Philosophers pic.twitter.com/r5gxZPyNtP
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) June 28, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. Check out this pair of Canada geese with 47 offspring. Honey has nothing on this mom!
“Every day it seemed like she had a bigger group.” https://t.co/CahI6DNBjG
— The Dodo (@dodo) June 28, 2020
Is this dog trained to do this, or is it just really, really smart?
Laugh break. https://t.co/8XVChKc4og
— Jesse Damiani (@JesseDamiani) June 28, 2020
I can’t imagine a more beautiful wasp. And another tweet with a link to the collection (the Wikipedia link to the group is here).
Here's a link to his entire Chrysididae album on flickr. Worth your time if you are missing some colors in your life right nowhttps://t.co/fZXsE6ysFt
— Gil Wizen (@wizentrop) June 27, 2020
Really, really bad typography. Examine each one:
The four horsemen of typography pic.twitter.com/paQIpwEIjp
— 𝕎𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕠𝕔𝕜™ ☾ (@xXPradaPrinceXx) June 27, 2020
A very dignified poo:
Curlew chicks are sweet, even when they poo. pic.twitter.com/85QbPir9eA
— Harry Ewing (@Ewing_birds) June 27, 2020
I photoshopped my cat onto the empire state building pic.twitter.com/Ch8dL0NqjK
— Michael's Cat (@michaelscat2) June 27, 2020