We’re in July already! Good morning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. As it’s the 182nd day of the year, we’re just about halfway through 2020. For nearly all of us it’s been a dreadful year: good riddance to the first half!
Here are the official Food Month designations for July:
National Baked Bean Month [JAC: Just one baked bean being celebrated? Which one?]
National Culinary Arts Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National Picnic Month
National Pickle Month
A rabbi walks into a Manhattan bar holding a frog. “Where’d you get him?!” asks the bartender. “Brooklyn,” says the frog. “They’ve got hundreds of them over there.”
Add your joke below!
News of the Day: All bad, despite the attempt of television news to inject some “good news tonight” at the end of a dismal broadcast. CNN reports that Trump’s phone calls with leaders of other nations have been so dire, with the Prez so woefully unprepared, that they constituted a threat to national security.
You all know how the coronavirus is coming back with a vengeance. Yesterday a one-day record for new cases was set: 48,000 of them! Here’s a NYT plot of new cases per day since March. Look at that uptick! Not only that, but Anthony Fauci has declared the pandemic out of control, and says that we could hit as many as 100,000 new cases per day.
Tom Friedman suggests a new bumper sticker for Biden: ““Respect science, respect nature, respect each other.” I don’t think it has much zing. The “science” and “nature” parts look a bit dweeby. And “respect”? I don’t think Friedman gets out much.
A federal judge has struck down another aspect of Trump’s immigration policy, one applying to (and restricting) refugees from Central America.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 127,460, an increase of exactly 1,300 death over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 510,837, an increase of about 6000 from yesterday.
Readership on this site continues low: the views of the site are about a third of what they were a few years ago.
Stuff that happened on July 1 includes:
- 1520 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fight their way out of Tenochtitlan after nightfall.
- 1858 – Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace‘s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society of London.
Darwin wasn’t there, of course. Here’s the beginning of those papers. I still maintain that Wallace’s theory was one of group selection, and Darwin hit on natural selection more accurately than did Wallace, though both envisioned the way selection operates:
Oddly, in his annual report for 1858, the President of the Linnean society said this: “The year which has passed… has not, indeed, been marked by any of those striking discoveries which at once revolutionise, so to speak, the department of science on which they bear.” That was a spectacular misstatement!
- 1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.
- 1881 – The world’s first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.
- 1903 – Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.
- 1908 – SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.
- 1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty become the first people to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engined monoplane aircraft.
Here are Post and Gatty in that plane:
- 1963 – ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail.
- 1980 – “O Canada” officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
- 2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1804 – George Sand, French author and playwright (d. 1876)
- 1818 – Ignaz Semmelweis, Hungarian-Austrian physician and obstetrician (d. 1865)
- 1941 – Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer
- 1952 – Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter
- 1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)
Remember Akroyd’s parody of Julia Child on Saturday Night Live?
Those who checked out on July 1 include:
- 1896 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and activist (b. 1811)
- 1925 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (b. 1866)
- 1997 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
- 2004 – Marlon Brando, American actor and director (b. 1924)
And in honor of one of Brando’s great (and late) roles, here he is as Vito Corleone discussing, on his daughter’s wedding day, a request from one of his “constituents”. It is a very great scene, and note the cat. (The “service” that the guy, a funeral director, performed was making Sonny’s body presentable after he was shot to bits.)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili makes fun of Szaron’s difficulty in jumping up to the windowsill. As Malgorzata says, “Szaron falls off very often. It’s quite obvious that when he jumps he doesn’t know how high things are. But sometimes he manages to get there.”
Hili: Can a cat be a poor mathematician?A: Why do you ask?Hili: Because Szaron cannot calculate even the height of the window sill.
Hili: Czy kot może być kiepskim matematykiem?Ja: Dlaczego pytasz?Hili: Bo Szaron nie umie nawet obliczyć na jakiej wysokości jest parapet okna.
And in nearby Wloclawek, Mietek smells a new scent (look how big he’s gotten!)
Mietek: I’m not sure I like the smell of lavender.
From Jesus of the Day. This is totally macabre:
From reader Pliny the in Between’s Far Corner Cafe:
From Simon, who says this video a bit long but funny anyway.. It’s amazing that she can’t figure out which side to park the car next to the gas pump. Read the commentary, too. (The tweet seems to have vanished but I’m searching for a replacement.)
This is the one.
The internet is over.
Shut it all down. This wins.
These people vote… pic.twitter.com/FZLzIXVJyP
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 29, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. Dawkins is of course right in his language, but he’s gonna get slammed anyway:
So far, more Americans have died from coronavirus than in the wars of Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan combined. And Brazil and Britain aren’t doing much better. Congratulations those right wing nutjob governments.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 30, 2020
The great comedian, director, and writer Carl Reiner died on Monday at 98. Here’s a tweet, and look at what Dick Van Dyke is doing in the gif!
— MC Stardust ✨ (@Summer_Ash) June 30, 2020
Matthew took the COVID-19 antibody test and turned out negative. Here’s his tweet about it but crikey, what a bloody job!
Bummer. COVID-19 Antibody test was negative. I had horrible lurgy in late Feb, but it seems it was just that, nothing more. (Nb I did the test hence it is a bit messy. But v simple and painless.) pic.twitter.com/GdwIRmt7Tr
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) June 30, 2020
This gets the TWEET OF THE MONTH award, even though the month has just begun. Those foxes are not only smiling, but laughing. This requires you to turn the sound up!:
this is what I watch in the middle of quarantine and its worth it pic.twitter.com/daogiF9nZX
— Nature & Animals🌴 (@AnimalsWorId) April 4, 2020
A prescient film about the future from 1947. Everyone’s looking at their mobile devices!
Wow! Look at this vision of the future from 1947 https://t.co/HCWvB3Bgsn
— Mark Farrar 🇪🇺 (@mafara) June 30, 2020
How come I didn’t take this bus? What a cool trip—FURTHUR! (Look at the itinerary and “amenities”.)
Literally just finding out about the London-Calcutta bus service which apparently existed well into the 70’s. Wow. 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/VZAHtkbwzD
— Rohit K Dasgupta (@RKDasgupta) June 29, 2020
Look at the mouth on that nightjar (the yawn is right at the beginning)!
A nest cam we have had in operation recently caught this female taking a yawn, giving an excellent look at the size of a Nightjars gape. Really quite the moth scoffing machine. Nice bit of Stonechat song too. pic.twitter.com/YriD74kLbf
— Dorset Nightjars (@DNightjars) June 30, 2020