It’s the weekend, and Sabbath for all Jewish humans and animals (like my ducks): it’s July 25, 2020, and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. May I recommend Margie’s Candies in Chicago (menu here)? Here’s their famous turtle sundae, which comes with a generous pour-your-own pitcher of their luscious homemade hot fudge. Composition: “two scoops of ice cream (flavors of your choice), caramel, a side of fudge, whipped cream, a wafer cookie, peanuts, a cherry, and a turtle (the candy) on top.”
It’s also National Culinarians Day, National Wine and Cheese Day, and National Day of the American Cowboy. It’s also the 100th birthday of Rosalind Franklin (she died of cancer in 1958); Matthew has promised us a short piece on her and her work for later today.
News of the Day: Some good news: yesterday, by a 5-4 vote (with Roberts again joining the liberals), the Supreme Court rejected the application of a Nevada church to be exempt from pandemic restrictions and attendance limits. Hang in there, RBG!
According to CNN, the pandemic has driven ice cream sales up and deodorant and soap sales down, meaning people are getting fat and smelly. The good news is that few people are nearby to see the increased girth or sniff the odiferous bodies.
Big news: a line of undergarments called “Namastay put” has been ditched after an offended woman said that the name was cultural appropriation. But the offended one wasn’t placated, for the company neither acknowledges nor apologized for its transgression. These days, it’s not enough to get what you want; you must also humiliate your enemy.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 145,376, an increase of about 1100 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 637,159, an increase of about 4000 deaths from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on July 25 includes:
- 1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707.
- 1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
- 1797 – Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).
- 1853 – Joaquin Murrieta, the famous California bandit known as the “Robin Hood of El Dorado”, is killed.
- 1898 – In the Puerto Rican Campaign, the United States seizes Puerto Rico from Spain.
- 1909 – Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from Calais to Dover, England, United Kingdom in 37 minutes.
Here are two photos from Wikipedia: Blériot starting the engines and then landing in Dover:
- 1956 – Forty-five miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51.
A photo from Wikipedia, captioned “Harry Trask’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of Andrea Doria minutes before she sank.”
- 1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
Here’s the moment in which he “went electric”. You can hear the boos and objections:
Of course you’ll want to see that photo, which excited everyone (aliens!), but later photos (below) showed that it was an artifact of poor resolution. There is no “face”:
- 1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilisation, or IVF.
Here’s Brown then and now (she’s 42 today):
- 1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a space walk.
- 2000 – Concorde Air France Flight 4590 crashes at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing 113 people.
- 2010 – WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.
- 2019 – National extreme heat records set this day in the UK, Belgium and Germany during the July 2019 European heat wave.
Here are the maximum temperatures in Europe (Celsius) on July 25 of last year. Look at Northern France!
Notables born on this day include two great artists:
- 1844 – Thomas Eakins, American painter, sculptor, and photographer (d. 1916)
Here’s Eakins’s “The Agnew Clinic” (1889):
- 1870 – Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator (d. 1966)
I love Parrish. Here’s a great illustration for Collier’s: “The Lantern Bearers”:
- 1894 – Walter Brennan, American actor (d. 1974)
- 1902 – Eric Hoffer, American philosopher and author (d. 1983)
- 1906 – Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1970)
- 1920 – Rosalind Franklin, English biophysicist, chemist, and academic (d. 1958) [see above]
- 1935 – Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian businessman (d. 2017)
- 1948 – Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)
Here’s my favorite Steve Goodman song (written by Mike Smith), “The Dutchman”:
- 1954 – Walter Payton, American football player and race car driver (d. 1999)
Those who went to God on July 25 were few, and include these two:
- 1834 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English philosopher, poet, and critic (b. 1772)
- 2008 – Randy Pausch, American computer scientist and educator (b. 1960)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Malgorzata explains Hili’s exchange with Andrzej:
Hili asks a question about the sense/meaning of doing one thing instead of something else. It’s a question equally “deep” as the question, “What’s the meaning of life?” As there is no good answer to such questions, Andrzej’s answer is another way of saying: “Give me a break!”Hili: What is the sense of sitting in this place and not in any other?A: It depends on whether you look at this question from a philosophical perspective or a theological one.
Hili: Jaki jest sens siedzenia w tym miejscu, a nie w innym?Ja: To zależy, czy spojrzymy na tę kwestię z filozoficznego punktu widzenia, czy z teologicznego.
The Great Agnostic had a whiskey named after him! Note the Ingersollian prose on the label (h/t: Gregory James): Given that Ingersoll had publicly pronounced against the production and consumption of whiskey, this label is shrouded in mystery.
A meme from reader Bruce:
I tweeted, but the original official Olympics-site tweet was deleted. Matthew sent me both a screenshot of what they took down and Joanne Bell’s righteously angry tweet.
— Jerry Coyne (@Evolutionistrue) July 24, 2020
I hadn’t heard Trump talking about his cognition test (he did FANTASTIC, of course), but here’s Sarah Cooper mouthing his words:
How to person woman man camera tv (with captions) pic.twitter.com/YP8USHTxaX
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 24, 2020
From Simon, a tweet about writing new academic courses. He noted, “My postdoc advisor taught gross anatomy to med students. Always said year to year changes were essentially zero.”
Preparing a new course Vs. giving the same course for 20 years pic.twitter.com/c8HwYhVoGa
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) July 24, 2020
From reader Barry, who said, “How is this not child abuse?” Note, it is, but it’s in the name of JEEEBUS.
Tweets from Matthew. (Note: I am not vouching for the veracity of the assertion below.)
— Wonderful Maps (@wonderfulmaps) July 24, 2020
I love this irascible moose! Anyone with a mower like that deserves to have it stomped by a moose.
This is a brilliant insight:
Duckling season’s a little late in Saskatchewan:
Duckling season continue 🙂 pic.twitter.com/fKgaEKnVtk
— Janet Hill (@Saskajanet) July 24, 2020
And some Trump-mocking to finish:
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) July 24, 2020