Here, have a tiger (from One Green Planet):
News of the day: Take my word for it—the news is all bad. First, a 63-year-old woman, swimming 20 yards offshore in southern Maine, was fatally bitten by a great white shark—only the second shark attack in that state since 1837.
Trump continues to lie about the coronavirus, sharing a video touting the use of hydroxychloroquine as a palliative for the virus, a video which was removed by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. He also claimed that large portions of the country were “corona free.” I’d like to know where they are so I can travel there.
There’s a rise in viral infections in parts of Europe as well, including Spain, Germany, and Belgium.
The discovery of what appears to be van Gogh’s last painting (not “Wheatfield with Crows”) casts doubt on the recent hypothesis that he didn’t shoot himself but was shot by two young ruffians. Read the details here. Here’s the painting: “Tree Roots”:
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 149,767, an increase of about 1300 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at,659,273, an increase of about 6700 deaths from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on July 29 includes:
- 1565 – The widowed Mary, Queen of Scots marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Duke of Albany, at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- 1567 – The infant James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
- 1818 – French physicist Augustin Fresnel submits his prizewinning “Memoir on the Diffraction of Light”, precisely accounting for the limited extent to which light spreads into shadows, and thereby demolishing the oldest objection to the wave theory of light.
- 1836 – Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
- 1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
- 1948 – Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad: After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.
- 1973 – Greeks vote to abolish the monarchy, beginning the first period of the Metapolitefsi.
- 1976 – In New York City, David Berkowitz (a.k.a. the “Son of Sam”) kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.
Berkowitz who killed six and wounded seven, is serving three consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences in the Attica Supermax Prison. Amazingly, he was eligible for parole in 2003, though he’ll never get out. Here he is:
Notables born on this day include:
- 1805 – Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and philosopher (d. 1859)
- 1869 – Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist (d. 1946)
- 1883 – Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist revolutionary and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1945)
- 1898 – Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1988)
- 1905 – Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965)
- 1938 – Peter Jennings, Canadian-American journalist and author (d. 2005)
- 1951 – Susan Blackmore, English psychologist and theorist
- 1953 – Ken Burns, American director and producer
Those who started playing the harp on July 29 include:
See above for some news of van Gogh. Here’s one of my favorite of his paintings: “Noon, Rest from Work” (a copy from Millet):
. . . and the original:
- 1974 – Cass Elliot, American singer (b. 1941)
- 1979 – Herbert Marcuse, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1898)
- 1994 – Dorothy Hodgkin, Egyptian-English biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
Here are two headlines from British papers when she won the Prize. How things have changed! Crikey, as if “wife” were her distinguishing characteristic. Would they have said, “Nobel prize for a husband from Oxford”?
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili read the news today, oh boy:
Hili: Did you read the morning papers?A: Yes.Hili: Irritating. Bad news and bad journalism.
Hili: Czytałeś już poranną prasę?Ja: Tak.Hili: Irytujące, Złe wiadomości i złe dziennikarstwo.
And you get a treat today: six photos of the new kitten Kulka, who still weighs less than half a kilo (one pound). And she looks pretty much like baby Hili did.
Caption: This little monster is everywhere. (In Polish: Ten mały potwór jest wszędzie.)
And Hili as a kitten:
An exchange from reader Bruce:
From Jesus of the Day:
From Bad Cat Clothing, a handy fix:
A tweet from Titania:
Eye contact is sexist.
Avoiding eye contact is racist.
Take your pick. pic.twitter.com/uISjg9Fd2S
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) July 28, 2020
A tweet from Simon:
Cat’s first taste of ice cream… https://t.co/ekOWVMPgES
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 28, 2020
From cesar: Nikole Hannah-Jones better decide whether The 1619 Project is history or not history:
From reader Barry. This is adorable; does anybody know the lizard species?
— Nature Inc. (@Nature_Incorp) July 28, 2020
From reader Ken, who says, “Way to stay classy, Donald!” Indeed.
"I won't be going."
Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House that he would not go to pay respects to Congressman John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/dkcOOvHvsY
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) July 27, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. Eleven? I had 23 this year!
We have new life here, counted 11. 🐣 pic.twitter.com/7Ql8WneVrr
— Rose Habberley (@RoseHabberley) July 22, 2020
Ducks 1, Pigeon -10:
"you came to the wrong neighbourhood, motherfucker"
📸: Imgur user BostonWind pic.twitter.com/1dkYzZNvB2
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) July 21, 2020
Two antlion larvae making their cocoons.
— ぺんどら (@100legs_NP) July 21, 2020