Good morning on a Camel Day, May 5, 2021: National Enchilada Day. It’s also Oyster Day, World Math Day, Museum Lover’s Day (implying, again, that only one person loves museums, Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and the U.S. (see below), World Portuguese Language Day, and International Midwives’ Day.
This will be a truncated Hili as I have important Duck Business this morning: returning a prematurely-fallen offspring of Honey to her brood. If all goes well, I’ll be back in business tomorrow
News of the Day:
In lieu of news here, please consult your regular news source.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 578,010, an increase of 720 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,242,944, a big increase of nearly 15,000 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on May 5 includes:
- 1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
- 1821 – Emperor Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
- 1835 – The first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
- 1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
- 1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
- 1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
- 1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
- 1945 – World War II: A Fu-Go balloon bomb launched by the Japanese Army kills six people near Bly, Oregon.
- 1961 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
- 1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:592⁄5, an as-yet unbeaten record.
- 1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
- 1985 – Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg and the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he makes a speech.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)
- 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)
- 1864 – Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)
- 1882 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English women’s suffrage movement leader and socialist activist (d. 1960)
- 1914 – Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
- 1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)
- 1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
- 1943 – Michael Palin, English actor and screenwrit
- 1988 – Adele, English singer-songwriter
Those who had their ticket punched on May 5 include:
- 1821 – Napoleon, French general and emperor (b. 1769)
- 1902 – Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (b. 1836)
- 1981 – Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer and hunger striker (b. 1954)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, I believe Hili is referring to Spring, not efforts to make a Green World:
Hili: I’m not mistaken.A: What about?Hili: The world is greener today than it was yesterday.
Hili: Nie mylę się.Ja: W czym?Hili: Świat jest dziś jeszcze zieleńszy niż wczoraj.
Here’s a picture of Kulka taken by Paulina:
From Facebook via Mark:
Also from Bruce. I think this constitutes Rover Harassment:
Titania is in favor of the Bible as hate speech:
Now that the UK police have determined that quoting from the Bible is hate speech, isn’t it about time we shut down all churches and turned them into intersectional re-education centres?pic.twitter.com/1YRe4caWV6
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) May 3, 2021
Tweets from Matthew; the first some amazing art.
— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) May 4, 2021
Cat had kittens in the ceiling, producing a whole litter of Ceiling Cats:
"I watched her run up the wall and into the ceiling!” 😲 https://t.co/7ncWWnd0ch
— The Dodo (@dodo) May 4, 2021
The answer to this is in the tweet’s thread:
Quiz: what are these glyphs? https://t.co/YbZbM2FrO9
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) May 4, 2021
I’ve posted about Dain Yoon before, but here we also have a nice video. Her art is amazing.
I would like to see a video of her. well here it is:https://t.co/ifBTFdm7Qh
— ᴬᵘᵗⁱˢᵗⁱᶜᴬˢᵗʳᵒⁿᵃᵘᵗ (@aliveliayselale) May 4, 2021
Matthew got his second jab. Welcome to the world, my friend!
2nd jab done. mRNA molecules in tiny balls of fat are currently getting into my cells where they will fool my body into making a bit of the viral protein. Amazing. Now vaccinate the rest of the world! pic.twitter.com/5myPiNQ63D
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) May 5, 2021