Sorry for the late posting. This morning I tried to reintegrate Honey’s other duckling with the brood—after it had been viciously pecked by Dorothy yesterday, but it didn’t work this morning. It was lying on its side in the mud when it tried to join the brood, so I rescued it again. I cleaned it up, dried it, and fed it, and it’s doing surprisingly well. I had to spend the night with it last night and so again got no sleep (2 nights out of three) and am a wreck (see photo below). Hili will be late and truncated today, and perhaps tomorrow, as I don’t know how long I have to take care of this duckling until we can get it rehabbed. If you know someone who can do a good job with this baby, let me know. It’s quite vigorous but I don’t want to traumatize it for a third time by sticking it back in Botany Pond.
The end of the week already? Well, yes, it’s Friday May 7, 2021: National Lamb Day (and not for petting them. . . ). It’s also National Cosmopolitan Day (the drink) Be Best Day (promoted by Melania Tr*mp), International Space Day, International Tuba Day, and No Pants Day, in which you’re supposed to doff your trews. It’s in both the U.S. and Canada; here’s a scene from the Montreal subway:
News of the Day:
The standard model of physics has now been cast into doubt, as I reported before. This week Nature magazine reports
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 578,804, an increase of 701 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,257,603, an increase of about 14,600 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on May 7 includes:
- 1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
- 1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
- 1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision.
- 1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- 1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
- 1915 – World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many former pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
- 1940 – World War II: The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
- 1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
- 1960 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
- 1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
- 1994 – Edvard Munch‘s painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
- 2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.
- 2004 – American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1711 – David Hume, Scottish economist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1776)
- 1812 – Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (d. 1889)
- 1833 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. 1897)
- 1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator (d. 1893)
- 1861 – Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
- 1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961)
- 1919 – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina (d. 1952)
- 1933 – Johnny Unitas, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2002)
- 1936 – Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (d. 2014)
Those who reached their demise on May 7 include:
- 1825 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1750)
- 2000 – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American captain, actor, and producer (b. 1909)
Meanwhile, back in Dobrzyn,
From Rick who got it from a post by Phil Plait. All these spheres are the same color! (Credit: David Novick)
Just to prove it, here’s the same picture without the stripes going across the balls:
Emma Newman put up a video, “Operation Mallard” about her dad, who happened to love mallards! It’s a brilliant story.
No tweets today, sorry!