Saturday: Hili dialogue

July 10, 2021 • 6:30 am

Greetings on cat Sabbath: July 10, 2021: National Piña Colada Day. I am still recovering from my dunk in Botany Pond yesterday, and have to apply antibiotic cream to my scalp laceration twice a day. But it was all worth it: I’d do anything for my ducks!

It’s also Pick Blueberries Day, National Kitten Day (!!), Don’t Step on a Bee DayNikola Tesla DayStatehood Day in Wyoming (see below), and Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Teddy Bears’ Picnic was my favorite song when I was small, and here’s Rosemary Clooney’s version that I loved and listened to repeatedly (I still remember the words). It was written in 1907 and the lyrics were addd 25 years later.

Here’s a 1908 ad for the sheet music:


News of the Day:

Prizer’s claim that their COVID-19 vaccination might need a booster since immunity to the virus begins wearing off after 6 months may be premature. Both the CDC and FDA says that conclusion is premature: Americans do not, they said in a joint statement, need a booster at this time, even if (like me) you were vaccinated 6 months ago.  Sit tight till the data come in.

Fully a third of Americans, however, have declared that they won’t take the vaccination, most because they have false beliefs about it. What a world!

This is great news: China has declared that the wild population of giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleucans) has become so large—1800 individuals—that the species can be upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. Five years ago the International Union for Conservation of Nature already made that upgrade, but the Chinese took issue at the time. Now China is on board, and may thousands of giant pandas bloom!

The Race of the Billionaire Space Moguls has become petty, with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic craft set to take off on Sunday, heading up to 56 miles high, just above the boundary that American recognizes as “space”. Jeff Bezos, however, argues that his “Blue Origin” spacecraft, which flies nine days after Branson’s is more “official,” since its 62 mile altitude (100 km) crosses the the Kármán line, “the boundary of space recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), a Swiss organization that sets global rules for air sports.” Bezos and Branson have even dueled on Twitter about it: how ridiculous can you get? It goes to show that even if you have a billion dollars, you still need to lord it over someone else.

Reader Barry sent a great example of pareidolia from the BBC:

Neptune seems to have made an appearance on the East Sussex coast during a storm.

The sighting of the “face” of the Roman god of water was captured by BBC photographer Jeff Overs in Newhaven on Tuesday.

He took the picture as waves crashed over the harbour wall during the storm.

Photo by Jeff Overs

Stop what you’re doing right now and read this great NYT article, complete with videos, about the wonders of cuttlefish, my favorite mollusc. Read about how they passed the marshmallow test, and how they’ll squirt you if you’re too slow giving them food. Click on the screenshot and see the wonders of this creature; the piece is written by Veronique Greenwood.

Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 606,198 an increase of 224 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 4,036,353, an increase of about 9,300 over yesterday’s total.

Stuff that happened on July 10 includes:

Fillmore, our least known President and the last member of the Whig Party to occupy the White House.

  • 1890 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
  • 1924 – Paavo Nurmi won the 1,500 and 5,000 m runs every hour at the Paris Olympics.

Here’s a brief video of “The Flying Finn” at the 1924 Olympics. Winning those two races with only an hour’s rest is a fantastic feat!

What they mean is that there was only an hour between these two races!

The Monkey Trial! Two photos below, one of Scopes in 1925 (center) with one with two of the opposing lawyers, Clarence Darrow (left) and William Jennings Bryan (right)

  • 1938 – Howard Hughes begins a 91-hour airplane flight around the world that will set a new record.

Howard Hughes in 1938, before he went nuts:

Here’s the “Akutan Zero” being loaded onto a barge. It was reconstructed and flown by American pilots, which helped the U.S. figure out ways to defeat this deadly plane during WWII.

Remember the eponymous song by the Tornados? It also came out in 1962.

This was a mission of the French government, sad to say. The ship, as is meet, is now an artificial reef for diving. Here’s the wreck:

  • 1992 – In Miami, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
  • 1997 – In London, scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
  • 1999 – In women’s association football, the United States defeated China in a penalty shoot-out at the Rose Bowl near Los Angeles to win the final match of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final was watched by 90,185 spectators, which set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event.

The U.S. won 5-4 after no points were scored in regular time; here’s a video of the highlights. Remember when Brandi Chastain pulled off her shirt? Watch on Youtube by clicking the words below.

  • 2019 – The last Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the line in Puebla, Mexico. The last of 5,961 “Special Edition” cars will be exhibited in a museum.

Here’s the very last Beetle, a car beloved of hitchhikers in my college years (a VW Van was even better), as owners of these cars tended to be young folks who would give you a ride.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1509 – John Calvin, French pastor and theologian (d. 1564)[13]
  • 1802 – Robert Chambers, Scottish geologist and publisher, co-founded Chambers Harrap (d. 1871)
  • 1839 – Adolphus Busch, German brewer, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (d. 1913)
  • 1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (d. 1943)
  • 1871 – Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1922)

Proust! Can you summarize him?

  • 1882 – Ima Hogg, American society leader, philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts (d. 1975)

She was the daughter of the governor of Texas, and no, she didn’t have a sister named “Ura Hogg”.

Like most of his fellows, Diamond died early—shot at age 34. He’d survived four shootings before that, and became known as “the clay pigeon of the underworld”:

Here’s Williams playing on Duke Ellington’s famous song, “Concerto for Cootie” (1940); it’s one of Ellington’s best songs from the best era of his band:

  • 1931 – Alice Munro, Canadian short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1939 – Mavis Staples, American singer
  • 1943 – Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and journalist (d. 1993)

Those who closed their eyes for the last time on July 10 include:

  • 1851 – Louis Daguerre, French photographer and physicist, invented the daguerreotype (b. 1787)
  • 1884 – Paul Morphy, American chess player (b. 1837)
  • 1989 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (b. 1908)
  • 2015 – Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor (b. 1932)

From the 1965 movie “Dr. Zhivago”. Yuri (Sharif) reunites with his great love Lara (Julie Christie):

Through a third party, I’ve heard that the Internet is down in Dobrzyn, so there is no Hili dialogue this morning! If it’s restored, I’ll add it here. This situation is very rare, but not unprecedented!

Instead, enjoy a picture of baby Kulka with the caption, “Attachment from Paulina” (in Polish: “Załącznik Pauliny”).

From Facebook:

From Bruce, showing a food truck parked in an inappropriate place:

From Jesus of the Day: I want this bumper sticker! But all the lines should be the same size.

A retweet by Ricky Gervais. Someone please tell us what the David Brent Dance is:

A tweet from Barry: Nature red in tooth and naughty bits:

Tweets from Matthew. First, a wonderful photo of Neptune and one of its moons:

Chemistry readers can tell us what kind of bonds are being formed:

It’s animal teeth, not human teeth:

This is the best building in the world: a veritable apotheosis of architecture. Have a look at Kindergarten Wolfartsweier in Karlsruhe, Germany. Designed by Tomi Ungerer and Ayla Suzan Yöndel it was built in 2002. I know I’ve shown it before but you can’t see too much of this wonderful school:

This is a thread of pets, each of whom has many different names. Go to the site to see many more.


17 thoughts on “Saturday: Hili dialogue

  1. Was Scopes’ offense the teaching of evolution in general or the teaching of human evolution in particular? It seems like today’s young earth creationists have conflated denial of evolution in general with a 5,000 year old earth (and perhaps universe for all i know). Kudos on your brave and successful rescue work yesterday Jerry!

    1. The Butler Act stated:

      That it shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of the State which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.

  2. Bubbles from store
    Dry ice from the department dry ice source

    That is the basic recipe to make the “bond”.

  3. My future wife bought a brand new volkswagen in 1970, I think about the same color as the one in the photo. However, the following year I bought my first new car, a 1971 MGB. The color was teal blue. The cost at the time for her new bug was nearly $2000. The MGB was about $2500 but that was because I purchased it in England and it was tax free.

  4. The David Brent Dance is performed by Ricky Gervais’ character (David Brent) in a scene from the original UK version of The Office. For some reason, the character was renamed Michael Scott in the US series – I’ve no idea if the dance scene was replicated.

    1. “the original UK version”
      – there’s that phrase that peeves me senseless ! It’s the original, not original version. A version is a variation on something that came before. The Office (UK) was not a variation on something that came before, it came first; original. The Office (US) is the original version; the first variation of the original.

  5. “Here’s the very last Beetle, a car beloved of hitchhikers in my college years”

    Also used effectively (?) by a guy named Ted Bundy.

    1. Hitler kind of liked them also, but that does not mean it was not a damn fine car. The peoples car

  6. It is an example of surface tension. That is the lowest energy state is when the foam has minimum surface area (one large spherical shape). The bonds are probably van der waals forces.

  7. 1939 – Mavis Staples, American singer

    Saw Summer of Soul last weekend, the musical documentary put together by Questlove from footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival (aka “The Black Woodstock”). One of the movie’s many highlights comes when Mavis (who appeared there with Pops and her sisters as the Staples Singers) was asked by her idol, Mahalia Jackson, to join her in a duet of MLK’s favorite spiritual, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

  8. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic was the theme music from the Big Jon and Sparkie radio show.

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