ON THIS DAY: August 27, 2016

August 27th is


Just Because Day

The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day *

National Pots de Creme Day

Jeff Cook Day (state of Alabama) *



Canada -Calgary:
Fireworks Festival (finale)

Japan – Makinohara:international Flags
Windblow Sagara Festival

Netherlands – Vijfhuizen:
Mysteryland Festival

Moldova –
Ziua Republicii (Independence)

South Korea – Daegu:
International Bodypainting Festival

U.K. – London:
South West Four

United States –
Fort Washington, MD:
› Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
Missoula MT: The Lantern Fest
Brooklyn NY: Afropunk Fest


On This Day in HISTORY

1828 – U.K. brokers Uruguay’s independence at peace talks with Brazil and Argentina

1859 – Petroleum discovered in Titusville PA, site of world’s first commercial oil well

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A Poem for National Dog Day

Since today is National Dog Day, here’s
a tribute to that All-American Dog, the Mutt.


Dog Shaggy Mongrel


Mongrel Heart

 by David Baker

Up the dog bounds to the window, baying
         like a basset his doleful, tearing sounds
             from the belly, as if mourning a dead king,

and now he’s howling like a beagle – yips, brays,
         gagging growls – and scratching the sill paintless,
              that’s how much he’s missed you, the two of you,

both of you, mother and daughter, my wife
         and child. All week he’s curled at my feet,
             warming himself and me watching more TV,

or wandered the lonely rooms, my dog shadow,
        who like a poodle now hops, amped-up windup
            maniac yo-yo with matted curls and snot nose

smearing the panes, having heard another car
           like yours taking its grinding turn down
               our block, or a school bus, or bird-squawk,

that’s how much he’s missed you, good dog,
         companion dog, dog-of-all-types, most excellent dog
             I told you once and for all we should never get.


Midwest Ecologue, © 2005 by David Baker, W.W. Norton & Company


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ON THIS DAY: August 26, 2016

August 26th is

National Women’s Equality Day *

Suffrage Poster

National Dog Day *

World Daffodil Day *

Cherry Popsicle Day



Abkhazia – Official Recognition Day

Bangladesh – Janamashtami
(breaking fast after Lord Krishna’s birthday)

Bhutan – Thimphu:international Flags
Mountain Echoes Literary Festival

Mexico – Guadalajara:
Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi

Namibia – Heroes Day

Nepal – Krishnashtami
(Krishna celebration)

Papua New Guinea –
National Day of Repentance

Philippines – Heroes Day

United States –
Blue Ash OH: Taste of  Blue Ash
Boston MA: Mass Brewers Fest
Fremont CA: Fremont Street Eats


On This Day in HISTORY

55 BC – Britain invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar

1346 – English archers with longbows prove superior to the armor of the French cavalry at the battle of Crécy in Picardy, France. The English forces were greatly outnumbered by the French, but English tactical flexibility, better use of the terrain and outstanding weaponry won a decisive victory. The longbow becomes the dominant weapon of the Western European battlefield until it is replaced by the arquebus in the 16th century

Crecy English archers with longbows

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Word Cloud Resized


The Nobel award committee’s citation called her the “Mozart of poetry,” a woman who mixed the elegance of language with “the fury of Beethoven.”

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature.  The Nobel prize has frequently brought a lot of attention to writers who were little-known outside the group of readers who understand the language in which they write. There are over 38.5 million people in Poland who speak Polish as their first language, and it’s a second language for speakers in western parts of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine, and northern parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

That sounds like a lot of people, until you consider that there are 339 million native English speakers, and an estimated 603 million people who speak it as a second language.

So how do you get a poem written in Polish into English so more people can read it? First, of course, you have to find someone who knows both languages really well. But just as important, you need someone who understands poetry. A literal translation of Polish into English won’t give you the feel of the original, and sometimes doesn’t even make much sense. Take a look at the opening stanza of Szymborska’s poem Some People:

Jacyś ludzie w ucieczce przed jakimiś ludźmi.
W jakimś kraju pod słońcem
i niektórymi chmurami.

which becomes

Some people to escape some people .
In a country under the sun
and some clouds .

when you go to Google and ask for a Polish-to-English translation, which sounds more like an especially cryptic Japanese haiku.

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ON THIS DAY: August 25, 2016

August 25th is

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Banana Split Day *

Kiss and Make Up Day

National Park Service Day *

Second-Hand Wardrobe Day

Whisky Sour Day



Bangladesh and India– Sri Krishna Jananti/Janmashtami
(birthday of Lord Krishna)international Flags

Nepal – Gaura Parba
(3-day festival for Krishna,
Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh)

North Korea – Day of Songun
(inspection of Seoul Ryu Kyong Guards)

Saint Barts – Feast of St. Louis

Uruguay – Día de la Independencia


On This Day in History

1543 – First Europeans arrive in Japan

1609 – Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers

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ON THIS DAY: August 24, 2016

August 24th is

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Pluto Demoted Day *

Strange Music Day *

Vesuvius Day *

William Willberforce Day *

Waffle Iron Day *



France – Saint-Jean-de-Luz:international Flags
◊ Baleapop Music & Art

Hungary – Siófok:
◊ B.my.Lake Fest

Liberia – Flag Day

Saint Barts – St. Bartholomew Festival

Spain – Sant Rafel de sa Creu:
◊ Hyte Concert Festival

Switzerland – Zürich:
◊ Zürich Openair

Ukraine – Independence Day


On This Day in HISTORY

79 – (Traditional date) After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, commemorated on Vesuvius Day *


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ON THIS DAY: August 23, 2016

August 23rd is

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National Ride the Wind Day *

Valentino Day *

National Spongecake Day



Argentina – Buenos Airies:international Flags
Tango Festival y Mundial

Malaysia – Rajah if Perlis Birthday

United States –
San Diego CA:
  Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Saratoga Springs NY:
  Saratoga Chamber Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

30 – Conqueror of Egypt Octavian executes Cleopatra’s son by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony’s eldest son

1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for treason at Smithfield in London

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