It’s here again! That day we all anticipate with glee! Friday Monday!!! This is a very special Monday, too! Get a load of this … today is:
- National Dumpling Day
- National Johnny Appleseed Day
- National Shamu the Whale Day
- National Pancake Day
So get thee into the kitchen immediately after work and whip up some Apple-dumpling pancakes to eat while you watch a documentary about Sea World. Just an aside here, but tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Crush A Can Day … now that one could really be fun!
Alright … so since it’s Monday and since tonight may prove to be particularly stressful for some, for reasons that I am not allowed to mention in my Monday morning posts, let us start the week out right … with a bit of humour!
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Christmas is a mere 90 days away! That is approximately 1,447 waking hours (assuming one sleeps 8 hours/night) … 13 weekends. So, with that in mind, Filosofa has done you all a big favour and found the perfect Christmas gift for you to give that special friend, niece, son, or significant other! It is a Self-Propelled Aquanaut’s Suit! Read what the vendor, Hammacher Schlemmer, has to say about this treasure:
“This is the self-propelled diving suit that maintains sea level air pressure while enabling descents to 1,000′ below the water’s surface … the suit provides access to coral reefs, shipwrecks, and the sea floor … intercom system provides surface communication …” To check it out, go to Hammacher Schlemmer’s catalog.
How much, you ask? Christmas comes but once a year, and your family and friends are special, yes? Why would you let a little thing like price keep you from buying them such a perfect gift? Oh, okay … it’s only $825,000 (plus sales tax, where applicable).
I must admit, though, that until I was pointed in the direction of this treasure by none other than blogger-friend Hugh Curtler, I had never heard of Hammacher Schlemmer which, according to columnist Brad Stanhope of The Daily Republic, means I have been living under a rock: “If you live under a rock, Hammacher Schlemmer is the company that sells all kinds of exotic things that are marginally affordable. If you live under a rock, Hammacher Schlemmer also likely has something that will make your life better: Perhaps a rock-powered lamp that also works as a shortwave radio.” Did the man say ‘marginally affordable’? Yes, well … I shall just crawl back under my rock now!
I do … I do … I do …
Polygamy, defined as “the practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time”, is illegal in the United States (except in parts of Utah), as in most of the western world. That hasn’t stopped Azad Chaiwala, a 33-year-old British entrepreneur of Pakistani origin, from developing two websites devoted to finding “multiple-marital bliss”. Chaiwala actually has two websites devoted to polygamy: SecondWife.com was his first and is targeted toward those who live in primarily Muslim nations where polygamy is legal. His second, Polygamy.com, is open to all and has tens of thousands of members. Most registered users are in Britain or the United States, even though bigamy is illegal in both countries.
Creating a profile on either site is free, but to browse profile photos, you need to upgrade to a paid membership of $20 a month or $45 for three months. Three-quarters of the users on SecondWife.com are men, Mr. Chaiwala said, but most of the profiles on Polygamy.com are posted by women. He guesses that many women don’t want the obligation of a full-time husband, or consider it a plus that a man is already married.
One thing the sites are not intended to do is to help women seek out multiple husbands — a practice known as polyandry. This is not because Mr. Chaiwala opposes the idea, he said, but because it is “not a viable business proposition.” Now wait a minute … isn’t that the old double standard rearing its ugly head??? The man gets a whole box of candy while the woman gets one little m&m? I would protest, but for one thing: I was married for many years, and currently have a special guy, and I can tell you that one at a time is enough! Multiple-marital bliss my foot!
Please Don’t Eat The Snakes!
You may remember my post from last April when I mentioned that a Cat Café was coming to my neighborhood soon. Well, it turns out that they have been quite popular in Japan since the late 1990s, there have been a few in Europe for quite some time, but it is only since 2014 that they have started popping up in the U.S. I’m not sure, but I don’t think ours is open yet … remind me to check on that.
A new kind of critter café has now opened its doors in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, and I am curious to see if this catches on in the same way of the cat café. It is … wait for it … a Snake Café! Hisamitsu Kaneko opened the Tokyo Snake Center because he wanted to give people a better understanding of the reptiles and to dispel the notion that snakes are bad. “I was initially interested in environment conservation, and in that context, I wanted to show people the good parts about animals, so I started this café.”
Kaneko keeps 35 non-venomous snake species in his cafe, with the majority of them corn snakes. In addition to that ice tea, you can enjoy a snake at your table and learn about its history and if you want, you can hold the snake. you get to choose one snake to have as your table companion. The waiter then gives you a quick lesson in snake etiquette and cafe rules (available in Japanese and English), and leads you to your table. I would probably visit one if a snake café ever came to a location close to me, but somehow I don’t think it is an idea that will catch on too quickly.
Well, that about wraps up another Monday morning, so it’s time for us all to get busy! I have laundry to write and a blog to fold … I wish you good karma this Monday and hope your day contains at least a few chuckles! And remember folks … share a smile with someone today … it could just make their day a bit brighter! I finish with a few comical yard signs …
The title language, by the way, is Slovak.