Welcome back to Monday! Came around rather too quickly, didn’t it? And coldly, in my neck of the woods, at least. Yesterday, the high was 15° F, but today it has warmed up to a sweltering 22° F. I respectfully request that my readers in Florida, Don and Gronda, refrain from telling me what the temps are at your place! As always, I have a few fun things to start your work-week out with a smile, a chuckle, or perhaps even an all-out laugh! So settle in with your coffee for a few minutes while the engine is warming and the windshield defrosting …
Today I thought I would go with an international assortment, so let us travel to Russia …
The average high temperature in Novosibirsk, Russia, is 10° Fahrenheit. The record low was -51.2° F. It is, obviously, quite cold in Novosibirsk. Where it is that cold, one supposes that wild animals may have difficulty in finding food. On November 5th, one such animal, a young deer, hungry and tired of the slim pickings outdoors, decided to wander into a home in search of better pickings. Just so happens, the cat was dining at that time, and the deer decided to join him and partake in a bit of kibble! The cat wasn’t too happy, but he backed off and shared his meal. The deer, however, decided that kibble was not quite what his taste buds desired — picky deer — and ambled back out after just a bite or two. Be sure to check out this very short video. I thought the cat was quite brave … my cats would have killed each other making a mad, panicked dash to hide under the sofa!
No One Can Eat Just One!
In the town of Blackburn, Lancashire in the northern UK, lives a 34-year-old woman named Dianne Clayton, and her boyfriend Simon Hill. One day last May, the couple went to visit a friend, where homemade chips and drinks were served. Now, I have made homemade chips before, though I’m not sure that we define chips here in the U.S. quite the same as the Brits, but for the sake of argument, we will assume it refers to flat, crispy chips made from potatoes. They are yummy, but a heck of a lot of work … a bag of Lays is usually the fare in my house. Anyway, the chips must have been delicious, as they soon ran out. Ms. Clayton apparently had not had her fill of the delicious chips. When she put her hand in the bowl and came up empty, she demanded to know who ate the last of the chips. Upon finding out that it was none other than her boyfriend, she picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed poor Mr. Hill in the shoulder! The wound was superficial and Mr. Hill is fine. Ms. Clayton, however, spent 26 weeks in jail over the incident. The funniest part was the prosecutor, Parveen Akhtar’s, statement:
“Simon Hill ate them all and that caused her to get angry. She was seen to slap him across the face before leaving the room. She picked up a knife in the kitchen and then stabbed him, causing a superficial injury. She returned the following morning and Mr Hill suffered injuries to his hands. She has some injuries herself which she can’t explain.”
Sounds like they should have stuck with Lays.
The new year got off to a rollicking start in Germany, with Storm Axel, which caused flooded streets and basements, cars underwater, dams overwhelmed, but thankfully no injuries. It was the worst storm to hit the area in 11 years. There was one bright side for children in the town of Langeoog, however, when they discovered thousands of plastic eggs filled with small toys were scattered across the beach! Turns out the toys were part of the cargo in five freight containers that were washed off a cargo ship caught in the storm, and they eventually washed ashore in Langeoog. The children were delighted, especially when told they could collect and keep as many of the toy-filled eggs as they wanted! See, there is a bright side to everything!
So, now you’ve got something to smile about as you go through the drudgery of yet another Monday. Take heart … this is the second Monday of 2017, with only 50 more to go! If anything in this post made you smile, then pass that smile on to somebody who didn’t read it! A smile says more than a mouthful of words can. I think this is why distance relationships are sometimes hard … you cannot see the other person’s smile; you can only hear the words. (A bit of Filosofa wisdom there.) Have a great week, stay warm and be happy!