Blogger-friend Mary recently referred to my Monday morning posts as Jolly Monday, and I liked that, so it is today’s title. A number of new readers have come to Filosofa’s Word in the past few weeks, so rather than have them wondering if I have completely lost my bloomin’ marbles with today’s post, I will explain about Jolly Mondays. Mostly I write about socio-political issues, which of late tend to be rather dark. At the behest of a friend some time ago, I decided to make my Monday morning post completely politic-free. Since then it has evolved into basically a venue for humour, good news, cartoons, and most important of all, cute animal stories and pictures! As most already know, and the rest of you will soon see, I am a sucker when it comes to furry critters … which explains our family of ten, seven of whom walk on all fours. Soul-mate Herb was only mildly incredulous the other night when I told him I had spent ten minutes apologizing to one of our felines, after calling her a b—- for knocking my ashtray onto the floor.
So, it is Monday again dear friends. I know you are all scattered ‘round the world, but I have to tell you about our weekend weather! On Friday, we set a new record high of 76° F (24° C), and the next day, barely made it above the freezing mark (0° C), with snow, sleet and wind! What a quick change, and not necessarily a welcome one! Mother Nature is being contrary!
Grab your coffee and pull up a chair … you have just a few minutes for a chuckle to start your work week out right, get in the right frame of mind to deal with whatever life throws at you this week …
A tale of courage
I first saw this story in the Guardian one-day last week, read the piece, had a chuckle, then moved on to more serious topics. Later that afternoon, perusing the more serious sites I visit daily, it came back onto my radar in, of all places, Foreign Policy magazine! Okay, I thought, obviously this guy is not going off my radar until I write about him, so welcome to Filosofa’s Word, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland!
The latest population estimate for Iceland is 333,443 people. Iceland does not appear to have much of a problem with immigrants, perhaps because if its climate. As the name implies, it is somewhat cold in Iceland. However, Iceland is not without troubles, but luckily they have a president who is not afraid to tackle even the toughest of problems: pineapple on pizza!!!
Jóhannesson was giving a speech at a local high school when a student asked whether he thought pineapple was a viable topping for pizza. He said he was fundamentally opposed to the concept of pineapple as a pizza topping and if he had the power to do so, he would ban the practice entirely. Well, wouldn’t you know that his remarks caused a virtual UPROAR! People on both sides of this burning issue took to Twitter and Facebook, including frozen pizza king DiGiorno. In light of the potential divisiveness of the scandal, Jóhannesson issued the following statement on Facebook:
“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”
It is to be hoped this puts an end to it and Jóhannesson’s approval rating, which stood at 97% prior to his remarks, will not be damaged.
Old McDonald had a … restroom?
Ever wonder where McDonald’s keeps their chickens until they’re ready to be turned into chicken nuggets? Well, wonder no more! A five-year-old boy in Cobough, Ontario, not far from Toronto, has found the answer. While his mom was ordering his Happy Meal, the little boy went into the restroom to wash his hands and discovered … you got it … a live chicken! He came running out to tell his mom, who didn’t quite believe him at first, but upon investigation by restaurant staff, sure enough … there was a live brown chicken bobbing around the floor of the restroom.
McDonald’s spokesperson Michelle Yao confirmed staff contacted Municipal Animal Services to take the chicken. She also said officials are conducting an investigation to determine how the chicken ended up in the washroom. I’m not sure how one conducts such an investigation … DNA testing, perhaps? But more power to them. Meanwhile, there is at least one chicken who will not end up as a McChicken!
You better slow down, else I will … dry you!
Imagine for a moment that you live in a small, peaceful village, but lately tourists have been speeding through the village on your quaint, cobblestone streets, endangering lives and disturbing your peace. What do you do? Well, duh … you get out the hairdryer, of course! The place is the tiny village of Hopeman, Scotland, population approximately 1,720, where villagers ranging from elderly men to little girls have begun donning reflective vests and standing along the street, holding a hair dryer that they hope speeding drivers will mistake for a speed gun. Don’t laugh … it would probably make me take my foot off the gas! A matter for the police, you say? Well, the police response is “We are aware of complaints regarding speeding in Hopeman, which we are continuing to address.” Sounds like the stock-in-trade answer, don’t you think? Hats off to the citizens of Hopeman for trying to keep their village safe!
The quokkas are back!!!
Remember on January 17th … yeah, me neither … when I included a blurb in my Monday morn post about the cute little animals of which I had never heard, quokkas? Well, seems like you can go 65 years and never hear of something, then all of a sudden they are all over your radar! So, the cute little quokkas are back in the news …
Campbell Jones was riding his bike on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Australia, when he passed a quokka alongside the roadway. He did what any of us would, pulled over, got off his bike, and actually played with the quokka for a few minutes. Then, as he was preparing to get back on his bike, the quokka, apparently not wanting his newfound friend to leave, leaped into his arms! He (Campbell, not the quokka) was wearing a GoPro camera that just happened to capture the flying leap! They say a picture is worth a thousand words … this one certainly is!
I usually sense if one of my posts is ‘good’, ‘not-that-great’, or ‘just-hit-the-delete-button bad’. I sense this is not one of my better “Jolly Monday” posts, and for that I apologize. For some reason, I am just not feeling particularly humorous tonight. But alas … I tried … and I shall top it all off with a few cartoons to make up for my lack. So now, go scrape the ice off your windshields and have a safe journey to work this fine Monday morn. Remember to share a smile, a chuckle, maybe even half your peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich today … we all need someone to smile at us once in a while. Keep warm and safe … and have a GREAT MONDAY!