Good Monday morning, dear friends … thanks for dropping by! As I promised last week, I have fresh-baked cinnamon rolls for you today!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It was hot here … hot and humid. Those of you who are fathers, I hope your family spoiled you with special love and treats yesterday … Happy Belated Father’s Day!
Now grab your coffee and a cinnamon roll and let’s have a few chuckles together before you head out into the frozen tundra to make your way to work. Oh wait … it is the middle of June … no frozen tundra here, although my friends in Australia may be seeing some!
We all know that the Germans like their beer, right? What would a German festival be without beer? So, it’s never too early to start preparing for the Wacken Open Air (WOA) hard rock festival, which kicks off in northern Germany in August. Good planning is the key to a successful festival, and the Germans are on top of this one. They are building a 4-mile (7 km) pipeline that will deliver a glass of beer per second! While oil pipelines have been the topic of much controversy in recent years, I am betting this pipeline will have no naysayers!
The WOA festival runs August 3-5, in case any of you are interested in attending. This year’s festival will feature such bands as Megadeth, Alice Cooper and Trivium, and is expected to draw a crowd of 75,000. It is anticipated that each of those 75,000 will consume 5.1 litres (nine pints) of beer during the festival. Um … that’s a lot of beer!
New sport … Pizza Acrobatics! Yes, you’ve all seen how some experts in the making of pizza dough can toss the dough into the air, catch it on their fist and twirl it around, making it all seem so effortless? Well, I can tell you from personal experience (read, failure) that it is NOT as easy as they make it look! I have tried this a few times and most often my efforts end up either splattered on my face or else on the floor. But …
Every year in Las Vegas, pizza acrobats from across the globe convene to compete in the star-studded World Pizza Games. A subset of the city’s annual Pizza Expo, the games showcase athletes, many of whom are also chefs, as they take dough to new heights. (There’s a similar competition—known as the World Pizza Championships—in Italy each year.)
World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani currently holds the record for most consecutive across-the-shoulder rolls of pizza dough in 30 seconds with 37 rolls. During the competition, the acrobats perform a variety of tricks for a small panel of judges. For two to three minutes, as a song plays in the background, they toss their dough into the air as they jump, spin, and do cartwheels.
Check out this video of Tony Gemignani … you will be AMAZED!
What do you do if you’ve been out with friends and had just a wee bit too much … er … fun? Your car is parked in a metred lot, and yet you know it isn’t a good idea for you to drive, but how much of a fine might your car wrack up over night? Well, here is what one person in Wausau, Wisconsin did:
He or she left the above hand-written sign on the window of the car, saying:
“Please take pity on me. I walked home… safe choices!” And she (or he, but I’m thinking it was a ‘she’) drew a little smiley on the bottom.
It worked! Officer Jim Hellrood did take pity on her and left his own note on the car, reading: “Pity granted, just a warning.” Remember this for future reference, folks!
Short question: what would you think of pizza-flavoured ice cream? Yeah, that was what I thought too. Little Baby’s Ice Cream in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, created the pizza ice cream flavour, as an homage to Pizza Brain, a museum located near the shop, and the flavour has been a hit with patrons. It contains crushed tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper, oregano, raw garlic paste, and basil.
Turns out that Little Baby’s may not be the first to come up with the idea, however, as I found an article from 2015 reporting that: “Coolhaus—which has ice cream trucks in Southern California, New York, and Dallas, as well as two brick-and-mortar locations in the Los Angeles area—has up and decided to go there and interpret the salty, greasy wonder known as pizza into a frozen dessert.” Interestingly, I also learned that Coolhaus has ‘Whiskey Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches’.
I have been told that I do not have an adventurous palate, and it must be true, because neither the pizza-flavoured ice cream, nor the Whiskey Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches hold any appeal for my boring palate.
This sign was seen at a deli in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gotta wonder what happened that led to the need for this sign? Some humorous speculations:
“Perhaps they thought those conversations were getting too irrational?”
“Some of them got downright complex.”
“You’ve gotta ask!!! I’m imagining fisticuffs over fibonaci or something like that.”
Joke of the Week:
Bill Gates is hanging out with the chairman of General Motors.
“If automotive technology had kept pace with computer technology over the past few decades,” boasts Gates, “you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top speed of 10,000 miles per hour. Or, you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In either case, the sticker price of a new car would be less than $50.”
“Sure,” says the GM chairman. “But would you really want to drive a car that crashes four times a day?”
Well, friends, I’ve enjoyed our Monday morning together, and I do hope I’ve given you at least a little bit of a smile with which to start your week. I hope you all have a really great week, and that you share your gorgeous smile with a few others! A smile is a funny thing … it has a domino effect and yet, no matter how many you share, there is always at least one left. Keep safe and keep smiling! Hugs and love from Filosofa!