Welcome to Monday once again! Some of you in the U.S. are probably on holiday from work, due to the Independence Day holiday tomorrow. Others, like my daughter, had to drag yourselves out of bed bright and early to go to work. Either way, though, never fear for Filosofa is HERE … working away at the task of bringing a few smiles and a chuckle into your Monday morning! So sit down here for a few minutes and give yourself a break, lighten up and think of happy things, then take a smile on your way out to share with others!
I have written a few posts about self-driving cars:
- No “Driverless” Cars, Please!
- Beep Beep … Hum, Screech, HONK …
- A New Kind of Hood Ornament?
- Installing Morals into Self-Driving Cars
- The World Is NOT Ready For This!
Well, it looks as if I wrote about this several times! Those who have read my posts are aware that I am not a big fan of this concept, thinking of them as a disaster-looking-for-a-place-to-happen. That said, I am also not a big fan of ‘driving humans’, as they are prone to distractions, carelessness, and just plain ol’ stupidity. Like the lady who broadsided me in a parking lot a few years ago. “Oh … I’m so sorry … I was talking to my husband on the phone and forgot to look left!” Or the one who rear-ended me a few years before that because we were stopped at a red light, she was putting on her mascara, and just hit the gas before the light turned green. Sigh. Self-driving cars may ultimately be the solution, much as I hate to admit it. But I do not think the technology is good enough just yet, and I for one am not ready. This is especially true in light of this headline in the Guardian:
Um … okay … well, I cannot remember the last time a kangaroo crossed my path on a street or highway. But wait! Perhaps in Australia??? According to the article:
“Volvo’s self-driving car is unable to detect kangaroos because hopping confounds its systems, the Swedish carmaker says.
The company’s “Large Animal Detection system” can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but early testing in Australia shows it cannot adjust to the kangaroo’s unique method of movement.
Kangaroos cause more accidents than any other animal in Australia – the marsupials are responsible for about 90% of collisions between vehicles and animals – although most are not serious.”
Volvo plans to unleash … errrr … make available it’s self-driving cars in 2020. Hold on to your hats, folks … and watch out for the bloomin’ kangaroos!
The Cereal Wars
Meanwhile, in neighboring New Zealand, there is a cereal war brewing. Yes, you heard right … nooooo, not a ‘serial’ war, but a ‘cereal’ war. Cereal … the stuff some of you eat for breakfast, or if you’re like H, breakfast AND dinner! Here’s what happened …
Customs officers in New Zealand have seized and impounded hundreds of boxes of the breakfast cereal Weetabix after complaints by rival cereal giant Weet-Bix that it could confuse customers. The pallet of Weetabix – about 300 boxes – arrived in a container load of British goods last week, destined for the shelves of A Little Bit of Britain grocery store in Christchurch, which largely caters to British expats. But New Zealand customs officials detained the pallet at the request of Sanitarium, which claimed the cereal infringed its trademark cereal Weet-Bix, which is a staple in many New Zealand homes.
Sanitarium sent a letter to Lisa Wilson, the co-owner of A Little Bit of Britain, saying it would release her cereal shipment if she placed a sticker over the offending Weetabix label once the item was on her shelves, and blanked out the name Weetabix when she sold the cereal on line. Other British stores in the North Island have complied with Sanitarium’s demands, but Wilson has decided to fight the company, which she accuses of “bullying” her small, family-run business.
“They [Sanitarium] walk in and slap an agreement down and it is quite daunting for a very small business … they are trying to bully the small guys. They are trying to force us to do what they want because they are a multi million-dollar company, but we are not willing to bow to Sanitarium’s demands as we don’t believe there is a case of trademark infringement here and we are standing up for that principle.”
And soooo … Ms. Wilson must sell a lot of Weetabix in order to put up such a fight, eh? Oh yes … about seven (7) boxes per week! Sometimes you just have to stand firm on principle. And though I do understand this, and I stand firm on principle often, I also adhere to the motto “pick your battles”. ‘Nuff said.
Run, potty, run …
In Moscow, you just never know what will happen next! Last Friday, heavy rains and strong winds combined to send port-a-potties sliding down the street, chasing pedestrians. People were scurrying to get out of the way of the toilets! See video clip here!
I debated about using this next one, so I consulted the family … they both agreed that it was funny, even though as a rule we would not find much humour in a man getting run over by a bus! But what made this particular video so funny is that the man, Simon Smith of Reading, England, was apparently heading for the local pub. The bus comes around the corner and … well, just watch the clip …
The man was unhurt and simply proceeded to enter the pub … I hope the bartender gave him one on the house!
In Hialeah, Florida, 46-year-old Milton Morales-Perez, in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, pulled up next to a black Ford Taurus, flashed his badge, and motioned the driver to pull over. Kenia Fallat did just that, but continued talking on her cell phone, even after Perez instructed her to hang up the phone and turn off the motor.
Ms. Fallat, you see, is an actual Miami Police Department official and was in full uniform at the time. Apparently Perez wasn’t quite bright enough to put 2 + 2 together in time, Fallat called for backup, and Morales-Perez was arrested. Turns out his was a security guard, hence the badge. When asked why he thought it was a good idea to impersonate a police officer, he said only, “she was on the phone, and it is very dangerous to be on the phone while driving.”
Alright folks … I sense that my attempts at humour may have fallen a bit flat today … that has been happening a lot lately … and I apologize, but I hope you at least grinned once or twice. If not, I shall just have to double up on the funny-quotient next week, eh? How about a few cartoons to send you on your way … and take a smile from the basket … I got them just for you to take and to share! Have a safe and fun holiday tomorrow, and a great week! Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa!