♫ Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Monday Don’t You Know! ♫

Good Monday Morning, my friends!  Have you noticed that Mondays seem to come along faster these days?  I have to wonder if we aren’t skipping over one of the other days …  Anyway, I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was quiet … just the way I like it!  Daughter Chris was in Dublin (Ohio, not Ireland) for a band competition, so Miss Goose and I just happily lived a rather Bohemian lifestyle! But now, it is once again Monday morning, so to get this week off to a smiley start, grab a seat, some coffee, and let’s find something to laugh about, shall we?


Boing … Boing … Boing …

Y’know, there are some really strange things in the Guinness World Record book.  I have to wonder who comes up with some of them.  Last week in England, for example, Dalton Smith broke the record for “most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick.”  Take a look at the video and pay especial attention to the dramatic flourish at the end!

Dalton first started pogo-ing at the age of 10, and then seven years later found himself on national television, jumping on a pogo stick and flipping through the air over the head of talk show host Queen Latifah.  Then in 2010 came the accident that might have ended his pogo career forever.  At the national competition for the sport, called Pogopalooza, Smith shattered both of his knee caps and broke a few toes. He spent months in a wheelchair recovering. And right when he was given the green light to jump back on a pogo stick again, he broke his nose on it.

“I was just done with pogo,” he said. For a day or two, anyhow. Obviously he got back on the horse … er, pogo stick, and went on to see his name go down in history! Not bad for a 20-year-young man!

A considerate thief … and a polite theftee …

Canadians have a reputation for being kind and polite.  Surely those I know fit that description.

It all started when a Nova Scotia resident found his wheelbarrow to be missing and posted this sign at the foot of his driveway …

Monday-wheelbarrow-1.jpgApparently that was all it took to convince the thief to return the wheelbarrow, for the next day, the sign had been replaced with this one …

Monday-wheelbarrow-2.jpgJust think … if every body were this polite … what a wonderful world it could be!

And speaking of wheelbarrows …

I am reminded of this urban legend that has had many variations over the years:

There was a man who had worked at a factory for twenty years. Every night when he left the plant, he would push a wheelbarrow full of straw to the guard at the gate.

The guard would look through the straw, and find nothing and pass the man through.

On the day of his retirement the man came to the guard as usual but without the wheelbarrow.

Having become friends over the years, the guard asked him, “Charlie, I’ve seen you walk out of here every night for twenty years. I know you’ve been stealing something. Now that you’re retired, tell me what it is. It’s driving me crazy.”

Charlie simply smiled and replied, “Okay, wheelbarrows!”

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And speaking of thieves …

At least a wheelbarrow can be stolen fairly unobtrusively.  Other things … well, one just ought to think things through first.  Here are three stories where the thief failed to do that.

A woman in Kingsport, Tennessee, somehow thought it would be a good idea to steal a doll house from an unlocked storage unit. I have to ask … why a doll house???  Of all the things one might steal … a doll house???  Well anyway, when she got to her car, she quickly realized that said doll house was definitely not going to fit in the trunk of her mid-sized Oldsmobile, so she tried the backseat.

Monday-dollhouseNope.  So, eventually she leaves the doll house in the parking lot and drives off.  What she didn’t realize, was that the whole thing was captured by the security cameras in the parking lot!  The video is not, apparently, clear enough to discern the license plate number, as Kingsport police are asking anyone who recognizes the woman or the car to contact them.

Then there was Patrick Allen Chamberlin of Marshall Country, Iowa, who stole a yellow 1966 Ford GT40 replica belonging to Marshall County Supervisor Steve Salasek.  Now, a bright yellow car is not easy to hide, rather stands out like a sore thumb, right?  So, being of high IQ, Mr. Chamberlin decided to paint the car black!  Brilliant idea!  He used black flat paint and applied it with a roller …

Chamberlin was quickly caught after neighbors noticed bits of yellow showing through the hasty paint job, and has been charged with theft, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and several traffic offenses.

But this one really takes the prize for ingenuity!  A Dutch man was arrested after police spotted him driving with a pair of stolen lamp posts on top of his car. I have to ask the same question I asked about the doll house:  why???  But even if there was a reason, wouldn’t you think … wouldn’t even the least intelligent among us realize that it makes no sense to transport two, long concrete poles atop a small, hatchback vehicle???


And … he thought he blended in with the crowd???

The police were going to cite him for traffic violations:

“We start with the traffic violations. That the cargo should not be transported in this way must be clear. In addition, the car was not insured and the APK expired for more than three months. It is expected that justice will demand the highest possible penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol, because the defendant did not cooperate with the investigation.”

But then, they discovered that the lamp posts were “likely stolen from Almere and that the driver was guilty of other offenses such as fueling the vehicle without paying.”

Sigh … so many smart people in the world …

Will the real tortoise please stand up …

And last, but not least … Scottish cartoonist Neil Slorance has a pet tortoise named Herman, and just for a lark, he crafted a loaf of bread to resemble his beloved pet.

Monday-tortoise-bread.jpgThe two got on famously and even posed together for a picture. But then after the photo-op, Slorance said the tortoise took a nibble out of his bread doppleganger …


Perhaps part of the mating ritual?

Well, folks, I’m afraid that’s the last in my Jolly Monday repertoire, so it is time to tighten those ties and head on out to the workplace of your choice!  I hope you enjoyed today’s “Jolly Monday” and we’ll do it again real soon … like, next Monday!  But in addition to that smile, I want to leave you with one more parting thought … a bit of a song, actually, that I’m hoping sticks in your head throughout the day:

Enjoy your week, keep safe, and please … share that wonderful smile with others … make their day!



20 thoughts on “♫ Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Monday Don’t You Know! ♫

  1. No work for me today (stat holiday and vacation and all…), but we are looking for some new light fixtures for the rooms we are painting…wonder if those cool lampposts down the street would fit…. 🙂

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    • 😀 😀 😀 …. you made me laugh so hard I nearly choked! No, my friend, I do NOT recommend the cool lampposts for your home. Although … if by ‘down the street’, you truly mean very close by … you could take one end, Kevin could take the other, and you could carry it home without having to dent the roof of your car and get arrested! 😀

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  2. Now, in Thailand, two lampposts on top of the car wouldn’t be at all unusual. We have seen all sorts there 😂

    Loved the laughs. And the seven dwarf song (I sang that all the time after I saw ‘Snow White’ at the cinema.. Age 7!

    Happy Monday! 😄

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  3. Dear Jill,
    Just when I thought I’ve heard all, along comes your Monday blog. Who would think of turtle bread or to steal lamp posts. Thanks for a great Monday start. Now if I can just get my butt moving to get a list of things done.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I am so glad I gave you something different to start your week off … and hopefully a smile that will last you all week long, despite the rabbit hole that you and I spend too much time in! Hugs and have a great week!!!

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