♫ Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old ,,, ♪ Sometimes I’d like to quit ♫ Nothin’ ever seems to fit ♪ Hangin’ around ♫ Nothin’ to do but frown ♪ Rainy days and Mond … ays … always …
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Okay, let’s start over here. Welcome, once again, my dear friends to Jolly Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful autumn weekend. Perhaps not so much if you live in Mississippi, but at least Nate was much weaker than the previous three, and my friend Benjamin, who lives on the gulf coast of Mississippi sent me a video and said they were safe and it moved through rather quickly. So, much to be happy about. I got up early this morning … actually, stayed up late last night … and baked a few treats, so pull up a chair and let us see if we can find a few things to laugh about this morning, shall we?
I’m not a fan of bright coloured cars. I suppose I once was, but they stand out like sore thumbs, and are basically cop-magnets, so I prefer black, dark green, grey or dark blue. Remember what happened earlier this summer when I rented a red car for my trip to Pennsylvania? I swear it was the red car that jinxed me! In Germany, one Markus Zahn learned a very expensive lesson about having an orange car! His $265,000 sports car, a bright orange McLaren 650S Spider, was mistaken by a hungry donkey, for a carrot! I kid you not! Vistus the donkey caused about $6,800 in damage by biting the back of the car.
Zahn took it pretty well, all things considered ..
“I looked into the rear-view mirror and suddenly saw a pair of fluffy ears. And then I heard a strange sound. The sound came from a donkey, who was gnawing at my fender. The donkey probably thought the car was a carrot on wheels. I’m not mad at him.”
Last week in Baltimore, Maryland, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was evacuated. No, not a bomb threat, not a fire nor a broken water main. The culprit this time? A pumpkin-spice air freshener. Yes, seriously. During the afternoon, students began noticing an odd odor coming from the third floor. Taking no chances, school officials evacuated the school and called the fire department’s Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) team. After extensive testing, the fire department identified the source of the offending smell as a pumpkin spice air freshener.
Okay, I get that they were a bit overly cautious, but better safe than sorry. But five people, 2 students and 3 adults, were actually taken to the hospital as a precaution. Now isn’t that overkill?
Sometimes when I clean my pantry out, I find a can or two of soup that has surpassed its “best used by” date. If it is only a month or two, no worries, we will eat it. If, however, it is six months or beyond, I may pitch it. But … well … a foodbank, Cardiff Food Bank in Wales, received an expired can of soup …
As one twitterer said, this soup belongs in a museum, not a foodbank! This particular can of soup was 46 years beyond its expiry date, and that variety was discontinued 35 years ago! In the same donation were other expired cans, including one of Green Giant corn from the 1980s. The foodbank’s fundraising manager, Helen Bull, said that the cans were donated as part of the harvest festival and the foodbank was unsure who dropped them off.
If this was a prank, then obviously it isn’t funny. But I have another theory. I wonder if some elderly person died, and as their family was emptying their house, they came across these food items and just, unthinkingly, tossed them into the basket for charity. You know what packrats we elderly can be … ahem.
Do you usually read your fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant? Mine always say the same thing: “Thank you for visiting P.F. Chang’s” Anyway, if you just give it a cursory glance and then toss it aside, as most people do, you might want to think twice next time.
92-year-old Charles “Chuck” Svatos received a fortune cookie as part of his meal at a casino in early September. The fortune read: “You will discover an unexpected treasure.” Pretty standard fortune-cookie fortune, right? But Chuck put the fortune in his wallet anyway. Imagine his surprise on September 25th when he discovered he had won $390,000 in the Lucky for Life drawing!
Svatos was offered a cash payout of $390,000 or $25,000 a year for life. At age 92, I believe he was wise to take the $390,000, which is what he did. He says he plans to use the money to travel! I hope you enjoy the heck out of it, Mr. Svatos!
And speaking of lottery winners …
Hermenegildo Beltran-Meza liked his lottery tickets, but his wife had given him a lecture about wasting money buying lottery tickets. We can imagine him sitting there, nodding his head and saying, “yes, dear”, while in his mind wondering how he can continue to buy the tickets without wifey finding out. Well, he found a way to buy two California Black Premium Scratchers for $10 each. When he got home, he was so afraid of his wife finding out that he went into the bathroom to scratch the tickets!
Well, the first ticket was a bust, but Mr. Beltran-Meza could hardly believe his eyes when he scratched off the second! ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
Now my thought was that wifey wasn’t going to see a thin dime of it. But, Mr. Beltran-Meza is a nice man, a kind and forgiving man, and all he said to her when he showed her the winning ticket was, “You said I’m never going to win and there I won, there’s proof.” I suspect he gloated for just a moment. The couple says they will use most of the money to save toward retirement. Wise choice.
In the market to buy a museum? There are some really odd ones out there, but there is one for sale to the highest bidder in San Antonio, Texas. Barney Smith, 96, is offering his Toilet Seat Art Museum, containing more than 1,300 hand-decorated toilet seats, to the highest bidder. All 1,321 toilet seats have been handcrafted by Barney himself.
So how did Barney get his start designing toilet seats? Well, he was working in the family’s plumbing business way back in the day, when he stopped for some supplies at the local plumbing supply house. He noticed about 50 toilet seats out back that were going to be hauled off. “And I said [to the guy] ‘what are you going to do with those toilet seats. I would like to have some of these toilet seats to do some art on.’”
Barney seems a fun sort, and you really ought to take a minute to check out this article about him.
Some of these toilet seats are … ahem … well, rather oddish. However, I applaud Mr. Smith’s creativity and his perseverance, and I hope he is able to sell his museum for lots of money and enjoy a long, happy retirement!
And now, dear friends, I must go attend to my never-ending laundry, figure out what to make for dinner tonight, do a bit of cleaning, then settle in to see what’s up in the world today. I’ve enjoyed our time together and hope you have too! I hope I’ve given you something to smile about, and that you will go share that smile today. We’ve all been through some rough times, and everybody can use a smile. Remember, too, that a smile gets bigger every time you share it! Keep safe and have a great week ahead! Love and hugs from Filosofa!