Good Monday morning, friends! I hope the weather has finally gotten warmer where you live (except for my friends down under, where the mercury was already breaking heat records) … it has been above freezing for two whole days now! I finally ventured out of my lair on Saturday, as did every other human being in the country! But it was nice, and according to the 10-day forecast, it is supposed to stay relatively mild for a while, anyway. I know, I know … you guys have to go back to work, back to the office intrigue and the ol’ nine-to-five … so let’s see if we can start this week out with a laugh, or even just a chuckle, so it won’t seem quite so bad. Yes, Steve … there are donuts and fresh coffee, too. I apologize for last week … grab a cuppa and a donut, and relax for a few minutes …
A little bit of hedgehog love?
There is a new café in Tokyo called Harry. No, not Harry’s … just Harry. It is a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog, Harinezumi. And by the way, don’t go to Harry with an appetite, for no food is served. So what is Harry? It is the latest in the recent trend of animal cafés, the Hedgehog café. Remember the Owl café and the Snake café I wrote about back in 2016? The owners of Harry, by the way, own a rabbit café in the same building, called Ms. Bunny.
So here’s how it works …
You go in, take your seat, and then either ask for a specific hedgehog or pick one you’d like and the staff will bring it to you. Once you’ve had enough, you can swap it with another one.
When you handle it, you’re supposed to cup your hands – they said as if you’re cupping water – and let it sit there. Once it settles, you can stroke it and let it move around on your hands.
Living conditions are crowded in Tokyo, and I think not many families have room for pets such as dogs ‘n cats, so this is how they get their fix of cute, fluffy critters. The cost? On weekdays they charge 1,000 yen ($9.20; £6.40) for 30 minutes, on weekends 1,300 yen. When I think about it, that is less than food, kitty litter, vet visits, calming fluid, and hairball medicine for the Significant Seven … hmmmm … anybody in the market for an autistic cat, or the cat from hell?
And yet another ‘Harry’ …
Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle are all over the news these days, and wouldn’t you know people will find ways to profit from them. The latest is designer Shirley Corsey, who has designed Harry & Meghan dolls that look absolutely nothing like … Harry and Meghan.
In fact, the dolls are just a little bit creepy, if you ask me. And they seem even creepier when you check out the price tag! You can buy them on Etsy for a mere … wait for it … £130, or $180.35 … plus tax & shipping, of course.
The dolls elicited quite a Twitter-storm …
“Let me list the things that are wrong with these new ‘Harry & Meghan’ dolls. Everything.” – 8:17 AM – Jan 18, 2018
“These “Harry” and “Meghan” dolls really are off their clackers.” – 8:32 AM – Jan 18, 2018
“Dolls freak me out anyway, but there’s something especially creepy about the lifelike face on the Harry, and his eyes! Looks nothing like him though. And the Meghan looks like the face from the original Chucky doll. 😂” – 7:59 AM – Jan 19, 2018
Beware the donut man!
Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, can eat a lot of doughnuts, but he really is not too smart. In August 2014, Hardison entered a police-sponsored contest in Elizabeth City to see who could eat more donuts in a two-minute period than the police. You know, of course, that police nationwide are known for their ability to put away the donuts. Hardison won that contest by eating eight donuts in two minutes … yuck. But his victory celebration was short-lived, for the very next day, after seeing his picture in the paper, the local Sheriff’s Office caught up with him after months of investigation, and arrested Hardison on charges related to break-ins at two grocery stores in 2013. He was convicted and received a suspended sentence of three years, which ended last October.
Which brings us to last week, when Hardison returned to a life of crime, this time robbing … A Dunkin’ Donuts shop! He has been charged with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny, and is being held on $7,000 bond. I’ve always heard that donuts were bad for you!
‘Sno Car …
Okay, I’ve built snowmen … or, to be more politically correct here, snow people, and snow forts, snowballs and the like. But Simon Laprise of Montreal, Canada, decided to take snow sculpting to a new level when he built a quite realistic looking snow car! And not, I might add, just any car, but his snow sculpture was modeled after the DeLorean, such as the one featured in the movie Back to the Future.
“It was a beautiful day. So I decided to do something out of the mountain of snow, to do a little joke to the snow guys, and have fun sculpting a car. It’s not my first one, just the first I do in the street on snow removal day.”
Laprise sculpted the car to look like it had been parked throughout a snow storm for days. He even added indentions for the wheels and windows — and then threw a spare windshield wiper he found lying around for a special touch.
Now, there are two versions about what happened next, and I really have no idea which is true. The first, according to UPI, is that when police came around to look for cars parked on that side of the road during snow plowing hours, they wrote a ticket and left it on a windshield made of snow. But, according to CBSNews, VOX, and other sources, the ticket was a joke, as the officers realized the ‘car’ was made of snow.
Either way, I suspect Mr. Laprise had a lot of fun with this one!
Well, my dear friends … I hope I’ve at least brought a smile to your faces this morning that you can share with others, for times are tough for so many these days … please remember to share that gorgeous smile! Now get thee to the office to work! Keep safe and warm, my friends. Love and Hugs from Filosofa!
I was never a huge fan of Elvis, but this song always touches something in me …