OH!!! You startled me! Is it that time already? Well don’t just stand there … come on in where it’s warm … just let me go turn on the coffee pot
So tell me, dear friends, did you have a great weekend? Mine was pretty good. I was chuffed on Saturday afternoon when we went to Barnes & Noble and I was actually able to read the book jackets without using the magnifying glass, so I spent Saturday with a smile on my face! And I’m sure you guys aren’t exactly looking forward to going back to the salt mines today, right? Well, let’s see if we can find some fun things to put smiles on those gorgeous faces! Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa …
A tasty prank …
Y’know, I’ve often wondered what would happen if I called the local pizza place and ordered pizza sent to somebody else … just for a prank. Mind you, I wouldn’t do it, but the thought has occurred to me a time or two, and likely it has to some of you too! I know I’m not the only devious mind in this bunch!
Now, I don’t know who pranked German Attorney Guido Grolle, but it certainly wasn’t me! Whoever it was … or rather is … they are doing it up right! Guido’s office has received more than 100 pizzas that they did not order over the course of the last two weeks, and they keep on coming. Apparently, the toppings are becoming increasingly disgusting, as one of the more recent ones had something called ‘currywurst’ – I don’t even know what that is, and am fairly certain I’m better off not knowing! And there have occasionally been orders of sushi, sausage and Greek food!
Police have opened an investigation into the orders, but investigators said fraud charges are unlikely, as Grolle is not required to pay for the unwanted food. Whoever it is, has Guido’s email address, for he gets notifications of the deliveries via email, sometimes starting first thing in the morning.
So, any guesses as to who the perpetrator of this crime is? I would guess a disgruntled former client, or perhaps a lawyer from an opposing firm who lost a case to ol’ Guido! Then again … could be an angry ex-wife!
And speaking of pizza …
Steve Mallie, the owner of Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan, broke a Guinness World Record last July by cooking up the biggest hamburger, weighing in at 1,794 pounds!
But then he decided to shoot for another, this time with pizza. He and his crew cooked up a 72 x 72 inch pizza … for those who are mathematically challenged or don’t have your calculator handy, that is six-feet long and six feet wide.
Now, that’s all well and fine, but frankly, it doesn’t look all that tasty to me, and by the time anybody got to eat it, it was no doubt cold. So, I ask the question: why? And the answer, I’m sure, would be “because we can”. Sometimes, just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.
Best use of a lottery win …
Bill Pendergast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, lost his home in the summer of 2016 when wildfires swept through the area, relentlessly destroying nearly 1.5 million acres of Boreal forest, residential areas, and oil sands. 2,400 homes and other buildings were destroyed, among them Mr. Pendergast’s house.
While the Pendergasts have been struggling financially to re-build their home, it is still only partly complete, due to a lack of funds, among other things. But last week, Bill was on his way to visit his father when his father called and asked him if he would stop and pick up a cold soft drink for him. He did, and while he was in the store, he bought a lottery ticket. Well, guess what, folks? He won!!! A cool $1,000,000 USD, $800,000 Canadian dollars!
I don’t write about lottery winners very often, but every now and then there is a winner who I think is truly deserving, truly in need. Now Bill and his wife can finish that house, and just in time to welcome their first grandbaby!
All in favour, say “woof”
Now, I know I have long promised to keep Jolly Monday free of politics, but I couldn’t resist just one tiny exception … I hope you’ll forgive me.
In a town in Kentucky called “Rabbit Hash”, the mayor has been of the canine persuasion for as long as I can remember. There have been several different mayors, but all of them have been dogs:
- First Mayor: Goofy Borneman- Calhoun
- Second Mayor: Junior Cochran
- Third Mayor: Lucy Lou
- Current Mayor: Brynneth Pawltro
- Ambassadors: Bourbon & Lady Stone
It’s never been a problem … Rabbit Hash, a thriving metropolis of 315 people, functions quite nicely. Now, over in Kansas, another four-legged fellow, Angus, filed the paperwork in a timely fashion to get his name on the ballot as a candidate for governor. Hey, why not? If it can work for the city of Rabbit Hash, why not for the state of Kansas?
But nooooo … Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also just so happens to have thrown his hat into the same gubernatorial ring, says, “Officially, we will not allow a dog to run for governor.” Spoil sport. Some have speculated that Mr. Kobach felt threatened by the competition from Angus. Perhaps so. My own opinion is that Angus could not possibly be any worse than Kris Kobach, and now I will drop this topic before I ….
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy …
Last but not least, this one is for Roger, the master of the British Oak Pogo Stick!
Who knew that there are serious pogo stick competitions? Earlier this month, Russian professional Xpogo athlete Dmitry Arsenyev traveled to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to break the Guinness World Record for most consecutive no-handed back flips on a pogo stick and highest jump on a pogo stick as part of Whistle Sports’ Chronicles of a Record Breaker series. Roger … you are NOT to even attempt this, understand? I will call your wife!
First Arsenyev attempted the no-handed back flip record which required him to complete more than seven consecutive flips on his pogo stick and release his hands from the handlebars while upside-down, without falling off or losing control.
He narrowly topped the previous record by completing eight no-handed back flips before landing outside of the cushioned area provided for him.
Next Arsenyev attempted the record for highest jump on a pogo stick, which Xpogo co-founder Nick Ryan described as “the mother of all pogo records.”
He built up momentum with several bounces before vaulting over a pole set at 11 feet 0.99 inches high, about a half-inch higher than the previous record of 11 feet and half an inch.
Well, folks, a look at the clock, and the obnoxious buzzing of my dryer tell me that our Jolly Monday time is up. I like seeing that you have beautiful smiles on your faces, and I ask only that you go out and share those smiles with people you run into today who have none. I admit that mine has been faltering a bit lately, and I can tell you from experience, that if somebody smiles at me, it lightens my heart just a bit. I hope you all have a terrific week – remember that spring is getting closer by the day! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!