Good Monday morning, friends! Welcome … please overlook the mess … I was lazy this weekend and the house is a bit shaggy around the edges. I do have a special treat for you though, so grab a cuppa and since it is Monday morning, the lead-in to a brand new week, let’s find something to make us laugh, shall we?
Apparently Allison Barron’s father was not too keen on the idea of her marrying her boyfriend, Levi Bliss. Poor Bliss had gone to a lot of trouble to set the scene for his bended-knee proposal, having conspired with relatives to set up letters spelling “Marry Me?” on the side of a large hill alongside a highway. As he and Allison drove down the highway, the lettering came into view, and Levi pulled over to ‘pop the question’. He was on bended knee in front of his beloved when on top of the hill, out popped her father holding a sign that read: SAY NOTurns out it was all in good fun.
“We immediately both started laughing. My sister was behind us so we turned to her and was like, ‘Is this real?’ He was like laughing and smiling — he was proud of his sign. It was very my dad, in like a great way — he’s awesome. Always with the dad jokes and he finds them hilarious. We love it.”
Levi’s mum was none too happy about it, though, and was said to be a bit angry. I suspect, with her son marrying into the Barron family of jokesters, she better learn to lighten up a bit.
Do you guys remember last year in July when I wrote a Jolly Monday post that featured ‘avocado art’? I was just amazed at the intricacy with which the artist, Jan Campbell, was able to carve the delicate avocados. And it was just a little sad to know that her artwork had a shelf-life measured in hours, for avocados begin to go bad the minute their insides are exposed to air … just like … bananas! Well now I have found yet another artiste, one whose medium is … yep, you guessed it … bananas!Meet Stephan Brusche, an artist in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who has been drawing on and carving bananas for nearly 7 years now. I’ll let Stephan tell you a bit about how he got his start in banana art …
“I wanted to test out Instagram filters when I was at the office. There wasn’t nice scenery or anything fun to draw or take a picture of, but I did have a banana from lunch. So I figured, what if I drew a little happy face on it? I discovered it’s actually pretty pleasant to draw on a banana with a ballpoint pen. The texture of the peel and the pen is really smooth. The next day I thought, let’s do another face. And then I thought, let’s see what else I can come up with to draw on the banana. From that point on I started experimenting and I never stopped.”
And here are just a few of my favourites …
Chiquita featured Stephan on its website last year. Check it out for some cool links!
The Detroit Zoo is trying out a new promotion, but somehow … I just don’t really think it’s going to go over too well. According to NBC News …
Free buckets of 5 pounds of animal manure, dubbed Detroit Zoo Poo, will be handed out on April 14 as part of the zoo’s GreenFest celebration. The event precedes Earth Day and will showcase how the zoo recycles waste.
Buckets will be available to the first 1,000 visitors to the zoo’s anaerobic digester educational display.
The digester converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste each year into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo’s animal hospital. Nutrient-rich fertilizer is a byproduct. The zoo notes the compost “is great for putting in your garden.”
Um … thanks, guys, but maybe not this year …
Imagine waking up one morning, only to find out that you’re dead. Such was the fate of poor Constantin Reliu who learned in January that he is dead – at least officially, though Mr. Reliu continues to breathe, eat, and all the other things we think of as being consistent with life.
In 1992, unable to find work in his native Romania, Mr. Reliu went to Turkey where he found work as a cook. His wife opted to remain in Romania, and when he returned for a visit in 1995, he found she had been unfaithful to him. Still, he hung around for a few years, but in 1999 decided to return to Turkey. Last December, Turkish authorities discovered that his visa was long expired and deported him back to Romania. And that is when his troubles really began.
Upon landing at Bucharest airport, he was informed by border officials that he had been officially declared dead and underwent six hours of questioning and tests. They measured the distance between his eyes to see if it corresponded to an old passport photograph; they asked him questions about his home town, such as where the town hall was; they checked his fingerprints. Finally, he managed to convince the immigration authorities and he was allowed to leave. But now to obtain new papers … not so fast, Mr. Reliu!
It turns out that his wife had him declared dead in 2016, and it is much easier to have a death certificate issued than to have it overturned! After months of trying to get the death certificate declared null and void, last week Mr. Reliu exhausted his last avenue and was told in no uncertain terms that he must remain dead. A court in the northeastern city of Vaslui refused to overturn his death certificate because his request was filed “too late”, and the court said the decision is final.
“I am a living ghost. I am officially dead, although I’m alive. I have no income and because I am listed as dead, I can’t do anything. I think I am going to cry.”
His wife is now living in Italy, but no word from her on this mess.
Wait a minute!!! Isn’t Jolly Monday supposed to be … well … JOLLY? That was a sad, sad story! Try again, Filosofa, and this time make us laugh, or at least smile!!!
Since the late 19th century, canines, aka dogs, have figured prominently in police work. They have served in a protective capacity, but also as drug-sniffing dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, and let us not forget the most noble, Search & Rescue dogs. Man’s best friend. But felines … cats, aka moggies … have been ignored by police and military.
Last week, the Troy, Michigan, police department hired their first ever cat! They interviewed 5 kittens from the Michigan Humane Society, and finally made their selection, though it will be a few weeks before the cat is able to begin her new position. The kitty remains, as yet, nameless, and the department plans to hold a contest among the schoolchildren in Troy, with the child who submits the winning entry being rewarded with a pizza party! Isn’t this a great way to promote police-community relations?And now down to the nitty gritty … what is the job description? Well, I believe there will be some undercover work, for the police department spokesperson seemed a bit reluctant to provide too many details. But what she did say was that the kitty would be involved with community outreach, helping bring attention to the needs of the Michigan Humane Society, and will also be in charge of the department’s Twitter feed. Hmmmm … the Significant Seven always give me that old excuse about not having opposable thumbs whenever I try to get them to do something useful, like write this blog!
And now, folks, since I seem to be having a problem with my sense of humour this morning, I think it’s time for Jolly Monday to wind down with a few cartoons, then ♫ Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Off To Work You Go … ♫ Please, dear friends, share those lovely smiles with others today … make somebody feel just a little bit more loved. Have a great week and keep safe! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!