I’m not quite sure how it came to be Monday again already, but according to all my calendars, the one on my phone, on my laptop and the wolf calendar on the kitchen wall, it is once again Monday. I can account for only 5 days since the last Monday, so perhaps Congress passed legislation making the weeks shorter, and nobody thought to tell me. But alas, it is my duty … and pleasure … to start your week out with a chuckle, a smile, a hug and some love, so that is what I will do today. Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair, and let me show you what I’ve found for us to smile, chuckle, and ‘awwwwwww’ about this morning!
You all remember Necco candies from your childhood, right? It was never my favourite, rather a ‘meh’ sort of candy, but they seemed to always be popular. It seems that New England Confectionery Company, the makers of Necco candy, are seeking a buyer. The company, which has been around since 1847, has said that if a buyer is not found by early May, it will begin the process of shutting down as early as May 6th. Now here’s what’s interesting … the candy is not popular, is often referred to as America’s least favourite candy, and yet people are going wild over the news that the candy may soon be no more. I don’t get it! The candies have been described as “tropical drywall” and “plaster surprise,” according to The Wall Street Journal.CandyStore.com, a Los Angeles-based bulk-candy retailer, reported that people began “panic-buying” the wafers on March 12, the day the Boston Globe reported Necco chief executive Michael McGee’s announcement that the candy company could shut down if it did not find a buyer.
Floridian Katie Samuels made an offer to CandyStore.com …
“I offered to trade my 2003 Honda Accord for all of their stock. I knew it was kind of a silly thing to say, but I’m serious. I don’t have much right now, so I was like, ‘I’ve got this car, and I want all that candy, so maybe they would consider it.'” They didn’t.
Another online retailer, Candyfavorites.com sold more Necco Wafers on Wednesday than it would normally sell in six months, depleting 90 percent of its Necco Wafer inventory, said owner Jon Prince.
“We’ve had people offer to purchase our entire inventory. I had an older lady who offered to send me chocolate chip cookies for the entire year if I were willing to sell her beyond our limit. I was tempted because I love baked goods. But I didn’t do it.”
While a box of 24 rolls of Necco typically sells for between $21 – $35, they are now going on ebay for as much as $300! People are apparently thinking to get rich off these undesirable little sweets!
And for your daily dose of cuteness …It was windy in upstate New York last week. So windy that it blew a little baby girl squirrel right out of a tree. The squirrel broke the bone in her tiny left-front leg. But take heart! She was rescued by the Orphaned Wildlife Center, who took her straight to the Catskill Veterinary Services in Rock Hill. They are taking good care of the little girl squirrel, and put a bright green cast on her little arm. Awwwwwww ….
I bet you cannot watch this short clip without saying “awwwwwwww” at least once! You can check her out on Facebook.
I have long bemoaned the state of higher (and lower) education in the U.S., the fact that we seem to be ‘dummying down’, the standards are not as high, and the focus seems more on job and techno skills than on the humanities, social sciences, literature, and teaching young people how to actually think. A professor at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has driven my point home.
The class project was to compare a social norm between the U.S. and another country. Student Ashley Arnold chose ‘social media use’ for her norm, and for her country she chose Australia. But when Arnold got her grade back on Feb. 1, she was shocked to see her professor had failed her. Why? Because, according to the teacher, “Australia is a continent; not a country.” The professor, who has a PhD in philosophy, had given Arnold zero points in multiple sections of the assignment because she believed that Australia wasn’t a real country.This led to a bit of back-and-forth via email:
Ashley: I believe I got zero or partial credit because the instructor said, ‘Australia is a continent; not a country. However, I believe that Australia is a country. The research starter on the SNHU’s Shapiro library written by John Pearson (2013) states, that Australia is the ‘sixth-largest country in the world’ (n.p.). The full name of the country is the Commonwealth of Australia, meaning Australia is both a continent and a country. Therefore, these sections of the rubric should be amended.
Prof: I will gladly re-examine your week 2 milestone project report. But before I do I want you to understand that any error in a project can invalidate the entire research project. Research is like dominoes, if you accidentally knock over one piece the entire set will also fall. Australia is a continent; it is not a country. That error made it nearly impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly. As I mentioned above I will look over your week two paper once again and see if you earned more credits than I gave you.
Ashley: Australia is both a country and a continent. It’s the only country that is both. I provided a resource in the first email that clarifies that for you. If you need further clarification google or the SNHU Shapiro Library has that information you. Again I mean no disrespect but my grade is affected by your assumption that Australia is not a country when it in fact is. Thank you and let me know if I need to provide further resources proving Australia is a country.
Prof: Thank you for this web-address. After I do some independent research on the continent/country issue I will review your paper.
No, folks, sadly this is not a joke … it really happened. Ashley was ultimately given a grade of B+, refunded her money for the course and received an apology from the university. The professor is no longer employed at SNHU.
And finally, in Austria (which is also a country, by the way), a man posted a snarky warning about speed checks on his Facebook page, whereby he referred to police as ‘Smurfs’. Authorities in Tyrol province imposed the fine of €160, or nearly $200 USD, for violating “public decency” by “defaming two police officers.” As I’ve said before … you want to be careful what you post on Facebook!
And that, my friends, depletes my supply of ‘jolly’ for the week. Time for me to tackle the never-ending pile of laundry and start a bit of spring cleaning, on this snowy Monday in April!!! Today I will tackle the baseboards, walls & trim in the downstairs bathroom. Wish me luck! Have an awesome week … and friends … please make sure to share those smiles I am seeing … they are far too gorgeous to keep to yourselves! Keep safe, my friends. Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!