Saturday Surprise — This ‘n That

Hello Friends!  Once again we embark on aweekendWhat better way to start the weekend than with something fun, eh?  Well I’ve got just the thing …


All the world is a canvas …

I was bobbing along on Bored Panda yesterday (I love Bored Panda … always something to love!) when I came across a unique form of artwork.  Russian illustrator Nikita Golubev lives in Moscow and scours the city in search of … dirty cars & trucks!  And what he does with them is … at least in my opinion … really amazing!  I’ve picked out a few to share with you, but you can see more on Bored Panda.

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Isn’t that cool?  If someone did that on my car, I would immediately have a coat of clear-coat applied so I could keep it forever!  You can watch a short (41 seconds) clip of him doing his art


There goes the price of a Hershey bar …Hershey-barOn Wednesday, a semitrailer carrying chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, caught fire along Interstate 80 near Dexter in west-central Iowa.  The Iowa State Patrol said the truck was headed westbound and had problems with its brakes, which eventually caught fire. The driver pulled off of the interstate onto a grassy area. The driver was able to unhook the cab from the trailer before the trailer went up in flames. There were no injuries. But the trailer — and all of its chocolate — were destroyed.

Can you imagine how much chocolate was likely in that trailer???  Sigh.


Death by beard???

It happened one night in 1567 in the town of Braunau am Inn on the Austrian-German border.  A fire broke out in the town, and of course this was before the days when you could just whip out your cell phone, call the fire department, and wait for them to arrive with a fleet of hook-and-ladder and pumper trucks.  Everybody was pitching in to help.beard-1The burgomeister (mayor), Hans Steininger, was on the scene.  Now, the mayor sported a beard that was long … very long … 4.5 feet (1.4 m) long, in fact.  Well, the mayor usually rolled the excess of his beard and carried it in his pocket, but when the fire broke out, he didn’t take time for that precaution, and in the midst of the chaos, he managed to step on his own beard, sending him tumbling down a flight of stairs and breaking his neck. Killed by his own beard.  I’m thinking the mayor must not have been very tall, if he tripped over his beard that was just 4.5 feet long.

The beard has been preserved for posterity and is on display at the District Museum Herzogsburg in Branau.beard-2


Lost keys or lost memory?

I came across this, and while it isn’t about me … I can see me doing something similar!

After a meeting several days ago, I couldn’t find my keys. I quickly gave myself a personal “TSA Pat Down.”

They weren’t in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car’s ignition. He’s afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband: “I left my keys in the car and it’s been stolen.”

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice. “Are you kidding me?” he barked, “I dropped you off!”

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, can you come and get me?”

He retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn’t steal your car!”

Welcome to the golden years…


And last, what would a Saturday Surprise be without at least one or two funny animals?  So here, for young and old alike, two short clips …


Now, my friends, it is time for you to go enjoy your weekend!  For my friend Emily who today begins 5 whole weeks of vacation …wine glasses beachHave a great weekend, and if you are, like I am, in an area that is experiencing a heat wave for the next 10 days or so, keep cool, keep safe, and have fun!

17 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — This ‘n That

  1. Hans Steininger’s beard… the ultimate expression of style over function!

    Cat caught red-handed: “Oh, hi,” he/she said while gingerly returning the item to the drawer. “I was just looking for my catnip. Err… I must have left it around here somewhere. Have you seen it? No? Okay. Well, I’ve gotta run now. See ya!”

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  2. Benjamin is spending time with my Son’s family at their beach house in New Hampshire, he was so excited! He will be ecstatic with the videos of the Russian artist and the animals. He watches past videos over and over asking for them by name. My inbox is filled with past posts of them! The mind of this talented artist is fascinating. I see dirt, he sees possibilities. A thought on the mayor’s beard…if he had simply thrown it over a shoulder, he might have remained attached to it. That the beard was kept for posterity is a bit bizarre. Growing up near Hershey, Pa., their chocolate has always been loved. If the truck contained milk chocolate, that is sad; if it contained dark chocolate, it is a tragedy! Lost Keys is hysterical. I’ve always loved this Sawyer Brown song. My sincere thank-you for a lovely Saturday Surprise!

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    • I do hope Benjamin is having a wonderful time at the beach!!! I’m a little jealous, though in light of the current heat wave, I think indoors is the best place for me at the moment. I, too, am a lover of dark chocolate! I won’t turn down milk chocolate, but far prefer dark. And yes, the mayor could have done that with his beard, but perhaps he was concerned that a bird flying overhead … 😀 I’m glad you liked the song … I debated using it, for I wasn’t sure if anybody else liked Sawyer Brown, or even knew of him! But the song was rather a nod to my frame of mind regarding the bigger picture … I’m sure you can figure what I mean and probably already did! Have a wonderful weekend, Ellen! Go join the family at the beach!!! 🌴

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      • I detest the heat, wet sand and water deeper than my bathtub lacking a multitude of fragrant bubbles! Also, my body no longer looks it’s best in a swim suit…a sight akin to one’s worst nightmares. I prefer the air conditioned coolness, relaxing in my comfy rocker/recliner, a book in hand and a cup of coffee nearby. A bit of dark chocolate, as in miniature dark chocolate peanut butter cups, makes it a perfect staycation for me!

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    • That was my favourite also! I remember when I was a teenager, my mother took an art class at a local college, and she came home one night with an assignment to draw garbage, for the instructor’s point was that there is beauty even in trash. Hmmmm … 😉

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  3. Dear Jill,

    I couldn’t eat that many carrots. It’s amazing what these cats can do to get into a little trouble.
    The art work is incredible. I’m surprised people don’t volunteer with words like, please paint my car.
    I love that, I lost my keys story. I’m still laughing.
    That beard was truly amazing. I didn’t know that was possible.
    Having all that chocolate going to waste was a crying shame.
    Thanks for the Sawyer Brown song, This night won’t last forever. I pray that you know who won’t last forever, either.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’m glad you liked the post! I especially loved the artwork on the dirty vehicles! If he did that on my car, I would never want to wash it again! I chose that particular song for just the reason you mentioned … hoping the dark we now feel won’t last forever. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! Hugs!!!

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