Well here we are again … another Monday and the year has gotten yet a week shorter! Miss Goose reminded me the other day that it will soon be time to drag out the fall & Hallowe’en decorations. I shook my fist at her! I am not ready, nor in any mood for thoughts of holidays! Bah, humbug, I say! But that’s no reason not to start the week out on the right foot, with a few sweet treats, some fresh coffee, and a bit of humour! So grab a plate, a cup, and let’s see what fun we can find. And please leave the juice box for Benjamin …
A $20,000 snack?Who knew that a single Cheeto could be worth more than $20,000? Yes, folks, one teeny tiny cheeto, shaped just right, can earn you a few years’ worth of groceries!Dwight and Leverna Parsons decided one evening to stay in, watch a movie, and have a few snacks. As Dwight was getting ready to pop a Cheeto into his mouth, he commented on its odd shape, and Leverna screeched, “Oh god, don’t eat it, don’t eat it!” It was shaped like a man running, carrying an American football, and she thought it would be cool to show it to her friends. So, she placed it in a zippy bag and started showing it to people. It was a week later when her daughter told her about the contest.
Turns out, the contest, which was sponsored by Cheetos-maker Frito-Lay, was asking customers to send in photos of bizarrely-shaped Cheetos worthy of being in the “Cheeto Museum”. The weekly winners were eligible for a $2,000 prize (Canadian dollars), and at the end, there would be a grand prize of $25,000 (C). Who knew? My preference, not that it matters, are the White Cheddar Cheetos.
The crows get a job …I don’t know what they are being paid … probably chicken scratch … but at least six crows have been able to leave the unemployment lines, for they now have jobs!
The French theme park, Puy du Fou, has hired rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up the trash around the park. The rooks will fly around collecting cigarette butts and small pieces of garbage in exchange for food. It’s rather neat, actually … they deposit the small pieces of trash into a box that then dispenses a bit of bird food. Rather Pavlovian, but hey … whatever works, and these guys obviously do! Hmmm … I wonder if they could be trained to … ???
Let’s talk ice cream …
This month, BBC Travel is exploring different ice cream traditions around the globe. On Thursday, BBC’s Christopher Baker reviewed Parque Coppelia, the world’s largest ice cream parlour that occupies an entire city block in downtown Havana, Cuba. It is an interesting building and some people claim to have gone there only for the architecture, and not the ice cream. Yeah, sure.It is a Cuban Revolution modernist building from 1966, featuring five white granite discs annexed to one great helicoidal staircase, with wood and tinted glass division panels, all under one big round roof supported by twelve reinforced concrete arachnid columns. (Don’t ask me what any of that means, okay? After all, I thought an arachnid was a spidey.) It is also a state-run institution, employing more than 400 workers and serving 4,250 US gallons of ice cream to 35,000 customers each day! That’s a lot of ice cream, my friends!
Coppelia was originally built in a project led by Fidel Castro to introduce his love of dairy products to the Cuban population, creating the Coppelia enterprise to produce those products. The original aim was to produce more ice cream flavors than the big American brands by buying the best machines from the Netherlands and Sweden. Fidel’s longtime secretary, Celia Sánchez, named Coppelia after her favorite ballet Coppélia.
The most popular dish is the ensalada (salad in Spanish, though there are no veggies in this salad) that consists of 5 scoops, each a different flavour. Most people, it is said, order at least two of these ensaladas! That’s ten scoops of ice cream … blech 🤢She’s not gonna keep her figure eating all that!
The article is fairly lengthy, but fun, so if you have time, check it out!
Koalas have nine lives???Awwww … look at this poor little guy … he’s stuck in the fence outside a South Australia power station. But don’t worry … he was rescued by Fauna Rescue volunteer Sally Selwood.
“[It looked] like he’s crawled under the fence to go somewhere, as they do, and then sat up as he was under the fence and got his head caught. But he didn’t have the brains to bob back down again to get out.”
He was rescued promptly and after being observed for a brief period of time, released back into the wild. But this wasn’t his first experience with Sally and the crew at Fauna Rescue … in fact, it was his third! That’s right … three times now, this little guy has gotten into trouble and required rescuing. The first time was in January 2016 when he was found unresponsive at the bottom of a tree. The gang at Fauna Rescue nursed him back to health over the course of a week, and probably never expected to see him again.
But then came November 2016, when he was hit by a car! Once again, they nursed him back to health, and wished him a fond farewell. Now, if you want my opinion, I think this little guy was just lonesome and remembered all the TLC he received, so manufactured a reason for them to rescue him yet again! I’m glad that this time it wasn’t quite as serious as the last time, at least. Wouldn’t you think that they would have given him a name by now? I rather think ‘Willie’ suits him well.
Okay, folks … you hear that annoying buzzing sound coming from the kitchen? That is my dryer, telling me that the towels are ready to be folded, and it will continue its intermittent buzzing until I go fold the bloomin’ towels. So, take yourselves off to work now and leave me to my laundry … sigh. I’d really rather just sit here and chat with you guys, but … you know how it is. Please share those lovely smiles with others this week. I had the most surly cashier when I went to the grocery yesterday, but after I smiled and asked her how she was doing, I finally coaxed a smile from her. So, go spread some joy amongst your co-workers, friends, strangers and spouses! Keep safe and have a happy week! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!