Good morning, friends and welcome on this cold Monday morning! You may want to keep your jackets on, for my furnace is not working and while I’ve tried to warm the place up with the oven, it is still quite chilly in here. I brought down a few blankets for any who would like one. Yes, I called the emergency maintenance number several times, starting at noon yesterday, but … well, I guess they had better things to do than come fix my furnace. But enough of that … how was your weekend?
Since I’m in a bit of a funk this morning and feared my humour might turn out to be a bit macabre, I’m turning Jolly Monday over to … well Jolly! Let’s see what he can come up with, shall we? Snacks, coffee, and tea are on the table, so help yourselves!
Hi everyone! You like cartoons? I like cartoons a lot. I find some funny cartoons dis morning I think you’ll like, okay?
Look at dis cute li’l video I found with an owl lookin’ at hisself in da mirror …
Oh! I know! I heard a joke da other day … wanna hear it?
A lawyer was just waking up from anesthesia after surgery, and his wife was sitting by his side. His eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re beautiful!” and then he fell asleep again. His wife had never heard him say that, so she stayed by his side.
A couple of minutes later, his eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re cute!” Well, the wife was disappointed because instead of “beautiful,” it was “cute.” She asked, “What happened to ‘beautiful’?” His reply was “The drugs are wearing off!”
I think I’m puttin’ you to sleep … wanna look at some really neat critters?Dis is a Bush Viper. It lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night. I think it’s cute, but kinda scary.
This one’s a Giant Isopod, one of the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.” I would be scared of it, wouldn’t you?
These are named Glaucus Atlanticus, but they’re usually just called Blue Dragon. I think that’s easier to say. They are a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach. I think they’re pretty!
Don’t be a-scared! It won’t hurt you. It’s a Goblin Shark! It’s really rare, and they sometimes call it the ‘Living Fossil’. “… the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.” Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans. See, I told ya it won’t hurt you!
This one is a Mantis Shrimp! Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows. Isn’t it beeeeeooootiful?
How can you not love this cute little Panda Ant? This one will hurt you, though! The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda.
You like dis Red-Lipped Batfish? It looks like it has lipstick on, doesn’t it? Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean. I don’ think I wanna meet up with dis one!
Dis is the most interesting one, I think. Umbonia Spinosa is its name. These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists. I think it’s pretty, but kinda scary, too.
Okay, Jolly … I think that’s about all we can do for this morning, don’t you? Remember that cute baby animals video you found last night? Let’s show ‘em that, shall we?
Sorry, folks, but Jolly and I seem to be a bit short on humour this morning, but I hope we at least brought you a small smile. Perhaps by sharing that small smile, you can grow it into a bigger one, yes? I do apologize and we will try to do better next Monday. Have a great week, my friends, and keep safe. Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!