Good Monday morning, friends! Come in, and welcome! Did you all have a wonderful weekend? Mine? Meh. Chris was out of town with her band at a competition in Chicago, so Goose and I just chilled out. Other than the tornado warnings throughout the night Saturday night, nothing much to report. I am dying to show you guys the new bumper sticker I got for my van, but … um … it’s slightly political, and the only rule for Jolly Monday is no politics, so I’ll sneak it into this afternoon’s post! You’ll love it! Now, grab a bit of a snack and something to drink, and let’s have a chuckle or two!
More money than good sense
Get a load of this one. A lock of Beethoven’s hair is going on the auction block at Sotheby’s in London and was initially expected to bring between $15,000 and $19,000, however it sold for £35,000, or $44,082.50 USD! The auctioneer said the hair was given by Beethoven to contemporary Anton Halm as a gift for Halm’s wife. Say WHAT??? Who gives a lock of their hair to a friend for his wife … who gives a lock of hair to anybody, for that matter. Apparently, Mr. Halm had previously bought what was supposedly a lock of Beethoven’s hair from a third party at some point, but it turned out to be goat’s hair.
Personally, I think there’s something wrong with anybody who wants a lock of someone else’s hair, except maybe their own child!The hair is held together by a genuine silk thread, and is encased in a 19th century glazed oval frame. That amount of money … for a lock of hair of a dead person, albeit a famous dead person … is further proof, if any were needed, that people with money to burn are people of very little brain.
Name that baby!
Did you have trouble choosing a name for any of your children? My late ex and I fought over a middle name for our first child, daughter Chris, and thus she has no middle name. Her first name is Christina, and I wanted her middle name to be ‘Maria’, but Donnie (the late ex) said it sounded too Spanish. So, we left it for her to choose her own, and she never did. The next one, a boy, I chose Michael, and Donnie insisted on “Frank” for the middle name, after his favourite uncle. Never mind that Uncle Frank had made passes at me on multiple occasions! Then, when the third one came along, I chose Thomas, and Donnie ranted that I had named the first two, this was the last one, and it was his turn, so the poor kid ended up with the name “Clifford William”. Anyway … to the point …
If you’re having trouble settling on a name for your baby, there is a start up company, Future Perfect, that will do it for you … for a mere $350! Founded by two moms who met on a playground and bonded over their children’s unique names, the company offers a variety of packages ranging from the $100 “The Riff” package that includes a 15-minute “namestorming” session via phone, to the $350 “The Works” package that features a 15-minute consultation that leads to a list of 10 suggested first names and 10 suggested middle names for the baby.
I repeat what I said in the last piece … some people have a lot more money than common sense.
Climate Change ahead …
You know those digital traffic signs that road crews use to warn of various road conditions ahead? Well, in Houston, somebody got the idea of hacking one such sign. The sign originally read “Reduce Speed Now”, but one morning last week, motorists were seeing a variety of messages, including …
- Global warming at work
- Warning: Hurricane Human
- Triassic weather ahead
- We are the asteroid
Personally, I think the messages are relevant and timely. The original message might have been intended to save lives that day, but … the replacement messages might save lives over a much longer term.
Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon, for in North Carolina last month, somebody changed a digital sign to read, “Idiots on bikes”, and in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, an extremely obscene message replaced the original that warned of a detour.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
You just have to see/hear this beautiful, talented young lady play the song …
Isn’t she amazing?
How about a few cartoons to bring a chuckle?
And, what is Jolly Monday without a cute animal video? I actually came across this one a few weeks ago, put it away for safekeeping, and of course forgot where I put it … rather like the bunch of fresh parsley I lost this weekend. Anyway, prepare to smile …
And that’s a wrap for today, my friends! Please don’t forget to share those gorgeous smiles I see on your faces … I left a few extras by the door, so feel to grab one on your way out in case you lose yours sometime this week. Love ‘n Hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!