Howly Jolly Monday!

Good Monday-before-Hallowe’en morning, my friends!  Not only is this the Monday before Hallowe’en, but it is also the last Monday in the U.S. before the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST), and this time next week, darkness will fall even earlier.  On the other side of the pond, the time changed this past weekend.  You know what this all means, right?  Winter is coming.  Snow.  Shoveling.  Slippery roads.  Sweaters. Socks.  Shoes.  Sigh.  Hey … I just realized … everything to do with winter starts with the letter ‘S’.  Yes, yes, my mind does work in odd ways, but we all knew that.  Anyway, to start this week out right, let’s have a little snack, a warm drink, and see about finding something to bring a smile to our faces on this cold, dark winter morn … (Sorry guys … no bacon today … I ran out!)


halloween-donuts                        milk

Teeny tiny rats driving teeny tiny cars

Scientists at University of Richmond in Virginia have taught rats how to drive!  Now, the scientists claim this research is going to help them better understand human anxiety and depression … I’m not sure what the connection is, but the rats driving their little specially-made cars are too adorable!

mouseThey claim it proves that little rat brains are much more capable of performing complicated tasks than previously realized.  The scientists also claim that driving appeared to reduce the rats’ stress … hmmmm … quite the opposite effect than it has on humans.  But then again, the rats weren’t driving on the Interstate highway with 10,000 other rats trying to get ahead of everyone else!

Take a look …

Parking sticker shock …

A week or so ago, we had the occasion to go into the city.  Now, I avoid going into the city like the plague … for one thing, I almost always get lost downtown, and for another, I just don’t like crowds and tall buildings, much prefer trees and wide open spaces.  But, in this case, it was something that needed to be done for a friend, so we braved it.  We were parked in one of the many underground parking garages for less than three hours, and when we left, I got the shock of my life … $14!  Not only that, but to get out, you couldn’t pay cash, but had to use a credit or debit card!  Luckily, daughter Chris had hers handy!  But, if you think that was bad …

Johnny Cheung Shun-yee owned a parking space in front of the 73-story office tower The Center, in Hong Kong.  Take a wild guess what someone was willing to pay for the spot, one of only 40 in front of the building?  Nope … nope, more than that.  The equivalent of $969,000 USD!!!  That’s almost one million dollars for a bloomin’ parking space!  Turns out, it is also more than three times the average home price in Hong Kong!  And we thought the cost of living here was high! Hong-Kong-parking

‘Tis the season … for zombies???

In Key West, Florida, they hold an annual ZombieFest Street Party this time of year.  Some 11,000 zombies are expected to show up, riding bicycles down Duval Street, joined by a smattering of other creatures such as skeletons, evil clowns, witches and the like.

Hmmm … I know a few people who would fit in well there!

Now THAT’s scary!

We’ve all been, at one time or another, in those Hallowe’en haunted houses, right?  Personally, I don’t care much for them, for there is always something that reaches out and touches you in the eerie darkness, and I’m trying hard not to die of heart failure just yet.  But, there is a haunted house in Summertown, Tennessee, that must really be the haunted house to top all others!

Just to give you an idea, in order to even enter McKamey Manor, one must first complete a sports physical, sign a 40-page waiver, pass a drug test, provide proof of medical insurance, and prove they are at least 21 years old.  If you meet all those criteria, you must then watch a 2-hour video called And Then There Were None, which features footage of every visitor from July 2017 and August 2019 quitting before the end of the experience. Visitors leave by uttering the code phrase, “You really don’t want to do this.”

The owner of the house, Russ McKamey, says admission is cheap … a bag of dog food to help feed his five dogs, and the prize for finishing?  A cool $20,000.  Thing is, nobody has ever finished!  McKamey claims that the key to inspiring terror is a “mind game” that relies on hypnotism to have visitors tricked by their own minds. He said each experience is video recorded to prove to visitors — and authorities — that nothing illegal took place.

“When I use the hypnosis I can put you in a kitty pool with a couple inches of water and tell you there’s a great white shark in there, and you’re gonna think there’s a shark in there. And so, when you have that kind of power over people, and have them do and see things that you want them to see, then they can leave here thinking it really happened, and they’ll go to the authorities and say, ‘oh, whatever,’ and I have to come back and show the footage and say, ‘it didn’t go that way at all.”

Um … I don’t know about you guys, but I won’t be heading to Summertown, Tennessee, any time soon!

Let’s wrap up with some ‘toons …


And a few funny signs …


And, what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?


That’s a wrap, folks, for we all have things we need to be doing.  Please, please, remember to share those gorgeous smiles you’re wearing … I know from my own experience how much it can help sometimes just to have someone smile and say “Hey … how ya doin’?”  Keep safe and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

49 thoughts on “Howly Jolly Monday!

  1. Great job as usual Jill! Made me smile! WOWZERS at the parking fee. That is beyond crazy! And my husband had seen the article about the Haunted House. I said, NO THANK YOU!
    LOL at the signs! And gotta love pandas! Have a great week Jill! Keep Smiling!!

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  2. WHAT THE HARRY…no coffee, no half & half?? I could choke while indulging on all of these delectable temptations and I detest milk!! Be that as it may, the rat photo squelched my appetite for the moment anyway. Watch the video, I think not?! At any rate, I’m not quite sure why teaching rats with their well known tiny brains to drive is so astounding…someone taught Trump with his minuscule brain to drive long before now. The Zombies on Bikes video shows some very inventive workmanship and the animal video is adorable. Both will be enjoyed by Benjamin this Saturday, albeit the treats will be long gone or rather stale. As this Halloweenly Jolly Monday post is very entertaining I’ll overlook the omitted liquid refreshment, and the rat! Thank-you!

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    • HI Ellen! I do agree about the half and half and I detest milk too. LOL!
      Just had to comment about your remark about Trump! Thanks for the laugh, glad I wasn’t drinking anything at the time! 🙂 Have a great day!

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    • Now now … calm down, dear Ellen! I have rectified my mistake, and if you’ll look again, I believe you will find both coffee and half-and-half! What happened is that I had it all there, but then WordPress glitched while I was writing the post, and zapped most all of my food pictures. I thought I had put them all back, but … I hang my head in shame … I had forgotten coffee, cream, and tea. I knew I better get it put back before Saturday, lest young Benjamin see that I had not put out his Gem’s special treats! Now with that cleared up …

      I really thought the rats were cute … but then, as you know, I am a critter-lover of all sorts. Sorry if they squelched your appetite, but I hope it came back in time to at least have a cupcake or something? And don’t worry about the treats going stale … there is a certain magic about the treats Jolly and I make, and they never get stale! I do hope Benjamin will love the animal video … and a Happy Hallowe’en to you both, my friend!


  3. great post, such a nice variety of stories, all of them fascinating. rats in cars, clowns on bikes, and the creepiest haunted house ever, that’s quite a collection. and the cartoons all made me laugh. thanks for a fun way to start the week!

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  4. October has been so wet and Saturday brought torrential rain and gales – on the cliff top the wind literally took my breath away. Then we put the clocks back and a miracle occured – Sunday was sunny, the sea a mill pond and we sat at the beach hut. Also strange – forty years ago -exactly the same time the clocks were changing our eldest was born. Just to emphasise the fact our older son is forty he has grown a beard and it’s grey! Have a good week Jill.

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    • Indeed, I am hearing just how wet October has been over there, and in fact one reader is trapped by floodwaters! We, on the other hand, have had rain exactly twice this month! Oh my … I can relate to your son being 40! Just this past weekend, my daughter celebrated her 49th birthday and I keep asking myself … where did the years go??? You have a good week also!


  5. Hey Monday Morning Jill!
    Well the first thing that occurred to me was; We’re going have stop using ‘Rat’ when insulting Trump; Rats are obviously very intelligent.
    Cheap Twix is very clever, The ark wry.
    Why do I get the impression some Trump supporters would go to that shelf and say ‘Oh boy 1$ what a bargain! I’ll have a dozen, it’s true he’s making America Great again’. OR….. ‘Damn interfering bureaucrats! Ah’m gonna swim here!’……Crunch!
    Whereas the ‘Ahoy’ is very funny you will appreciate knowing the male psyche it will only encourage a number of fellows of conceit to stand too far back from the amenities…..

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    • You are so right! It is an insult to rats ’round the world! Oh yeah … there is no doubt they would be gleeful over that “sale” shelf and likely go home bragging. Heh heh … I am familiar enough with the male psyche (ego) to realize this … still, I thought it funny! Glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday … have a great week … well, as great as a curmudgeon like yourself can have under the current circumstances. Sigh.

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  6. Love the rats in their cars… No I won’t be visiting the Summer ville haunting experience. Just signing the waivers for that, sounds scary enough.
    We are trapped by floodwaters at the moment, so not a hugely jolly Monday here. At least the sun is shining! ☀️

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  7. Mmmmm…. I REALLY would like to know what happens in that forest during that one hour per day without surveillance! 🙂 Anyway, yes, clocks are back to winter time here, it is starting to get chilly outside and the leaves are falling. Also October break is finished, so this morning I had to push my boys out of their cozy beds again, nudging them to go to school. (And of course we will have another round of Brexit-mania … but this is Jolly Monday, so I will stay out of politics.) But at least it is not raining today (we had a very wet October so far!) and I can see a bit of sun coming around the building next to us. Plus the boys will be off on Friday (nope, not because of Halloween, but because of some school event for the older kids), so we have a long weekend coming.
    Have a lovely week, everyone! Cheers & hugs!

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    • I have a feeling we’re better off not knowing what happens during that hour! Finally, it is getting chilly here, too, and the leaves are falling … I’m glad to see it this year, after a summer of almost non-stop temps in the 90s (32° – 37° C), though I’m not looking forward to winter. Did you go to Austria during the October break? You have a great week also, my friend, and enjoy your long weekend! How’s the book coming, by the way? Love ‘n hugs!!!


      • The book was a bit on ice last week (typical scenario: kids at home equals no writing time 😉 ), but I started again today… revising, revising, revising …. 🙂 We stayed in the Netherlands last week, the boys were playing tennis and relaxed. I had hoped for a bit more outdoor time, but it was quite wet (but I already said that….). Anyway, time to go to bed, I still feel the change of one hour back to winter time … Good night!

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        • Well, if you’re revising, then that means you’ve finished the first draft? Two thumbs up! I’m glad the boys enjoyed their break, but it sounds like a bit more sun and less rain might have been welcome. Good night, my friend … have a great week!


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