J-J-Jolly M-M-Monday

Good morning, friends!  Once again it is that day of the week, the dreaded … Monday.  But, at least you gained an hour over the weekend, so you should all be happy and rested, yes?  Then why the glum looks on your faces?  Looks like Jolly and I have our work cut out for us this morning, turning those scowls into smiles before you leave here.  Well … grab a snack from the table, and let’s see what we can find!


World’s oldest ‘Happy Meal’?

It has probably been 15 years since I have eaten a McDonald’s hamburger.  Never my favourite fast food, when Miss Goose was little, she liked McDonald’s, so like any grandparent worth their salt, I took her there about once a week after picking her up from the sitters after work.  But those days are long in the past.

monday-mcdonalsdsMcDonald’s closed its last restaurant in Iceland in 2009, the year after the financial crisis devastated the nation’s economy, and one of the last meals sold at the location in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, was bought on Oct. 31, 2009, by marketing consultant Hjörtur Smárason.  He had read about online rumors of never-rotting McDonald’s burgers and wanted to put the myth to the test. He bought a cheeseburger with fries, drove home and left the box on a shelf in his garage.

Three years went by, in which Smárason forgot about the souvenir of a bygone era. He had other problems to worry about.  The financial crisis had hit him hard.

“I lost all my savings. My clients were going bankrupt. I was trying to hang on to my house.”

Three years on, as he was preparing to move to Copenhagen, he came across the McDonald’s meal in his garage.  When he opened the box, he was shocked — but not for the reason he expected. Contrary to the rotten remnants he was prepared for, he found what appeared to be a fully intact meal.McDonalds-burgerLast week marked the burger’s 10th birthday, and it still looks as fresh as it did the day Mr. Smárason purchased it!  For a while, it resided in Iceland’s National Museum, but it is now on display at a small hotel, the Snotra House in Þykkvibær, South Iceland.  AND … there is a livestream video of the burger and fries if anybody feels inclined to watch it!

McDonald’s apparently felt this was not the best publicity for their product and has attempted to debunk the myth that its burgers do not decompose, arguing there is a scientific explanation for Iceland’s never-rotting burger …

“Without sufficient moisture — either in the food itself or the environment — bacteria and mold may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely.”

Think about this next time you consider taking the kids to Mickey D’s!


Astronauts like cookies too …ISS-1At any given time, there are between three to ten people on the International Space Station (ISS).  The three ‘permanent’ crew members rotate periodically, generally every six months, though some have stayed as long as a year.  No doubt, spending six months confined in small quarters with two other people, can be trying.  Think about it … no walks in the park, trips to the mall, dinners in restaurants, no family.  Most of us wouldn’t last six days, let alone six months.  And then, add to that, the fact that there are no chocolate chip cookies!!!  This is trauma beyond belief!

But never fear, for help is on the way to the brave crew of the ISS!  An oven has been launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for astronauts to bake chocolate chip cookies in.  A cargo craft containing the specially-designed “space oven” and baking ingredients took off from the US state of Virginia on Saturday.

cookiesNever let it be said that NASA doesn’t have a heart!

Actually, this is all part of an experiment to test what impact high heat and zero gravity have on the shape and consistency of the cookies.  The experiment is being dubbed the first instance of baking in space.  Hilton’s DoubleTree hotel chain, which provided the dough, said the “landmark microgravity experiment” was aimed at making long-duration space travel “more hospitable”.


Hedgehog cakes???

I have mentioned a few times that I have no artistic talent.  Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. And that extends to cake decorating.  I can make an awesome tasting cake, but it will not look like a work of art.  Recently, for some reason unbeknownst to me, people attempted to bake cakes resembling a hedgehog.

hedgehogShouldn’t be a big deal, right?  Well, the results … I didn’t know whether to shake my head and roll my eyes, or laugh out loud!  Take a look for yourself …

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Funny hedgehog cake fail.

Some of those were downright creepy looking!!!  At least I don’t feel quite so bad about my own lack of decorating talent now!


For Larry, rawgod, and Emily …

I came across these, and couldn’t help thinking about my bacon-loving friends …

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We need a few ‘toons, don’t we?

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And a few fun pics …

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And last, but not least … a cute animal video!!!


jollyWell, folks, that’s all I’ve got … you’re looking a little happier than when you first got here.  Keep those smiles in place today, but share them, okay?  A smile is one of the few things in life that actually grows the more you give it away!  Have a safe and wonderful week, dear friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

41 thoughts on “J-J-Jolly M-M-Monday

  1. Namaste, Miss Jill! Surprise, it’s me, Benjamin! I’m at Gem’s cause of no school today. That’s cause big peoples are going there and voting. Gem told Mommy it’s donut ‘preciating day today. We brought little donut holes for Gem and me to eat. I ‘preciate the sprinkled donuts that Jolly always gets for me on my Jolly Mondays. What kind of milk is in the weird boxes, where did Jolly get them? Gem made the picture bigger for me and it looks like pretend milk boxes. That’s okay cause Gem has real milk. I love McDonald’s fries! I eat just made ones, not those old ones. Those cakes aren’t decorated so good, my Mommy could teach them how to do it. She does awesome cakes. I love the baby animals in the video, they are so cute! Lotsa kisses and neckbuster hugs for you and Jolly. Thank you and Bye! I almost forgot something. Two Thumbs up and Ten Gold Stars too!

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    • Namaste Benjamin!!! What a wonderful surprise! And what a treat for you to get a day off school to spend with Gem! Did you enjoy your donut holes? I like donut holes because you can fit one in your mouth and don’t have to get all sticky. As for the milk … you’re quite right that Jolly found them … somewhere, though I have no idea where, and he isn’t saying! I promise we will do better next week! The cakes did look pretty awful, didn’t they? Even I could do better than that, and I’m not a very good cake decorator because sometime my hands shake. Gem has told me how your mommy makes such beautiful cakes! I bet you get a very special birthday cake every year! I knew you would love the baby animals! Thanks so much for the neckbuster hugs, kisses, gold stars and thumbs-up! I will share them with Jolly when he wakes up! Hugs and love back to you! Have a great week! ❤

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  2. I am putting myself at the great risk of incurring Benjamin’s wrath tomorrow by not only opening this post, but also by commenting on it! You see, he had decided on Saturday that not only Saturday Surprise, but also Jolly Monday are his “letters from Miss Jill” and I was advised to leave them for him to “open”. Sadly, I have never been very good at following directions and will once again have to pay the price for my misdeed. Be that as may be, there are several things here that must be commented upon. You may know that tomorrow, November 5th, is the annual National Doughnut Appreciation Day…not to be confused with National Doughnut Day that is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June. Tomorrow’s celebration came to my attention in about 2008, while the latter dates back to 1938 thanks to the Salvation Army’s women serving doughnuts and coffee to the WWI soldiers. I, as well as Benjamin, have a fondness for doughnuts/donuts and we both appreciate their weekly inclusion amidst the tasty treats assembled here. Albeit, the mound of pink stuff beneath the coffee pot and the sort of bread along with the generic mayo (only Hellmans please) are questionable treats at best. BUT, one cannot help noticing the ginormous amount of attention given today to bacon…no offense intended to all of your bacon lovers, but National Bacon Lover’s Day is celebrated annually on August 20th. Whilst there is little doubt that a book about bacon would please your readers, given the upcoming day of donut appreciation, I suggest reading “Donuts : An American Passion” the 2006 book by John T. Edge. I leave it to Benjamin to comment on the rest of his letter tomorrow! Thank-you!

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    • You DO know how to make me laugh, dear friend! I hope you don’t get in trouble tomorrow (today, now), but hopefully the cute animal video will make him so happy that all will be forgiven. And I must admit that I love knowing he sees these posts as my letters to him … in a way, they really are, for he is always in my mind and heart when I write these. I was about to ask why he won’t be in school, but then I figured perhaps they are out because of election day.

      It’s funny, but earlier this evening, when I was reading the ‘National Days’ to daughter Chris, she said … “Wait, didn’t we have National Donut Day not long ago? I remember, because I bought donuts for my entire staff!” So, I looked it up and discovered the difference between the two days. I should have known you would have the answer! Plus, you gave me some information I didn’t already know, such as the history behind National Donut Day and the Salvation Army. I fear that I won’t likely celebrate with a donut today, for we have leftover cherry pie and lemon cake from the weekend, and … well, being insulin-dependent diabetic, there are only so many sweet treats I can consume! But, knowing that you and Benjamin will be celebrating is enough for me!

      Personally, I prefer Kraft to Hellman’s … but, since I aim to please, next time I shall put out Hellman’s! I take it you are not a fan of bologna? Neither am I, but … it’s cheap. The holidays are upon us and I must take shortcuts!

      I shall eagerly await Benjamin’s comment in the morning! ❤

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    • Thank you … yes, I think of writers as artists, but I guess I just don’t think of myself that way! I’m not, after all, a published writer, not a Steinbeck or a Tolstoy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the baby animals … they always make me smile! Have a great week!

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  3. Oh my gosh about the hamburger! I like their fries, and their Hot fudge sundaes. Not a fan of their burgers.
    So glad my kids grew out of that stage a long time ago! LOL!
    I could never survive in space!! Even if I had chocolate chip cookies!
    Thanks for the coffee and the Half and half this time. 😉 I know someone else who will be happy too!
    Have a wonderful week my friend and as always thanks for the Monday smiles!
    LOL about the puppy comic! Back when we were dating I had told my husband that me and my dog were a package deal!

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    • Yeah … I was glad when Natasha outgrew it, too! Though, there was a time that it gave me a respite from cooking, and she played in the play area and wore off some of her excess energy, which made my life easier in the evening 😉 I’m with you on the dog! In fact, back when I was married, I often threatened to trade him for a good dog! Have a great week, my friend!

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  4. Whoever took the picture of the bacon-sniffing dog got it exactly right! Or was he smelling the 10 year-old McBuggered Burger, and seeing his life run before his eyes?
    Space I’d love it up there. As a kid I went on a carnival-type ride that replicated the gravity-pull of trying to escape the earth’s hold on us. The skin was literally being pulled off my face. I think I went on it 3 times a day, it felt so alive.
    The next year is was banned. I wonder why!
    The baby hedgehog cakes were just horrid. Who in their right mind would want to eat something looking as cute as a real one, or so ugly as the bakers came up with! The cute animals, live on guys (ungendered plural).

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    • I think even the dog would turn his nose up at the 10-year-old burger! Somehow, I can picture you spending 6 months on the ISS … you’d miss Gail, though! I agree about the cute critters … far more fun than the uber-ugly cakes!

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  5. The story about the McDonald’s meal was unsettling to say the least. Just think how many preservatives were in that meal!! (I wonder if the science deniers refuse to admit there IS a space station up there?) Fun stuff. Many thanks and have a great week!!

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    • Yes, I will never eat at McDonald’s again! Good question about science deniers and the ISS … I saw a headline while I was working on this post saying that they are considering “opening the ISS to tourists”. I didn’t read the article, but the headline gave me a chuckle … how many tourists are floating about up there? Perhaps little green men? Glad you enjoyed the post … have a great week!!!

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    • Hedgehogs are actually quite adorable little critters … these cakes, however, are anything but adorable! I’ve never seen such monstrosities! Glad you liked the baby animals … hopefully they compensated for the trauma of the cakes.
      Cwtch

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  6. I love seeing the space station flying over our garden – or at least we can see it from our back garden if there are no clouds and it happens to be in the right orbit. There is a website you can find out if it’s going to be in your area. I don’t actually understand the website, all angles and degrees, but with Cyberpouse’s phone apps we have managed to figure out the right bit of sky. No way would I go up there, I hate being stuck indoors and I wouldn’t trust the bus back being on time.

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    • So do I! I discovered the website several years ago, and like you, when I know it will be visible in our area at night, I try to remember to step outside and watch for it. Something special about that. I wouldn’t go up there, either … heck, I won’t even ride a roller coaster!

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  7. Well, that was fun. McDonald’s will never get me as a customer… That plastic food is just plain unhealthy! But then, I eat screaming carrots! 😂
    Those hedgehog cakes are just scary… What’s with the teeth? Hedgehogs have tiny little mouths and generally don’t bare their dental array! 😂😂
    Well another week approaches… Thanks for the tea break, Jill!

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    • Heh heh … I thought of you when I came across that carrot meme! I wondered the same about the teeth … I’ve never seen a picture of a hedgehog baring its teeth before! I think they stole grandpa’s dentures for those cakes! Glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday! Have a great week!

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