Good morning and welcome to Jolly Monday! How was your … weekend? Was that really a weekend? Hmmmm … seems to me it wasn’t much different than any other day, except I didn’t have to cook. Ah well, Monday and back to the routine. Luckily, our treats came out better than last week, though Jolly and I were talking, and we decided that some of you … not mentioning any names … have been putting on a few pounds during the last month-and-a-half of stay-at-home-and-munch, so we lightened our menu just a bit, made it slightly more healthy — but don’t worry, there’s still bacon! So, grab a snack and we’ll find something to start this week off with a smile!
It would seem that some people are bored these days, what with no shops open, no jobs to go to, etc. Some have found the oddest activities to pursue …
Jack Peagam of London, UK, went on a 24-hour clapping marathon last week. Apparently in the UK, every Thursday at 8 p.m., people all over the U.K. participate in the “Clap For Our Carers” campaign. They take part in a communal show of gratitude by clapping to those helping in the fight against the pandemic from their doorsteps, balconies and windows. But Peagam wanted to clap longer, and so when the rest stopped clapping after a few minutes, Jack kept clapping … and clapping … for 24 hours!
No, not for a Guinness World record, but just … out of boredom, I think, though all that clapping wasn’t wasted, for Jack started a GoFundMe that collected £7,930, or $9,788.11 USD to be donated to the National Health Service Charities. Says Jack …
“It was physically painful, mentally draining and exhausting, but if the NHS are working 24 hours a day to save us then clapping for 24 hours to raise money seemed a small price for what they do and see day and night. I can’t express my gratitude enough to our carers in the NHS, especially during these tough times.”
Well, I can’t deny it was for a good cause anyway.
And then there was Dmitry Yakukhny of the Primorye region in Russia. Dmitry had been training for nine months to compete in a 155-mile race through the desert in Morocco, but the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, what does one do when their big event is canceled and they’re stuck at home? Well, if you’re Dmitry, you run around the bed!
He didn’t quite run 155 miles around his bed, but he did run 62 miles in 10 hours, 19 minutes.
Whew … makes me tired just watching him!
And here in the U.S., David Rush and his buddy Jonathan Hannon kept boredom at bay by beating the Guinness World Record for … wait for it … catching tennis balls in a basket placed on a person’s head. Yep, you heard me right … look for yourself …
Rush held the basket on his head while Hannon threw tennis balls for a full minute. Hannon threw a total 123 tennis balls in the allotted time, and Rush caught 98 of them. The men said they beat the previous record of 79 catches.
Personally, I can honestly say I have not had a single bored second during this pandemic, and have been working harder than ever. But, if I were to get bored, I really think I’d rather simply sit down with a cuppa coffee and a good book and have a read-a-thon! What all these guys did looks too much like work!
How ‘bout a few toons for a chuckle or two?
And last, but not least, it just isn’t Jolly Monday without a cute critter vid …
Keep safe, my friends, and if you get bored staying at home, get outside and go for a long walk, commune with the birds and squirrels, or read a book … please don’t spend 10 hours running ‘round your bed or 24 hours clapping (you’ll get blisters on your hands). And when you do run into someone at the grocery or the bank, remember to share your smile … it’s priceless.