Huh? Jolly, why are all our friends here this morning … it’s only … it’s only … what day is it, anyway? Huh? Monday??? Are you sure? Sigh. Uh … hi folks! I’m sorry … I haven’t been sleeping well the last few nights and I guess it’s catching up with me. Just give me a second to put on some clothes and we’ll see what we can find to start the week off with a smile or a chuckle. Meanwhile … Jolly, would you put a few snacks out for our friends, and make a fresh pot of coffee? Oh … and don’t forget rawgod’s tea!!!
I almost missed it … would have missed it if not for my dear friend Ellen who, knowing and sharing my preference for a nice glass of wine 🍷 in the evening, emailed yesterday to tell me that today is National Wine Day! Now, I could bore you with the fermentation process and all that, but I found what Ellen told me to be much more interesting!
In 1867 archaeologists in Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence whilst excavating two Roman stone sarcophagi. The bottle dates back to 325 AD and has since been displayed at a History Museum in Germany. They say wine improves with age, but frankly … that wine has been in that bottle for 1,625 years … I’m just not sure I’m brave enough to try it. I think I’ll stick with my cheap cream sherry. This one’s for you, Ellen 🥂.
It’s hard to keep kids entertained in these days when schools are closed, most parks and other recreation venues are closed, and it’s been over two months now. So, 6-year-old Knox Brewer’s parents showed him a YouTube video about magnet fishing to stir his enthusiasm for a new hobby.
According to Wikipedia, magnet fishing …
“… is searching in outdoor waters for ferromagnetic objects available to pull with a strong neodymium magnet. The hobby has been adopted by celebrities such as English rugby player James Haskell. The hobby is a combination of environmentalism and treasure hunting.”
According to Ms. Brewer …
“We got it to help pass the time during the virus. He’s learned about which rocks are magnetic and which aren’t.”
Magnetic rocks? Who knew?
Imagine young Knox’ surprise, however, when he dipped his magnet-laden line into the water on Whitney Lake in South Carolina and pulled up something so heavy he needed help. No tin cans or lost coins or even magnetic rocks weighed this much! With the help of a nearby good Samaritan, Knox was able to pull up his treasure … literally a treasure … a metal safe!The safe contained items including jewelry, a notebook and a checkbook. The Brewers contacted police and soon discovered the safe had been stolen from a neighbor’s home eight years earlier. Some items still remained in the safe … perhaps the thieves were in too big a hurry to clean it all out.
As for Knox … he’s ready to throw his line back into the water and see what comes up next!
Sports teams have apparently been putting cardboard cutouts, mannequins and other things in the stands to make it at least appear that there is an audience at their games, even if that audience is notably still and unenthusiastic.
FC Seoul, a South Korean soccer team, used mannequins to fill the seats during a recent game, but they had a bit of proverbial egg on their faces when fans called in to point out that the faux-fans in the stands appeared to be sex dolls. Some observers said the banners held by the dummies appeared to reference adult websites. Oopsie.The team said there was apparently a “misunderstanding” with the supplier, who the post said had assured officials the dolls were not intended for “sexual use.” FC Seoul said the dolls were intended to compensate for the lack of fans in the stands amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our intention was to do something light-hearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again.”
And on that note, how ‘bout a few fun ‘toons ‘n memes?
And last but not least, a cute animal video to warm your heart!
I hope you found something to give you a little smile here, and that you’ll share those smiles with anyone you happen to see this week. I find that my once-a-week trip to the grocery is always a little less stressful if someone gives me a smile in passing. Keep safe and have a good week, my friends. Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!
This one’s for you, Hugh Curtler!