A Jolly & Joyful Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in out of the cold heat!  So, how was your weekend?  In most parts of the U.S., it’s been putrid hot with little rain, and in most parts of the UK it’s been rainy and chilly.  If only we could blend the two, then we’d all have perfect weather!  Well, it’s the start of a new week, so let’s get this show on the road and start the week with some fun things, shall we?  But first, Joyful is back in the kitchen today, whipping up a few treats, so grab a snack and the beverage of your choice! (Sorry, guys … only one plate of bacon … you’ll have to share this week!  Larry … I’m watching you!  You too, David!)

bacon               food-devilled eggs


Every now and then, I like to take a look at the ‘Amazing Fact Generator’ on the Mental Floss website, so let’s start with a few fun facts:

  • The annual number of worldwide shark bites is 10 times less than the number of people bitten by other people in New York. Seriously???  I’ve lived in New York and never once been bitten by either a shark or another person!
  • Ironically, the only member of ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
  • The 1967 Outer Space Treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the Moon. I’m biting my tongue here …
  • Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in 1876, suggested answering calls with “ahoy.” A wanna-be pirate, perhaps?
  • The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held in Finland. A recent winner said he prepared for the event by “mainly drinking.” Who knew?

See, now you’ve learned some new things!  Jolly Monday can be educational, as well as fun!

Define “emergency” please …

I’ve written before about people calling the emergency number (911 in the US, 999 in the UK) for things that … well, just weren’t real emergencies.  Here’s another one …

The West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Center said a call came in recently to the 999 emergency number to report their new appliance had been delivered to the wrong address!  Now what thinking person calls the police for this?  Why not call the store, or the delivery service?  And just what did they suppose the police could do?  I can picture it now … a bobby is putting the handcuffs on a man he just caught robbing a woman in a convenience store when the call comes through …

“Officer Holmes … do you read?  Drop everything and get to 11420 Sycamore Street … we have a missing freezer case!”

My favourite, though, was the one I wrote about back in April, of the  person, again in the UK, who called 999 to report her neighbor was snoring too loudly!

Now here’s a new one that I bet is a first! 

Wynn Hall, a farmer in Exeter, Nebraska, started the process of draining a pond on his property, which is used for pumping waters off his fields.  When he checked on it the following morning, he noticed a rather large object stuck in the mud.  He assumed it to be a some sort household appliance.

“I thought who would throw a refrigerator or a stove and put it in the pond, in fact, the deepest part of the pond in fact…why would that be down there? I took a picture and zoomed in on it and thought, ‘That looks like an ATM!'”

And indeed, it was.  The farmer said he doesn’t know how long the ATM was in his pond, since he didn’t drain it last year, but it didn’t appear to have been in the water for more than a few weeks. Hall contacted the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, which sent a team to haul the ATM away. He said deputies told him an ATM had recently been stolen in the area.

Are you in the mood for some ‘toons?


Now, I’ve got two animal videos for you today, ‘cause one is super-short, but this ticklish chicken is guaranteed to make you laugh!

And here are some of the most adorable polar bear cubs you’ll ever see!

Well, folks, I’ve really enjoyed spending time with you this morning, but sadly … my laundry awaits, as do your daily duties, so I leave you with one last thought … share those smiles, spread them around for others to enjoy.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa ‘n Jolly ‘n Joyful!

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31 thoughts on “A Jolly & Joyful Monday!

  1. I’ll remember that Larry, You see if I don’t.Great post Jill and I have too say all the Toons were top quality.and I even enjoyed my first experience of chicken laughing.Fun facts and emergencies were awesome, and the baby polar bears.

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    • Seems you’ve picked up even more competition for the bacon! Now you’ve got two Larrys to contend with! I’m so happy you liked the toons, laughing chicken and polar bear babes! Now your week is started on the right foot … Have a happy rest o’ the week!

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  2. Thanks, Jill. Can you believe it? That other Larry from Texas is trying to horn in on the bacon. Maybe you could give him David’s share – David said he was starting a new diet today and doesn’t want bacon.😁

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    • I know!!! I was stunned … I didn’t even know he was a member of the bacon club! I thought it was you, rawgod, David and Emily! Now there are two Larrys … Oh my head! Hah! Now I know your fibbing, for David would give up many things, but never bacon!

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      • Hey, the bacon club is far more pervasive than you think. It’s a plot to turn you all into carnivores, to hell with that rabbit food, twigs and roots. We men demand men’s food (😁 of course we’re happy to share it with you ladies) Would you like my recipe for a triple decker bacon cheeseburger with chili sauce on a buttered bun? 😎

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        • Obviously!!! You don’t need to convert me, though, for I love bacon! I especially love it cooked in the oven with lots and lots of pepper on it! No thanks on the recipe, though, for I cannot even finish a plain cheeseburger with only mayo and lettuce! A triple-decker would defeat me!

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    • Yeah … or I can even see it happening here in Ohio … people are nuts these days! I had a reasonably good Monday … for a Monday, that is! I hope you and the family are well and that you have a great week!


  3. Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me, Benjamin! The donuts are yummy even with no sprinkles and my juicebox is too. Guess what? Today is Auntie H’s birthday! It’s french fries day too! And rock day too! Did you know that? I’m happy that you guys made all the pretty cakes today. Auntie H will share the strawberry cake cause she is a sharer like me. The first cartoon made me laugh cause I know that rhyme since I was a baby. The turtles, the fish, and the owls are funny cartoons too. I like cartoons that I can read by myself. Well, Gem helps me a little. The chicken video is silly and the bears are so cute. After the bear video was over, we watched a video about a man hatching a teensy bird egg. That was so cool! This is for you and Jolly and Joyful cause this was so awesome : WNBHAK! I love you. Thank you and Bye!

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    • Namaste, Benjamin!!! I told Joyful that you like sprinkles on your donuts, but I guess she forgot … we’re sorry! Yes, I knew it was Auntie H’s birthday and rock day! Gem told me yesterday! Did Auntie H have a happy birthday? Did you give her a big birthday hug? I thought you might recognize the “Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe”! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cartoons, and also the videos. That chicken made me laugh! Jolly, Joyful, and I thank you for the Neck-Buster hugs and kisses, and we all love you very much!!!


      • Namaste, Miss Jill! I don’t need to say it’s me cause my name is with my letter to you. We had a really fun day yesterday. Auntie H got Happy Meals for us for french fry day. They have Minion toys in the box and Auntie H gave me hers too! We had an Ice Cream cake with some candles and I sang Happy Birthday to You all by myself. I know all the words! I helped Auntie H blow out the candles. Then she opened her presents. She loved everything we gave to her, even the special rocks. It’s okay not to always have sprinkles on the donuts. WNBHAK! Bye!

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        • Namaste, Benjamin!!! Yes, I noticed that your name is on your letters now … good job! It sounds like Auntie H’s birthday was great fun! Imagine her giving you her Minion toy!!! I think she is a very special Auntie! Hugs and lots of love to you!!! ❤


  4. Jill, an ATM in a pond? Now, that is some cold cash. Frank Beard is a great drummer with or without facial hair. When MTV came out, ZZ Top was smart enough to appear as three sages in the videos, which featured other people. Those unique beards on the other two added to the mystique. Keith

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