Saturday Surprise — Happy Father’s Day

It’s Saturday, folks!!!  The WEEKEND is finally here!  For me, it’s a quiet weekend.  Chris is in Chicago for a band competition, so it’s just me and Miss Goose.  Yesterday … we did nothing useful.  We both went for a walk, she took out the trash, I tidied the kitchen, and we snacked on whatever is residing in the fridge that isn’t covered in green fuzz.  Who knows what today will bring?  I definitely have to at least do a load of two of laundry, but beyond that … probably not much!  Sunday is Father’s Day, so before I forget, I want to wish all you dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!!!

And thus ends another Saturday Surprise!  Have a great weekend, my friends!weekend

Jolly Monday — Slightly Short

jollyGood morning friends!  I’m so happy to see you, for Jolly and I have missed you!  I must admit that I am fairly exhausted this morning and have struggled to even pull together this pathetically small Jolly Monday post.  In fact, I considered saying “to heck with it” and going to bed, but … Jolly reminded me that you guys count on our humour to get your week started.  So, it may not be much, but hopefully you will find something to bring about a smile this Monday morn … grab a snack and a the beverage of your choice …


What would you do if you were craving tacos, went to your local Taco Bell, only to find that they had run out of taco shells?  Personally, I would then head to the grocery, pick up a pack of taco shells, go home and make my own.  It takes 15 minutes and it ain’t rocket science.  But a patron in Slidell, Louisiana, had other ideas.  He … or she … called 9-1-1!!!Taco-Bell-Slidell-policeNo word as to whether the caller was cited or not, but I certainly hope so.  And perhaps Taco Bell should have been cited, too … I mean, that’s like Ben & Jerry’s running out of ice cream!  It’s like Burger King running out of ground beef!  It’s like … it’s like Starbucks running out of coffee!


Ben Burville said he was deep sea diving off the coast of Northumberland, England, when a curious grey seal took an interest in first his face mask, then when he couldn’t get that off, his headwear.  Ben sat mostly still, letting the seal give it his best shot, and eventually the seal lost interest and left.


Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative furniture, room, and even outdoor architectural designs.  Some of these are truly amazing, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.  You can find many more by just hopping over to Bored Panda.

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I must have this!!!

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And this … what a brilliant idea for using otherwise wasted space!!!

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A wooden slide alongside the staircase … it would make getting the basket of laundry downstairs SO much easier!!!

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Imagine falling asleep at night looking up at the stars … I love it!

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A goat toilet tissue holder … COOL!

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Imagine this room, with all the skylights, on a snowy day …

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What a way to spend a summer day, eh?


A teacher had her Pre-K class contribute recipes for a cookbook.  Here are some of the results …

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And of course, we cannot end Jolly Monday without a cute animal video …

Have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and remember to share those smiles with people you meet who don’t have one of their own.

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and …

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JOLLY!!!

Saturday Surprise — Unique Critters!

Good Saturday morning, friends!  I hope you all have something fun and relaxing planned for the weekend!  Daughter Chris has a band performance at Miami University tonight, but Miss Goose and I will be dining next door with Maha & Ali who are fixing me a special birthday dinner.  Then on Sunday, we will be going to the local nursery to pick out a couple of potted flowers to brighten our back patio.  Nothing too exciting, but still, a nice break from the ordinary.

I debated about what to do for our Saturday surprise today … we haven’t gone exploring for a long time, but I just didn’t feel motivated for travel.  I also haven’t done a ‘unique animals’ post for a while, and that rather sounded fun, so I have gone in search of some fun and different critters for us to enjoy today.


Thorny-dragonThis cutie is known by many names:  thorny dragon, thorny devil, thorny lizard, and mountain devil.  He’s smaller than he looks in the picture … only a maximum of about 8 inches in length, and that includes the tail.  Native to Australia, this is the only species in the genus Moloch. Thorny-dragon-2The thorny dragon can live up to 20 years, and they subsist solely on … ants.  They have several means of warding off would-be predators … first, of course, any predator would find those scales a bit ominous.  They can also puff themselves up to look significantly larger than they are.  And third, they have what is known as a ‘false head’, or a knob-like appendage on the backs of their necks.  When threatened, they can tuck their real head between their forelegs, and the false head is left in its place.


Proboscis-monkeyFound in the rainforests of Borneo, this guy, the proboscis monkey, reminds me of my Uncle Lou!  According to National Geographic, they actually use their big noses to attract mates.  “Scientists think these outsize organs create an echo chamber that amplifies the monkey’s call, impressing females and intimidating rival males.”  Their noses can grow to as long as 7 inches … that’s quite a schnoz!

Sadly, due to loss of vegetation (you know, that climate change hoax?), there are only about 1,000 proboscis monkeys left in the world, and they are strictly protected by the government of Borneo, though some poaching still occurs.


pinocchio-frog.pngAnd speaking of critters with large noses, this is the recently-discovered (2008) Pinocchio frog.  Found in Papua, New Guinea, little is known about them, but they have the ability to enlarge and inflate their nose. It inflates when the male frog is calling out, and it goes down when the frog is calm and quiet.  Kind of cute, isn’t he?


AxolotlMeet the axolotl, also known as the Mexican Walking Fish. He is actually a small salamander and is a critically endangered species.  Whereas most such amphibians grow into adulthood by developing lungs and leaving the water behind for a home on land, these guys live their entire lives underwater.  They are currently only known to live in one place, Lake Xochimilco south of Mexico City.axelotl-3The thing that makes them most unique is their ability to heal themselves.  They can re-generate their limbs, eyes, and even parts of their brain!


Markhor.jpgThe main thing that sets this markhor apart from other wild goats is the spiraling horns on its head.  They live in mountain ranges from Afghanistan to northern India, but it’s the national animal of Pakistan.  In Persian, the name markhor means ‘snake-eater’.  Their horns can grow up to 5 feet long!  That’s as long as Miss Goose is tall!  Considering that these goats are only 2-4 feet tall, it seems as if their horns would make them top-heavy. Markhor-2They use their horns for digging in the ground, fighting other males for the attention of females, and stripping bark off of trees.  Rather like trees, there are rings on the horns that can tell the age of the markhor.


Honduran_White_BatLast but not least, how about this tiny, adorable Honduran white bat?  Also known as the ghost bat, he is tiny, only about 1.5 inches long, and is found only in the jungles of Central America.  Still another name for him is the “Caribbean white tent-making bat” … that’s a mouthful!  It came by that name because it constructs ‘tents’ out of plant leaves by strategically cutting the leaf ribs with its teeth; it roosts in these tents during the day.

 


Okay, folks … time for you to set out on your weekend adventures!  I hope you enjoyed the unique critters.  Perhaps next Saturday we’ll fire up the Filomobile and take off on a short jaunt to parts unknown!  Have a great weekend!weekend

NO Dammit … Just NO!

The press release from the U.S. Department of Interior dated 05 June 2019 reads, in part …

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.

According to Bernhardt …

“… Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands, and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing more access to hunting and fishing by the Fish and Wildlife Service at more stations and across more acres than ever before. Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy, and our American way of life. These refuges and hatcheries provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and women and their families across the country to pass on a fishing and hunting heritage to future generations and connect with wildlife.”

BULLSHIT.

How the Sam Heck is the murder of animals “vital to the conservation of our lands and waters”???  And why must animals die for “our outdoor recreation economy”???  Did they ever hear of swimming, picnicking, playing ball, tossing a Frisbee, running, hiking, and all those other non-violent forms of outdoor recreation?  Must we murder in order to have fun outdoors???  If that is what is considered the “American way of life”, count me out!

Lion-not a trophyAs one opponent of the move said …

“We looked up the word refuge: a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. Now if you and your family need a refuge we assume you would not want to be the target of gunfire. The same holds for our fellow animals.”

Bernhardt’s predecessor, Ryan Zinke, ordered the department in 2017 to review ways to expand hunting and fishing access to public lands. His spokeswoman said the Obama administration “did not appreciate access to hunting and target shooting like this administration does” and developed overly restrictive policies.

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Don Trump, Jr. (left) and Eric Trump with beautiful leopard they murdered in Zimbabwe in 2011

And as I was looking into this most recent abomination, guess what else I discovered?  Here is what the Department of Interior has been doing to wildlife protections since Trump took office:

  • Opened nine million acres of Western land to oil and gas drilling by weakening habitat protections for the sage grouse.
  • Overturned a ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands.
  • Overturned a ban on the hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges.
  • Ended an Obama-era rule barring hunters on some Alaska public lands from using bait to lure and kill grizzly bears.
  • Withdrew proposed limits on the number of endangered marine mammals and sea turtles that people who fish could unintentionally kill or injure with sword-fishing nets on the West Coast. In 2018, California issued a state rule prohibiting the use of the nets the rule was intending to regulate.
  • Amended fishing regulations for a number of species to allow for longer seasons and higher catch rates.
  • Rolled back a roughly 40-year-old interprentation of a policy aimed at protecting migratory birds, potentially running afoul of treaties with Canada and Mexico.
  • Overturned a ban on using parts of migratory birds in handicrafts made by Alaskan Natives.

And currently under consideration are even more heartbreaking rollbacks …

  • Proposed stripping the Endangered Species Act of key provisions.
  • Proposed relaxing environmental protections for salmon and smelt in California’s Central Valley in order to free up water for farmers.

A former friend informed me not too long ago that “God put everything on earth here for our enjoyment and convenience”.  You may now understand why she is a former friend. Apparently, that is a belief shared by Donald Trump, Ryan Zinke and David Bernhardt, but I do not believe it is shared by the vast majority of people in the U.S.

trophy hunting 2I do not believe that any creature was put on this earth for men to get their jollies by shooting them with guns.  Back in the day, when that was the only way people could eat, perhaps it was justified, but even then, people of conscience killed only what they needed to eat.  When people kill just for bragging rights, I find myself hoping they end up face-to-face, mano-a-mano with the animal, be it bear or lion, and let the chips fall where they may.

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That our government believes a man’s right to kill senselessly supersedes an animal’s right to life, then that government is not one I can or will ever support.  Oh … and to all my hiker friends … better wear a bullet-proof vest from now on when you’re hiking, for the damned hunters don’t really look very closely … if it moves, they shoot.

The Trump boys with their trophies …

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Jolly Monday … sans Jolly

Wha … what?  It … it’s Monday???  Nobody told me!  I thought it was … I dunno what day I thought it was, but … Monday never crossed my mind.  Hold up … have a seat … let me … let me just go get some clothes on, okay?  Um … I’ll be back in a jiffy.

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Okay … that’s better … I don’t have much to offer today, but there’s coffee ‘n donuts over on the table … help yourself and then let’s find something to help us start the week off with a laugh, shall we?

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You’re how old???

I came across a story in The Guardian that caused my jaw to drop.  Did you know that in South Korea they tally a person’s age a bit differently than we do?  Every newborn baby turns one on the day they are born and two on the next New Year’s Day.  This means that a baby born say just a few minutes before midnight on December 31st, would be counted as being two-years-old when it was but a few minutes old!

When asked their age by a foreigner, many South Koreans give both their “Korean age” and “international age”.  The system’s origins are unclear. One theory is that turning one year old at birth takes into account time spent in the womb – with nine months rounded up to 12. Others link it to an ancient Asian numerical system that did not have the concept of zero.

Now think about this … if the age for a child to start school is five-years-old, then the kid born on New Year’s Eve is going to have to start school at age three!  Of course, there is a benefit on the other end … you could retire two years earlier!


Where did I leave my brain?

I came across some fun things over at Bored Panda … things that make you think maybe somebody wasn’t thinking too clearly …

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Did Brian not ever notice?  I’m not sure who is dingier, Rachel or Brian.

 

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Didn’t they mean the date it was installed?

 

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Where’s da panda?

I came across this brain teaser created by Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás last night.  Can you find the panda among the sea of snowmen?  I couldn’t, but I do know where it is, so later today I’ll post the answer in comments.

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Is it a horse … or a dog?

Last, but not least, we must have our cute animal video of the week, yes?  We’ve all seen or heard of miniature horses, but this little girl named Martha is said to be the tiniest, fuzziest horse in the world!  Take a look …


I know this is a short Jolly Monday, but frankly Jolly has buried his head under the covers and is refusing to come out … I think he’s missing our young friend Benjamin … and I just can’t do humour so well without my Jolly.  So, let’s wrap up with a few funny ‘toons, and a wish that you have a great week ahead!  Be sure to share your smiles this week, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the pouting Jolly!

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And for our dear friend Hugh …

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Jolly Holiday Monday!

Good Monday morning, folks!  And for most of you, it is a better-than-average Monday, for here in the U.S. it is the Memorial Day holiday, and in the UK it is a bank holiday.  Holidays, no matter the occasion, tend to be good things, yes?  Nonetheless, since tomorrow will be a back-to-the-grind day, I thought I’d get your week off to a fun start.  If necessary, you can put this aside until tomorrow and come back for your weekly smile tomorrow when you’re grumbling about returning to the salt mines!

Pull up a chair … snacks are over on the table, so help yourself!  I’ve been negligent on the snacks lately, forgetting rawgod’s tea and Benjamin’s juice boxes, so Jolly and I made a checklist and hopefully we got everything in order today.

 


Some people just don’t think …

The State of New York, like several other states, requires vehicle owners to purchase an annual safety/emissions sticker.  The sticker costs $21, and if you are caught driving a vehicle with an expired sticker, you can be fined between $25-$50.  One driver, Manuel Muniz, had a unique idea for saving money and decided to create his own sticker!

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Official sticker

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Hand-drawn sticker

Now, the idea wasn’t bad … if Mr. Muniz had done it on the computer, he could likely have created a reasonable facsimile that would have passed at casual glance, but he didn’t even use a ruler to draw the lines straight!  A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy with a keen eye noticed the sloppy handiwork right away and Mr. Muniz is now in possession of a citation.  This happened last Monday, so I guess that for Manuel Muniz, it wasn’t a very Jolly Monday, was it?


A heartwarming ‘duck tale’ …

It happened in Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday.  A family of baby ducks somehow got separated from Mama Duck and slid into a curbside storm drain.  Somebody noticed the mother duck frantically pacing back and forth by the drain and called the fire department.

These guys are heroes in my book.  One firefighter climbed into the storm drain and scooped all ten ducklings into his helmet, then another carried the helmet over to where the Mama Duck was pacing, wringing her … webbed feet, the ducks exited the helmet and there was a joyful reunion!  Watch …


And speaking of storm drains …

In Houston, Texas, a storm drain became clogged and when crews went to check on it, they found …tv-in-storm-drainYep, a rather icky 40-inch flat screen television.  Neighbors said that while it is the largest thing they have seen pulled out of the drain, it is not at all unusual to find backpacks, articles of clothing, and other things.  Do people not understand the difference between a storm drain and a trash receptacle?


A welcome intruder …

Imagine Nate Roman’s surprise last week when he returned home with his 5-year-old son to find an intruder had been in his house!  But imagine the look on his face when he discovered that nothing had been taken except, perhaps, a bit of dirt, for the house had been cleaned from top to bottom … except the kitchen.

Now, I’m puzzled … I always start in the kitchen, so how did they miss the kitchen???

According to Mr. Roman …

“It was terrifying to know someone was in your house. You could smell the cleaning chemicals.I could tell something was wrong so I started looking around the house, and I found that my bathrooms had been cleaned.”

But it gets even better.  The intruder left behind toilet paper folded into origami roses.rose

“It was really the roses that really got me thinking that some professional cleaner had accidentally stumbled into my house. If I was going to judge the quality of a toilet paper rose I would call this high quality.  It’s funny now, but didn’t feel funny at the time. I kept the toilet paper roses as souvenirs.”

When I told my daughter about this story, she suggested that perhaps Mr. Roman has a secret admirer.  Makes as much sense as anything, I suppose, but I’m still puzzled how they missed the kitchen.


And it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a funny animal video, now would it?


jollyWell, folks … I hope you enjoy your holiday immensely and that you have a wonderful week.  Please remember to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing, for I’ve seen some people who don’t seem to have one of their own.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Maxine

Saturday Surprise — Tidbits of Humour

I admit to being somewhat depleted tonight as I sit down to do this Saturday Surprise post, so I thought I’d go with a hodgepodge of humorous tidbits … I think we could all use a laugh right about now, yes?


Jeff Foxworthy, famous for his “You Might Be a Redneck If …” one-liners, often brings a chuckle.  I liked the first two best.foxworthy-jokes.png


I haven’t shared any of those funny signs for a few months … this first one caught my eye and since it made me laugh, I thought it would bring a chuckle from you also.

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I always like a little quip … a short joke with a quick punch …

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Q: What did one cannibal say to the other while they were eating a clown?

A: “Does this taste funny to you?”

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Q: Why did the chewing gum cross the road?

A: He was stuck to the chicken’s foot.

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Little girl: “Why does your son say, ‘Cluck, cluck, cluck?'”

Mother: “Because he thinks he’s a chicken.”

Little girl: “Why don’t you tell him he’s not a chicken?”

Mother: “We need the eggs.”


Of course there must be some funny animal memes, right?

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A few ‘toons …

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I’m sorry to cut this short, folks, but I truly am running on fumes, and anyway … it’s the WEEKEND, and a long, 3-day weekend at that!!!  I know you’ve got all sorts of fun planned, yes?  So do I!!!  I’m going to wrestle a chair from my upstairs bedroom to the downstairs living room, and vacuum the 15-step staircase!  Bet you’re jealous, huh?  You’re more than welcome to come help!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and keep safe, my friends!

Jolly Monday — Shoes ‘n Such

Good Monday morning folks, and welcome to another week!  I hope you had a great weekend and I know you’re eager to get back to the grind today, right?  Um … right?  Hey … where are those cheerful faces and huge smiles?  Well, let’s just see if we can’t find ‘em before you have to head out the door, okay?  You should always start the week with a smile anyway.  So, grab a snack and a cuppa something and prepare to don those smiles!

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Shoes, shoes, shoes

Last night I happened across a pair of … shoes. shoes-octopusActually, my daughter found them on Pinterest and showed them to me, and I tucked them away in a corner of my cobwebby mind for this post.  Now, I am not able to find a pair for sale (no no no … I do NOT wish to own a pair, but merely wanted to find out what outrageous price was being charged for them), so I have no idea what they cost, but if it’s more than a dollar, it’s too much.  Who in their right mind would wear such a hideous thing on their feet?  Turns out these “Octopus Tentacle shoes” are the creation of Filipino designer Kermit Tesoro.

Tesoro initially came into prominence through his sophisticated shoes that were used by Lady Gaga in many of her tours. He has used various mediums in his shoes such as wood, plaster, steel, leather, industrial resin, coral, and human bones and teeth, all of which have been inspired from natural environs and things found in specific environments.

“I want to translate people’s deviations into my own creations. It’s like a fashion interpretation of the biological or psychological deviation of a person. I’ve always been driven to create clothing articles based on inner conflicts or the inability to control one’s inner impulses or failure to structure one’s behavior in an orderly way.”

Take a look at some of his other creations …

That last one?  I’m not even sure where one puts one’s foot???  I shall stick with my Reeboks.


Ice cream anyone?

Remember back in the day … there were basically three flavours of ice cream:  chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.  Today, there are literally hundreds of flavours.  I don’t get ice cream often, however when I do, my favourite is Graeter’s Raspberry Chocolate Chunk, or else anybody’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate.  Sigh.  Anyway … here in the U.S., Ben and Jerry’s is usually the innovator of strange flavours, and most are a limited time experiment.  But this month, XXI ICE, a company based in Dundalk, Ireland, has the most … unique?  Different?  Yucky … flavour.  Chicken Nugget ice cream.

Mind you, I can tolerate chicken nuggets, though they aren’t my favourite thing to eat, but in ice cream???  Take a look …

I believe I will pass on this one.


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In the French primary school of Jules-Ferry in Crets en Belledonne at the foot of the Alps, there are 261 children and 15 sheep registered for classes.  The children will study the usual ‘three Rs’ … Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmatic, while the sheep will study the three Bs … Baaaa-ing, Bleating, and Butting.  They will all study m-ewe-sic together!sheep-education-2Crets en Belledonne is a small town of less than 4,000 people, and in recent years enrollment at the school has declined, prompting the government to tell the school they must cut back on the number of classes they offer.  Since the school offers only 11 classes as it is, any scaling back could pose critical problems in the quality of education. sheep-education.pngIt was at this juncture that the parents in the town put their heads together and came up with a plan … a plan to enroll the sheep, increase the number of students, and maintain the same number of classes.  A brilliant scheme, actually, and as it happens … it actually worked!sheep-children-welcomeEven the local mayor hopped on the bandwagon and officially recognized the sheep as legitimate students of the school.  Among the sheep enrolled in the school are Baa-bete and Saute-Mouton.


MUI – Mowing Under the Influence???

Here’s the question … can you be arrested and charged with a DUI for operating a riding lawnmower while ‘under the influence’ of alcohol?  Well, maybe and maybe not.  Maybe it depends on the circumstances.  But if, while drunkenly mowing your lawn, you hit a police vehicle, then rest assured that you can be charged!

Gary Wayne Anderson of Haines City, Florida, learned this lesson the hard way on a Saturday evening earlier this month.  An officer had parked his cruiser and stepped away momentarily, when he heard a loud crash and turned to see Mr. Anderson on his riding mower.  Damage to the cruiser was minimal, but Anderson volunteered the information that he was drunk!

Anderson, age 68, failed the field sobriety test, and was laughing one minute and being aggressive the next, so the officer took him to the nearest hospital, where his blood-alcohol tested more than three times the legal limit, plus they found evidence of cocaine in his blood.  He blamed the cocaine on the police, saying they planted it there.

And thus is born a new acronym:  MUI – mowing under the influence, or MWI – mowing while intoxicated.  Mr. Anderson, meanwhile, is being held in the Polk County, Florida, jail in lieu of $3,000 bond while his grass grows unfettered.


And, of course, if it’s Monday, there must be cartoons, right?

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We certainly cannot wrap up Jolly Monday without our cute animal video …

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Okay, folks, well … I suppose it’s time to get this week started.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please share those gorgeous smiles you’re wearing now with people who might be in need of one.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — A Celebration of A Grumpy Life

It is with great sadness in my heart that I must bring you the news:  Grumpy Cat has died.  😢

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Now, I can hear you saying that Saturday Surprise is supposed to be fun, not sad, and that the death of the world’s best-known Grumpy Cat is not a happy thing.  I agree, but … this post is not about Grumpy’s death, but rather about her life … rather a tribute, a celebration of her life in pictures.grumpy-3.jpgGrumpy Cat was rather the ‘Maxine’ of the feline world. Grumpy’s real name was Tardar Sauce, and while I always thought Grumpy was a he, he was in fact a ‘she’.  I guess I just think of grumpy beings as male.  (No comment from the peanut gallery here!)  Grumpy’s perpetual scowl, that earned her the nickname Grumpy Cat by which the world knew her, was actually caused by a form of dwarfism.grumpy-4She first achieved some level of Internet celebrity in 2012, after pictures featuring her frowning face went viral on social media, then turned into a mean-mugging meme.  It wasn’t long before Grumpy Cat was everywhere. She appeared on TV, popping up in episodes of “American Idol,” “The Bachelorette” and WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.”grumpy-5.jpgIn 2013, Grumpy beat out “Gangnam Style” and the “Harlem Shake” to win Meme of the Year at the Webby Awards. The following year, she scored her own Lifetime holiday movie, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” a two-hour spectacle featuring the voice talents of actress Aubrey Plaza as the title character. Two years later, she made her Broadway debut, a one-night only appearance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, “Cats.” Of course she did.grumpy-6In 2016, her sculpture was added to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas — and the cat was invited to curl up alongside her own wax figure.grumpy-tussaud.jpg

Grumpy Cat had amassed nearly 4 million combined followers on Instagram and Twitter, with a Facebook page that boasts 8.5 million likes.

In 2013, Grumpy became the official “spokescat” for Friskies cat food.

There is even a Grumpy Cat online store, Grumpycats.com, where you can find hundreds of products available for purchase, from ugly Christmas sweaters and laptop sleeves to drink coasters and guitar straps — all of them, of course, bearing the cat’s famous frown, usually along with a similarly surly message.

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grumpy-bookGrumpy wasn’t a huge fan of holidays …

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Grumpy Cat’s death is indeed sad, but you know what?  She will live on forever in both our hearts and on the Internet, for there must be at least a million pictures and memes out there.  And I close with a short video of some of her finest moments …

 

In Honour of Benjamin …

This is a special post for a special friend … at age 5, my youngest reader, in fact.  I’m afraid I let my young friend Benjamin down on Tuesday, the 14th, for that was our ‘anniversary’.  It was one year ago on that date that Benjamin discovered Filosofa’s Word, thanks to his Gem of a grandmother Ellen, and he has been an avid follower ever since!  Benjamin, I am so sorry I didn’t do something special for you on Tuesday, but I hope I can make up for it today.

I was thinking that since it was Berkley Bear that first brought you to my blog, perhaps you would enjoy watching Berkley playing in the snow, because I know you love to play in the snow too!  So here, just for you my young friend, is Berkley Bear enjoying the winter!

Thank you for reading my posts for the past year and I hope there will be many more years!  Namaste, Benjamin!  I love you!!!

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