Jolly Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I bet you’re all glad to have that pesky weekend behind you and eagerly looking forward to the next five days, otherwise known as “the work week”, yes?  Hey!  Don’t throw that!  I was only joking!  Okay … so how was your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting?  Yes, Hugh … I know what you did all weekend … shoveled snow!

Grab a bite and a cuppa and let’s find fun things with which to start our week, shall we?


Speaking of donuts …

gold-donutThis is the world’s most expensive donut.  Last week, a Florida doughnut shop celebrated its grand opening with a $100 donut containing 24-karat gold and Cristal champagne.

Bjorn Delacruz, pastry chef at Enter Through the Donut Shop, in Miami Beach, said the Gold Cristal Ube Donut is loaded with luxurious ingredients.

“It’s created from a base of ube, which is a sweet purple yam from the Philippines.  Within the ube mousse we suspend little bits of Cristal gelee, basically Jell-O shots made from Cristal. We cover it with Cristal icing. I airbrush it with some gold, and then I guild it with about with six to nine sheets of edible gold.”

The donut costs $100, or if you’re shopping for a bargain, you can get a dozen for $1,000.  Please do not buy me one, for I don’t eat anything that costs that much, and I don’t eat gold and I don’t like champagne!


Snow, snow, and still more coming …

I mentioned that poor Hugh has been snowed in for most of the winter, with record snowfall totals.  Look at some of the cool pictures I found of the snow in his state …snow-1These guys were having fun playing on the Ice on Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota in the wake of a blizzard that dumped a foot of snow in many places.

Some people used the snow as an opportunity to show off their creative talents …

I look at these pictures and can only be thankful for our relatively mild winter …

But the dogs don’t seem to be minding it too much …


A joyful reunion …

hugo.pngThe parrot’s name was Hugo, despite the fact that he was actually ‘she’, and she was found on a runway at the Dublin (Ireland) airport during a routine inspection.  The airport launched a social media appeal to reunite the African grey parrot with her owner, but four people came forward claiming she was theirs!  But only one, a man named Lubomir, claimed that the parrot speaks Slovak.

Airport management then had the idea of recording an audio clip of Lubomir talking to the parrot in his native tongue and sending it to the animal shelter in Kildare, where the bird was being kept.  When they played the recording for Hugo, she got so excited that it was obvious that was her daddy!

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The reunion


And speaking of parrots …

This one’s name is Rocco, and he was living in comfort at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, UK.  But Rocco had a bit of a problem with … um … his language.  Oh no … Rocco could speak quite well, plain as day, and that was the problem.  He was rather like my late brother-in-law John, who could not speak without using profanity!

Finally, as Rocco’s language was becoming a problem with the visitors, staff member Marion Wischnewski took Rocco home to live with her in Oxfordshire.  Well, at first it all seemed harmless and even rather cute that Rocco took up with Alexa, Marion’s Amazon smart-device that can be used for all manners of things.  Rocco would ask Alexa to play music or tell jokes, and that was all fine & dandy. Rocco-AlexaBut one day when she returned from work, Marion found that her Amazon shopping list was … hefty!  Turns out that Rocco had ordered strawberries, ice cream, and a kettle!  She canceled that order, and a few days later checked to find that Rocco apparently had a hankering for watermelon and raisins!  Over the next few days, Rocco tried to order broccoli and a light bulb, among a number of other things.  Marion has learned to check her Amazon account each day!


Tulips?  Or Turnips?tulipsYou’ve got to feel just a little bit sorry for Allan Harris of Hartford, Kentucky.  The guy’s heart was in the right place, but his hearing … maybe not so much.  A few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this month, he was trying to get an idea what his wife might like, when she (Nina) mentioned that she would like to have some tulips to plant in the yard this spring.  Easy enough, right?

But Mr. Harris somehow misunderstood and thought her heart’s desire was actually turnips, so …Valentines-turnips.jpgCute little container though.  According to Nina …

“When I got up, I had my first cup of coffee, and he said, ‘Oh, your turnips are here!’ And I said, ‘Turnips?!'”

And Allan says …

“I went and got the bucket and put the turnips in the bucket that says ‘I love you’ on it. I went in there, got her coffee — and here you go!”

You’ve really got to feel sorry for him, but maybe next time he’ll pay attention?  After that fiasco, Mr. Harris went back out, got the tulips, some candy & balloons to make up for what he calls his “boo-boo”.


Instead of an animal video today, I came across this and I think you will find some of these people truly amazing!


jollyWell, friends, I see gorgeous smiles on your faces and I hope they stay in place all week long!  I also hope you share them with others who aren’t wearing their own.  Keep warm, keep safe, and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!!!

Saturday Surprise — Strange & Funny Critters!

Good morning folks … it’s the WEEKEND!!! I’m so happy when you guys make a little time to come by and visit at the beginning of the weekend … it makes my weekend that much better! Remember the time I did a Saturday Surprise post about unique animals?  Well … I’m in the mood today for some cute animals to bring a ray of light, since Mother Nature is doing a poor job of it these days.

First, let’s start out with some unique animals that most of us have never heard of, let alone seen!

This guy reminds me of a stern-looking grandfather …Emperor tamarinHe is actually an Emperor Tamarin, found through Central and the northern half of South America.  And this guy is a Cotton Top Tamarin, so named for obvious reasons.cotton-top-tamarin.jpg


Here we have a Magnificent Frigatebird, famous for its bright red, balloon-like throat pouch.

Frigatebird.jpgThis pouch is found on male frigatebirds, and they typically inflate it to get females’ attention.  Hmmm … it would certainly get attention, but I’m not sure I would be attracted.  But then … I’m not a bird.


Now aren’t these guys just adorable …

They are Peacock Spiders, native to Australia, and named for their bright colors and dancelike courtship rituals.  They are lifting a leg as part of the mating dance.


This next guy is so ugly he’s cute, if you know what I mean …Lowland_Streaked_TenrecHe is a Lowland Streaked Tenrec.  Tenrecs are like a cross between a shrew, an opossum and an otter, with a 5-6 inch body, long snout and vestigial tail.  Found only in the rainforests of Madagascar, its bright yellow stripes and barbed quills signal danger for predators


This is a Zebra Duiker and at first glance I thought it was perhaps a mammalian bumblebee!zebra_DuikerA member of the antelope species, the Zebra Duiker is found in the lowland primary rain forests of West Africa.  They’re tiny (30-35 inches long, weighing 40-45 pounds), with short, sharp horns and zebra-like stripes that help them hide from the many predators that eat them.  They also have super-powerful nasal bones, which allow them to use their face to crack open the tough exterior of certain fruits.


And lastly, this little guy …Honduran_White_Bat… is a Honduran White Bat, also known as the Ghost Bat, and is one of only two white bat species in the world.  They’re found only in the jungles of Central America, where they’re usually seen hanging in colonies of up to 6 from heliconia plants.


Next, I wanted to take a few minutes to look at some beautiful wildlife photography. Every week, The Guardian does a “Week in Wildlife” feature and I am always amazed at how the photographers get so close and get such beautiful shots.  Here are a few from the last couple of weeks …

This first one is called Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK.Brother lionsThese two adult male lions, probably brothers, greeted each other by rubbing faces for 30 seconds before settling down. Most people never have the opportunity to witness such animal sentience, and Lloyd says he was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.  Isn’t this heartwarming and gorgeous?

Here we have one called Fox Meets Fox by Matthew Maran, UK.Fox meets foxMaran has been photographing foxes near his north London home for more than a year, and ever since spotting this street art he longed of capturing this image. After countless hours and many failed attempts, his persistence paid off.  My question, though … are there normally foxes roaming the streets of London?

Here we have a rescued pangolin …

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Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

… believed to be the world’s most trafficked animal, looking for food on a private property in Johannesburg, South Africa.


And that’s about all we have time for this morning, but of course what would an animal post be without a cute animal video???  This one is guaranteed to make you laugh!

I hope you enjoyed the animals today, hope you got a chuckle from the video, and most of all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Keep safe and have fun, my friends!

Here’s To A Jolly Monday … 🥂

Monday-sleepy-2G’mornin’ friends … welcome {yawn} to Monday.  No, I didn’t have a ‘wild weekend’.  I look like this every morning … I just got up too late to hide the ugly before you got here today.  Jolly helped me whip up a few treats to start the morning out right …

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Now let’s see if we can find something fun to start this week off, shall we?


Cabbage is not my favourite veggie, though I can tolerate it in such things as coleslaw (Miss Goose calls it ‘funny salad’) or in an egg roll.  Otherwise, I leave the cabbage in the produce aisle for someone else.  But Rosemary Norwood and her husband, Sean Cadman, who live in the Tasmanian valley of Jackeys Marsh, Australia, have grown a cabbage that I think would feed the entirety of Australia for a few months, at least!huge cabbage.pngNorwood said she kept hungry wallabies and possums out with a wire fence, and had to place the cabbage under a fine net to stop slugs and butterflies. The toil has been worth it, however — the cabbage ended up large enough to provide almost two weeks’ worth of coleslaw, German rotkohl and salads for their guests.  Personally, I would have let the wallabies have it …


You all remember the Smurfs from Saturday morning television, right?smurfs-toonPer Wikipedia …

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958, wherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs.

And an interesting tidbit …

The word “smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “schtroumpf”, which, according to Peyo, is a word he invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin when he could not remember the word salt.

smurfsBut I digress.  In the town of Lauchringen, near the German border with Switzerland, an unusual gathering took place on Saturday.  2,762 living human smurfs attended a gathering dressed and painted blue in the regulation smurf attire — curly hats and all.  They set a record previously held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.

The rules of the game are strict: the only people counted as the genuine article are those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.


I did not watch the Grammy Awards show last week.  I don’t watch television except to catch a few bits and pieces of the British shows my daughter watches on weekends, and even if I watch television, I’m bored by awards-type shows.  But, I keep seeing pictures of some of the … um … costumes?  Get-ups?  I mean, seriously, some of these garbs are cringe-worthy.  They remind me of something out of a bad sci-fi movie.  Take a look for yourselves …

For the record … I would not be caught dead in any of those abominations!


A few fun things I stumbled across on the ‘net last week …

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Pizza Pals

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Bath time, Human!!!


This video is proof of that old expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” …


I sent Jolly out last night in search of a really cute animal video.  I told him to make it extra special, something guaranteed to make our friends laugh.  I think he did a pretty good job …


And now, my friends, I hope you have a lovely week and that you remember to share those smiles, have a kind word for someone who needs one, and be happy.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!toon-Maxine

Saturday Surprise … A Sad Story And A Small Journey

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the …weekend-2It’s been a long and ugly week, hasn’t it?  I saw the sunshine for all of 7 minutes on … I think it was Wednesday, or perhaps Tuesday.  Haven’t seen it since.  Perhaps I scared it off when I started shrieking, “BRIGHT LIGHT … BRIGHT LIGHT!!!”

I have to tell you a sad story that crossed my path this week.  No couple gets along all the time, but most couples who truly love each other manage to work through their problems.  It seems that if a couple stays together for, say 30-40 years, they aren’t likely to split for any reason other than death.  But the couple I’m going to tell you about today are the exception.  They were together, as best anybody can figure, for around 90 years, and yet their relationship dissolved.

Both Bibi and Poldi were born in Switzerland in 1897 and became a couple during the Roaring Twenties.  They later relocated to Austria in the 1970s.  They shared a love of many of the same things, such as tomatoes.  They seemed to have everything going for them until suddenly they began having troubles.  Just a little spat, but unusual for them.  After all, this was a couple that had made it through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the millennium. Surely one little spat wouldn’t do them in.

They tried counseling, and eventually a temporary separation, with Poldi moving into his own bachelor’s pad after Bibi bit him one day in 2011, drawing blood!  But the counseling didn’t work, and the ‘trial’ separation became a permanent one.  Today, they live in side-by-side matched condos, but rarely even see each other.matched-condosDid I mention that Bibi and Poldi are Galápagos tortoises?

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The spat that dissolved a 90-year love affair

Bibi and Poldi reside at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt, Austria.  It is a sad story, but also a fascinating one, and I encourage you to read the entire story at Atlas Obscura!

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Poldi is looking for Bibi

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Bibi loves her tomatoes!

Now that I’ve broken your hearts, let’s hop aboard the Filomobile for a quick jaunt, for there are a couple of things I really want to show you!


kelpies-1Welcome to Helix park, in Falkirk, in Scotland, and these two impressive statues are the Kelpies, sculptures that form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.

According to sculptor Andy Scott:

“The original concept of mythical water horses was a valid starting point for the artistic development of the structures. took that concept and moved with it towards a more equine and contemporary response, shifting from any mythological references towards a socio-historical monument intended to celebrate the horse’s role in industry and agriculture as well as the obvious association with the canals as tow horses.”kelpies-2kelpies-3

Pretty impressive, don’t you think?


While we’re on this side of the big pond, let’s hop over to Belgium and visit La Balade des Gnomes.  What, you ask, is that?  Well, it is a bed-and-breakfast, but a rather unique one, for it has ten themed rooms, no two alike.  Let’s take a look, shall we?Trojan-horse-exteriorThis is the exterior of the most famous suite, a stand-alone, two-story building in the shape of a Trojan Horse. The Trojan Horse suite has its own motorized drawbridge entrance.

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The horse’s head is a room that can be moved around by levers inside. The whole building gives the feeling of being within a mythical, medieval, wooden, post-apocalyptic mobile home. There’s also a jacuzzi tub, as an added bonus.

Other rooms include the Macquarie Island room where your bed is a boat which appears to float on real water and there is a real beach with real sand in your room. The suites are filled with wooden toadstools, starry skies (glowing on your ceiling) and crooked windows.

This one is the Legend of the Trolls room …

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Personally, I don’t think I would enjoy spending a night here, but I thought it would be fun to see!b-b-1

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Um … thanks, but no, I really don’t think I could sleep with those … things … above my head!  The price isn’t bad as these things go, although it is out of my budget … 134 €, or about $151 USD.


Well, folks, I know it was a short jaunt this week, but it’s getting late and we all have things we need to do this weekend, so we better be getting back.  I do hope you enjoyed the little trip, and we’ll take a longer journey soon … perhaps even next week!

Have a fun and happy weekend … by the way, Happy Family Day to my Canadian friends and enjoy your long weekend!

A Jolly Cold Monday …

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come on in … don’t worry about tracking snow in … Jolly will sweep it up in a minute.  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Oh, well, since it stayed well below freezing all weekend, and since I’m still doing battle with a respiratory ‘thing’, I stayed in all weekend, but I did get to spend some time reading and sleeping, so that was nice.  I’ve simply got to get some energy back this week, for as you can see, we still have Christmas lights and decorations up in the living room.  I managed to ‘un-decorate’ the rest of the house, but the living room is still pretty Christmas-y.  I gave some thought to just leaving them up, since we’re already a month-and-a-half through the year, but no … they must come down this week!

Grab a snack and a cup of java or tea, and let’s see if we can find something to help us start the week out with a smile, shall we?

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Coca-Cola is rolling out a new flavour for the first time in over a decade.  I don’t drink soft drinks more than three or four times a year, but I’m likely to try this one … Orange-Vanilla. orange-vanilla-cokeThe company also considered raspberry, and lemon-ginger, but after a test run of the orange-vanilla in Canada proved successful, they chose that.  Said a company spokesperson …

“We wanted to bring back positive memories of carefree summer days. That’s why we leaned into the orange-vanilla flavor combination — which is reminiscent of the creamy orange popsicles we grew up loving, but in a classically Coke way.”

It will be in stores on Monday, February 25th, so mark your calendars!  And if you try it, let me know what you think.


Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but … I find the concept of online dating services to be just a bit creepy.  First, it seems to me an act of desperation.  Second, I’m leery of strangers, especially in this day and age.  But even with that said, this next story is just about beyond weird in my opinion.

Samsung has rolled out a new ‘dating app’ with a unique twist.  Instead of seeing a picture of the person they are trying to hook you up with, you see a picture of the inside of their refrigerator!  According to Samsung’s website

refrigerdaterDating where the inside is all that counts

Refrigerdating is a service that helps you to find love based on the content of your fridge. By uploading an image of your food, you can get in contact with others who have realized that you are what you eat!

Thanks, but no thanks.  And anyway, if I uploaded a picture of the inside of my fridge, anybody with an ounce of sense would run in the other direction very quickly!


You’ve all heard the expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”?  Well, David Aguilar, who is studying bioengineering at Barcelona’s International University of Catalonia, proves that to be true.  Born with only one arm, David combined his love of building with Lego blocks and his need for a second arm, and … well, watch him show you what he has done …

Pretty awesome problem-solving skills, wouldn’t you say!  I love the “can-do” attitude!


I came across a few funny meme’s on a friend’s Facebook page and decided to snag them to share with you this morning …

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By the way … before I forget!  Thursday is Valentine’s Day, so if there’s someone special in your heart, don’t forget to send a card, or just call and say, “Hey … I love you!”  You don’t have to spend a lot of money on flowers or jewelry … a card will mean just as much.Valentines


And finally … what’s not to love about these adorable Red Pandas?


jollyI hope you’ve found something to bring a smile to your face this morning, and that you’ll share those smiles with those who need them most.  Keep safe & warm, and have a great week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Weird Buildings And A Cute Kitten!

Good Saturday morning, friends!  Come in out of the cold and join me for a cuppa before you head out on your weekend errands.  I was really hoping we could take a journey today, have an adventure, but I’m still not quite up for it.  I thought about having Jolly take you, but … well … while I adore the little guy, he’s even more directionally challenged than I am, and I was afraid I might not see you again for a month!  But I did find a couple of fun things for us to start the weekend.

Ever hear of Frank Gehry?  No?  I hadn’t either, until I came across some strange-looking buildings and found that they were all designed by the same architect:  Frank Gehry.

Frank GehryFrank Gehry is a Canadian-born American architect, residing in Los Angeles.  A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age”.

Let’s take a look at some of his buildings …

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Fred And Ginger, Prague, Czech Republic

The Fred And Ginger or The Dancing House in the Chech Capital is one of the most controversial works of Gehry, because of the audacity that he had when he thought of and implemented the idea of building two modern, dancing buildings that don’t fit in with their classical surroundings. Yet unusual shapes have enriched Prague’s old town and now it’s iconic. Oh, and the name ‘Fred and Ginger’ was chosen because of the dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that inspired Frank Gehry.


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Museum Of Pop Culture, Seattle, Washington

This massive construction looks like it’s melting under Seattle’s mellow sun, yet it’s far from that. This sheet-metal covered structure was inspired by the rock music and the energy that it embodies. Gehry even admitted that the preparations included buying and putting together guitar pieces in order to create a form which would inspire the soon-to-be the museum of pop culture.


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Marqués De Riscal Hotel, Elciego, Spain

A small Spanish Town in a region that is famous for its wine today is probably even better known for something way more extravagant. It’s yet another boundary-breaking Gehry’s work and it’s a luxury hotel that looks like something that would make Don Quixote forget about windmills and start preparing for a much bigger battle.


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Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The full name of this building is “The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences” and it’s was designed for none other than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was built in the place of Building 20, a place which was surrounded by legends and local M.I.T. folklore. Since 2004 the Stata Center has attracted so much attention that it’s become a legend of its own.


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Lou Ruvo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

This work is not a museum, nor a concert hall, in fact, it’s something quite to the contrary. It’s a center for brain health, or as the full name goes The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Lou Ruvo is a businessman from Las Vegas, who lost his father due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore he initiated the project and in 2010 it became reality.


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Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, Germany

Despite having completed many cutting-edge projects all over the world, this one was the first in Europe. It’s a museum that exhibits furniture and interior design pieces and solutions, yet it’s the building itself that attracts the most attention. It’s special in more ways than one – it was the first time Gehry said yes to curved forms in his project. The result speaks for itself.


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Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

Even though It looks like something where Ice King from Adventure Time would live in if he had a house in Spain, Guggenheim Bilbao serves a big purpose – it’s a museum of modern and contemporary art which in itself is a piece of art. Named as one of the most important works of architecture in the last decades by numerous experts, this building has many reasons why it’s unique. This construction was so successful and well acclaimed that it started attracting tourists to the city of Bilbao. Lots of tourists. During the first 12 months since the museum opened, tourists generated $160 million for the local economy. This building basically revived an entire city. This economical phenomenon even received a name – the Bilbao Effect.


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Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama

Biomuseo, an ecology museum, was yet another step for Gehry, as this was his first project in Latin America. Panamanian politicians started talks with Gehry about realizing his works in this location in hopes that this would eventually create a “Bilbao Effect” and attract more tourists and investments. The bright colors, which is not a typical characteristic of Gehry’s work, were chosen to represent the rich nature of Panama.


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Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, Sydney, Australia

In 2015, Gehry’s influence reached the seventh continent when he finished his first project in Australia. It’s a business school building of the University of Technology Sydney and it’s estimated that in order to create an unusual brick building like this one, they had to use around 320,000 custom-made bricks.


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Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Fondation Louis Vuitton is a museum and a cultural center that rests in Paris, surrounded by the Bois de Boulogne park. It took 3,600 glass panels and 19,000 concrete panels to form this armada-looking structure. It opened in 2014 and is the most famous addition to the Parisian art world in the XXI century, where pieces by artists like Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein are exhibited.


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The Fish, Barcelona, Spain

Yes, it’s what it looks like – a colossal abstract fish. This eye-catching sculpture was presented to the world back in 1992, during the preparations for the Olympics that took place in Barcelona later the same year. It’s made of metal plates so the humongous fish reflects sunlight and therefore changes its colors and looks even more vivid in real life.


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Marta Herford, Herford, Germany

Martha Herford was a textile factory, but with a touch by Frank Gehry, it was transformed into a contemporary art museum. An art museum that looks like it was built out of clay. On Mars. By aliens.


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Binoculars Building, Venice, Los Angeles, California

Originally known as the Chiat/Day building, it didn’t take long until people started referring to it as the Binoculars building. And it’s not difficult to see why. The whole building is more than the giant binoculars, which, actually, are an original artwork by Claes Oldenburg and serve as an addition to the building itself.


Well … what did you think?  Some pretty wild architecture, eh?  What was your favourite?  Maybe in our travels one of these days we’ll visit some of them and see them up close!  And now, because you all know how I love animals, and also for the younger readers who were likely bored by the tour of the buildings, I end with an adorable video about a kitten named Churro the Purro, born with deformed back legs, and how he overcame his disability to become a beloved family member.

Have a fun and safe weekend, my friends!

*Header image is The Iac Building in New York.  No sparkly and shiny sheet-metal in sight, which automatically made The Iac Building stand out from other creation by Frank Gehry. That’s why it’s said that above its resemblance to the sails of a ship, it’s conceptually closest to an iceberg. And indeed it looks like one, resting in the ocean that is New York.

Kind Of A Jolly Monday …

Happy Monday morning, my friends.  I’ve been a bit under the weather for a few days now, so I’m afraid I didn’t do any baking, but had Jolly run out in the Filomobile for some donuts … I hope you’ll forgive me.donuts-1donuts-2


Last week we had some of the coldest temperatures I can remember.  But then, I can’t remember why I went into the kitchen.  Still … it must have been pretty darn cold for this …pic-1

Or how ‘bout this one … Cowgirls and their horses in the Midwest?pic-2

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And then yesterday, after a morning low of -6° on Wednesday, we had temps of 50°!  Needless to say, when 6” to 8” of snow melts that quickly, it has nowhere to go, so then you get flood warnings.  But no … nothing unusual about all this, is there now?


I had to laugh at this one yesterday …

Husband ‘calls police on own wife after she refuses to split bill for Chinese’

It happened in Sydney, Australia, where an unnamed man, apparently balked at having to foot the dinner bill, called “000”, Australia’s equivalent of the U.S.’ 911, or the UK’s 999.  The police arrived and reminded the man that the emergency number is for actual emergencies.chinese food“Police are unsure of who eventually paid for the remainder of the succulent Chinese meal,” North Shore Police Area Command said in a statement.

I wonder if he had egg … foo yung … on his face?


And speaking of husbands … how about this one …

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Adam Hemsley feeding lemur.  Look at that tail!!!  (The lemur’s, not Adam’s)

The Hemsley Conservation Centre, located southeast of London, is a small zoo & conservation center started by Adam Hemsley in 2015.  They are said to have several animals you don’t see everyday, and if you check out the Centre’s website  you’ll see they have some very positive reviews and adorable pictures.

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Precious little meerkats … I would take one for a Valentine’s Day present if anybody felt so inclined.  Though I’m not sure how they would fare with the Sig Six

For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a real deal … for a small donation of about $2, they will name a cockroach after your ex-husband!  Names will appear on the roach board next to the zoo’s cockroach enclosure. Money raised through the endeavor will go toward future zoo projects.

cockroach“For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex this Valentine’s Day,” said the zoo in a statement about the program.

Participants will receive a certificate that reads, “I’ve named a cockroach at the Hemsley Conservation Centre in the not so loving memory of my worthless ex!”  A bit harsh?  Perhaps, but I’ve known a few who deserved it. The certificate also grants the holder half-price entry into the zoo!


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I told you a few days ago that I am trying to make note of what the ‘National Day of ______’ is this year, right?  Partly that is because our friend Ellen goaded me a few times, saying, “I can’t believe you missed National _________ Day”.  Well, today marks a newly designated day, National Hemp Day!  Mark it on your calendars, folks!  It also happens to be National Football Hangover Day (I’m assuming this has something to do with last night’s Super Bowl which yours truly did NOT watch!  And it is National Thank-A-Mail-Carrier Day, as well as National Homemade Soup Day!  And finally, it is National Create A Vacuum Day, and I have no idea what that means!

I do apologize for the shorter-than-usual Jolly Monday, but how ‘bout a cute animal video to finish off the morning?


jollyHave a great week, folks, keep safe & warm, and please share those gorgeous smiles I see you wearing.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Happy Groundhog Day!!! – Redux

This is a repeat of my 2017 Groundhog Day post.  This year, Phil will not be able to dig his way out from the deeply frozen ground, so … no worries about him seeing a shadow!


“Ground Hog Day is tomorrow. We’re the only country that accepts weather predictions from a rodent, and denies climate change facts by scientists.” – Alt-NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

ghd-3Good morning!  Today is a very special day, so I am setting aside my usual fare for this morning’s post to pay due respect and homage to none other than Pennsylvania’s own … {drumroll} … {applause} … Punxsutawney Phil!!!!  A brief summary of the legend and the history for my friends across the pond who may not know about Phil:

On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

ghd-5Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America’s most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada.

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According to the Weather Channel, the forecast in Punxsutawney is a high chance of cloudy skies, and even a chance of a flurry or two. According to the legend, this means an early spring is ahead. For the record, Punxsutawney Phil has only been accurate 39% of the time since 1887.

I used to say that Groundhog Day was my favourite holiday, mostly because it did not require a lot of effort on my part … no huge meal to cook, no presents to buy and wrap, no tree to decorate or lights to string.

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I happened across a humorous piece I thought you might enjoy.  Scott Feschuk, a Canadian speechwriter, humourist and former newspaper journalist, wrote this satire piece after hearing Trump’s rather ridiculous speech on black history.  It is his take on what a speech by Trump to commemorate Groundhog Day might be like:

“Well, this is Groundhog Day, so these are just a few little notes I want to share with you. On this day, we honour the tremendous history of groundhogs throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? Because that’s where groundhogs are and where they live. Here but also there. Everywhere, really, except not exactly everywhere but almost.

Mostly in the ground though, on or it, or in the vicinity – which is why we call them that. Groundhogs. Right there in the name.

They’re incredible animals and their incredible example is unique in many ways. So many unique ways that honestly there’s no point in me examining any of them in any detail. We all know. We all know bigly.

You’ve all heard about groundhogs. They are well known and people know about them. We have some good ones. We have the one from that place in Pennsylvania and we have other ones and we have the one from that golf movie with one of the Ghostbusters. There are others. Many others that we all know, and I also know them.

The groundhog from the movie Groundhog Day is an example of a groundhog who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Big impact. But all groundhogs – big impact on the seasons and the changing of the seasons. There are several seasons and we all know what they are.

I do very well with groundhogs, by the way, not that you’d know from CNN which is fake news and disgraceful. But I do substantially better than others have done. They hear me talk about underground life—it’s horrible, life is short, you can get killed by a wolf on the way to pick up an acorn. They hear me and they love me.

The groundhog is cherished. I am very proud of the fact that people in America can learn about groundhogs, and many other things. And they can learn about their many, many accomplishments, which we celebrate on this day, which is why it is called Groundhogs Day and is so special.

I’m proud to honour our groundhog heritage and will be honouring it more and more. Like I said before, a groundhog is an animal—much like a fox is also an animal. And Fox News has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.

Omarosa saw a groundhog once.” 

So there you have it.  Everything you always wanted to know about Groundhog Day and more!  For the record, though I am not a cute, furry little animal that lives in holes in the ground, my prediction is that the sun has taken a permanent vacation.  Here, we have had exactly one sunny day since January 20th.  One.  Just ONE!  I think the sun came out, saw something evil, and went back behind the clouds for protection.

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Saturday Surprise — Sukeroku!

It’s funny, for I was reading a story written by a friend/fellow-blogger a few days ago, a children’s story, and I mentioned that all she needed now was an artist who could turn her characters into whimsical pictures to accompany her words.  Then this evening, as I was bopping around the internet, trying to decide with what I might surprise you guys today, I came across some of the most adorable pictures imaginable.  The Japanese artist is known only as Gotte, and his (or her– not sure which) little hamster, the subject of his art, is Sukeroku.  The pictures depict Sukeroku in everyday settings & situations, and they are absolutely guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike!  If you enjoy these, you can check him out on Twitter,  Instagram  or on the artist’s own website.

And by the way … Jolly was bored, so I let him create the captions …  jolly

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WHEEEEE!!!!

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I’m late, I’m late, for a vewy important date!

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Yum-yum-yum … er … what?  Not supposed to sample da goods?

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Please, please, please … lemme drop it in da hole …

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Me Hamtaro!!!  King o’ da hamsters!

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Garçon … more bread please.

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Wanna help me build a fort?

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Mewwy Cwistmas!!!

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Sewf Portrait … d’ya think I’m any good?

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Chores … sigh.

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Gettin’ bootiful!

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I loves a scawy movie …     

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What kinda pie you want?

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Nite-nite … zzzzzz

Have a great weekend, my dear friends!!!  

A Jolly Snowy Monday … Brrrrrrrrrrrr

Good c-c-cold Monday m-m-morning, friends!  Come in … just pile your coats over there … I can’t believe that last Thursday it was 64 degrees, and now it is barely 25 degrees with 8+ inches of snow on the ground!  Needless to say, Filosofa is in hibernation for the time being.  This was the scene from my kitchen window this morning …20190113_103712-1.jpgI … um … well, I didn’t feel much up to baking this morning, so I … um … put out what I could find in the fridge.  Apologies to all …

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I always think of wild animals as being afraid of humans … in truth, they should be!  Heck, I’m afraid of most humans!  But take a gander at these lions … they don’t appear to be afraid or in any big hurry as they take their time strolling down the street through Kruger National Park in South Africa …


Online dating … I get email in my spam box multiple times every week wanting me to sign up for one or another of the ‘online dating services’.  Sorry, folks … no interest.  Now, daughter Chris has a friend from college days who met the man of her dreams through an online dating service, they eventually married and now have darling twin girls who are now 12-years-old!  However, there are some pitfalls to online dating, as an Oklahoman woman learned last week!

The unnamed woman had been matched with another Oklahoman, Cannon Harrison, and they were getting to know each other.  Apparently, she felt a need for a bit of bragging, perhaps to highlight her skills, and told him she had just killed a deer … after hunting season had ended, and using spotlighting to confuse the deer, freezing it in its tracks and thus making it an easy target.  Sure to impress Mr. Harrison, right?deer-killer.jpgOnly thing is that Cannon Harrison wears one of these uniforms …game-warden.jpg

She even obliged by sending him a picture and everything!  Smart lady, eh?  Annnnnd … the next morning, the game wardens showed up at her home, ultimately costing her $2,400 in fines.  Sadly, even that cannot bring back the life of a beautiful animal.  Needless to say, that budding romance is no longer.


I may have mentioned before that I have no artistic talent.  None.  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  So, I am in awe of those who do, but even with that said, this one knocked me off my feet. Octo-1.jpgMost of us have heard of Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.  Some are very good, very detailed …

But the octopus in the first picture is Kirigami, a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper, rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue.  Consider this … the octopus is all done from a single sheet of paper!Octo-2.jpgThe artist, Masayo Fukuda, says it took her about two months to complete this project.Masayo-Fukuda.jpgAnd here are a few of her other designs …


What would you do if you were out for a walk one evening, and as you passed by a house you heard a man screaming, “Why don’t you die?” repeatedly, and a small child is screaming?  Yes, you would likely do what most of us would … call the police!

It happened in the west coast city of Perth, in Australia last Wednesday when a man walking past his neighbor’s house heard the above commotion.  He did call the police and they came in a hurry, only to find that the man, who has a serious case of arachnophobia, was trying to kill a spider!

Be careful what you say when the windows are open!


Well, folks, it’s that time again … time to start another week.  I’m going to get busy around this house and try to be active enough to get warm!  Otherwise, I’m just giving up and going back to bed, under the nice warm mound of blankies … close my eyes … zzzzzzzzzzz

Oh!  I almost forgot … I snagged this adorable picture from our local zoo’s Facebook post the other day … it is a 3-day-old penguin … isn’t he just adorable?3-day-old-penguinHave a safe and happy week, dear friends, and please don’t forget to share those lovely smiles you’re wearing … they are beautiful and will warm somebody’s heart on this otherwise-cold day!

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