Good Monday morning, my friends! Another rainy one, eh? Don’t worry about tracking the mud in … we’ll clean it up later. Just come on in. How was your weekend? Did you do fun and exciting things? We are finally now officially in summer. On the first day of summer, parts of Colorado saw up to two feet of snow! We, on the other hand, have had fairly mild temps, but I do wish the bloomin’ rain would quit. Then again, at least I haven’t had to water the flowers for over a week now! So, are you guys in the mood for a bit of humour to start this week off right? Grab a snack and a drink and pull up a chair … let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
Benjamin’s Juice Box!
Long arm of the law …
Amy Rush is now 45 years of age, but back in 1990, at age 15, she tried to run away from home. She was apparently hitchhiking when an older man picked her up (no, don’t worry, this isn’t a story about sex, drugs and alcohol) and gave her a ride. Well, the man was stopped for speeding, and young Amy was also ticketed … for not wearing a seat belt! The ticket was for $35, and the officer didn’t question why Amy was with the man, or what relationship there was.
Fast forward to last week when Amy, much to her surprise, received a letter from a debt collection agency looking to collect that $35! According to Amy …
“I’ve almost considered driving down there the two and a half hours to talk to a judge to tell him how absolutely ridiculous this is and what a waste of taxpayer money this has been for the 15 years. I can’t imagine the postage they’ve paid on following me around trying to get this $35. I told them they can keep sending me mail and wasting more money because I’m not paying it.”
Good for her! I wouldn’t pay it either, especially in this day and age where some can commit murder and not be held accountable! Twenty-nine years it’s been, and they’re still trying to collect. 🙄
What to do with those pesky pennies?
I am not a big fan of spending hours … even days, months or years … building something for the sole purpose of proving that it can be done, or in this case, setting a Guinness World record, and then destroying all that work. However, Cory Nielsen of Phoenix, Arizona, has built something that is really rather cool, and I couldn’t help but share it with you. It is a pyramid made of pennies. 1,030,315 pennies, to be exact. It weighs 6,360 pounds and stands 44.6 inches tall. At the base, it is 65 rows wide by 65 rows long, and stands 65 rows tall.
About three years ago, Nielsen built a small one on his desk at work (nothing else to do?), using only a few pennies … 41,000 to be precise. He showed pictures to some colleagues at work, and they wondered if that was a world record. Nielsen replied to them, “I don’t know; if it isn’t, I’ll make it one.”Originally thinking the world record was made of only 626,789 coins built by a man in Colorado a couple of years ago, Nielsen knew he could beat that, and so the building process began.
Once the pyramid construction began, he found out that the actual world record was set in Lithuania.
“I was already committed, and so I went ahead and beat that one too.”
And what do you think Mr. Nielsen plans to do with the pyramid that has more than $10,000 worth of copper in it? Destroy it and take it to the credit union. Somehow … I’m just not sure it was worth all that time, but it is rather cool … in a way.
Mr. Nielsen has a few YouTube videos …
Congratulations to Mr. Nielsen … I guess … on fulfilling his life’s goal? I wonder what’s next for him?
A new job for Filosofa?
I have been in an Ikea store just once, and once was enough. It was a frustrating, painful experience, and even prompted a post on this blog some five years ago … wow, has it really been that long? I still remember it as if it was only yesterday! I just went back and looked … it was in the early days of this blog, and I had exactly one ‘like’ and two comments on that post! Anyway, I don’t like to shop there, but I have a friend who works there, and I do know they treat their people very well. So, I think I might just have found myself a job, folks!
According to United Press International (UPI) …
Furniture chain Ikea posted an unusual job opening for a “happiness hunter” willing to temporarily live in Denmark and get paid in money and meatballs to study what makes a home happy.
The company said the winning candidate will live for two weeks at a temporary home in Copenhagen and will experience “home visits, guided tours, talks and dinners” in a bid to determine the ingredients for a happy home.
The person will document the experience on social media.
The winning candidate will be paid a salary that corresponds to the average Danish living standard and receive free meatball meals from Ikea.
Applications are being accepted online through July 1.
What do you think, guys? Sounds good, yes? Guess I better update my résumé!
As you know, for me the only way to kick off a new week is with a cute animal video …
And I came across these …
And lastly, I promised this song, The Rainbow Connection, sung as only Kermit The Frog can sing it, to a special young reader …
And that’s it for today, my friends. Be sure to share those smiles this week, for not everybody got to hear Kermit singing! Keep safe and have a great week! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!