Good Monday morning, my friends! Come in, come in … isn’t it grand that we haven’t had to curtail our Monday morning get-togethers, despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus? We are still having just as much fun on Monday mornings as ever! I shan’t ask how your weekend was, nor need you ask about mine. Suffice it to say that I am now a week older than when you last saw me … but then, so are most of you. So, grab a bit of a snack and let’s see what Jolly and I have found to bring a smile to your gorgeous mugs today, shall we?
Last Monday, as you may recall, I told you about a 5-year-old boy in Utah who, angry that his mother refused to buy him a Lamborghini sports car (they retail for between $265,000 and $382,000, by the way), ‘borrowed’ the family car and went out planning to buy his own … with all of $3 in his pocket. An observant state trooper pulled him over and that was the end of that story. Except, there is a follow up …
Jeremy Neves, a local businessman, heard of the young man’s disappointment and, as Jeremy happens to own a Lamborghini (apparently a quite successful businessman), decided to treat the boy to a ride.
“I’m absolutely inspired by the principles that he displayed of success ― knowing what he wants, going after it. I thought it would be really cool to say, ‘Your dreams aren’t as far away as you think they are.’”
Now, I thought it was a pretty cool thing for Mr. Neves to do, but apparently the general consensus is that it wasn’t. He was trounced on Twitter and elsewhere by people saying he had just given the lad the wrong lesson, rewarding him for bad behaviour. And, on re-thinking it, he was rewarding him for all the wrong things, and encouraging that uber-capitalistic spirit that I so often complain about. I was only thinking of the joy the young boy must have experienced. Ah well … I’m rarely right, but still … that’s ‘the rest of the story’ as I know it.
Reclaiming their turf!
Ever since March, when a number of countries put into place strict lockdown orders, and others a lesser version, a stay-at-home order, or recommendation, businesses closed, and nations ground to a halt, there have been stories of animals turning up where you wouldn’t normally expect to find them. The first, and most well-known, was the story of a herd of goats running through the streets of the town of Llandudno, Wales …
Since then, there have been many such stories from all over the world, including the U.S. I find them heartwarming … after all, the critters were all here long before humans evolved from the great apes, and we took over, driving them into selected areas, in some cases driving their entire species off the earth. The latest one, though, I found great humour in.
In an area of Brandon, Florida, residents are complaining about a group of … peacocks! They say they have taken over the neighborhood and are messy, noisy, and are keeping them up at nights! County officials said the peacocks aren’t regulated as pets because no one has claimed ownership of them, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the birds also aren’t considered wildlife, so the agency doesn’t have jurisdiction over them. In other words … get over it, people! I imagine that soon, now that states are allowing businesses to re-open, people will be out and about more, cars polluting the air and airwaves, and the peacocks will find their way to greener pastures, but for now … it’s funny. (Especially since I don’t live there!)
Da bull had an itch!
In the Scottish town of Chapelton, Hazel Laughton’s 4-year-old bull, Ron, had an itch. When my cats get an itch, they use the corner of my laptop, or whatever is handy, to rub the area, usually the side of their face, until the itch is gone. Ron decided to scratch his itch against a utility pole, and that must have been some powerful itch, for in the process he knocked the transformer completely off the pole, knocking out electricity to some 700 homes!Fortunately, the transformer went straight to the ground, missing Ron, else this might not have been a humorous story after all. Hazel posted an apology to all her neighbors on Facebook …
“Our bull Ron would like to apologize to everyone in Chapelton and Strathaven for causing last night’s power cut to over 700 homes. He had itchy bum so scratched it on the electricity pole and knocked the transformer box off.”
Not something you hear every day!
Time for a few cartoons, don’t you think? Let’s see what Phil has in store for us over at Phil’s Phun …
I don’t know about you, but I sense that my humour is a bit tired tonight, but I hope something brought a bit of a smile to your face. Jolly informs me that we forgot the cute animal video last week, and I almost forgot it this week! Thanks for reminding me, Jolly!
Well, folks, I hope you have a good week ahead, and please keep safe out there! Love ‘n big hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!