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!
Benjamin’s juice boxes — but he’ll share if you ask nicely!
Shoes, shoes, shoes
Last night I happened across a pair of … shoes. Actually, 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.
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!Crets 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. It 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!Even 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?
We certainly cannot wrap up Jolly Monday without our cute animal video …
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!