People like Matt Gaetz and Mitch McConnell give the political cartoonists much material to work with these days! It’s almost impossible not to mock them … it’s almost as if they’re begging us to! Our friend TokyoSand found some of the very best ones last week, as she always does. Thank you, TS!
Good morning, my friends, and welcome to another Monday! Do you realize that this year is already 28% over? Yes, more than a quarter of a year has passed since we welcomed in 2021 and … what have we done with it? In my case, not a damn thing! I’ve been out of the house exactly 14 times, once a week to the grocery store that is just one mile from my front door. Whoopee, huh? Ah well … enough of that, else you’ll all be joining me down here in the rabbit hole! Oh, and in case you are wondering, Christmas is just 257 days away, so you better start making those lists and buying some cards! Given the time it took my packages to arrive in the UK last year, I’m thinking to try to have them ready for the mail by July this year! So, this week we have some ‘toons, some funny signs, some cute pics, and for a special treat, a … well, Joyful says she wants it to be a surprise, so I best say no more. Grab a snack and let’s find something fun to start this Monday morning with, okay?
As always, our friend over at Phil’s Phun has some cool ‘toons for us this week …
I think these cute pictures will melt your heart … they melted mine and it’s still in the freezer attempting to re-solidify!
Just a few funny memes that I stumbled across …
A few funny signs …
And of course, if it’s Jolly Monday, there MUST be a cute or funny animal video, yes? Since autumn, a pair of squirrels have been visiting my patio and giving me so much joy. At first, I purchased some fairly pricey food from the National Audubon Society that they were guaranteed to love, and it was healthy for them too. They hated it … the neighbor’s dogs finally ate most of it, and the birds finished the rest. So, I now buy 4 pounds of unsalted, unshelled peanuts each week for them and feeding them, along with the kitties and the birds, are among my first chores of each morning. They also get bananas, apples, and sometimes other nuts such as pecans or walnuts. Yes, they eat as well as the humans in this family! So, is it any surprise that tonight I went in search of a cute squirrel video?
I don’t know if our friend Hugh will drop in this morning, but in case he does … Hugh, please get well, my friend, and I hope this at least gives you a chuckle this morning …
And sadly, my friends, that concludes our time together on this lovely Monday morn. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and that you share those gorgeous smiles I see, for there are many of us who are having a really hard time finding our own smiles these days. Much love and many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!
My posts this week have been rather downers, and now here it is the weekend, so I thought you guys deserved something more fun than hearing me rant. To start your weekend with an ‘Awwww’, I have just a couple of cute and fun things that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Fresh out of hibernation, this mama black bear is trying to get all four of her adorable cubs across a road and to safety, but two of them don’t seem to want to cooperate. This video is courtesy of a man stopped in his car filming the cuteness …
The article was titled “Baboon, Bear, or Bison: Find Out Which Animal Personality Best Matches Yours in a Free Fun Quiz”. Okay, it was only 10 questions, so surely that will only take a couple of minutes. And it did, in fact, take less than 2 minutes. But … fully expecting to find that my personality matches some cute little animal like a wolf, koala, panda, or bear, I was a little disappointed with the result: a warthog!
Me … a warthog! I must admit, though, that the description they give is pretty accurate: Industrious • Bright • Brave • Blunt • Cranky. Yep, I am all of those things, especially that last one. Sigh. A warthog. If you’re interested in trying the quiz, you can do so here. Let me know if yours is … um … cuter than mine!
A stray dog in North Carolina fell in love with a stuffed purple unicorn in a Dollar General Store. He loved that stuffed unicorn so much that he kept sneaking into the store and trying to take the unicorn off the shelf. Finally, after the fifth time, store employees called the Country Animal Services Department who sent Joe Newburn to investigate …
“The store called and said they had a stray dog in the parking lot that kept coming into the store. He’d walk in, go to that unicorn and try to get it. He did it four or five times before they locked the door and called us to come get him. Maybe he had a stuffed animal like that in his original home. I don’t know, but he wanted that purple unicorn bad.”
The pup found himself at the local animal shelter, where he was booked in as a stray and given the name Sisu (a nod to a character in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon). But on the bright side, the animal control officer who took him to the shelter, first purchased the purple unicorn and let Sisu take it to the shelter with him.
And on that note, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Today I want to share Stephen Colbert’s monologue from March 23rd, the day after the mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store that killed 10 people. Please take the 10 minutes to watch this … he is spot on and echoes my own opinions. Oh, and there’s a bit of humour thrown in here and there!
When me ‘n Joyful reminded Gwammie last night dat we needed to get a start on Jolly Monday, she threw a water bottle at us and told us to … erm … [insert bad word] Jolly Monday. We think Gwammie is in a funk or somethin’. But, me ‘n Joyful talked it over an’ … well, we know you guys count on Jolly Monday to start your week off good, so we did da best we could. Joyful made some cookies ‘n other tweats, while I found some ‘toons I think will make you laugh, so have a snack and see da ‘toons, okay? We’re sowwy there’s no bacon dis week, guys …
I almos’ forgot, but Joyful minded me ’bout da cute animal video! We hope you like dis one ’bout a doggie an’ a parrot dat become good fwiends!
Now go have a good week, and wemember to smile, ’cause it makes other peoples happy, yeah! Love ‘n hugs from Jolly ‘n Joyful … an’ Gwammie too!
It was 161 years ago today that the first Pony Express riders set out to deliver the mail. From History.com …
On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America’s imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. It also contributed to the economy of the towns on its route and served the mail-service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or an efficient transcontinental railroad.
The Pony Express debuted at a time before radios and telephones, when California, which achieved statehood in 1850, was still largely cut off from the eastern part of the country. Letters sent from New York to the West Coast traveled by ship, which typically took at least a month, or by stagecoach on the recently established Butterfield Express overland route, which could take from three weeks to many months to arrive. Compared to the snail’s pace of the existing delivery methods, the Pony Express’ average delivery time of 10 days seemed like lightning speed.
The Pony Express Company, the brainchild of William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors, owners of a freight business, was set up over 150 relay stations along a pioneer trail across the present-day states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders, who were paid approximately $25 per week and carried loads estimated at up to 20 pounds of mail, were changed every 75 to 100 miles, with horses switched out every 10 to 15 miles. Among the riders was the legendary frontiersman and showman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917), who reportedly signed on with the Pony Express at age 14. The company’s riders set their fastest time with Lincoln’s inaugural address, which was delivered in just less than eight days.
The initial cost of Pony Express delivery was $5 for every half-ounce of mail. The company began as a private enterprise and its owners hoped to gain a profitable delivery contract from the U.S. government, but that never happened. With the advent of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations. However, the legend of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail lives on today.
You might be wondering why I’m making a big deal over this, but bear with me.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) was actually already in existence when the Pony Express came onto the mail delivery scene, having been established in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin as its first Postmaster General. So, why the need for the Pony Express nearly a full century later? Because the USPS wasn’t doing such a great job, apparently.
Now, the reason I bring up the Pony Express is that once again, the USPS is doing a pretty lousy job under the leadership of the highly unqualified Louis DeJoy. DeJoy just announced a new “10-year plan,” which is one way to describe the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation. His plan includes longer first-class mail delivery times, reduced post office hours, and higher prices. It seems to me that his ’plan’ is already in action, as the last card I sent took 15 days to arrive at its destination.
Last year DeJoy crippled the Postal Service. He banned employee overtime, decommissioned mail-sorting machines, and removed drop boxes. He did this during a deadly pandemic that had millions of Americans relying on the mail for their medications, businesses, and safely voting by mail in November’s election.
Speaking of medications … my insulin sat in the Post Office from last Saturday until this past Wednesday … unrefrigerated and undelivered. Why? Good question, and one I fully intend to ask Mr. DeJoy! Although … he hasn’t answered either of my last two letters … perhaps the USPS hasn’t managed to deliver them yet? Funny that they sit on my insulin, but manage to deliver all the junk mail that goes straight into the trash bin.
President Biden has nominated three members to the USPS Board of Governors with the intention of removing Mr. DeJoy and hiring someone qualified to do the job without costing us an arm and a leg and ensuring that our mail is delivered in a timely fashion. But of course, the Senate must have much more important business to attend to, for they haven’t yet gotten ‘round to confirming these three.
So, I’m wondering if it might be a good idea to re-instate the Pony Express? We would, no doubt, get our mail quicker and for about the same price. Given the volume of mail in this country, there’s no doubt they could upgrade to faster horses and think how many jobs would be created! We could leave the USPS in place for the time being, a service for those who seem to like being ripped off by our own government.
I gave some thought to trying to pull an April Fool’s joke on you guys by telling you that this would be the last post ever on Filosofa’s Word, but … I figured some would see the title or read the first sentence and say, “Whew, it’s a good thing, for that old hag never had anything interesting to say anyway.” And then my feelings would be hurt. Not to mention that I’ve never been any good at pulling April Fool’s jokes. The best one I tried was hiding my daughter’s car after she went to bed one March 31st night. But, after an hour or two, I feared she might wake up, think it had been stolen, and call the cops (I only moved it one street over), so I moved it back before going to bed. My girls … and anyone who knows me … can tell when I’m “up to something”, for my face gives me away every time. So … instead of pulling a prank on you guys, I’m going to share some of the best April Fool’s pranks by others in years past.
Nearly every site I visited had this one …
On April 1, 1957, the BBC TV show “Panorama” ran a segment about the Swiss spaghetti harvest, enjoying a “bumper year” thanks to mild weather and the elimination of the spaghetti weevil. Many credulous Britons were taken in, and why not? The story was on television – then a relatively new invention – and Auntie Beeb would never lie, would it?
It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” Even the director-general of the BBC later admitted that after seeing the show he checked in an encyclopedia to find out if that was how spaghetti actually grew (but the encyclopedia had no information on the topic). The broadcast remains, by far, the most popular and widely acclaimed April Fool’s Day hoax ever, making it an easy pick for the #1 April Fools’ hoax of all time on the Museum of Hoaxes website – a fine source for all things foolish.
More recently, in 2015, Cottonelle tweeted that it was introducing left-handed toilet paper for all those southpaws out there.
Few people may have been taken in by Cottonelle, but that wasn’t the case in 1973, when Johnny Carson cracked a joke about a toilet paper shortage. Worried Americans immediately stocked up. Well, you can never be too sure.
In this now-classic 1996 prank, Taco Bell took out newspaper ads saying it had bought the Liberty Bell “in an effort to help the national debt.” Even some senators were taken in, and the National Park Service even held a press conference to deny the news. At noon, the fast-food chain admitted the joke, along with donating $50,000 for the bell’s care. The value of the joke, of course, was priceless.
In 1994, PC Magazine ran a column about a bill making its way through Congress that would prohibit the use of the Internet while intoxicated. Despite the name of the contact person, Lirpa Sloof (“her name spelled backward says it all,” the column concluded), many people took the story seriously.
In retrospect, however, perhaps the bill – fake or not – wasn’t such a bad idea.
Here are some of the best April Fool’s pranks from around the globe …
France: According to Le Parisien, in 1986, the Eiffel Tower was going to be dismantled and rebuilt inside the new Euro Disney park.
Denmark: In 1965, a Copenhagen newspaper reported that Parliament had passed a law that all dogs be painted white to improve road safety because they could then be seen clearly at night.
Norway: In 1987, after reading that the government was planning to distribute 10,000 litres of wine confiscated from smugglers, hundreds of citizens turned up carrying empty bottles and buckets.
China: Claiming that it would reduce the need for foreign experts, the China Youth Daily joked in 1993 that the government had decided to exempt PhDs from the nation’s one-child-per-family policy. After foreign press picked up the hoax, the government condemned April Fools’ Day as a Western tradition.
Great Britain: In 1980, those serial pranksters at the BBC announced that Big Ben, London’s historic clock tower, would undergo a face-lift and become digital to keep up with the times. This one didn’t go over so big, as enraged callers flooded the station with complaints.
Canada: In 2008, WestJet airlines advertised its overhead cabin bins as “among the most spacious of any airline” and said it would charge passengers an extra $12 to use these “sleeper cabins.”
Taiwan: In 2009, the Taipei Times claimed that “Taiwan-China relations were dealt a severe setback yesterday when it was found that the Taipei Zoo’s pandas are not what they seem.” The paper reported that the pandas, a gift from the Chinese government, were brown forest bears dyed to resemble pandas. Among the complaints sent to the paper was one from the zoo’s director.
Germany: In 2009, BMW ran an ad promoting its new “magnetic tow technology.” The invention enabled drivers to turn off their engine and get a “free ride” by locking onto the car ahead via a magnetic beam.
Perhaps the most fun part of April Fool’s pranks are that somebody, somewhere, will fall for almost anything!
And if you need some ideas for your own pranks, Bored Panda has a few …
Attach An Airhorn To Their Seat
Delight Their Taste Buds With Caramel Onions
Prank At Walmart
Now, use your imagination and have a bit of fun with the day … just keep it fun, not mean. Unless you’re pranking someone who deserves mean … then it’s okay to be mean.
As she does each week, TokyoSand scoured the internet for the best of last week’s political cartoons. Needless to say, mass shootings and guns led the way, followed by the attempts to overthrow the right of We the People to vote, to have a say in our government, who runs it and how. These days I wish I had some shred of artistic talent, for I would love to be able to opine in a ‘toon! But alas, a cracked egg shell is about the extent of my talents!
Yes, yes, I know I’ve committed to ignoring the former guy and that he must be allowed to fade into oblivion. But, when I saw this one by Claytoonz yesterday … it made me laugh … really laugh … and I simply couldn’t resist sharing the humour! The cartoon is good, but his commentary beneath is truly priceless!
I have excellent timing. Minutes after finishing up this cartoon and while creating different file types of it for my clients, The New York Times sent me a notification that the ship blocking the Suez Canal for the past five days has finally been freed (I made that sound like I’m really important because the NYT sent me a notification, but it’s an app on my phone).
In case you’re a Republican, the Suez Canal is in Egypt. It’s a vital artery for the world’s shipping and economy. Think of it like a short cut between the Atlantic Ocean, after going through the Mediterranean Sea, to the Indian Ocean. It beats having to go around Africa. In case you’re a Republican, Africa is a continent, not a country.
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Jolly and Joyful seem to have left the building today … I have no idea where they are for they didn’t even leave a note, but they aren’t here, meaning I have to do Jolly Monday all by myself and I’ve largely forgotten how. However, since I cannot let you all go out into the cold, cruel world without starting your week with a warm drink, some humour, and some hugs, I shall give it the old college try. Just don’t expect too much, okay?
Grab a snack, such as they are, and let’s try to find something funny in the news, shall we?
By now, you’ve all heard about the ship Ever Given that’s been blocking the Suez Canal since last Tuesday, right? Yes, it’s still stuck, and I read that as a result, we can expect a new toilet paper shortage, so y’all might wanna stock up today! But that’s not what this story is about. This story is similar, but it’s about a 40-foot boat, not a 220,000-ton ship, and it’s blocking a Florida highway, not one of the world’s major waterways!
Turns out, the boat fell off a trailer, turned sideways like the Ever Given, and blocked multiple lanes of Interstate 10 in Crestview, Florida, for hours. Unlike the Ever Given, however, this boat was finally moved by the Florida Highway Patrol. Hmmm … maybe we should send the FHP to the Suez?
And since I’m quite literally lacking both Jolly and Joyful, let’s move on to some ‘toons …
And a few memes I found over at Phil’s place …
And last but not least, I found a cute animal video Joyful had picked out before leaving for parts unknown with Jolly, so I won’t have to disappoint you on that!
Let’s hope that Jolly ‘n Joyful find their way home soon, for this place is like a tomb without them and I really miss the smiles they bring me daily. Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa (and the missing miscreants Jolly ‘n Joyful)!