Bring It On, Monday!

Sleepy man going to work on his pajamas

Well here we are again … another Monday and the year has gotten yet a week shorter!  Miss Goose reminded me the other day that it will soon be time to drag out the fall & Hallowe’en decorations.  I shook my fist at her!  I am not ready, nor in any mood for thoughts of holidays!  Bah, humbug, I say! But that’s no reason not to start the week out on the right foot, with a few sweet treats, some fresh coffee, and a bit of humour!  So grab a plate, a cup, and let’s see what fun we can find.  And please leave the juice box for Benjamin …


A $20,000 snack?CheetosWho knew that a single Cheeto could be worth more than $20,000?  Yes, folks, one teeny tiny cheeto, shaped just right, can earn you a few years’ worth of groceries!cheeto-shapesDwight and Leverna Parsons decided one evening to stay in, watch a movie, and have a few snacks. As Dwight was getting ready to pop a Cheeto into his mouth, he commented on its odd shape, and Leverna screeched, “Oh god, don’t eat it, don’t eat it!”  It was shaped like a man running, carrying an American football, and she thought it would be cool to show it to her friends. So, she placed it in a zippy bag and started showing it to people.  It was a week later when her daughter told her about the contest.

Turns out, the contest, which was sponsored by Cheetos-maker Frito-Lay, was asking customers to send in photos of bizarrely-shaped Cheetos worthy of being in the “Cheeto Museum”.  The weekly winners were eligible for a $2,000 prize (Canadian dollars), and at the end, there would be a grand prize of $25,000 (C). CheetoWho knew?  My preference, not that it matters, are the White Cheddar Cheetos.

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The crows get a job …crowI don’t know what they are being paid … probably chicken scratch … but at least six crows have been able to leave the unemployment lines, for they now have jobs!

puy du fou.jpgThe French theme park, Puy du Fou, has hired rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up the trash around the park.  The rooks will fly around collecting cigarette butts and small pieces of garbage in exchange for food.  It’s rather neat, actually … they deposit the small pieces of trash into a box that then dispenses a bit of bird food.  Rather Pavlovian, but hey … whatever works, and these guys obviously do!  Hmmm … I wonder if they could be trained to … ???


Let’s talk ice cream …

This month, BBC Travel is exploring different ice cream traditions around the globe.  On Thursday, BBC’s Christopher Baker reviewed Parque Coppelia, the world’s largest ice cream parlour that occupies an entire city block in downtown Havana, Cuba.  It is an interesting building and some people claim to have gone there only for the architecture, and not the ice cream. Yeah, sure.parque coppeliaIt is a Cuban Revolution modernist building from 1966, featuring five white granite discs annexed to one great helicoidal staircase, with wood and tinted glass division panels, all under one big round roof supported by twelve reinforced concrete arachnid columns. (Don’t ask me what any of that means, okay?  After all, I thought an arachnid was a spidey.)  It is also a state-run institution, employing more than 400 workers and serving 4,250 US gallons of ice cream to 35,000 customers each day!  That’s a lot of ice cream, my friends!

Coppelia was originally built in a project led by Fidel Castro to introduce his love of dairy products to the Cuban population, creating the Coppelia enterprise to produce those products. The original aim was to produce more ice cream flavors than the big American brands by buying the best machines from the Netherlands and Sweden. Fidel’s longtime secretary, Celia Sánchez, named Coppelia after her favorite ballet Coppélia.ice cream

coppelia-lines.jpgThe most popular dish is the ensalada (salad in Spanish, though there are no veggies in this salad) that consists of 5 scoops, each a different flavour.  Most people, it is said, order at least two of these ensaladas!  That’s ten scoops of ice cream … blech  🤢ice cream 2She’s not gonna keep her figure eating all that!

The article is fairly lengthy, but fun, so if you have time, check it out!


Koalas have nine lives???koalaAwwww … look at this poor little guy … he’s stuck in the fence outside a South Australia power station.  But don’t worry … he was rescued by Fauna Rescue volunteer Sally Selwood.

[It looked] like he’s crawled under the fence to go somewhere, as they do, and then sat up as he was under the fence and got his head caught. But he didn’t have the brains to bob back down again to get out.”

koala-2.jpgHe was rescued promptly and after being observed for a brief period of time, released back into the wild. But this wasn’t his first experience with Sally and the crew at Fauna Rescue … in fact, it was his third!  That’s right … three times now, this little guy has gotten into trouble and required rescuing.  The first time was in January 2016 when he was found unresponsive at the bottom of a tree.  The gang at Fauna Rescue nursed him back to health over the course of a week, and probably never expected to see him again.

But then came November 2016, when he was hit by a car!  Once again, they nursed him back to health, and wished him a fond farewell.  Now, if you want my opinion, I think this little guy was just lonesome and remembered all the TLC he received, so manufactured a reason for them to rescue him yet again!  I’m glad that this time it wasn’t quite as serious as the last time, at least.  Wouldn’t you think that they would have given him a name by now?  I rather think ‘Willie’ suits him well.


Okay, folks … you hear that annoying buzzing sound coming from the kitchen?  That is my dryer, telling me that the towels are ready to be folded, and it will continue its intermittent buzzing until I go fold the bloomin’ towels. So, take yourselves off to work now and leave me to my laundry … sigh.  I’d really rather just sit here and chat with you guys, but … you know how it is.  Please share those lovely smiles with others this week.  I had the most surly cashier when I went to the grocery yesterday, but after I smiled and asked her how she was doing, I finally coaxed a smile from her.  So, go spread some joy amongst your co-workers, friends, strangers and spouses!  Keep safe and have a happy week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!toon-Maxine

The day Donald Trump died

I stumbled across this post a few days ago, asked & received permission to share, and so I am sharing this one with you this afternoon. It is short, but the sardonic humour is, I think, excellent. Thank you, nkd, for permission to share!

Thoughts, Songs, Words

One day in the future, Donald Trump died, as people tend to do sooner or later.

His body was discovered in the master bedroom of the presidential palace at 6:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) by a White House aide, who was alerted by Twitter that the late president had not logged on to his account by 3:30 a.m., which had been customary for him to do so.

It was reported by anonymous sources that at the time of his death, the 45th president of the United States was still wearing his trademark red MAGA hat, along with his favorite white robe. 

It’s speculated that the president may have fallen when he tripped over a large United States Constitution that he had often complained was in his way.

Foul play is not suspected.  However, preliminary toxicology reports revealed extremely large doses of misogyny and narcissism present in his system, coupled with abnormally…

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Snippets Filled With Snarky …

So many things of interest in the news yesterday, that I don’t know where to begin.  Let’s start with my favourite …


The bully is losing his pulpit …

  • “The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform.”
  • “Apple does not tolerate hate speech. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
  • “We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe. It’s why we have community standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others.”
  • “When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.”

Alex JonesFinally we are coming to see that there is a very real danger in the hate speech of Alex Jones and his ilk, and finally social media is taking a stand against it.  I am pleased.  Alex Jones, on the other hand, is not.

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars’ editor at large, wrote, “Spotify has now completely banned Infowars too. Apple, Facebook, Spotify all within 12 hours of each other. This isn’t enforcement of terms of service, it’s coordinated big tech censorship. This is real election meddling.”

Jones tweeted (Twitter hasn’t yet banned him) that “America has been sold out”.  But then, to make it all better, he urged his followers to buy a t-shirt from him!  What a great guy, eh?Alex Jones shirt 2


Proof of ignorance, yet again …

The California wildfires started in early April this year and many are still less than half contained.  One of the fires nearly doubled in size over the weekend, making it the largest fire in the history of California.  Currently, 16 major fires are still burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.  At last count, more than 600,000 acres have burned, there have been at least 12 fatalities, and the cost is estimated to be more than $500 million.  The Carr fire alone destroyed more than 1,000 homes and I have no estimate for the total number of homes destroyed thus far, but I would guess it is at least in the tens of thousands. CA wildfireA pretty major disaster for our California residents, wouldn’t you say?  And yet, Donald Trump remained silent and apparently oblivious until Sunday.  He should have stayed silent and oblivious.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

And still not knowing when to shut up, he continued on Monday …

“Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water – Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.”

GOOD GRIEF!!!  The ‘man’ has absolutely no idea what he is even talking about!  State officials and firefighting experts dismissed the president’s comments. “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency.

According to Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, “California does NOT divert water to the ocean. Ridiculous. It’s true that water is diverted to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities.”

Somebody needs to remind Mr. Trump that he represents every single person in the United States, and that includes Californians.  If I were a resident of California, I would want to go to Washington and slap his face.  Oh wait … I want to do that anyway.  And just how many more times does Trump need to prove that he is both ignorant and incompetent before his followers come out from under their trance?


Trump loses a follower …Juarez.jpgSargeant Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Juarez is an Iraq combat veteran who served as a Marine infantryman and then an Army National Guardsman.  He is a U.S. citizen and, until last week was a Trump supporter.  He has been married to his wife, Alejandra, for twenty years and they have two daughters, Pamela, 16, and Estela, age 9.  Alejandra came to this country illegally as a teenager more than 20 years ago, and has lived with her husband and two daughters in Davenport, Florida.  Until Friday, when she was deported.juarez-2Yes, you heard me right.  She was taken from her husband and daughters and sent to Mexico, a country where she is now a stranger.  Until last week, Temo didn’t really believe it would happen.  The couple had met with lawyers, there is a bill in her name pending in Congress, and they had contacted immigration officials asking for a hearing before an immigration judge.  But all their efforts were for naught, and on Friday Ms. Juarez returned, against her will, to Mexico under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Mr. Juarez, once a supporter of Donald Trump, says “I am eating my words” in an interview with military newspaper Stars and Stripes.  What a way to treat a veteran who did three tours of duty in Iraq, eh?  Don’t expect any acts of human kindness from this administration, folks.


Pooh is not welcome in China …

Pooh-1-aYou may not remember, but it was just over a year ago that I wrote a post about Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger and the rest being banned from China.  An attempt to seek them out on China’s social media outlet Weibo returned a message of “content is illegal”.  All this came about because Pooh and his friends had a bit of fun taking some photos of Pooh emulating Chinese President Xi Jinping.  They say that imitation is a sincere form of flattery, but Xi was apparently not flattered.

Last Friday, the new Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin, was released in the U.S.  China’s film authorities, however, have denied permission for the film’s release.  It has been suggested that the censorship of Pooh bear may be taking place because the comparisons with the President are seen by Beijing as “a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself”.  I sure am glad we don’t have such a thin-skinned leader!  {sarcasm dripping}

I feel sorry for all the poor Chinese kids who are being deprived of one of the most joyous icons of childhood, Pooh and friends.


And that wraps up this episode of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets!  Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more in the foreseeable future!  Have a great day, my friends!

Jolly Monday — Dummies and Balloons

♫ Raindrops on roses … And whiskers on kittens … Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪ … Brown paper packages tied up with strings … ♫ These are a few of my favorite OH! … heh heh … Hi!  Don’t mind me … just singing a bit of a tune while I whip up some goodies.  You’re early!

So … did you guys have a great weekend?  Mine?  Oh, you know … quiet.  I found time to do a bit of reading, a bit of writing, and Miss Goose and I dined on fish sticks and leftover crudités, and then had popcorn … the old-fashioned kind that you pop in a pan atop the stove, not the stuff you put in a machine and press a button.  So, we’re back to the beginning of a new week, are we?  If it’s anything like the last two, just shoot me now!  But anyway, we will start it out with a smile and maybe even a laugh or two.  I cannot guarantee what happens with the rest of the week, but for a short while we will forget the world outside and have fun.  So grab a cuppa and a bit of something sweet and let’s go in search of fun!


A sand castle where???

From the annals of ‘Okay, but WHY???’ comes news that a 16-foot sand castle has been built in the middle of New York’s Rockefeller Center.  The sand sculptor Ted Siebert and his team designed and assembled the structure between July 29th and August 3rd, and it is expected to be on display through September 7th.  The name of the exhibit is, predictably, Sand and Surf.  Perhaps Mother Nature has other plans, though, for I cannot imagine the castle surviving a major rainstorm!sand-castle-1sand-castle-2sand-castle-3


A dummy has been arrested!

Police in Lone Peak, Utah, have arrested a dummy named Fred.  No, not a Trump supporter … well, come to think of it, I don’t know if he is or isn’t … but a Charlie McCarthy sort of dummy.  See for yourself …FredTurns out a group of juveniles dressed the dummy, placed it in the middle of Alpine road, then hid in some nearby bushes waiting to have a bit of fun watching the expressions of motorists who came across the ‘body’.  One officer posted on Facebook …dummyI was surprised by how many readers commented that they had done the same or similar pranks when they were teens.  And I thought I was bad as a teen!


Another slow-speed chase …

You remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you of the slow-speed chase of a turtle by a sheriff’s deputy in Florida?  Well today I have another for you!

An unidentified man was trying to abscond with a motorized shopping cart from a Wal-Mart in Summerville, South Carolina.  Unfortunately for the man, the battery began going dead on the shopping cart, so he was using his feet to push it as the police car followed behind.  Take a look …

Police returned the scooter to the Wal-Mart store, where management declined to press charges.


A shocking encounter …

Imagine Jake Collier’s surprise when he was visiting his in-laws in Melbourne Beach, Florida, last week and out of the clear blue, a snake dropped from a banana tree onto his arm!  Now, I don’t mind snakes, but to have one drop out of the blue onto any part of my body would likely result in permenant heart failure for me, and maybe for the snake too!

Ol’ Jake is fine, though he says he didn’t know whether the snake had bitten him, so he called paramedics just to be sure.  Um … hello, Jake?  You would have known if it had bitten you, for there would have been puncture marks?  Wimp.  It’s sad, though, that the property owners, Jake’s in-laws, decided to cut down the banana tree.

“If it’s going to become a hazard where a snake can jump out at you, I think it’s a good idea to take it down. My arm hasn’t turned black or blue or fallen off yet, so it’s OK.”  Sheesh.


They stole a what???

Last week, it was some damn fools trying to steal an aquarium and get away with it on the back of a motorcycle.  This week it’s two men trying to steal a shark from an aquarium!  I wonder if there’s a connection?

It happened in San Antonio, Texas, when two not-very-bright men were captured on surveillance video stealing a shark and hiding it in a baby stroller. The footage shows one of the men standing over an open-top aquarium and grabbing the 1.5-foot-long horn shark out of the water with his hands. He then appears to nod to the other, who’s holding a bag, and the two leave.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the pair put the shark into the bag and then a bucket hidden inside a baby stroller.  An employee of the aquarium saw what was happening and immediately reported to management, who followed the men to their truck and asked to search the vehicle, but the men refused and left.  Still not too bright, they didn’t realize that their license plate would lead police to them almost immediately, fortunately for the shark.sharkThe shark was recovered in good health, as police said the suspects had experience with marine animals and placed the shark in a proper environment.  The shark was returned to the aquarium. The suspects face felony charges for theft.

We really, really need to work on upgrading our education system, for people seem to be getting dumber by the day!


Full of hot air …

On Saturday, 28 July, was the 36th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in association with PNC Bank at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J.  The event is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, and I thought you might like to see just a few pictures of the more interesting entries.


And on that note, I hope you are leaving with a smile that you can share with co-workers, friends, or just a stranger you pass by who looks like they need one.  Have a safe and wonderful week, my dear friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

toon-Maxine

Sorry — couldn’t resist

Just a Bit of a Laugh …

Andy Borowitz is a satirist who has written for The New Yorker since 1998.  In 2001, he created The Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor.  His column last Wednesday had me chuckling aloud, and since I sense you guys need a good chuckle or two, I share this with you only for its therapeutic value!

Millions of Americans Denied Groceries After Failing to Provide I.D.

Caught!!!

Please bear with me today … I’m having one of those rare snarky moments …

It’s an age-old tactic:  the best defense is a good offense.  And folks, nobody … nobody … knows how to be more offensive than Donald Trump!  His latest tactic is funny, if you think about it.  Consider the little boy who stole a cookie from the cookie jar, and when his mother confronts him, with crumbs still on his little face, he says, “Me???  I didn’t take no cookie, mama.”  And for good measure, he bats his big brown eyes in feigned innocence. hand in cookie jar But mama has evidence, so she persists, and then the little boy changes tactics.  “Well, if I did take the cookie, it wasn’t a bad thing, ‘cause I was hungry.”  See what he did there?  He denied, but then once he realized he was caught dead-to-rights, he swerved to saying that even if he did, it wasn’t a crime.  Hmmmm … sound familiar?

First, Trump has been swearing loudly that he didn’t obstruct justice and that there was no collusion between his campaign (more likely himself) and the Russians (his buddy Vlad).  Loudly and obnoxiously.  For a loooonnnggg time.  Then, all of a sudden, there is his mouthpiece Rudy G on television saying that even if there was collusion, it’s not a crime.

Say what???  I thought you said there was no collusion???

who meThen, there’s that infamous Trump Tower meeting between Don Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and at least five other people, including Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that took place on June 9th 2016.  First, Trump denied all knowledge and claimed that the meeting, of which he ‘knew nothing’, was about adoptions of Russian children by Americans.  Then Junior admitted that the intent of the meeting was to gather damaging information to use against Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.  Dirty pool?  Oh yeah … big time.  Then it came out that Trump (Senior) actually drafted Junior’s initial false statement!  Trump, who cannot string 10 words together into a coherent sentence???  And the meeting took place one floor above Trump’s own office and he knew nothing?

But now … wait for it … it gets even better!  He just cannot let sleeping dogs lie or keep his mouth shut, so this morning he tweeted …

“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” – 8:35 AM – Aug 5, 2018

Wait!!!  What happened to the adoption thing?  Does anybody believe a single word that comes from his mouth???  If you do, once again allow me to show you the bridge I have for sale.  I would bet every last dollar I have that Trump was well aware of the meeting beforehand and perhaps even had a hand in setting it up.

And why … can anybody explain why he has to do these weird contortions with his face?  I don’t typically put pictures of him on this blog, for I am offended by just the sight of him. And I do not usually resort to mocking people for their looks, either, but this morning I am like the lion with a thorn in her paw, and in the mood to let ‘er fly, so look …

President Trump Holds Make America Great Again Rally In Pennsylvania

Personally, I think he looks constipated most of the time.

And on that note, I shall leave off and try to make myself useful for the remains of the day.  Have a great Sunday evening, folks!

🎈 Happy Birthday, Franklin! 🎈

🎁 Today is the 50th birthday of a very special young man.  I’m sure you all know of him, but you may not know the story of how Franklin came to be.  I came across several versions of this story yesterday and thought it a perfect way to wish forever-young Franklin a very 🎈Happy Birthday! 🎈

 

On July 31, 1968, a young, black man was reading the newspaper when he saw something that he had never seen before. With tears in his eyes, he started running and screaming throughout the house, calling for his mom. He would show his mom, and, she would gasp, seeing something she thought she would never see in her lifetime. Throughout the nation, there were similar reactions.

What they saw was Franklin Armstrong’s first appearance on the iconic comic strip “Peanuts.” Franklin would be 50 years old this year.

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Harriet Glickman & Marleik Walker, the voice of Franklin in The Peanuts Movie

Franklin was “born” after a school teacher, Harriet Glickman, had written a letter to creator Charles M. Schulz after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death outside his Memphis hotel room.

Glickman, who had kids of her own and having worked with kids, was especially aware of the power of comics among the young. “And my feeling at the time was that I realized that black kids and white kids never saw themselves [depicted] together in the classroom,” she would say.

franklin-5She would write, “Since the death of Martin Luther King, ‘I’ve been asking myself what I can do to help change those conditions in our society which led to the assassination and which contribute to the vast sea of misunderstanding, hate, fear and violence.’”

Glickman asked Schulz if he could consider adding a black character to his popular comic strip, which she hoped would bring the country together and show people of color that they are not excluded from American society.

She had written to others as well, but the others feared it was too soon, that it may be costly to their careers, that the syndicate would drop them if they dared do something like that.

charles schultzCharles Schulz did not have to respond to her letter, he could have just completely ignored it, and everyone would have forgotten about it. But, Schulz did take the time to respond, saying he was intrigued with the idea, but wasn’t sure whether it would be right, coming from him, he didn’t want to make matters worse, he felt that it may sound condescending to people of color.

Glickman did not give up, and continued communicating with Schulz, with Schulz surprisingly responding each time. She would even have black friends write to Schulz and explain to him what it would mean to them and gave him some suggestions on how to introduce such a character without offending anyone. This conversation would continue until one day, Schulz would tell Glickman to check her newspaper on July 31, 1968.First FranklinOn that date, the cartoon, as created by Schulz, shows Charlie Brown meeting a new character, named Franklin. Other than his color, Franklin was just an ordinary kid who befriends and helps Charlie Brown. Franklin also mentions that his father was “over at Vietnam.”

franklin-7At the end of the series, which lasted three strips, Charlie invites Franklin to spend the night one day so they can continue their friendship.

Franklin-3There was no big announcement, there was no big deal, it was just a natural conversation between two kids, whose obvious differences did not matter to them. And, the fact that Franklin’s father was fighting for this country was also a very strong statement by Schulz.

Although Schulz never made a big deal over the inclusion of Franklin, there were many fans, especially in the South, who were very upset by it and that made national news. One Southern editor even said, “I don’t mind you having a black character, but please don’t show them in school together.”Franklin-2It would eventually lead to a conversation between Schulz and the president of the comic’s distribution company, who was concerned about the introduction of Franklin and how it might affect Schulz’ popularity. Many newspapers during that time had threatened to cut the strip.

Schulz’ response: “I remember telling Larry at the time about Franklin — he wanted me to change it, and we talked about it for a long while on the phone, and I finally sighed and said, “Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?”

Eventually, Franklin became a regular character in the comic strips, and, despite complaints, Franklin would be shown sitting in front of Peppermint Patty at school and playing center field on her baseball team.franklin-4More recently, Franklin is brought up on social media around Thanksgiving time, when the animated 1973 special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” appears. Some people have blamed Schulz for showing Franklin sitting alone on the Thanksgiving table, while the other characters sit across him. But, Schulz did not have the same control over the animated cartoon on a television network that he did on his own comic strip in the newspapers.FRANKLIN, LINUS, SALLY, CHARLIE BROWN, PEPPERMINT PATTY, SNOOPY AND MARCIEBut, he did have control over his own comic strip, and, he courageously decided to make a statement because of one brave school teacher who decided to ask a simple question.

Peanuts gangGlickman would explain later that her parents were “concerned about others, and the values that they instilled in us about caring for and appreciating everyone of all colors and backgrounds — this is what we knew when we were growing up, that you cared about other people . . . And so, during the years, we were very aware of the issues of racism and civil rights in this country [when] black people had to sit at the back of the bus, black people couldn’t sit in the same seats in the restaurants that you could sit . . . Every day I would see, or read, about black children trying to get into school and seeing crowds of white people standing around spitting at them or yelling at them . . . and the beatings and the dogs and the hosings and the courage of so many people in that time.”

Because of Glickman, because of Schulz, people around the world were introduced to a little boy named Franklin. – The Jon S. Randal Peace Pageletter from Schultz

It’s Monday, So It Must Be … Jolly!!!

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Come on in and make yourselves at home!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  The temperatures here were much more bearable than they have been so far this summer, so that was nice.  I even slept a whole 8 hours for the first time in a long time, so perhaps I won’t have so much trouble staying focused this week.  Help yourself to a bit of a morning snack, and let’s go in search of a bit of humour, shall we?


A donkey or a zebra?

Mahmoud Sarhan snapped photos at the International Garden Municipal Park in Cairo after he noticed the two zebras on display appeared to be donkeys painted to look like zebras.zebra-1zebra-2The photos, which went viral, show the animals’ stripes appear to be smudging.  A veterinarian who analyzed the photos said the coloring of the faces do not align with a normal zebra’s appearance, and their stripes do not appear to be consistent.  The zoo, however, denies that any of the animals in the facility are fraudulent.  I’m no expert, so I will withhold judgment.

dog-lionA Chinese zoo came under fire in 2013 when sharp-eyed visitors noticed an animal labeled as a “lion” was in fact just an especially fluffy dog. The People’s Park of Luohe said the Tibetan mastiff was a temporary replacement for the zoo’s real lion, which was away at a breeding facility.

Sheesh … can’t trust anything anymore.


Tooth all gone …

I am always amazed, and more than a little puzzled by the variety of inventive means parents use to remove their children’s ‘baby teeth’.  I mean … leave them alone – they will come out all by them selves, and if you cannot pull it out with only your fingers, then it isn’t ready yet anyway.  But parents seem to enjoy torturing their children.  Remember the one I mentioned a while back with the dad who pulled his son’s tooth by means of a crossbow?

This mom turned the job over to her son, Gibson, who fired off a Nerf dart that was tied to a loose tooth in the mouth of his sister, SaBella.  Nerf darts have been clocked at speeds as high as 35 mph!


Stupidity to the nth degree …

Mitchell Adkins, age 52, and Christopher Binion, age 46, were both old enough to know better.  It happened in Niles, Ohio, where the two men went into a local PetSmart store and somehow managed to walk out with an aquarium for which they did not pay.  But that isn’t the worst!  Their getaway vehicle?  A bloomin’ motorcycle!!!stealing aquariumPetSmart called the police, and as the officer was on his way to the store to take a report, he spotted the men fleeing the scene, so he turned and followed. Mitchell sat on the back, holding the stolen goods, and at some point, for reasons undisclosed, decided to jump off, breaking the aquarium and getting himself arrested.

And the stupidity continues, for while the officer lost track of the motorcycle rider, the vehicle was soon found abandoned behind the Chef Peng restaurant. Officers searched the area and spotted a “nervous-looking” man behind a home.  Besides looking nervous, Christopher began to furiously prune a small tree with his bare hands telling officers he was there to do yard work.  He told police he saw the suspects flee east on a nearby road, but investigators did not believe his story and he, too, was arrested.

And they didn’t even wear helmets!!!stupid is as stupid does


But mom – I thought you liked it!

You know how puppies are … always so eager to please their humans that they bring us an array of things that … well, end up maybe not pleasing us so much.

Such was the case when Baloo, the 5-month-old border collie decided to please his human, Carol Wohr, by bringing in the lawn sprinkler from outside … while it was still sprinkling!dog-sprinkler

“I was in a panic on what to do. My lamp and TV were getting soaked. Good thing I was wearing waterproof mascara.”

Wohr said playing in the sprinkler is one of Baloo’s favorite activities. She said she plans to keep a close watch while watering the lawn in the future to make sure the puppy’s water antics remain outside.


Three cheers for the new mayor …

I have written before about towns that had a dog as mayor, but this is a first … a cat!  The Village of Omena in Michigan, has had non-human mayors for more than a decade.  The feline’s name is Sweet Tart, and she will serve until the next mayoral election in 2021.  Her opponents this round included 13 dogs, a peacock, a goat, a chicken and another cat, all of whom were awarded positions on the village council.Sweet TartNow, I am willing to bet that this village is run in a much more humane and efficient manner than those run by humans, for in the past two years I have concluded that humans are not, after all, a superior breed!


And now, folks, while I wish I could invite you to hang out here all day, I really do have work to do … and so do you!  I hope you found something to chuckle about here today, and if you did … go share a smile or two with somebody who isn’t chuckling!  You could probably even part with a hug or two this week, eh?  Keep safe and have a great week.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

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Jolly Monday … Yes, Again …

Hello friends … and welcome to Jolly Monday!!!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Anybody go swimming?  Miss Goose and I had such a quiet weekend that we had to remind ourselves to talk to each other!  It rained all weekend, and we had a tornado watch all day on Friday, until 9:00 p.m.  Chris got back from Canada yesterday evening … tired, but happy to be home.

I got up extra early this morning to make a special strawberry shortcake!  We had 3 quarts of strawberries in the fridge (they were on sale) and I didn’t want them to go bad.  A few other treats, too, and I even remembered Benjamin’s juice box!  So, grab a plate and a cuppa and lets find some humour to start out our week, shall we?


Millionaire???

You remember that old show from the 1940s-1950s called ‘Queen for a Day’?  I remember my grandmother used to watch that religiously.  Well, Ellen Fleming may not have been queen for a day, but she was a millionaire for 10 minutes!

When Ellen Fleming checked her TD Ameritrade account balance last week, this is what she saw:Ellen-Fleming-tweetOnly problem was that she had opened the account with $50 and had deposited little or nothing since.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh, wow, how neat would this be?’ I could quit my job, do whatever I wanted to do, pay off my student loans. You need to take every opportunity that’s handed to you. But that seemed like an opportunity that could lead me to federal prison, so it didn’t seem worth it.”

So, Ellen called her financial advisor (who has a financial advisor to manage $50???) The mistake was very quickly rectified and the money placed in the account of the other Ellen Fleming!

“I was rich for 10 mins and I can tell you, life was in fact better. Being a millionaire really was a dream come true for 10 minutes. I am very humbled that I lost my money and my family stood by me.”

At least she didn’t lose her sense of humour!


I want one!!!

I want one of these.  Yes, I know, I’m afraid of heights, but I wouldn’t be afraid of this … I would be in control and no way would I go plummeting from the sky to the ground … I want one!  What is it?  It is a jet-powered suit developed by British inventor Richard Browning.  Last week he demonstrated the suit outside of Selfridges in London … here, take a look for yourself …

Can’t you just picture me flitting to the grocery in that?  And wouldn’t it make my 4-mile walks quicker?  Now listen, friends, I have only one teeny tiny problem, and I might need just a wee little bit of help here, for this contraption costs $442,711.  I checked all our bank balances, and counted the change in the jar atop the fridge, and I’m just a smidge short.  How much is a smidge?  Well, um … about $441,120?  Sigh, okay … I hear you.  Tax time is coming up … maybe I can earn it then.


The Tortoise and the … Cop?

OJ SimpsonRemember the low-speed chase in Los Angeles in June 1994, where OJ Simpson was ‘chased’ at some 10-15 miles per hour down the Los Angeles freeway?  An interesting tidbit on that – Dominoes Pizza had record sales on that day, as people sat home glued to their televisions and ordered pizza.  Sheesh.  Anyway, this one tops even that!

Deputy Bryan Bowman of the Marion Country (Florida) Sheriff’s Office was engaged last Monday in a slow-speed chase … of a pedestrian going 1 mph in a 30 mph zone.  I’ll let him tell you the story …

I’m rooting for the ‘Tuga!!!


A House … or A Town???

Remember the Brady Bunch show?  Remember the exterior of the house the Brady’s purportedly lived in?Brady-houseWell, it is up for sale.  I suppose perhaps the asking price of $1,885,000 may be considered reasonable in Los Angeles where the house is located, but it’s way out of my price range!  If I had nearly $2 million, I would rather spend it on that jet-powered suit!  But here’s something else …

Recently, an entire town in Owens Valley, California, was sold for only $1.4 million!  An entire town for nearly a half-million less than the 1970s Brady house!  Now which, I ask, would you rather have?  I’ll take the town any day!  The town, Cerro Gordo (Fat Hill), is an abandoned mining town where silver was discovered in 1865.  But the town has been abandoned for decades.

Think of all the privacy you could have there … room to roam, room for a few animals, a storage building, and of course a house.  Much more valuable, in my book, than the stupid house in Los Angeles!


Okay, folks … time to straighten that tie, spit on your shoes, and head to the office … or construction site … or classroom … wherever you’re heading today!  I’ve really enjoyed our time together and hope you found something to smile about this morning.  Please, share those smiles today … don’t we all feel better if somebody just smiles at us, or says, “Hey, how ya doin’?”  I know I do.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

 

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