Jolly ICE CREAM Monday!!!

jollyGood morning, friends, and welcome!  It’s Jolly Monday time … the best way to start the new week!  Guess what!  Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, but since you weren’t here yesterday, but you’re here today, we will have a slightly belated celebration!  I’ll have a bit of trivia for you in a minute, but first, the treats today are all different sorts of ice cream treats that Jolly and I spent half the night putting together!  Except, of course, for Benjamin’s sprinkled donut and juice box.  And David’s rhubarb crumble.  And Larry’s bacon.  So, grab whatever appeals to you and let’s learn a little bit about … ice cream!

 

 

 

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Larry’s bacon


The origins of ice cream … here and there

cone-1Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall.

The Chinese, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD, took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. However, the results aren’t exactly the ice cream we enjoy today. Frozen treats and beverages later, culinary folks point to Naples, Italy as the birthplace of the first ice cream. They give credit to Antonio Latini. He was born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.

In the United States, the Quaker colonists earn the nod for bringing their ice recipes over with them. They opened the first ice cream shops, including shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.  It was in 1984 that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.

cone-2And now that you know how it all came about, here’s a bit of trivia for you …

  • Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. The recipe below is provided by the Library of Congress.

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I figure since we’ve come this far, we might as well make the theme of this week’s Jolly Monday be ice cream … that okay with you guys?

Moving on then, here’s a funny story I found about ice cream …

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors.

“This is the second time I have written to you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of having ice-cream for dessert after dinner each night, but the kind of ice cream varies. Every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have, and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem…..

You see, every time I buy a vanilla ice-cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice-cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds. What is there about a Pontiac
that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice-cream and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?”

The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an Engineer to check it out anyway.

The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well-educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice-cream store. It was vanilla ice-cream that night and, sure enough,
after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.  The Engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, they got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start.

Now the Engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice-cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: He jotted down all sorts of
data:  Time of day, type of gas used, time to drive back and forth etc.

In a short time, he had a clue: The man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor. Why? The answer was in the layout of the store. Vanilla, being the most popular flavor, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors were kept in
the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to check out the flavor.

Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Eureka – Time was now the problem – not the vanilla ice-cream!!!!

The engineer quickly came up with the answer: “Vapor Lock”.

It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the Vapor Lock to dissipate.


Humans are not the only ones who like ice cream, y’know …

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I cannot finish up Jolly Monday without a funny animal video, and I just happened to find one that ties in with the theme of the day!


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Even Maxine loves ice cream!

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jollyAnd now, folks, it is time for you to go start your week off.  First, I might suggest that you walk or jog to work, to work off all those calories from the ice cream!  Remember to share a few of those smiles … um … wipe the ice cream from your mouth first, though!  Have a wonderful week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Just A Little Of This ‘N That

In the wake of a truly rotten day yesterday, I am once again suffering from a severe case of mind bounce, so I make no promises about how today’s Saturday Surprise will work out, but I’m gonna try, okay?  My initial thought was, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, to fire up the Filomobile and take you on a return journey to the moon.  But, with mind bounce, it could be dangerous and we could end up somewhere totally unexpected, like Tahiti!  So, we shall keep our feet firmly planted for today.Saturday-2


I liked this story from New Zealand via The Guardian

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“Waddling vagrants” in the form of two little blue penguins have been released by police after they were detained for setting up home under a Wellington sushi outlet.

Their cover was blown after a shop worker heard them making a cooing, humming sound. It is understood that the penguins were hiding near the grills beneath the sushi shop, where it was warm.

penguins-1Constable John Zhu responded, “after sensing something fishy,” Wellington police confirmed on their Facebook page. The penguins were described as “little and blue”.

“This was not the first report police received about the fishy birds.”

They were spotted on Monday at dawn outside the Wellington railway station before taking shelter under the nearby Sushi Bi.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) had been monitoring the site as it was thought that they were likely to return.

Wini Morris, who works at the sushi shop, told Radio NZthat she heard the birds making a “cooing, humming sound”.

“It’s pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop,” he said. “But it’s adorable I think – they’re probably terrified but it’s adorable.”

penguins-2The little blue penguins conservation status is considered to be “at risk” to “declining”.

Constable Zhu removed the penguins and with some help from the public. DOC and Wellington Zoo were then contacted.

“With some inter-agency cooperation the adventurous pair were released back into Wellington Harbour,” police said.


Saturday-1I came across this on Bored Panda and thought it was pretty cool …

Artist and photographer Christian Spencer was spending the day on his verandah in Rio de Janeiro when he noticed something wonderful. The sun striking the wings of a Jacobin hummingbird, producing a beautiful prism effect. At that moment, it looked as if the tiny birdy was a tiny flying rainbow.  Naturally, he had a camera at hand …hummingbird-1hummingbird-2hummingbird-3hummingbird-4hummingbird-5hummingbird-6hummingbird-7hummingbird-8hummingbird-9


And I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few adorable baby pandas in action …


And that, my friends, is the best I’ve got for this hot Saturday morn.  I hope you all have a great weekend!!!Saturday-5

Above The Law … Once Again!

Donald Trump claims to be above the law.  That is a matter of opinion, however since he has selectively placed his lackeys such as William Barr in key positions, for the moment, it seems to be the case that he cannot be held accountable.  The exception, of course, would be if Congress would use their Constitutional oversight authority, but with the likes of Mitchell McConnell in the position of Senate Majority Leader, that seems highly unlikely.  So, okay, Donald Trump is effectively, though not legally, above the law.

But Trump is not alone.  Attorney General William Barr has placed himself effectively, though not legally, above the law by refusing to answer a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives.  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross claims immunity from the law, as he too refused to respond to a subpoena by the House.  How many others?  I’ve lost count.  But this latest one … this is too much.

Trump’s personal mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, has been found by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to be in violation of the Hatch Act.  The Office of Special Counsel is led by a Trump appointee, Henry J. Kerner, and it was he who testified before the House Oversight Panel last month that Kellyanne had violated the Hatch Act not just once, but repeatedly, and he called on Trump to terminate Ms. Conway’s employment.  Trump immediately refused to do so.

The Hatch Act, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials, from engaging in some forms of political activity.

The counsel states that Conway participated in media interviews and used her social media accounts, with her title, to engage in activity affecting the midterm elections. She has also made a number of remarks aimed at 2020 democratic presidential candidates including Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden. She has also openly endorsed Trump’s re-election. According to the letter by Mr. Kerner …

“Ms. Conway’s advocacy against the Democratic candidates and open endorsement of the President’s reelection effort during both official media appearances and on her Twitter account constitute prohibited political activity under the Hatch Act.”

Not once, not twice, but multiple times.  Remember when she almost got in trouble for urging people, on television, to buy from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line?  Kellyanne doesn’t seem to learn.  But then, she has Trump to bail her out, so why does she need to try to ‘do the right thing’?

Kellyanne was cordially invited to testify, to present her side if she had one, before the House Oversight Committee, but “the White House” declined the invitation on her behalf.  So, committee chairman Elijah Cummings issued a subpoena.  And guess what?  She defied the subpoena.  Therefore, we can only conclude that Kellyanne also considers herself to be above the law.

Now, here’s the thing, folks.  Trump said during his 2016 campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York and shoot somebody, and he would get by with it.  When he said it, we all rolled our eyes and said, “Yeah, right, Bozo.”  But today, it is no laughing matter, for he has declared himself above the law and his lackeys, including the United States Department of Justice, will support him.  And now, that privilege extends to his entire staff, all the way down to his paid mouthpiece.

But let me tell you something.  If I stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York, or my street in Podunk USA and shoot someone, I will be immediately put to death by police who shoot first and ask questions later.  If I am issued a subpoena by a federal agency and I defy that subpoena, I will be shot dead by police who will claim I was resisting arrest (because I would be resisting, but that’s a minor detail).

If the likes of Trump and Conway are not held accountable to the very laws that they have sworn to uphold, then is there any law & justice in the United States?  Trump has stated that Article II of the United States Constitution gives him the authority to do “whatever I want”.  It doesn’t, but somebody has to draw the line.  Typically, that would fall to the Attorney General and Congress, but we cannot count on either.  So, if Kellyanne is immune, and William Barr is immune, then it must follow that any and all of Trump’s cabinet members are immune from being held accountable … for anything.

If that isn’t enough, coupled with Trump’s atrocious racist running commentary against four members of the House of Representatives for the past 48 hours on Twitter, and coupled with Robert Mueller’s citation of no less than ten incidences of obstruction of justice by Trump … if all that isn’t enough for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry, then I don’t know why we even have a Congress!  To the members of the House, I say:  Off your asses, folks … it’s showtime!  It’s now or never!  Use it or lose it!!!

And, to add a bit of humour to the topic, if that’s possible, I have invited Mr. Seth Meyers to contribute his take on the topic.

Jolly Hot Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends, and welcome!  Just put your coats over there on the … oh wait … it’s 90° out, so you’re not wearing coats, are you?  So, how was your weekend?  Those of you on this side of the pond were hot, I know, but our friends across the pond are having much cooler temps!  I’m thinking next Saturday, perhaps we should fire up the Filomobile and go visit them, for there is no relief in sight this month from the searing temps and high humidity here.

I’ve set out a few snacks … since it’s so hot, I thought some fresh fruit and veggies were called for, but remember, the donut and juice box are for Benjamin!  I made a fresh pot o’ coffee, and brewed some fresh tea, so grab some and let’s try to get this week started with something fun!


Four-legged long jump!

Occasionally I include somebody or some group of bodies that have made their way into the Guinness World Records, but until now, those have always been of the human species.  Yesterday, a unique bit crossed my radar when I read that a pooch had actually earned a Guinness record!  The dog’s name is Slingshot, and he earned the record by leaping 35 feet and 3 inches from a dock into the water.  Not only that, but Slingshot managed to set 12 world records in the sport of dock diving in the 2018 season, though this one is his first entry into the Guinness book.

Now, since this was the first time I had heard of a non-human in the Guinness record book, I took a quick look to see if there had been others.  There have.  From ‘fastest tortoise’ to ‘oldest manatee’ to ‘tallest cow’, animals are a class all their own within Guinness!  Even one for the world’s ‘loudest purring cat’ …

Who knew?


Flying in your hotel room?

Those of you who work, or have worked, in the business world and have had to travel from time-to-time, know how boring those hotel rooms can be.  Well, if you happen to travel to Tokyo on business, try to arrange to stay at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, located near Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, and ask for a room with a … flight simulator!

That’s right, folks, a flight simulator. Tokyo-hotel-offering-room-with-a-flight-simulator.jpgYou’re sitting in your room, dinner is done, nothing to do until morning … but didn’t you always dream of being a pilot, flying through the friendly skies, bringing that 747 in for a perfect, three-point landing?

I hope, though, that you are one of those highly-paid executives, for the room costs $234 for a one-night stay, but a 90-minute flight simulator session with an expert costs an additional $277.  Oh, and one other small detail … guests staying in the room are not allowed to use the simulator without supervision.


Pot Cake?

Kensli Davis of Milledgeville, Georgia, celebrated her 25th birthday last week.  She told her mother she would like a cake decorated like a certain Disney character named ‘Moana’.  So, the mother ordered just that, a Moana ice cream cake, from the local Dairy Queen bakery.

Imagine her surprise, when she picked up this cake …moana-cake.jpg

According to Kensli, when she walked into the house, her mother was laughing hysterically …

“My mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana. (Because really I do) Well needless to say these people thought she said marijuana. That ice cream cake was still good though. The whole family thought it was the funniest thing ever and said it would definitely be a birthday to remember.”

On a not-so-jolly note, The Hill reports that Cassandra Walker, the Dairy Queen employee who made the cake, was terminated, even though it was her manager who actually misunderstood the order, and approved the design.


A fool and his money are soon parted …

Take a look at this bunch of grapes …grapesLook pretty nice, eh … plump, probably juicy & sweet.  There are 24 grapes in that bunch.  Now, remember that grapes don’t have a very long shelf life … probably a week, tops.  What would you be willing to pay for that li’l bunch of 24 grapes?  Me?  Oh, I’d likely pay 50 cents, maybe.  But guess what this little bunch of grapes went for last week in Kanazawa, Japan?

Was it W.C. Fields, or P.T. Barnum who said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”?

The grapes were sold at auction to Takashi Hosokawa, manager of a chain of hot spring hotels in Ishikawa Prefecture, on the northern coast of the main Honshu island.  For $11,000.  That’s $459 per grape.  Sigh.  Sometimes people have more money than sense.


I try to include a cute animal video every Monday, and today’s, I think, will make you smile and warm your heart.  Take a look at this little guy who was born with no front legs …


And that’s all we’ve got time for today, folks!  Jolly found something he wants to share with you, though I tried to talk him into waiting until the winter holidays, but … well, Jolly can be stubborn, y’know (it’s a male thing, but don’t tell him I said so).

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Please, my friends, share those beautiful smiles I see on your faces, for there’s a lot to be frustrated about these days, and sometimes just a smile can ease the angst.  Keep cool and have a great week ahead!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

‘Toons To Brighten Your Sunday …

It’s Sunday afternoon, and I decided that instead of something dark and depressing, I would give you something to chuckle about … ‘TOONS!  Well … now that I think about it, some of these might be a bit dark and depressing … but at least there’s an element of humour in them.


The most crucial issue facing the nation … the globe … today is the environment, and frankly the U.S. is doing damn little to improve it.  Still, the cartoonists find food for the grist mill …

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Ol’ Jeffrey Epstein, the monster who has committed heinous crimes against women and children, who got off with a slap-on-the-wrist once before, who has long been a close personal friend of another sex abuser who happens to sit in the Oval Office, has once again been arrested for sex-trafficking, and so is back in the news …

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Although Trump claimed this week that he is giving up the fight to have a question about citizenship added to the 2020 Census, I suspect we haven’t heard the end of it.  

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There was never any doubt that Trump would run for re-election in 2020, especially given that he registered to do so on the day of his inauguration in 2017!  

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The thing that I find most frightening about the Trump presidency circus is the fact that he believes himself to be above the law, his hand-picked Attorney-General, William Barr, confirms that he is above the law, the Senate allows him to be above the law, and the republicans both in and out of government see nothing wrong with him being above the law …

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And I end with a few random ‘toons just for kicks …

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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Saturday Surprise — A Hodgepodge!

I was pondering what to make the theme of this week’s Saturday Surprise, and I really wanted to do a new ‘unique critters’ post, but it seems that I’ve done most of them in previous posts.  I thought about just reprising one of the previous posts because I’m in the mood for critters!  But, that’s a cop out, and so I pushed on in my quest.  And what I have settled on is rather a hodgepodge of this, that, ‘n the other.


Here’s a bit of history that you may not have known …

Notorious Pirate/Pirate hunter Benjamin Hornigold once attacked a ship just to steal all of the crew member’s hats. His men had gotten drunk and lost their hats during a party the night before and decided to board a ship to get replacements.  According to one of the ship’s passengers …

pirate.png“They did us no further injury than the taking most of our hats from us, having got drunk the night before, as they told us, and toss’d theirs overboard.”


July 10th was National Kitten Day … I can’t believe I missed that one!!!  I get a nightly email that tells me what the national days for the next day are, and I almost always at least give it a cursory glance.  But, there have been a few nights of late that I was not in the mood for humour (imagine that!) and just deleted the email, sight unseen.  Apparently the night of July 9th was one such night.

We have 4 litter boxes, one in the upstairs hallway, two in the entry hall downstairs, and one behind the couch specifically for Miss Izzie.  But, I found this as I was trolling about this evening …litter-box-table.jpgIt’s a hidden cat box enclosures from a company called Merry Products:

The easy-to-assemble end table is made to house your cat’s litter box, allowing your pet to access its toilet out of sight. It also reduces the amount of litter that sprays out of the box when your cat sprints away after it poops, making for a cleaner experience for everyone. Not to mention the fact that you can use the shelf and top space as a regular end table.

I dunno … I think I might not be too happy having my coffee right above the litter box.  Still, kind of a cool idea.  Oh, and it’s only $61!

And on the topic of National Kitten Day, here is a really heartwarming video about a kitten who started life on the skids, but … well, just watch!

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I found this video earlier this evening, of a man feeding watermelon to a group of turtles.  It may not sound that exciting, but I found it fascinating!  Take a look …


This one gave me a chuckle …tiny-car-meets-squirrel.pngAnd … I know that Jolly Monday and Saturday Surprise are supposed to be entirely free of politics, but … well, I just couldn’t resist this one …

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Well, I told you it was a hodge-podge of this, that, and really nuthin’ much, but … such as it is, I hope something made you smile.  Now get on with the weekend!  Have a fun and safe one, my friends!

Jolly Monday … Only Jolly Is AWOL!!!

Welcome friends … it’s Monday … again.  Sigh.  Jolly is not here … the fireworks on Thursday … and Friday … and Saturday nights frightened him so badly that he has gone.  But not to worry, I have had a call from a friend who lives out in the country saying that Jolly is with her and she will send him home as soon as the #@$%? idiots here in da hood learn a little respect … or run out of firecrackers.  So, I will do my best to entertain and find something to start your week off with a smile, but I make no promises, for my own mood is sour at the moment.  Perhaps I can make my ownself laugh?

Last week, I had several comments about the level of sugar in the treats I put out, so I promised that this week would be a fruity one!  There is an exception, however, for young Benjamin who is counting on his sprinkled donut … don’t anybody else so much as look at Benjamin’s donut!  Now grab a cuppa and a piece of fruit, and let’s go in search of a bit of humour, shall we?


The Canadians have a flair for things.  On the last weekend of June, some 3,942 Canadians got together in the Canadian town of Trenton, Ontario, and made a maple leaf.  Confused?  Just watch …

Why?  It was to capture the Guinness record for largest human maple leaf.  Who knew such a record even existed?  Organizers said they were hoping to break the record with 5,000 people, but the 3,942 participants were enough to beat the previous record of 1,589 people, set in 2017 in Grouse Mountain, British Columbia.

Lest you think it was just a bit of fun without a purpose, the event was aimed at raising awareness of Solider On, a program that helps veterans and active duty military personnel participate in sports as part of therapy for permanent physical injuries and mental illness.  So, all in good fun and for a good cause!


Now, speaking of Guinness world records and such, some things are just too ridiculous.  Like this one … David Rush said he trained for three years and three months before attempting to break his own previous record.  Record for what?  For balancing a running lawnmower on his chin.  Um … yeah.  His previous record was 3 minutes and 1 second, and this time ‘round he managed 3 minutes and 52 seconds.  Take a look, if you must …

It occurs to me that some people just have too much time on their hands!  And please, friends, don’t any of you get the brilliant idea to try to beat Mr. Rush’ record, okay?


You guys remember Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, right?  Take a look at this pic …

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Pretty cool, don’t you think?


Since my sense of humour is

{knock, knock, knock}

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Just a second folks … let me see who’s at the … JOLLY!!!!

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Oh Jolly, I am soooo glad to see you, for I’m falling flat on my face here … go grab something to eat, then come help me with some jokes or something …

Hey everyone!  Jolly’s back … meanwhile, I found some funny signs that I thought you might enjoy …

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Must be some potholes!

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So, Jolly has some jokes he dug up for you guys … Jolly?

Q: Knock! Knock!

A: Who’s there?

Q: Scold.

A: Scold who?

Q: Scold outside, let me in!

 

Q: Knock, knock.
A: Who’s there?
Q: Wooden shoe.
A: Wooden shoe, who?
Q: Wooden shoe like to know!

 

Q: Knock, knock!
A: Who’s there?
Q: Wire.
A: Wire who?

Q: Wire you always asking ‘who’s there’?

 Okay, Jolly … that’s really good, but I think you need to go lie down for a while, for you’ve been out all night. Say g’nite to our friends …


And now, before I say g’nite to our friends, how about this funny bear video?


And now, I must bid you adieu.  Please don’t forget to share a smile and a kind word as you go about your week.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the sleeping Jolly!Maxine

Saturday Surprise — Cuteness!

Well here we are … the start of another weekend!  This has not been a fun week for those of us who are stuck in the muck of politics all week long, so I decided that what we really need to help us transition from dark to light so we can enjoy the weekend is … cuteness!  And I have found a few things that I think will make you smile.


Keepin’ warm …

Remember the times your mother made you wear that hat your grandma knitted? Well, we’re not the only ones. Turns out, farmers are protecting their cattle from harsh weathers with adorable clothing as well. And since young calves are the most susceptible to these dangers, they get the most attention.calf-1calf-2calf-3calf-4calf-5


Too cute to eat …

This doctor and amateur food artist from Bangkok, who goes by name Peaceful Pax on Instagram, makes the cutest edible art. It all started out accidentally with her just trying to make something a little bit different for her lunch but it really blew up as soon as she started to collect pictures of her adorable creations and post them on Instagram.

 


Meet Debit and Credit …

Some basic skills of an office employee include the ability to organize office supplies, answer phones, and work a computer – office kittens Debit and Credit have all of those skills – almost. ‘Hired’ by the finance/IT department of a transportation company in Ohio, the rescue kittens were employed not for their natural ability to play with boxes but to boost office morale.

The adorable brother and sister have managed not only to delight their office but the entire internet. Introduced on Reddit by one of their fellow employees, the sweet kitties were caught on camera hiding under and wrestling with an empty box lid. Understandably people wanted to see more of their hijinx. Debit and Credit now have their own Instagram account with 6.2k followers.cat-1cat-2cat-3cat-4cat-5cat-6cat-7cat-8cat-9cat-10cat-11


And just in case you aren’t smiling yet … these penguins are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!


Now, go forth and have a great weekend, my friends!

Today’s Snarky Snippets …

I’m feeling snarky today.  “What’s new?”, I hear you asking yourself as you shake your head.  Nothing much, I suppose, and I have a feeling I will continue feeling snarky for at least the next 16 months, probably longer.


A double standard?

Peter-YarrowIn the news this morning, I read that Peter Yarrow of the famed folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, was to perform at a 2-day music festival in Norwich, Connecticut in September, but that his scheduled appearance has been canceled.  Why?  Because of an “indecent liberties” conviction in 1969.  What happened was two teenage girls, sisters aged 14 and 17, snuck past hotel security and went to Mr. Yarrow’s room, seeking his autograph.  When he answered the door, he was naked.  Yep, that’s all.  He did not touch the girls, did not invite them in, did not “grab them by the {ahem}”.  For this, Yarrow was convicted of taking “indecent liberties” and sentenced to three months in jail.  In 1970.  Again, he did not know who was at the door, the girls went unannounced to seek his autograph, and he did not touch either of them.

While I think answering a knock on your hotel room door while stark naked is a really stupid thing to do, I also think sneaking to a celebrity’s hotel room is a stupid thing to do.  I am a supporter of the #MeToo movement, and make no mistake, I think every sexual predator should receive the Lorena Bobbitt treatment.  However, I do not see this as a case of sexual assault, abuse, harrassment, or anything more than stupidity.  Fifty years later, Mr. Yarrow is still paying the price for an episode of bad judgment.  But, on the other hand …

At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of varying inappropriate behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the latest being a credible accusation by E. Jean Carroll who has provided details in her autobiography of the assault, which took place in the mid-1990s.  He has cheated on all three of his wives.  He has admittedly gone into dressing rooms of underage girls to view their naked bodies.  And then there was his infamous mic-drop moment when he bragged that “when you’re famous, they let you do it … you can grab them by the {ahem} …”  And yet, nearly half the adults in this nation are willing to allow this ‘man’ to sit in the Oval Office, are willing to ignore or overlook his words and actions … words and actions that far exceed Mr. Yarrow’s on a scale of atrociousness.

Peter Yarrow, when informed of the decision to drop him from the roster of the Norwich festival, bowed out with grace.  When Trump hears criticism based on his sexual exploits, he responds with rants and vitriol.  Make of it what you will.


Say WHAT???

I realize that not everyone is a history buff, and some people have never read a book of history since leaving that European History class in their senior year of high school.  No problemo … we all have our own interests.  One of mine happens to be history, primarily U.S. history and post-WWI European history.  However, I cannot imagine anybody in this country whose jaw didn’t drop when, in his speech yesterday, Trump, speaking of the time of the Revolutionary War, said …

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do.”

In case there are any Trump supporters reading this who may not understand the gaffe … the Revolutionary War ran from April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783.  Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their first airplane on December 17, 1903.  Doesn’t it seem that, even if he didn’t know the exact dates, he would have realized the airplane did not exist at the time of the Revolution?  120 years later, after the end of the war …

Y’know … I don’t mind so much if the president of the country makes a bad decision that gets us all killed, as I mind that such an ignorant person has my life and yours in his hands.  Just imagine how much danger such ignorance puts us all in.  Sigh.  At least the meme-makers had fun with it.

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Have a great evening, and remember friends …

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‘Toons From 4th Of July …

I do not know what the damn fools in my neighborhood think they are celebrating, but they are still putting off loud fireworks at midnight!  Every single time one goes “BOOM”, my heart tries to leave my chest.  My poor kitties have taken up residence under the sofa.  I have a headache, despite 4 ibuprofen.  I’m debating whether to call the cops, or grab my solid wooden rolling pin and go bash some heads.  Next year I’m either leaving the country the first of July, else going camping deep in the forest.  Bah humbug.  That said, I am incapable of writing anything coherent tonight.

So, I was thinking it has been a while since I’ve done a ‘toons post, and with the utter ridiculousness of Trump’s July 4th campaign rally / ego-stroking circus, there must surely be some great, mocking ‘toons out there.  I wasn’t wrong.  I’m sure there will be even more out later today, but for a few Friday morning laughs, check these out!


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The baby trump blimp arrived in good time for the festivities, but wasn’t allowed to fly, nor to be anywhere in Trump’s sight.  Turns out, the entire government quakes in their little shoesies at the thought of Trumpie becoming upset.  Le gasp!  But, the blimp nonetheless was there … and it’s on video!

I, for one, did not watch his speech, did not even seek a transcript, nor do I have any intention of doing so at this time.  I know without even being told that he said nothing of relevance, nothing truthful, and nothing that wouldn’t make my blood pressure rise, which I do not need right now.  I’m sure we’ll all hear enough of it on every media outlet later today.  The girls and I ‘celebrated’ Chris’ day off by going out for Chinese, and visiting our local Barnes & Noble.

I shall return this afternoon, hopefully with something of substance.

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