Jolly Monday … OCTOBER!!!

Good morning friends!  Come in out of the cold … it’s been a while since I’ve had to say that, hasn’t it?  Yep, jacket season is back, and soon you’ll be digging out those extra blankets, winter coats, long johns, scarves & mittens!  Brrrrrrrrrrr.  Worse yet, the holidays will soon be upon us and frankly, I wouldn’t mind if we just skipped over them all this year.  But that’s a worry for another day.  Now, there aren’t as many snacks today as usual, for Joyful has been helping Roger build and decorate his new tower, and Jolly … well, Jolly tells me he’s been on an important mission, but won’t give me any details.  Do any of you have any idea what ol’ Jolly has been up to?  Anyway … it’s the start of a new week, so grab a snack from the table and let’s try to find something to start the week off with a smile, okay?


Making mask wearing palatable

Now here is one for the bacon lovers among you – Larry, David, Larry, rawgod, and Emily, sit up and take note!

That’s right … a bacon-scented face mask!  According to Hormel, the Black Label Breathable Bacon mask uses the “the latest in bacon-smell technology” to give the wearer the experience of smelling bacon anytime they don the protection accessory.

You can register to win a bacon-scented mask until October 28 here!  I had to laugh at the warning on the website that cautioned against trying to eat the mask!  Go on, guys … enter the contest … you know you want to!


The BIG pumpkin

Every year around this time, there is a Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off contest held in Half Moon Bay in Northern California.  The prize goes to the entry having the heftiest pumpkin and is paid at $7 per pound.pumpkin-winnerThis year’s grand prize winner was Travis Gienger and his pumpkin weighed a whopping … wait for it … 2,350 pounds!  Wow … just think how many pumpkin pies and loaves of pumpkin bread you could make with that!  But … it wouldn’t even fit in my kitchen, and I surely couldn’t lift the thing!

Travis is now $16,450 richer and now owns the title of 2020 Pumpkin King of Half Moon Bay.


Jokes, jokes, jokes!

How ‘bout a few jokes, courtesy of Reader’s Digest?

  • An exercise for people who are out of shape: Begin with a five-pound potato bag in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides, hold them there for a full minute, and then relax. After a few weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags. Then try 50-pound potato bags, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
  • My daughter received this e-mail from a prospective student prior to the start of the semester: “Dear Professor, I won’t be able to come to any of your classes or meet for any of the tests. Is this a problem?”
  • Scene: With a patient in my medical exam room Me: How old are your kids? Patient: Forty-four and 39 from my wife who passed away, and from my second wife, 15 and 13. Me: That’s quite the age difference! Patient: Well, the older ones didn’t give me any grandkids, so I made my own.

And now, the moment that you all like best … the ‘toons!

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Well, I don’t suppose it would be quite right to sign off without a cute animal video, now would it?  This one is guaranteed to melt your heart.


Okay, folks … I’ve got a house to clean, laundry to do, and I’ve got to try to figure out what I’m cooking for supper tonight.  You guys have jobs to go to, and other important things that keep your world right-side-up.  Thanks so much for spending a bit of your Monday morning with us, and please remember to share your gorgeous smiles with others you meet this week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday — ALREADY???

Monday-sleepy-2Wh-wha-what???  It’s M-m-Monday already?  Says who?  ‘Cording to my calendar it’s … um … oh.  Well, from the smells coming from the kitchen it smells like Joyful has been up and at it already, so … how ‘bout you guys go see what’s for breakfast while I go get my teeth brushed, and then we’ll see what fun things we can find to start our week out, ‘k?


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A Canadian business, Gaze Seed Company of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador submitted an ad to Facebook for publication.  But Facebook found the ad too “overtly sexual” to be posted on the social media platform.

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WHAT … did they think the onions were mating in the basket???  According to Jackson McLean, manager at Gaze Seed Company …

“We got notified the other day that it’s an ‘overtly sexual image’ that they had to ban from the site. I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way.

I just thought it was funny. You’d have to have a pretty active imagination to look at that and get something sexual out of it … ‘Overtly sexual,’ as in there’s no way of mistaking it as not sexual.”

Amazing … simply amazing, given some of the offensive crud I’ve seen on Facebook!  A spokesperson for Facebook said …

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn’t know a walla walla onion from a, well, you know. We restored the ad and are sorry for the business’ trouble.”


Police in Alberta, Canada, were called to the scene of a gas station after receiving a call about a python that had somehow gotten loose inside the store.

pythonPicturing the worst, for pythons can be rather large & lethal, they cautiously entered the station.  The clerk told them it had slithered under a display of potato chips.  They began trying to coax the python out … then suddenly, he slithered back out and …

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Yep, folks, a plain ol’ harmless garter snake, about 1/50th the size of what a python would have been.  They could have picked it up, given it a bit of loving and sent it on its way … no need for the police!  🙄


It seems that while Joyful was preparing this feast for us, Jolly was over at Phil’s Phun picking out some cartoons and memes for us …

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video???  I think you’ll laugh over this one with a meerkat … who knew they were such energetic critters?


And especially for our friend Hugh, a double dose of Monday joy …


Well, folks, it’s that time again … time to go about our duties and try to accomplish something.  I’m always sad to see you go, but I know you’ll be back soon and we’ll have more fun!  Be sure to share those beautiful smiles I see you wearing … lot’s of people seem to have lost theirs.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday … Smile 😊

Monday-sleepy-2Good Monday morning, friends … {yawn}.  Did you all have a lovely weekend?  Mine was terribly exciting!  I got up, did laundry, cleaned, researched, read, wrote, ate, did more laundry, read some more, went to bed, repeat from step 1.  Lots of variety!  I notice the trees are starting to turn, so I guess autumn really is upon us.

Well, since it’s Monday, there must be some snacks out, and we must seek something to help us start the week with a smile, so help yourself to a treat and let’s see what we can find.

OOPS!!!  We almost forgot the most important part …


Do something nice!

Today is ‘National Do Something Nice Day’.  Now, I don’t need to tell you how to observe this one, but the folks over at the National Day Calendar place had a few simple suggestions that I thought I’d share:

  • Noticing someone’s signal in traffic and allowing them into your lane
  • Picking up the neighbor’s newspaper on your daily walk and placing it within easy reach
  • Opening a door for another person
  • Giving your place in line to the person with only three items
  • Tipping your service staff an extra dollar or two more than you usually would
  • Give a compliment
  • Encourage a student with an idea for a solution
  • Read to a child
  • Listen to someone who is lonely

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything big … little things mean a lot!


Costly review!

Wesley Barnes is a teacher from the U.S. who was working in Thailand.  Back in June, Mr. Barnes and a friend stayed at the Sea View Resort in Koh Chang, Thailand.  Turns out, he wasn’t very pleased with the service.  He says the staff tried to charge him a ‘corkage fee’ for alcohol he and his friend had brought on to the premises, and when he complained to the manager, the manager became aggressive and rude.  So, Barnes did what a lot of people would have done … he wrote a negative review of the hotel and published it on Tripadvisor, an online travel company.

End of story, right?  Not quite …

Last month, much to his surprise, Mr. Barnes was arrested and spent two days in jail until he was able to make bail, and he now faces a possible two-year prison sentence!  Why?  For writing a negative review!  The Sea View Resort accused Wesley Barnes of “a slanderous campaign” over the reviews, and filed a police complaint under the country’s harsh defamation laws.  Defamation is a criminal offense in Thailand, carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht (£4,915 or $6,363) fine.

The latest news this month is that the hotel has reached out to Mr. Barnes hoping to mediate a settlement and they are scheduled to meet this week.  Best guess is that if Mr. Barnes offers them enough cash, they will drop the case.

Let this be a lesson if you travel to Thailand … don’t complain!!!


I found these cool pics over at Phil’s place when I went in search of some ‘toons … yes, photoshopped, but still cool …

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jollyHi, it’s me, Jolly!  Gwammie let me pick out some cute animal pictures … I hope you likes dem …

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And now … the moment you’ve all been waiting for … ‘TOONS!!!!

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And a few fun memes …

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And of course, since we now know the health benefits of watching cute animal videos … we must have one to make this Monday really jolly!


Well, folks, that’s all we’ve got for this Monday morning … I hope we’ve managed to start your week off with a smile and … well, I wish we could make sure those smiles stay with you throughout the week, but since we can’t, there’s a big basket of smiles by the door … take a few extras as you leave, and feel free to pop back in for more if you need them!

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Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday Morn …

kitty-mondayGood Monday morn, my friends, and welcome to Chez Jolly on this {cough, cough} fine first-day-of-the-new-week.  So, how was your weekend?  Do you realize that the next weekend will fall in the month of October?  You know what this means?  Hallowe’en is upon us and then … dum de dum dum … Christmas.  Sigh.  I am not ready for the holidays this year, and am not likely to find much holiday spirit in my heart, I think.  Frankly, I think that in the U.S. the holidays should be postponed until we restore some sense of decency to our country.  But alas, it is Monday and my job is to help you start the week with a smile, or maybe even a chuckle, so grab a snack from the table and let’s see what we can find!


From the annals of ‘People with more money than sense’ …

Gucci-1Need I say more?  The overalls are “specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect.”  Somehow, it seems almost criminal to me to charge $1,400 for a pair of overalls that appears to be ready for the trash bin, but what seems even more criminal is that some fools will likely pay that much for them.  How many meals could be provided to starving people for that amount of money?


Well … it seems that I’m having a bit of trouble finding my ‘jolly’ this morning, so let’s skip straight to some cartoons, courtesy of Phil’s Phun!

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Jolly found some cute animal pics to share with you, too!

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And how about a few humorous memes?

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And of course we simply must end with a cute animal video, yes?


And especially for our friend Hugh …maxine


I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please do remember to share those gorgeous smiles … we all need them right now!  Love ‘n big hugs to all from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Jolly Monday … It’s Autumn!

G’morning friends, and welcome to …MondayAnother weekend bites the dust and we return to our weekly routine, such as it is.  Today, by the way, is the first day of autumn, and after the hot, humid summer we’ve had, I’m happy enough to see it.

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The House that Bud built?

Have you been considering buying a vacation home, or perhaps a home to retire to in Florida?  Well, look no further! house-4This is a condo listed for sale in Lake Worth, Florida, for the (relatively) low price of $100,000.  Now, take a closer look … yep, those are Budweiser beer cans lining the walls and ceilings.  Every square inch of wall and ceiling, except the bathroom, is lined in genuine Budweiser beer cans!  No … sorry Joe … the cans are empty!

house-7house-6house-5house-3Needless to say, the condo’s former owner, now deceased, was a lifelong fan of the Anheuser-Busch beer.  Budweiser posted pictures of the house on Twitter, and his friend posted …

“This is Budman’s (the former owner of this house) Best friend/daughter figure/former neighbor. I wish he could see the recognition now! Thank you so much for acknowledging his 20+ years and many renovations of dedication to your brand! He would love this.”

I just wonder how many beer cans there are!  And I wonder how long it took him to drink all that beer!  Anybody care to make a guess?


How embarrassing!!!

Police in Britain responded to an early morning call from a man who became trapped in a pair of handcuffs in an apparent case of romance gone awry.

The Greater Manchester Police’s Rochdale station said officers responded to a home at 4:30 a.m. Friday to help a couple having difficulty with a pair of handcuffs.  According to the department’s Twitter post …

“Male phoned requesting help as his girlfriend had locked him in some handcuffs and they couldn’t now find the key. Wanted police as he feared the fire brigade would cut them and they were expensive.”

Police said the man was “released” from the cuffs, but the department did not say whether the expensive restraints were damaged in the rescue.

My best guess is that these two are no longer boyfriend/girlfriend after that!


jollyGwammie left me ‘n Joyful to finish up, so we just found lots of ‘toons for you, okay?

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An’ we found a few weally cute pictures of animals …

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We gots to finish now with a cute animal video, ‘k?


falling spiderBe sure to smile lots at peoples dis week an’ have a weally good week.  Love ‘n hugs from Jolly, Joyful an’ Gwammie, too!

Jolly Monday … It Is Monday, Right?

Good Monday morn, my friends!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I’ve been a bit under the weather, but we still managed to put up the Hallowe’en decorations & lights this weekend – the girls actually did most of the work while I supervised (there are advantages to being old and infirm!).

Have you noticed that more and more, websites are demanding that you either become a paid subscriber or disable your adblocking software?  I utilize over 50 different sites in the course of a week … if I had to pay for each one, I would have to win the lottery!  As it is, I have paid subscriptions for a few of the more important sites I use, but I’m not about to pay for a site I only use once or twice a week seeking something fun for Jolly Monday or seeking good people!  UPI (United Press International) has long been one of my best sources for fun Jolly Monday stories, but all of a sudden they are demanding I turn off my adblocker … which I amn NOT about to do!  So, for this morning’s post, I went on a discovery mission and found some other good ideas!  Maybe I should thank UPI!

Anyway, it’s another week full of promise to be harrowing and stressful, so grab a snack and let’s start the week off with a bit of humour …


A murder gone awry?

Did I tell you that I committed murder this weekend … not once, but twice?  I typically refuse to kill any critter.  When I find a cricket or a spider in the house, I coax them onto a piece of paper, then take them outside and release them so that they may live to see another sunrise.  However, this weekend, two very stubborn flies got into the house, and they were driving me crazy … no way to get them to go back out into the wild, and finally I gave in to my baser instincts and … WHAP! WHAP!

So, I can understand the frustration of the 80-year-old man in the French village of Parcoul-Chenaud in Dordogne, who was only trying to eat his dinner in peace when a fly began buzzing annoyingly around him.  He picked up his electronic fly swatter (who knew such a thing existed???) and took aim at the fly.  Suddenly there was a huge explosion in his kitchen!  Turns out that unbeknownst to the man, there was a gas leak and when he ignited the electronic gizmo, it set off a reaction and caused the explosion.

Fortunately, the man suffered only a minor burn on his hand, but the explosion also damaged part of his roof, and his house is temporarily uninhabitable.  No word on what happened to the fly.  I think there is a lesson here …


And speaking of insects …

I am an anomaly, for I actually like spiders and, except the one that came zooming through my kitchen a few weeks ago at 70 miles-per-hour, they don’t intimidate me.  A newfound spider species that wears a striking red-and-white pattern on its back that resembles the grin worn by Batman’s long-standing nemesis, the Joker, has recently been discovered by scientists in Iran.joker-spiderThe resemblance is so uncanny that the researchers who described the arachnid named the species Loureedia phoenixi after actor Joaquin Phoenix, who portrayed the tormented, smiling villain in the 2019 film, “Joker.”  Now, personally I will always think of Jack Nicholson as The Joker, but that just shows my age.

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Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

Ironically, the colorful spider belongs to a genus that was named for the late punk rock icon Lou Reed, who famously wore black and rarely smiled.

On the backs of the male L. phoenixi spiders, a splash of vivid red stands out against a background of white, much like the Joker’s unnerving smile contrasts with his white facial makeup, the scientists wrote in the study. Though, you’d need magnification to see it clearly, as the spider’s body measures only about 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) long and is covered in tiny hairs.

Discovering Loureedia spiders is challenging, because the arachnids are active aboveground only for a three-week period each year.

These spiders spend most of their lives in their subterranean nests. Males leave their burrows to hunt for females, usually from late October to mid-November, and spiderlings come to the surface when they leave their mother’s nest.


And now, the part of Jolly Monday you all love … CARTOONS!!!

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And a few funny memes …

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I’m sorry this Jolly Monday is a bit shorter than usual, but I’m just not quite up to par, and neither is Jolly, but we did manage to find a cute animal video we think you’ll like!


And for our friend Hugh, who is going through a difficult time at the moment … know that you are in our hearts and thoughts, dear Hugh!


I hope you all have a wonderful week … or as good as you can.  Keep safe, my friends … these are difficult times for everyone.  Please remember to share those smiles … you never know when one smile might change someone’s outlook.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly Monday — International 🥓 Day!!!

Usually, it is at this point that I remind you the weekend is over and it’s time to get back to work, but since today is a holiday in the U.S., you still get one last day to find some fun to be had, or just lie around pondering the meaning of your toes and why there are ten of them.  I hope you’re all enjoying this long weekend, the last one until Thanksgiving in November.  And, to my friends in the UK … you got your bank holiday a week or so ago, so no whining!

Today, as you will soon see, is a special day for the bacon-lovers among us, so Joyful and I whipped up a few bacon-y treats!  We also included a bit of fruit for those who are … um, shall we say more health-conscious, and of course we cannot forget Benjamin’s donuts & juice boxes!  So, grab a plate and cuppa and let’s learn about … International Bacon Day!


Now, I have to give credit where it’s due, and in this case that credit goes to our friend Ellen, without whose help I would never have known it was International Bacon Day on Saturday!  Ellen is not, herself, a huge bacon fan, but she thought of Larry, Larry, Emily and David, and knowing how much the Bacon Four, as I have dubbed them, love bacon, she made sure to give me a heads up!  Since Saturday was not a Jolly Monday, and since I was unable to exit the rabbit hole for a Saturday Surprise post, then we will celebrate the holiday today, two days late!  So, let’s talk bacon …bacon-day-2Not to be confused with National Bacon Day, celebrated in December, International Bacon Day is a relatively new unofficial holiday.  Here’s the story …

It all started in January 2004, when University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Alexa Halford was sitting around with classmates Seth Rittenhouse and Evan Salim.

“As I recall, Seth was sitting on the couch and said, ‘Bacon is delicious, there should be a day dedicated to bacon.’ Evan responded with something like, ‘Seth you are a genius, we should totally have a day dedicated to bacon.’”

Labor Day weekend was the only time of year that the bacon-obsessed gang, who dubbed themselves “Alexa and the Bacon Boys,” could get together and cook. Celebrating on the Saturday before the national holiday gave everyone a couple of days to recover from their pork-induced comas.

And so, the three started a blog and with the help of friends around the world, yet another food holiday was born.  Not every state or city recognizes International Bacon Day, but those that do each have a unique way of celebrating.  Take, for example, the state of Iowa …

Iowa is a bacon-happy place. Nearly 5% of their state’s income comes from the production of it, and they are the U.S.’s biggest producers of pork products. It’s no surprise that they’d host what is probably the biggest bacon festival in the country, and that their state legislature would be so happy to promote it, passing a bill to make it an officially recognized day in the state.iowa-bacon-festivalThere are numerous websites about bacon (who knew???) with stories, recipes, pictures, etc., but I thought I’d share with you some of the fun bacon-logo merchandise I came across while in search of information for this post.

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If you go to the Bacon Scouts website  you will find varieties of bacon you’ve never heard of before!  I was sorely tempted to order a pound of the Apple-Cinnamon Flavoured Bacon … until I saw the $54/pound price tag!  Gulp.  Thanks, but no thanks!  You can also join the “Bacon of the Month Club”  .

Or check out the Bacon Today website for tons of recipes (even bacon sushi 🤢), desserts, news and even bacon videos!

And now, I’m feeling full from all this talk of bacon, even though I haven’t eaten any, so let’s have a few ‘toons, shall we?

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I came across a few adorable animal pictures while I was over at Phil’s Phun  that I just have to share with you … they made me smile, and I hope they will bring a smile to your faces as well …

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And I found this fun, short clip of a rooster chasing a dog … you’ve got to see this!

Back in June, I read an article in The Washington Post titled Go ahead and watch. Cute or funny animal videos can be good for you.    Just what I’ve been saying for years now!  Take a look at the article if you have a spare minute or two, but meanwhile, for our cute animal video today, I shall play the one they reference with the cockatoo dancing to Elvis’ Don’t Be Cruel!

And that concludes another Jolly Monday!  I would ask that you all keep our friend David in your hearts and thoughts this week … he is hospitalized for the second time in a month and I am not encouraged by what I am hearing.  Maybe if we all send good karma, good vibes, or whatever, it will help him to get well.  Have a wonderful Labour Day holiday, and a wonderful week ahead, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!!!

Jolly Monday Rides Again!

Good Monday morning, my friends, and welcome!  Joyful has gone to visit her grandmother again, and Jolly is not allowed in the kitchen by himself, which left little ol’ me to do all the cooking.  And so, you may not find as much of a selection as usual, but Joyful will be back next week, so you can make do for this week.  Larry, David, Emily and Larry … you’ll have to share a plate of bacon today, for one is all I have managed!  How was your weekend?  Mine?  Don’t ask.  But, a new week lies ahead, and for folks here in the U.S., it will culminate with a three-day weekend (Labour Day), so it gives you something to look forward to, yes?  So, help yourselves to a snack and let’s try to start this week out with a smile, or maybe even a chuckle. 


Now, I have never been a fan of thoroughbred animals.  Personally, give me an ol’ mutt any day over a purebred poodle or whatever.  I’ve never even considered paying for a purebred pet … but I know that many people place some value on breeding … both of animals and people.  Sigh.

Anyway, Double Diamond is a sheep.  He’s been bred to perfection, apparently, though I’m for sure no expert on sheep.  But, I have to question the sanity of the person who bid and paid nearly a half-million dollars for ol’ DD!!!dd-1Well, I have to admit that ol’ Double Diamond has … um … shall we say … one certain attribute!  Hung well, DD!

Now, my first thought when I heard he had been auctioned off for some £368,000, or approximately $491,390.40, was … how much are they gonna have to charge for each lamb chop???  How many lamb chops even come in a sheep?  But then I came to understand that DD was not purchased to butcher and sell the meat, but rather for breeding purposes, and … it still didn’t make a lot of sense, but then, I’m not a breeder.  (I still think it’s stupid to pay that much for a single animal, though.)

Well, Jeff Aiken and two other breeders were the winning bidders, so I hope they get many years of cute baby lambkins out of ol’ Double Diamond, and I hope that DD has a great time in the process, as I imagine he will!


A hair-raising tale …

Now, I’ve never really warmed to the Mohawk hairstyle for men, but after a couple of friends went with a Mohawk, I decided it wasn’t really all that bad.  But this …

A Minnesota man broke a Guinness World Record when his hair was styled into a Mohawk that measures 42.5 inches high.  Joseph Grisamore said he initially attempted to break the Guinness record for the world’s tallest Mohawk in 2007, but his hair fell short of the needed height.  Grisamore’s attempt for the 2021 Guinness Book of World Records took place at Family Hair Affair in Park Rapids, where stylist Kay Jettman spent hours working on his hair with help from wife Laura and mother Kay.

The stylists said it took a half can of Got2B Glued Blasting Hair Spray to make Grisamore’s hair remain vertical.  Take a look at the results …


I think it’s time to hop over to Phil’s Phun … for some ‘toons and memes … don’t you?

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Folks, I’m sorry today’s Jolly Monday is a bit short, but it’s a bit hard to see what I’m doing from down here in the rabbit hole, so let me just finish with a cute animal video featuring one of my favourite critters — koalas!!!


I hope you all have a great week ahead and that the holiday weekend will bring you some much-needed joy!  Please remember to share your smiles … I could even use one if you have a spare.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Jolly Monday … zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday-sleepy-2Good morning, friends … {yawn} … and welcome to Jolly … um … what the heck day is it?  Oh yeah, right … welcome to Jolly Monday.

Sorry … it’s been a rough couple of weeks … I seem to be spending a lot of time in the rabbit hole lately and not sleeping much.  But, let me just go change and I’ll be back in a jiffy.  Meanwhile, help yourself to some treats that Joyful has whipped up for us …


Perfect job!

A university in Germany is offering “idleness grants” to Germans willing to abstain from activity as part of research for an exhibition on sustainability.

The University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany, said three people will receive the “grant for doing nothing” and be paid $1,900 to engage in a specific form of “active inactivity.”

The school said applicants are free to choose their own form of idleness — an activity to abstain from — and a panel of school officials will choose the three best pitches.

The applicants can submit their anonymous pitches until September 15th and will have to convince a jury that their chosen area of “active inactivity” is particularly impressive or relevant.

The application form consists of only four questions: 1) What do you not want to do? 2) For how long do you not want to do it? 3) Why is it important not to do this thing in particular? 4) Why are you the right person not to do it?

According to Friedrich von Borries, an architect and design theorist who came up with the program …

“Doing nothing isn’t very easy. We want to focus on active inactivity. If you say you are not going to move for a week, then that’s impressive. If you propose you are not going to move or think, that might be even better.”

All applications will form part of an exhibition named The School of Inconsequentiality: Towards A Better Life, opening at the Hamburg university in November. It will be structured around the question: “What can I refrain from so that my life has fewer negative consequences on the lives of others?”

Um … okay, then!  Let’s see … what would I like to ‘not’ do?  I know … I’ve got it … LAUNDRY!!!laundry


Meanwhile in the Netherlands …

The city of Amsterdam has a rather unique problem … they call it “wild peeing”.  Yes, I’m serious … stop laughing!  🤣  Apparently, people (most likely males, but far be it from me to come across as sexist!) have been pissing in public places.  So, the city came up with a solution …GreenPeesThey have installed hemp-filled urinals in public outdoor locations that were considered “hotspots” for public peeing around the city.  Called GreenPees, the urinals resemble planters and are filled with hemp.  As an added advantage over traditional public restrooms, they use less water and create green spaces for bees and other insects.

GreenPees-2Okay, hooray for trying to clean up the city and do so in an environmentally friendly way.  But again, at the risk of sounding sexist, I really don’t see how this helps women who are … um … somewhat challenged in this area?


Jolly has an announcement …

Jolly has something he wants to talk to you all about, so I will turn this over to Jolly.  Don’t be shy, Jolly … remember, these are our friends.

jollyUm … hi everyone.  Well, a while back … ‘member when I disappeared for a little while an’ I went to Florida and stayed with Uncle Larry?  Well, I was talkin’ to him, an’ then later to our li’l friend Benjamin, an’ … well, while everyone always thought I was a boy, an’ I just let ‘em think that, ‘cause I am sort of a boy, but … really, I feel like I’m a girl.  An’ so, after I talked to Uncle Larry an’ Benjamin, I came home an’ talked to Gwammie, and she tol’ me the same thing they did … that I am fwee to be me, to be whoever I want, an’ that she will always love me no matter who I am!  An’ so … well, I just wanted to share that wif you.  An’ … um … me an’ Joyful are still gonna get married ‘cause we are in love!  But, Gwammie says we have to wait ‘til next summer … just to be sure it’s what we really want.  So, you guys will all be ‘vited to the wedding, okay?  An’ you don’t gots to bring any presents, ‘cause we got everything we already want!

You said that very well, Jolly … I’m proud of you, and I love you!  And on that note, I think we’re ready for a few cartoons, don’t you?


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Of course, we must have a cute animal video, too!  Today, I’m sharing a video of Robert Irwin, the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s son, as he takes us on a tour of the Australia Zoo!  He reminds me very much of his father!


Well, folks … much as I have loved visiting with you all, it’s time for us to get this new week started and do something productive.  I hope you all have a lovely week, and please … be sure to share those smiles, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

Jolly Joyful Monday!

Good Monday morning and welcome to Jolly Monday!  I trust you all had a good weekend?  I did a bit of traveling over the weekend!  I went to Switzerland, then to Lakeway, Texas, northwest of Austin!  I saw beautiful snow-capped mountains and happy little villages in Switzerland, and lots of deer in Lakeway!  And the best part?  It didn’t cost me a penny!  Gary took me on the Swiss tour,   and John Howell took me around Lakeway to see the many deer out and about this weekend!     Thanks guys!  I enjoyed it!

Joyful has been hard at work in the kitchen this morning, so let’s see what she has whipped up for us, then we’ll find some fun things to start the week out with a smile, yes?


Check out the mystery section …

Libraries are treasure troves … I could spend all day in a library and never get bored, for you just never know what you will find.  Even so, I can only imagine the surprise when employees at the Walla Walla Public Library in Washington came across a disintegrated paper bag containing five unopened cans of Hamm’s beer and an opened pack of Godzilla Heads gum behind a shelf in the mystery section!

beer-gumThe library is currently closed due to the pandemic, so employees were doing a bit of cleaning and renovating when they came across the stash.  Library officials said their research determined Godzilla Heads gum dates from the 1980s and the Hamm’s beer cans don’t include health warnings that were required from 1988 on, leading staff to believe the snack stash is more than 30 years old.

The City of Walla Walla said the “artifacts” were transferred “to another city facility.”

“The abandoned relics now reside in the Sudbury Landfill.”


Old, used, stinky & damaged …

Once again, I have proof positive that some people have a lot more money than good sense!  WHO in their right mind would pay $615,000 for a pair of worn, stinky tennis shoes???

Yes, you heard right!  The shoes belonged to Michael Jordan and were worn during a 1985 exhibition game.  So, not only are they used and stinky, but they are 35 years old!!!  Out of style!  I can buy a brand-new pair of tennis shoes … good ones … for about $50!jordan-shoesAuction house Christie’s said the Nike Air Jordan 1 High sneakers, worn by the basketball legend during an exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, were autographed by Jordan and described by the auctioneer as “a one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact.”

The shoes were billed as especially unique due to a shard of glass embedded in the sole of the left shoe as a result of Jordan shattering a glass backboard with a forceful slam dunk.  So now they are not only worn, stinky, and old, but also damaged by a shard of glass!  Sheesh, people … I can think of MUCH better ways to spend $615,000!!!  Why is it that the stupidest people are the ones with the most money???


I happened across just a few funny signs last week that I thought you might enjoy …

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Bicycle Bob – an inspiration!

Bob Mettauer has earned himself quite a reputation in his hometown of Santa Maria, California.  You see, Bob is 95 … soon to be 96 years old and last Tuesday he hit quite a milestone!  He pedalled his 100,000th mile since he took up cycling in the 1990s after his retirement.  Think about that one, folks … 100,000 miles!  That is equivalent of crossing the U.S. from coast-to-coast 33 times! Bicycle-BobHis neighbors have dubbed him “Bicycle Bob”, and on Tuesday they threw a little celebration for him.  Bicycle Bob’s friend Meg Porter describes his bike riding routine …

“He rides 9 miles a day, rain or shine. The only time he stopped is when he had a shoulder injury for a little bit but every day he rides 9 miles. What an inspiration he is.”

Triathlete Damien Porter says he hopes to accomplish half of what Bob has done.

“I’ve ridden my bike my whole life I do triathlons and all this and I’ve never met anybody who’s done 100,000 miles so he’s the first person I’ve ever met he’s ridden 100,000 miles. I think he’s awesome. He’s twice my age so I got something to live up to.”

bicycle-bob-2And what does Bob think about all the attention?

“I am astonished at the fact that all these people have come.  The reason I’m doing that is I can do the things that I do because I do what I do. And I’m going to keep going.  On September 18 I’ll be 96 years old, and I’m going to keep on going.”

Thumbs up to this man … he makes me feel like a decapitated turtle!


Are you ready for some cartoons?  I sent Jolly ‘n Joyful over to Phil’s Phun to scavenge a few ‘toons for us …

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And we can’t close Jolly Monday without a fun critter video, now can we?


Well, folks, it’s that time again … I hope you are leaving with a smile on your face and that you’ll keep that smile and share it with others all week long!  Much love and many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!