Good morning, friends! Once again it is that day of the week, the dreaded … Monday. But, at least you gained an hour over the weekend, so you should all be happy and rested, yes? Then why the glum looks on your faces? Looks like Jolly and I have our work cut out for us this morning, turning those scowls into smiles before you leave here. Well … grab a snack from the table, and let’s see what we can find!
World’s oldest ‘Happy Meal’?
It has probably been 15 years since I have eaten a McDonald’s hamburger. Never my favourite fast food, when Miss Goose was little, she liked McDonald’s, so like any grandparent worth their salt, I took her there about once a week after picking her up from the sitters after work. But those days are long in the past.
McDonald’s closed its last restaurant in Iceland in 2009, the year after the financial crisis devastated the nation’s economy, and one of the last meals sold at the location in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, was bought on Oct. 31, 2009, by marketing consultant Hjörtur Smárason. He had read about online rumors of never-rotting McDonald’s burgers and wanted to put the myth to the test. He bought a cheeseburger with fries, drove home and left the box on a shelf in his garage.
Three years went by, in which Smárason forgot about the souvenir of a bygone era. He had other problems to worry about. The financial crisis had hit him hard.
“I lost all my savings. My clients were going bankrupt. I was trying to hang on to my house.”
Three years on, as he was preparing to move to Copenhagen, he came across the McDonald’s meal in his garage. When he opened the box, he was shocked — but not for the reason he expected. Contrary to the rotten remnants he was prepared for, he found what appeared to be a fully intact meal.Last week marked the burger’s 10th birthday, and it still looks as fresh as it did the day Mr. Smárason purchased it! For a while, it resided in Iceland’s National Museum, but it is now on display at a small hotel, the Snotra House in Þykkvibær, South Iceland. AND … there is a livestream video of the burger and fries if anybody feels inclined to watch it!
McDonald’s apparently felt this was not the best publicity for their product and has attempted to debunk the myth that its burgers do not decompose, arguing there is a scientific explanation for Iceland’s never-rotting burger …
“Without sufficient moisture — either in the food itself or the environment — bacteria and mold may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely.”
Think about this next time you consider taking the kids to Mickey D’s!
Astronauts like cookies too …At any given time, there are between three to ten people on the International Space Station (ISS). The three ‘permanent’ crew members rotate periodically, generally every six months, though some have stayed as long as a year. No doubt, spending six months confined in small quarters with two other people, can be trying. Think about it … no walks in the park, trips to the mall, dinners in restaurants, no family. Most of us wouldn’t last six days, let alone six months. And then, add to that, the fact that there are no chocolate chip cookies!!! This is trauma beyond belief!
But never fear, for help is on the way to the brave crew of the ISS! An oven has been launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for astronauts to bake chocolate chip cookies in. A cargo craft containing the specially-designed “space oven” and baking ingredients took off from the US state of Virginia on Saturday.
Never let it be said that NASA doesn’t have a heart!
Actually, this is all part of an experiment to test what impact high heat and zero gravity have on the shape and consistency of the cookies. The experiment is being dubbed the first instance of baking in space. Hilton’s DoubleTree hotel chain, which provided the dough, said the “landmark microgravity experiment” was aimed at making long-duration space travel “more hospitable”.
I have mentioned a few times that I have no artistic talent. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. And that extends to cake decorating. I can make an awesome tasting cake, but it will not look like a work of art. Recently, for some reason unbeknownst to me, people attempted to bake cakes resembling a hedgehog.
Shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Well, the results … I didn’t know whether to shake my head and roll my eyes, or laugh out loud! Take a look for yourself …
Some of those were downright creepy looking!!! At least I don’t feel quite so bad about my own lack of decorating talent now!
For Larry, rawgod, and Emily …
I came across these, and couldn’t help thinking about my bacon-loving friends …
We need a few ‘toons, don’t we?
And a few fun pics …
And last, but not least … a cute animal video!!!
Well, folks, that’s all I’ve got … you’re looking a little happier than when you first got here. Keep those smiles in place today, but share them, okay? A smile is one of the few things in life that actually grows the more you give it away! Have a safe and wonderful week, dear friends! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!