Welcome, yet again, to another Jolly Monday! Hope you all had a lovely Easter spent with family, friends, or cute baby owls. Now this Monday is kind of special. First, and from my perspective as a CPA this is important, it is the day before your taxes are due. So if, like so many, you have procrastinated and are now in a fizz to get them done by midnight tomorrow, let me just say this: DO NOT CALL ME. I am done for this year. The ‘gone fishing’ sign is on the door.
But in addition, today has the distinction of being:
- National Bat Appreciation Day (I wonder if they mean cute furry critters or the kind you can knock someone over the head with???)
- National Cheeseball Day
- National Haiku Poetry Day
- National Poem in your Pocket Day
I appreciate bats – both kinds, and I make a superb cheeseball. But the last two … poetry, unless quite simple, is far beyond my ability to comprehend, let alone write. And what the heck is a ‘poem in your pocket’??? Anyway … go appreciate something today, even if it isn’t on the ‘official’ list! Meanwhile, let us start this day off with some fun, shall we?
The Avondale Police Department in Arizona swore in a new member last week. Not a big deal, you say? Well, this new member has a beard. So what, you ask? The big deal is that this new member is a drug-sniffing bearded dragon!!! Yes, you heard right …
“Research has shown that reptiles possess a strong sense of smell making their ability to detect certain illicit drugs possibly more accurate than K9s. Our pilot program drug sniffing bearded dragon will be assisting Officers in the City. Please help us welcome Iroh!”
Iroh has been working with the department for about a year as part of a pilot program, but proved his worth and has now been promoted, and even given a badge, though not a uniform on which to pin it.
“Iroh has turned out to be a valuable member of the Avondale Police family. His skill set is so extensive that we have cross trained him in many areas.” He has been trained in dispatch, running radar, and even spent some time on paperwork with Assistant Chief Lynn Parkin. “Iroh has a keen eye for typos.”
The unthinkable has happened in Japan. It is a disaster and is likely to have a severe effect on the Japanese people for years to come. The country is currently facing shortages of … wait for it … potato chips! You laugh? Think if you went to your local grocery store the day before a big football game on television, only to find this …
One of Japan’s largest snack-makers, Calbee, announced this week it is temporarily halting production of 15 of its most popular brands. People panicked and ran out to buy as many potato chips as they could, and now the shelves are bare.
What happened is that last August, four separate typhoons hit Hokkaido, the nation’s largest potato-producing region, ruining this year’s crop. Calbee has imported some potatoes from the U.S., but Japanese law strictly limits the amount that can be imported. Another company, Koikeya, does not import potatoes and has also announced a temporary suspension of their operations.
Some people have resorted to buying their chips from online auction sites where they pay 1,250 yen ($12 USD) per bag. One newspaper, Nikkei, is referring to the shortage as the “potato crisis”. Among the flavours that are currently unavailable are: French Salad Dressing chips, Rich Consomme, and Plum chips. Okay, well … ’nuff said.
I don’t chop wood these days, as we have only a gas furnace for heat. But back in the day … we used a wood-burning stove for heat for at least a decade, back in the 1970s – 1980s, and while we bought most of our wood already cut, I did my fair share of splitting wood for kindling, and stacking wood into some semblance of order once it was delivered. It wasn’t a bad chore, except on those rare occasions that a rodent who had been snoozing on a log startled awake and scurried up my arm! But my stacks of wood were noticeably boring compared to some. Take a look at the creative ways some of these people found to make their woodpiles more intriguing.
To see the rest, go to Bored Panda’s website.
Beware of changing your last name, ladies! In St. Petersburg, Russia, a woman who works at a supermarket changed her last name to that of the store, Veniy, because the store was offering nearly $1,200 to anyone who would do so. Heck, I would change my last name for $1,200! Well, this woman’s husband didn’t like it too much … men are funny creatures sometimes … and he took revenge.
He had a cement-mixer truck (I don’t know how he convinced the driver of the truck to do this) back up to his wife’s car, and placed the chute into one of the open windows, filling the car with cement! Somebody captured the moment on video and you can see it here.
No word on the wife’s reaction, whether charges were filed, or whether the man remains alive!
Two men and a woman robbed the Chick-fil-A in Folsom, California last week, but they did not get any cash. However, Matt Crane, owner of the franchise restaurant, says they got something of even greater value … cow costumes! “I just want my cows back,” Crane said. “No plans to press charges, so if they show back up, we would just be incredibly grateful.”
Okay friends, that’s a wrap for this Monday morning. I hope something brought a bit of light into your spirit, a smile to your face, and most of all I hope you have a wonderful week! Share that smile with someone today … make someone’s day just a little brighter.