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!


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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 Monday — Bring On The Smiles!

kitty-mondayOkay, folks, time to say ‘goodbye’ to the weekend and ‘hello’ to the new week.  Sigh.  Yeah, me too.  But it’s all in the perception.  If we expect it to be a downer of a week, then it will be, but if we greet it with a smile and say, “Give it your best shot!”, then we at least stand a chance of making it ‘til Tuesday before we don the gloves!  So, welcome to a great Monday that’s gonna usher in a great week!  (Was I convincing?)

So, how was your weekend? Here, the temps were finally bearable, so it was a nice weekend, if not a particularly exciting one.  We did have a grill-out with our friends on Saturday evening … the first one all summer … and we enjoyed that very much.  Well, let’s get this show on the road … grab a snack (yes, Larry, I remembered the bacon this week) and let’s find something to smile about!

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PalmerstonMeet Palmerston, the British Foreign Office’s famous feline “Chief Mouser.”  But not for long!  You see, Palmerston has given notice of his pending retirement, saying he wishes to, “spend more time relaxing away from the limelight.”  Understandably, for it’s a tough job, made even tougher by frequent disagreements with Larry, the cat charged with catching mice for the prime minister at 10 Downing Street.  His letter …

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The Foreign Office praised Palmerston for his service, saying …

“We’ll all miss him paw-fully, but wish him a purr-fect retirement.”


My late ex-husband got a job once simply by wearing them down.  At the time, jobs were scarce in the small rural community where we lived, and he was out of work.  He picked a company he really wanted to work for, went there and was told there were no openings, but they took his application for future reference.  He went there nearly every day for two weeks, “just to check and see”, hung around for a few hours each day (much to my relief, for at least he wasn’t ‘hanging around’ the house!) and at the end of two weeks, the foreman hired him, saying he would probably see less of him if he hired him than he was seeing of him then!

A stray dog in Brazil seemed to have the same idea!  One day in May, this stray showed up at a Hyundai dealership where the staff noticed the dog hanging around but figured that by the next day he would have moved on, seeking food or a home.  But day after day, the pup returned to the dealership.tucson-1On a particularly rainy night, the manager of the dealership, Emerson Mariano, felt so sorry for him that he decided to invite him inside, offering him food and water.  Well, Mariano bonded with the dog that night, and he wasn’t about to turn him back out, so he convinced the Board of Directors to adopt the dog, and they named him Tucson Prime. In time, the dog proved to be such a useful asset in the way he greeted and interacted with customers, that they gave him a job!tucson-2Tucson is definitely a goodwill ambassador, for many customers have returned to the store even after purchasing a car, just to pay Tucson a visit and bring him little gifts and treats!tucson-3Now, if that one didn’t bring a smile to your face, I’m afraid we’ll just have to paint one on!

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There is a guy named Patrick who runs a blog called Patrick’s World, and as its slogan proudly proclaims, it’s a blog dedicated to purely wasting time.  I would definitely say that Patrick has too much time on his hands … however I give him five stars for imagination and creativity!

Patrick took out some traditional German sausages, hooked them up to some wires that were connected to some sound equipment, and made a fully functional piano. Yes, you read that correctly.  A piano.piano-1He calls his invention the Bockwurstklavier, or Bockwurst Piano, after the Bockwurst, a traditional German sausage made from ground veal and pork.  The piano consists of 10 sausage keys, each of which is hooked up to a wire that leads to a circuit board and other sound processing equipment. Whenever Patrick touches a sausage whilst also touching the piece of equipment in the background, the “machine” produces piano sounds.piano-2The keys work either by touching them individually or collectively, so it is possible to play full chords and, hence, a number of tunes. As long as there is contact with another bit of electrical equipment, touching the sausage keys produces sound.

Check out the video …


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And obviously I’m not going to send you on your way without a cute critter video!


I see some beautiful smiles lighting up your faces … not sure if it’s the spiked coffee or Tucson that did the trick!  At any rate, go forth and share those lovely smiles, my friends, for we all need as many as we can get to keep our spirits up.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!  Much love ‘n many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly Monday — Jolly Is AWOL Again!!!

Good morning friends, and welcome to …monday-1Jolly has gone AWOL yet again, not surprisingly, so I’m on my own here today.  Be patient, for it’s Jolly who adds the zest to Jolly Monday and I only do the technical part as a rule, so I’m a bit rusty on the humour end of it.  I do, however, remember how to make bacon!  That is a big requisite here for a few of you!  So, with that thought, let’s grab a bit of a snack and see if I can manage to rustle up just a bit of humour for us to start this week out on the right foot, okay?


Oopsie!

Robert Berger, age 25 of Long Island, New York, was on bail, awaiting sentencing on a pair of vehicle-theft charges.  Berger came up with a perfect plan … roll over and play dead!  He decided to fake his own death certificate, and he might have gotten away with it … if only he could spell!death-certificate

“Upon inspection of the certificate by the NCDA, it was noted that font type and size changed in the document. Additionally, prosecutors observed that the word ‘Registry’ in the department name was misspelled as ‘Regsitry’ in the ‘ISSUED BY’ section,” the Nassau Country District Attorney’s office said.

Now, in addition to his previous legal woes, Berger faces the prospect of up to four years in prison on the felony charge of offering a false instrument for filing. He pleaded not guilty.  Just goes to show … it pays to check and double check your work!


Green Onions in your morning cereal?

Back in 2004, Kellogg’s launched a light-hearted marketing campaign for Chex, a five-grain cereal, asking South Koreans to vote on a new flavour.  The two choices were Chex Choco Empire – chocolate-flavoured Cheki and green onion-flavoured Chaka.

The PR stunt was meant to end in an easy victory for sweet Cheki. But the people of South Korea did not agree.  Votes for Chaka surged past those for Cheki, catching Kellogg’s unawares. Citing multiple votes by individuals, the company halted online voting, threw out duplicate votes and declared Cheki the winner.

Over the past 16 years, Chaka fans have referred to Kellogg’s as an ‘illegitimate tyrant’, and even started a hashtag, #PrayForChex.  Said a spokesperson for Kellogg’s …

“We never expected consumers would be interested in this product for over 16 years. Every time we launched new cereals or had promotional events, online communities would repeatedly ask for the flavour.”

And so, at long last, in June Kellogg’s announced a limited edition to be on the shelves soon!green-onion-cereal

When the company put out a call for taste testers, they received more than 14,200 applications.  One of the testers was Lee Soo-jeong, 24, who voted for Chaka as a child.  When asked her impression, she said …

“The green onion flavour is too mild.”

Now, some of you are probably making a face 🤢 about now, but personally I would try it!  Maybe not with milk and mini-marshmallows, but as a late-night snack, it holds appeal.


NOT politics as usual … but maybe it should be!

Pam Iovino is a state senator in the state of Pennsylvania … a democrat, by the way.  Recently, Ms. Iovino lost her wallet, much to her dismay.  Luckily, her wallet was found, and by probably the last person on earth she would expect … her republican challenger in the upcoming election, Devlin Robinson, a republican!  Robinson posted on Facebook …

“I was happy to return this item, a bit battered by passing traffic, to Pam Iovino. She was thrilled to have it back and I was delighted to help out a fellow veteran. Sometimes, it’s great to put the politics aside. Now, on with the campaign to become the next state senator for the 37th District.”

And Iovino thanked him in her own Facebook post …

“Lost my wallet. Ugh! Luckily my cell phone number was in it. Look who found my wallet. Thanks, Devlin!”

robinson-iovinoNow THAT’S how it should be, folks!  But what a coincidence, eh?


Are you ready for some ‘toons?

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute critter video?


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And that’s a wrap for this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please do remember to share those smiles as you work your way through the rest of the week.  Things are tough all around these days, and you’d be amazed at how much just a simple smile can help.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the AWOL Jolly!

 

Jolly Monday — ICE CREAM!!!

I was feeling too sleepy to get out of bed this morning, but then Jolly began jumping … yes jumping on my bed!  Just as I was about to throw something at him, he reminded me that today is a special Jolly Monday and that I must get up.  And so, I dragged my tired old body out of bed … though I think I may have left my brain asleep … and here we are.  What, you ask, makes this a special Jolly Monday?  Well … today we will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day!!!  The day was actually yesterday, but since the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month, and we don’t do a Jolly Sunday post, we will celebrate belatedly, but with just as much fun!  So, there isn’t any bacon per se, guys, but there is bacon ice cream!!!  Grab a bowl or a cone, whichever you prefer, and come see what cool treats we have in store for you to start this week!

Do you prefer yours in a dish …

Or a cone?

And here’s enough bacon ice cream for Larry, David, rawgod, Larry, and Emily … play nice!

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Would you like a burger with that?

With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders throughout the spring, some have put their creative genius to work, it would seem.  The R&D guys at Heinz Foods have been hard at work developing new … flavours … of ice cream.  Yes, you heard me right!  The people who make ketchup have developed their sauces into ice cream flavours.  According to an article in the UK publication, The Mirror

As July is National Ice Cream Month and taking trips to your local ice cream parlour may look a little different, Heinz has launched a selection of DIY ice cream kits. Using a range of Heinz Sauces, you can now make your very own ‘Heinz Creamz’ at home and enjoy a soft serve in the comfort of your own home.

Heinz-ice-creamThe DIY Heinz Creamz kits are £15 each and available now. The kits include the accessories you need to make the no-churn saucy deliciousness, including the sauce of your choice, your chosen recipe, a limited edition keystone-engraved golden scoop and golden spoon plus branded Heinz Creamz reusable tub to serve with extra pizzazz.

Um … somehow … I’m not all that enthused, though I would try a bite of one, perhaps the BBQ Creamz?


Ice Cream graveyard …

Ben & Jerry’s has been the creator of some of the most unique (not to mention yummy) ice cream flavours through the years.  Every now and then, though, they miscalculate and produce one that isn’t all that beloved, so it is retired.  A few of these actually don’t sound bad to me …

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly – Proving that peanut butter and jelly is better suited for a sandwich, Ben & Jerry’s retired this flavour after selling it for just a year – from 1989 to 1990. Heck, it sounded good to me!
  • Wavy Gravy – A flavour made from caramel and cashew brazil nut ice cream, chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl and roasted almonds, Wavy Gravy was sold from 1993 to 2001. Years later, the flavour is still remembered on social media – as one person attempted to start a campaign to bring back the ice cream in 2011.
  • Late Night Snack – An ice cream flavour dedicated to Jimmy Fallon, Late Night Snack was a combination of vanilla ice cream, salted caramel swirls and fudge-covered potato chips and was available from 2010 to 2014.
  • Schweddy Balls – This uniquely-named ice cream was sold in 2011 as a holiday season limited edition flavour. The ice cream, which was made from vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and completed with fudge-covered rum and malt balls, was inspired by SNL’s recurring character Pete Schweddy.
  • Vermonty Python – Vermonty Python was a coffee-liqueur flavoured ice cream made with chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows.

Actually, none of those sound half bad!  Perhaps they sound better than they tasted.

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Political Ice Cream???

Ben & Jerry’s is making a statement about the need for criminal justice reform with the launch of its newest flavour, “Justice ReMix’d”.

ben-jerrysThe company announced in September that it had created the cinnamon and chocolate ice cream, flavoured with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies, to “spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system”. According to the company, the limited-edition flavour is the latest in its commitment to “creating social change” since its inception more than 40 years ago.

“Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground. We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream. Somehow, it’s easier to talk about difficult issues over a scoop or two.”

While I’m not sure how much of a difference the ice cream will make, I admire and support any company who is trying to raise awareness for social justice issues.


I’ve got a few fun facts for National Ice Cream Day, too, courtesy of the National Day Calendar folks …

  • Thousands 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.

Annnnnd … believe it or not, Jolly ‘n Joyful even found some ice cream cartoons!!!

'I'll be back tomorrow for the other twelve flavors.'

'Give me your hand... I ran out of cones.'

It was almost called 'Jerry  Bens' until the famous eat-off of '78,

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And we even found a Maxine ‘toon for Hugh …

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And while they were finding the toons, I found not one, but TWO videos of cute animals eating ice cream!


We hope you’ve enjoyed National Ice Cream Day here at Filosofa’s Word.  Remember to share your smiles … and your ice cream too!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Saturday Surprise — Short, Fun Critter Tales

I almost skipped Saturday Surprise this week, for I had another political post ready to go for this morning and really couldn’t seem to get in the mood for anything light-hearted and fun.  And then, something crossed my radar that led to something else, and before long I realized there was something not quite right with my face … the corners of my mouth were turned up instead of down … I was actually smiling!  And thus came the idea for Saturday Surprise that had eluded me earlier in the evening.  So, get ready to smile at these very short, but fun critter tales …


Big cats are kitties too

ArwenJill Hicks was driving home from work when she saw what she thought was a cat run towards the road. Worried that it was alone, she scooped up the little “kitten” and took her home.  After making “Arwen” a cozy bed, she posted a picture on Facebook, asking if anyone would adopt the “bobtail kitten.” It didn’t take long before her neighbor helped her realize that it wasn’t just a kitten with a bobtail, it was actually a bobcat. “Thank the lord for her because I sure was about to put that baby in the sink and give it a bath and put it in bed with me!” Hicks joked on Facebook. Hicks took the soon-to-be-much-bigger kitty to a wildlife rescue who cared for her until she could be released into the wild.


And speaking of big cats …

mr-bMeet Mr. B.  Mr. B. is a big cat, but not a bobcat, leopard, panther, tiger or other wild cat, he’s just a big cat.  My best guess, knowing a bit about felines, is that he is a Maine Coon cat.

“OMG, big boi Mr. B is a CHONK. He’s a chonk of a chonk. He redefines the term. Can you guess how much he weighs? More importantly, can you give him a home?”

When the Morris Animal Refuge posted the above message, alongside a picture of said Mr. B., they were unprepared for how viral the big boy would go. So many people were touched by the massive cat and wanted more information about adopting him that he crashed the shelter’s website. “Mr. B. apologizes for crashing our website. We have our team working to get it back up as we speak. Unfortunately, they’re all cats, so it may take a little while,” they wrote. Happily, he’s since found his forever home.


A deer who is a real dear

It almost sounds like the opening to a fairytale: A lonely old woman who lives in a secluded cabin in the woods is visited every day by a magnificent stag who rewards her for her unselfish deeds. But this is 100 percent real life!deer-1Mette Kvam, 81, of Norway, had recently suffered the loss of her husband and was trying to adjust to living alone when one day she noticed a deer at her window. She fed him a piece of bread and immediately a friendship was born. “Flippen” now comes to visit her daily. She makes sure to always keep his favorite bread on hand and he keeps her company. She says he has saved her from loneliness and she loves nothing more than to feed and visit with him.


And speaking of animal buddies …

Buzz-1Tough, tattooed, and burly, Mark Cardenaz is probably the last person you’d describe as “Dr. Doolittle” but that’s exactly how friends describe the ex SWAT officer. So, no one was surprised when he took in an injured hummingbird he found on his back porch, nursing “Buzz” back to health with Pedialyte and sugar for six weeks. But that’s not where the story ends. After he released Buzz back into the wild he thought he’d never see his little buddy again but every year the bird flies from South America back to Cardenaz’s home in Georgia and lands in his hand. This year, Cardenaz worried something had happened when Buzz didn’t show up at his usual time but several weeks later, there he was, flitting around his head and begging for pets.


Seeing-eye cat?

After Terfel, an eight-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever in North Wales, U.K., developed cataracts in 2012, he began to bump into walls and furniture. Soon enough, the once-energetic dog was spending most of his time in his dog bed, unable to find his way around.

TerfelOn a whim, Terfel’s owner Judy Godfrey-Brown let a stray cat, whom she named Pwditat (pronounced Puddy-tat), into her home. The feline made a beeline for the blind dog and began using its paws and head to herd Terfel into the garden. Now the unlikely friends sleep together, and Pwditat helps Terfel find his way everywhere.


An inseparable bond

toldoA sprig of acacia, paper towels, and a plastic cup are just a few of the gifts that Toldo, a devoted gray-and-white cat, has placed on his former owner Iozzelli Renzo’s grave in Montagnana, Italy, every day since the man died. Renzo adopted Toldo from a shelter when the cat was three months old, and the two formed an inseparable bond. After Renzo passed away, Toldo followed the coffin to the cemetery, and now “stands guard” at the grave for hours at a time, says Renzo’s family.


Now to wrap up with a cute animal video about a baby squirrel who adopted a human family …


I hope that at least one of these stories, all of which, except the video, came from Readers Digest, by the way, has brought a smile to your face this morning.  And now, as I bid you adieu, I wish you a fun and happy weekend!

Jolly 🥵 Monday!

Welcome to …

Monday

Yep, it’s Monday all over again, folks!  Did you guys have a great weekend?  Mine?  Rather low-key, mediocre.  With temps in the 90s, I can’t very well get out, so I mostly worked on stuff around the house, the blog, and read a bit.  I gather it’s gonna stay that hot for the foreseeable future … very unusual for this area, for we usually only see a couple of days in the 90s, and some years we haven’t even reached 90.  I’ll be ready for fall by the time it gets here!

Joyful is out this week doing some interior decorating.  She remodeled Roger’s dark tower, added a skylight, flowers, and piped in music, and he liked it so well that she decided to take on a few more projects.  But, she’ll be back next week.  I’ve been busy in the kitchen this morning, so help yourself to a snack and let’s find some humour this Monday morning!  Oh, by the way … no bacon this morning!  A certain person who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are Larry, decided to be piggy with the bacon last week, and since I am concerned about his cholesterol, today the bacon has been replaced with … healthier treats.

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Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.  Mohammed Muqbel, age 20, originally from Yemen but now living in Kuala Lumpur, likes to make things balance.  Muqbel started stacking eggs at the ripe old age of six!  Last month, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for his unusual accomplishment: stacking three eggs vertically.  Take a look …

The rules stipulated that the eggs had to remain stacked for at least five seconds and all three eggs had to be fresh and free from cracks in their shells.  Pretty impressive, but really … who’s got time?


A couple, whose names I do not know, were doing a wedding photo shoot on the rocky shore of Laguna Beach, California.  The couple was posing, dressed in their wedding garb … a bystander happened to be filming from well above the couple, when all of a sudden …

Hmmm … a turbulent start to the marriage I would say!  Lifeguards were able to rescue the couple, who were uninjured, but methinks that was the end of the photo shoot for that day!


Anybody have $7.5 million they don’t need at the moment?  Some people spend that much on a house, but … if you’ve got the cash, you can buy an entire town in New Zealand for that!  The town is called Mellonsfolly Ranch, and is situated within a 900-acre lot in the North Island of New Zealand.  It is on sale for $7.5 million and comes complete with 10 period themed buildings and a Manuka honey business.  Can’t beat that!

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The tribute town was built in 2006 by cowboy enthusiast John Bedogni as an homage to an 1860s Wyoming frontier town.  It features an “authentic and licensed saloon,” a courthouse that doubles as a cinema, a sheriff’s office, and a billiards lounge, according to the listing from New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty. There are also three homes — the main residence plus two rental houses — that accommodate up to 22 people.

Sounds like a real deal to me!  I wouldn’t mind living in New Zealand.  Only thing is … I’m a little short of the needed cash … anybody want to partner with me on this deal?


Are you guys up for some ‘toons?

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And what better way to close Jolly Monday than with a cute puppy video?


Now, go forth and have a productive and happy week, my friends!  And Hugh … this one’s for you, my friend!

jollyLove ‘n hugs from Filosofa ‘n Jolly!