♫ Monster Mash ♫

Well, it IS Hallowe’en, after all … what did you expect, a sappy love song?

Bobby “Boris” Pickett was a nightclub entertainer who performed with a group called The Cordials. He wrote Monster Mash with his friend Lenny Capizzi. They were both big horror movie fans, and Pickett would do an impression of the actor Boris Karloff (known for playing the monster in many Frankenstein movies) during the speaking part of Little Darlin’ that went over well in his act. As Capizzi played the piano, he and Pickett put together this song with his Karloff impression in mind. They came up with the plot about Frankenstein’s monster starting a dance craze.

The lyrics are based on the story of Frankenstein, which started as a 1818 novel by Mary Shelley and evolved into various film adaptations. In the story, Dr. Frankenstein creates a creature who comes to life, but what he created is a monster. The book is sober tale of regret and unexpected consequences, but the story is often played for comedy. In this song, the monster throws a big dance party, which is enthusiastically attended by many other creatures of lore (Dracula, Wolfman).

Pickett and Lenny Capizzi wrote this song in about two hours. They recorded a demo to tape and brought it to Gary Paxton, lead singer of The Hollywood Argyles (“Alley Oop”). They recorded the song with Paxton and studio musicians Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae and Rickie Page, who were credited as “The Cryptkickers.” Paxton, who is credited as the song’s producer, also added the sound effects.

Paxton put the song out on his Garpax label and distributed it to radio stations around southern California. Response was overwhelming, as the stations saw their phone banks lighting up with requests for the song. A deal was struck with London Records, who distributed the song worldwide.

Released in 1962, this went to #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, but did not chart in the UK until 1973 when it was re-releeased and hit the #3 spot in the UK.

Monster Mash

Bobby “Boris” Pickett

I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

(He did the mash) he did the monster mash
(The monster mash) it was a graveyard smash
(He did the mash) it caught on in a flash
(He did the mash) he did the monster mash

(Wa-ooh) From my laboratory in the castle east
(Wa-ooh) To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
(Wa-wa-ooh) The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
(Wa-ooh) To get a jolt from my electrodes

(They did the mash) they did the monster mash
(The monster mash) it was a graveyard smash
(They did the mash) it caught on in a flash
(They did the mash) they did the monster mash

(Wa-ooh) The zombies were having fun
(Tennis shoe wa-ooh) The party had just begun
(Tennis shoe wa-ooh) The guests included Wolfman
(Tennis shoe wa-ooh) Dracula, and his son

(Wa-ooh) The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
(Wa-ooh) Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
(Wa-wa-ooh) The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
(Wa-ooh) With their vocal group, The Crypt-Kicker Five

(They played the mash) they played the monster mash
(The monster mash) it was a graveyard smash
(They played the mash) it caught on in a flash
(They played the mash) they played the monster mash

(Wa-ooh) out from his coffin’, Drac’s voice did ring
(Wa-ooh) seems he was troubled by just one thing
(Wa-wa-ooh) opened the lid and shook his fist and said
(Wa-ooh) “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?

(It’s now the mash) it’s now the monster mash
(The monster mash) and it’s a graveyard smash
(It’s now the mash) it’s caught on in a flash
(It’s now the mash) it’s now the monster mash

(Wa-ooh) Now everything’s cool, Drac’s a part of the band
(Wa-ooh) And my Monster Mash is the hit of the land
(Wa-wa-ooh) For you, the living this mash was meant to
(Wa-ooh) When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

(Then you can mash) then you can monster mash
(The monster mash) and do my graveyard smash
(Then you can mash) you’ll catch on in a flash
(Then you can mash) then you can monster mash

(Wa-ooh, monster mash)
“Mash good” (Wa-ooh, monster mash)
“Easy, Igor, you impetuous young boy” (Wa-ooh, monster mash)
“Mash good, grr” (Wa-ooh, monster mash)
(Wa-ooh, monster mash)
(Wa-ooh, monster mash)

Writer/s: Bob Pickett, Leonard Capizzi
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Jolly Hallowe’en Monday!!! 👻

Well, folks … it’s that day again.  Yep, you know what day I mean …

Oh yeah, and it’s also Monday, so Happy Hallowe’en Monday!  I said to nobody in particular a few days ago, “We don’t really need witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls this Hallowe’en … we have Republicans!”  Yeah, I know … no politics allowed on Jolly Monday posts … sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Anyway, Joyful has some special Hallowe’en treats for us today, and then we’ll see what Jolly has dug up to start this week out with a smile, a chuckle, or perhaps even a laugh!

It may be Hallowe’en, which is the bigger holiday, but it is also National Knock-Knock Joke Day, and since I love knock-knock jokes, I thought I’d start out with just a few.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Luke who?
Luke through the peephole and find out.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Honeydew who?
Honeydew you wanna dance?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Elly who?
Elly-mentary, my dear Watson!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Cash who?
No thanks, I’ll have some peanuts.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Spell who?
Okay, fine. W-H-O.

Okay … enough of that!  Let’s move on to a few animal memes …

Jolly spent most of yesterday digging for funny cartoons for you guys …

And Joyful and Jolly worked together on collecting some funny memes …

Well, that brings us up to the pièce de résistance, the cute animal video!

Time sure does fly on Monday mornings, doesn’t it?  We’ve really enjoyed having you visit and hope that you’re leaving with a smile both on your face and in your heart.  These are tough times, and it helps if we can find things to smile about, so please be sure to share the smiles with others this week.  Keep safe and have a happy week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

And Yet Another Black Friday

Our friend Hugh sums up my own feelings about the ‘Black Friday Mania’ that for many defines the day after Thanksgiving, when some people I know stay up all night and actually spend hours in the cold waiting outside the doors of a store, simply to be the first to get that “whatchamacallit” that’s on sale (though the retailer and manufacturer are still making money from it). Thanks, Hugh, for this timely piece!


It’s time for my annual “Black Friday” rant. If only those with ears could hear!!

I have posted this piece before, but in light of the fact that we now have a mega-holiday that a character in one of the comics I enjoy calls “Hallothanksmas,” and given also that advertisers are now calling November “Black Friday Month,” it seems especially appropriate since we are about to see the ugly face of commodified Christmas close-up once again. The more things change the more they stay the same! I have added a few pithy comments to this version.

The headline read “Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers.” In an effort to have a better chance to get at the cheap electronics Walmart was using as a lure to get shoppers into their stores this holiday season, a woman pepper sprayed about 20 customers who were in her way. Except for the…

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A Unique Halloween Message

Our friend Nan received the most creative fund-raising message from her Senator, a democrat, that I have ever seen, and I just had to share it!

Nan's Notebook

The following is a message I received from my DEMOCRATIC Senator. I thought it was pretty clever. 

Halloween is special. From the Jolly Rancher to each Sour Patch Kid kid out there, everyone enjoys setting aside their cares, spending a bit of their hard-earned Payday to spread a little Almond Joy to their friends and neighbors.

This year, however, I have to admit, I’m a little distracted. Because our country has Mounds of Goobers who are putting our future at risk.

That’s why 2020 is so important. We must take back the Senate together, with Whatchamacallit — grassroots support. Take 5 and chip in before the stroke of midnight.

Let’s connect the Dots:

Climate chaos is melting the Sno Caps, threatening to turn our world into an Atomic Fireball.

Trump’s Airheads Xtremes are putting a Crunch on the Constitution.

The Republican spending Spree on the ultra-wealthy defies Riesen.

The Whoppers get worse by the day.

That’s why we need a few Life Savers right now, Nan.

We don’t need 100 Grand from one Mr. Goodbar.


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‘Toons To Brighten Your Day … Or Not

It is a dreary, dark, rainy day here today, and I thought a few cartoons might brighten the day, lighten the mood.

The big story of the day … every day for the past month or so, and for the foreseeable future … is that of the impeachment inquiries taking place in the House of Representatives, and the response by Trump and the republicans …


Ol’ Mick Mulvaney has been in the news a lot lately, since he did that “open mouth, insert foot” trick, and then tried unsuccessfully to remove his foot from his mouth …


Corruption runs rampant in Washington these days, from the “president” down through his rank of minions, and among some in Congress who feel compelled to defend Trump’s speech and actions, though for the most part there is no defense.

corruptioncorruption-2Emoluments clauseTom Toles Editorial Cartoon - tt_c_c191023.tifcorruption-5corruption-6

You all remember last week when Trump was giving a speech and he claimed that he’s building a wall … in Colorado!



Trump’s treatment of our Kurdish allies will not be forgotten any time soon.  Pulling our troops out of Syria, leaving the Kurds vulnerable to Erdoğan’s brutal attacks, was beyond unconscionable, and has shown our allies around the globe that the U.S. can no longer be trusted.


The GOP once stood for “Grand Old Party”.  Those days are long gone, and for the past ten years or so, it has stood for only the wealthiest in the nation, willing to abandon the rest of us.  Still, I think they bit off more than they could chew when they nominated and later elected Donald Trump to the presidency, and they are now struggling to figure out how to support him, how to defend the indefensible.

GOPGOP-2Nick Anderson cartoon


And last, but not least, since tomorrow is Hallowe’en …


Have a safe and fun Hallowe’en!

Howly Jolly Monday!

Good Monday-before-Hallowe’en morning, my friends!  Not only is this the Monday before Hallowe’en, but it is also the last Monday in the U.S. before the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST), and this time next week, darkness will fall even earlier.  On the other side of the pond, the time changed this past weekend.  You know what this all means, right?  Winter is coming.  Snow.  Shoveling.  Slippery roads.  Sweaters. Socks.  Shoes.  Sigh.  Hey … I just realized … everything to do with winter starts with the letter ‘S’.  Yes, yes, my mind does work in odd ways, but we all knew that.  Anyway, to start this week out right, let’s have a little snack, a warm drink, and see about finding something to bring a smile to our faces on this cold, dark winter morn … (Sorry guys … no bacon today … I ran out!)


halloween-donuts                        milk

Teeny tiny rats driving teeny tiny cars

Scientists at University of Richmond in Virginia have taught rats how to drive!  Now, the scientists claim this research is going to help them better understand human anxiety and depression … I’m not sure what the connection is, but the rats driving their little specially-made cars are too adorable!

mouseThey claim it proves that little rat brains are much more capable of performing complicated tasks than previously realized.  The scientists also claim that driving appeared to reduce the rats’ stress … hmmmm … quite the opposite effect than it has on humans.  But then again, the rats weren’t driving on the Interstate highway with 10,000 other rats trying to get ahead of everyone else!

Take a look …

Parking sticker shock …

A week or so ago, we had the occasion to go into the city.  Now, I avoid going into the city like the plague … for one thing, I almost always get lost downtown, and for another, I just don’t like crowds and tall buildings, much prefer trees and wide open spaces.  But, in this case, it was something that needed to be done for a friend, so we braved it.  We were parked in one of the many underground parking garages for less than three hours, and when we left, I got the shock of my life … $14!  Not only that, but to get out, you couldn’t pay cash, but had to use a credit or debit card!  Luckily, daughter Chris had hers handy!  But, if you think that was bad …

Johnny Cheung Shun-yee owned a parking space in front of the 73-story office tower The Center, in Hong Kong.  Take a wild guess what someone was willing to pay for the spot, one of only 40 in front of the building?  Nope … nope, more than that.  The equivalent of $969,000 USD!!!  That’s almost one million dollars for a bloomin’ parking space!  Turns out, it is also more than three times the average home price in Hong Kong!  And we thought the cost of living here was high! Hong-Kong-parking

‘Tis the season … for zombies???

In Key West, Florida, they hold an annual ZombieFest Street Party this time of year.  Some 11,000 zombies are expected to show up, riding bicycles down Duval Street, joined by a smattering of other creatures such as skeletons, evil clowns, witches and the like.

Hmmm … I know a few people who would fit in well there!

Now THAT’s scary!

We’ve all been, at one time or another, in those Hallowe’en haunted houses, right?  Personally, I don’t care much for them, for there is always something that reaches out and touches you in the eerie darkness, and I’m trying hard not to die of heart failure just yet.  But, there is a haunted house in Summertown, Tennessee, that must really be the haunted house to top all others!

Just to give you an idea, in order to even enter McKamey Manor, one must first complete a sports physical, sign a 40-page waiver, pass a drug test, provide proof of medical insurance, and prove they are at least 21 years old.  If you meet all those criteria, you must then watch a 2-hour video called And Then There Were None, which features footage of every visitor from July 2017 and August 2019 quitting before the end of the experience. Visitors leave by uttering the code phrase, “You really don’t want to do this.”

The owner of the house, Russ McKamey, says admission is cheap … a bag of dog food to help feed his five dogs, and the prize for finishing?  A cool $20,000.  Thing is, nobody has ever finished!  McKamey claims that the key to inspiring terror is a “mind game” that relies on hypnotism to have visitors tricked by their own minds. He said each experience is video recorded to prove to visitors — and authorities — that nothing illegal took place.

“When I use the hypnosis I can put you in a kitty pool with a couple inches of water and tell you there’s a great white shark in there, and you’re gonna think there’s a shark in there. And so, when you have that kind of power over people, and have them do and see things that you want them to see, then they can leave here thinking it really happened, and they’ll go to the authorities and say, ‘oh, whatever,’ and I have to come back and show the footage and say, ‘it didn’t go that way at all.”

Um … I don’t know about you guys, but I won’t be heading to Summertown, Tennessee, any time soon!

Let’s wrap up with some ‘toons …


And a few funny signs …


And, what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?


That’s a wrap, folks, for we all have things we need to be doing.  Please, please, remember to share those gorgeous smiles you’re wearing … I know from my own experience how much it can help sometimes just to have someone smile and say “Hey … how ya doin’?”  Keep safe and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Monday! 👻 🏚️ 👻

Good Monday morning, friends. Well, that’s something of an oxymoron, isn’t it … ‘Good’ and ‘Monday’ really don’t seem to belong in the same sentence.  However, for me, Mondays are special, for it means that I get to see all of you and spend a bit of time with you!  So, did you have a wonderful weekend?  Mine was fine … it was nice to have the cooler temperatures and be able to get out and about without struggling to breathe.  Now, I know it’s a little early yet, but it is October, and so I did a bit of Hallowe’en-themed baking for you guys.  Jolly helped, but after the time he set the kitchen afire, he’s only allowed to help with supervision.  So, grab a bite of something, a cuppa, and let’s see if we can find something to smile about!

Legally haunted???

See this house?haunted-house-1

This house can be yours for a mere $1.9 million!  It’s a large house … 4,628 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, stained glass windows, arched doorways, a three-car garage, a sun room and a saltwater pool overlooking the river.  Oh … and it comes with one other accoutrement:  ghosts.  👻

It all began in the late 1960s when Helen Ackley and her family moved into the Victorian house at 1 LaVeta Place in Nyack, New York. Side note but here’s a fun fact: Nyack sits on the West bank of the Hudson River, and right across the river rests none other but the legendary Sleepy Hollow.

According to Ms. Ackley, there were ghosts sharing the house with them.  She said that one ghost woke her daughter, Cynthia, up every morning for school by shaking the bed. It gets better. When Spring Break rolled around, Cynthia made an announcement that there was no school and she was planning on sleeping in. Turns out the bed did not shake that next morning. Despite all of these instances, Mrs. Ackley says that it was a “peaceful coexistence with the spirits”.haunted-house-2The Ackleys would live in the house for more than 20 years before deciding to sell, not because of the ghosts, but simply to move to a warmer climate.  They sold the house to Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, who placed a $32,500 deposit into an escrow account.  But, turns out the Ackleys rather forgot to mention that one pesky little detail about the ghosts.  Well, it wasn’t all that strange that the Stambovskys would hear about the ghosts, since Ms. Ackley had submitted an article to Reader’s Digest that was printed in 1977 detailing the paranormal experiences inside her home.

When the Stambovskys learned of the ghosts, they decided to call off the purchase, but the Ackleys refused to refund their deposit, so the case ended up in court.  Long story short, in what would come to be known as the “Ghostbusters” ruling in 1990, the appellate court ruled that, because a routine home inspection would never uncover it, sellers must disclose that a house is haunted to potential buyers.  And thus, this house is now considered to have been declared ‘legally haunted’.

In 1993 paranormal researchers were able to contact the ghosts and published a book on those events.

Since then, the house has had two more owners, but is once again up for sale for a mere pittance ($1.9 million).  Any takers?

Notice anything?

eakin-1eakin-2eakin-3eakin-4Take a look at these pictures.  Notice anything?  Some pretty detailed photography, right?  Wrong.  These are not photographs but are portraits done by artist Dylan Eakin.

“I’ve been training myself in photorealism since 2016. It’s been a bit of a journey, but I’m finally at a place, where I’m truly proud of my work. Charcoal is the main medium I used, with graphite for the finer details. Every once in a while, I’ll use tiny points of white paint for the highlights.”

I am in awe … but then, my artistic skills are zip, nada, zilch.  You can see more of Mr. Eakin’s work at Bored Panda.

Pics ‘n ‘toons

Here are a few cartoons and funny pictures I snagged …


Adorable Lions

What’s your favourite critter?  Mine is … lions, tigers, bears, kitties, elephants, hedgehogs, giraffes, cougars, ducks, dogs, geese, camels, peacocks … well, you get the picture … I’m a critter-lover, so I loves ‘em all!  For today, let’s watch some baby lions having fun!

jollyThat is about it for me this week, folks.  Have a safe and awesome week, and remember to share those smiles with people you run into, people you work with, people you live with … we all need smiles … and yes, Roger Jacob, this means you too!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Critter Tales ‘N Stuff

Hey folks … it’s the weekend!  The last weekend in September, as it were, and fall is in the air, right?  Right?  Wait a minute … if fall is in the air, why is the air 92° F (33° C) outside?  Forecast to be above 90° through at least Tuesday.  Sheesh.  Well, anyway, fortunately my a/c finally … after 5 tries … did get fixed, for which I am thankful.  I am in critter-mode today … yeah, yeah, I know … what amn’t I in critter mode?  (And yes, I do know that ‘amn’t’ is not legit, but I liked it) Anyway, you’ll get a kick out of what I’ve found to start your weekend with a smile …

You all may have seen this story already, for it has been making the rounds on the Internet … I had seen he headline numerous times, but hadn’t actually read the story until last night when I was trolling the ‘Net looking for ideas for this post.  It’s about a couple and their dog, Katie, and I don’t know about you, but it brought tears to my eyes.katie-3Katie, a seven-year-old border collie, escaped from a hotel room in July during a trip to Montana with owners Carole and Verne King. Though she’s a social and friendly dog, she’s also skittish and the couple believes the pup was scared by thunder and fled the My Place Hotel while they were out for dinner.katie-1They searched the hotel grounds, calling for Katie until early morning. Nothing.  The next day, King continued her search, putting up fliers, knocking on doors and posting on social media. In total, King thinks she put up about 500 flyers in the town and surrounding area. She and her husband also brought game cameras and night-vision goggles to their search.

“It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach. I never gave up. I never lost hope.”

To continue her search, King even gave up her job as a postal worker. Complete strangers were keeping her spirit high, sending encouraging texts and crafting sincere Facebook posts.

“I think what I got out of this was the kindness of strangers.”

Early on Sunday morning, Sept. 15, King got a call from a man in the Country Estates neighborhood. He said there was a dog matching Katie’s description in his yard. Just the day before, King and her friend Jan Leland posted fliers in the same neighborhood. Once again, she called Leland for help and rushed out the door. By the time they arrived, however, the dog was already gone.katie-5The pair decided to take a walk in the neighborhood, scanning the area with binoculars. They encountered a couple walking and asked if they’d seen a runaway border collie. They hadn’t. But the man said he saw a black dog heading north. King gave the couple a flier and was about to continue on her way.

“As the lady was walking back, she points over to the tree where it’s real dark and says, ‘Is that your dog?’  And I turn and it’s Katie. I just bear-hugged her, I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.”

katie-2After taking Katie to a local emergency vet clinic to assess her condition, King learned that her pup had lost 12 pounds and was severely dehydrated and in starvation mode.

“The doctor walked up to her and she said, “Is this the famous Katie? And her eyes welled up with tears. That touched me.”

The 7-year-old pup received fluids and orders for a special diet of two tablespoons of food every two hours to help retrain her stomach. Even though she’s skin and bones, everyone’s in good spirits as she is expected to make a full recovery.

Now that’s what I call love!

Leave it to big box store Target to start trouble.  They have come out with a new Hallowe’en product, and I made the mistake of letting the Feral Five see it.  According to the ad …

“One of the most perfect ways to put your cat in the Halloween mood without putting them into uncomfortable outfits (that they most likely aren’t very big fans of) is to get them something spooky to party in! And Target has something just like that to offer.  These haunted cat houses are a perfect treat for a cat (or other small critter) and are here just in time for Halloween.”

cathouse-3And then … as I was scrolling through looking at the pictures, I saw Tiger Lily looking over my shoulder with some strange look in her eye.  She must have called to the rest in that way of silently communicating that they have, for within 30 seconds, I had Oliver in my lap, Boo atop my desk, Pandora on the arm of my chair, and Tiger on the back of my chair.  I was scared, let me tell you.  No, Izzy didn’t come out of hiding … actually, I think at that time she was in the kitchen taking advantage of a fresh bowl of kibble. cathouse-4I’ve got to admit that it is pretty cute.  The ‘Haunted Mansion Cat Scratcher’ combines a cat’s favorite thing in the world – a cardboard box – with black and orange Halloween elements of a scary house riddled with cobwebs and ghosts.  It comes with a two-floor design that includes a perch pad on top and features a scratcher floor on both levels for “endless entertainment”.

“No, guys … just no.  The thing probably costs $50 and I can’t afford it!”

But, I sometimes forget that Boo is quite capable of reading for himself, and he opened his mouth, let out a hiss, and said …

“Gwammie … you lyin’ to us … lookie dere … it only costed $16.99 … dat’s not a wot of money, Gwammie.  Can we … pwease, pwease, pwease???”  😺😺😺😺😺

cathouseSigh.  I will be making a trip to Target tomorrow.

Take a look at this lemon …lemon-cakeBut it’s really …lemon-cakeA cake!!!

And here are a few others …Doritos-cakeeggs-cakelatte-cakepack-cakePretty cool, yes?

Well, folks, that’s a wrap for today … oh … can’t forget the cute animal video now, can I?  This is an alpaca named Capudo.  Capudo was born on a farm into a herd of about 8 alpacas, but sadly his mum died when he was only a few days old, so the farmer took him home to let his daughter tend to him for six months until he could be weaned from the bottle and returned to the herd.  But, turns out Capudo loved the family and especially the family’s dogs so much that, while he visits the herd several times a week, he always seems to want to return to the farmhouse at the end of the day.  Watch … you’ll fall in love with him!

Have a great weekend, my friends!weekend

Jolly Hallowe’en Eve Monday!

Welcome, friends … take off your coats, hats, scarves and gloves and come over here by the fire.  A chilling start this Monday morning, don’t you think?  But never mind … we shall make it a Jolly Monday nonetheless by finding some humour, some things to laugh and smile about, yes?  How was your weekend?  Mine was far busier and more angst-producing than I like, so I am happy to return to the routine of a ‘normal’ week, whatever that is.  Grab a cup of coffee and a bite o’ breakfast … my friend Steve was none too happy about my offering of fruit last week and he let me know about it, so … sigh … back to the lovely, gooey carbs …

Julie Ann Upright is none too upright …

54-year-old Julie Ann Upright was diligently working Sunday, stealing cement pavers from a home in Port Richey, Florida. Cement pavers are very heavy, yet she managed to get 42 of them in her car before driving off.



The homeowner later told detectives that he caught her in the act while doing a remodeling project. The blocks were about 4 feet from the roadway, and being that close they were just irresistible to the Florida woman. Pasco County is still under a state of emergency under chapter 252 after Irma, so there’s still plenty more home improvement stuff to steal.

Deputies caught up with Julie and took her to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. She told the cops it was all a misunderstanding, and that she “thought the blocks were just trash.”

Julie Ann Upright started feeling more like Julie Ann Hunched Over after all that exertion… Following the modern trend of blaming who’s not to blame, she threatened to sue the homeowner because she hurt her back while loading all those heavy blocks into her car.

They should have stuck with pumpkin pie and caramel apples …

Two stories caught my eye, tales of strange foods concocted for the Hallowe’en season …

First, Starbucks has unveiled the Zombie Frappuccino at its stores throughout the United States and Canada.

What is it? “The Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage has a ghastly green body made with frappuccino crème infused with flavors of tart apple and caramel and topped with pink whipped cream ‘brains’ and red mocha drizzle,” according to the Starbucks website.

Zombie frappaccinoStarbucks has celebrated Halloween since 2014, starting with the Franken Frappuccino blended beverage, followed by the Frappula Frappuccino in 2015 and 2016.

Then, an Australian fast-food joint called Huxtaburger outdid itself with the Bugstaburger, that will be sold only on Hallowe’en day.

bugstaburgerNow, I thought that surely they were not using real insects … I mean, aren’t there rules against that sort of thing?  But it turns out this ‘masterpiece’ is stacked full of edible mealworms and ant mayonnaise, atop a regular beef patty, cheese, etc., all sitting in a bright blue bun. I do hope my Aussie friends, Ian and Andrea, are not planning to try one of these, but if they do, it’ll cost them A$10.50, or $8.10 USD.  A bit pricey for … bugs.  Blech.

Sluuuuuuuuuuuuuuurp …

ramen-noodles.jpg How do you guys feel about ramen noodles?  We eat a lot of them in my house … they’re cheap, quick & easy, taste pretty good, and cost about 20 cents per pack, so we eat a lot of them!  Now, my girls eat them with chopsticks, but I rather like the noodles actually making it into my mouth rather than slithering down the front of my shirt, so I crunch them up before cooking, then eat them with a spoon, like soup.  Anyway, when eaten with chopsticks, one tends to make slurping sounds.  Now there is a solution for offsetting those slurping sounds … a noise-canceling ramen fork!

ramen forkHow does it work, you ask?  Well … a microphone embedded inside the large, white fork detects the sound of slurping, prompting the user’s smartphone to play a sound effect using near-field communication.

And how much does it cost, you ask?  Sit down … $130.  Yes, folks, for only one hundred and thirty dollars you, too, can eat your noodles without the embarrassment of slurping!  But hurry … pre-orders are being taken only until December 15th!  As for me, I’ll just stick with my spoon.


Check those Amazon packages closely …

A Florida couple ordered some plastic totes from Amazon … you know, those things that you store your Christmas decorations and summer clothes in?  But when the totes arrived, the couple thought they seemed a bit heavier than they expected.  Well, imagine their surprise when they opened them and found what turned out to be 65 pounds of marijuana in them!  Hundreds of orders from Amazon over the past 15 years or so, and all I’ve ever gotten is toilet paper, Tide, etc.  Sigh.

The funniest part, though, was that they tried for over a month to find out from Amazon just how this had happened, but never could get through to a supervisor or manager to get answers.  Eventually, Amazon sent them an email with a gift card for $150 and a message that said, “I am unable to do anything else at this time.”

Politically incorrect?  or … When you gotta go, you gotta go …

A friend told me about this one last week, and I just had to see for myself.  Turns out French President Emmanuel Macron’s dog upstaged an on-camera meeting at Elysee palace by peeing on the fireplace!  Check out this short (18 seconds) video …

And because tomorrow is Hallowe’en, I thought a few funny jokes appropriate to the holiday would be in order …

Q: Why did the ghost go into the bar?

A: For the Boos.

Q: Why couldn’t the skeleton cross the road?

A: He had no guts.

Q: What’s a vampire’s favorite drink?

A: Bloodveiser (or Blood Light)

Q: What do you get when you mix Frosty the Snowman with a vampire?

A: Frost bite.

Alright, alright … stop throwin’ the tomatoes … so, they’re corny, but isn’t that pretty much what Hallowe’en is about?  Candy corny?  OW!!! 

candy corn

Candy Corny

Well, folks … that about wraps up another Monday … I have to go wash this tomato juice off before the moggies come after me!  I hope you’ve enjoyed our time together … I know I have.  Be careful tomorrow night, there will be little creatures in the streets, so slow down and watch out for them, okay?  Have a safe and fun Hallowe’en, have a wonderful week, and as always … please share those smiles … as one who could use a few myself this week, I know how important it is, and you’ll feel happier too!

Hallowe’en With The Scariest Of Them All

After the mess that Trump made of the traditional Easter egg roll on the White House lawn earlier this year, wouldn’t you think his advisors would have just kept quiet about the Hallowe’en event in hopes that he either wouldn’t be aware of it or else would forget about it?  And if that strategy failed, perhaps they could have somehow distracted him with a game of golf, or a piece of cake?  But noooo … he was once again allowed to be around children.

-trumpThe event was held in the Oval Office with children of reporters on Friday.  A few of his remarks to the children …

“I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children. How the media did this, I don’t know.”

“Oh, you gonna grow up to be like your parents? Mmm. Don’t answer. That can only get me in trouble, that question.”

“So, how does the press treat you? I bet you get treated better by the press than anybody in the world.”

“You have no weight problems; that’s the good news, right? So, you take out whatever you need, okay? If you want some for your friends, take ’em. We have plenty.”

He concluded the event with …

“Well, congratulations, folks,. You did a good job. You did a good job — here you did a good job,” he said, pointing to the children. Then he motioned toward himself. “I wouldn’t say you did very well here.”


And on Monday, the White House plans to host yet another group of kids from over 20 Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia schools, as well as military families and community organizations on the south lawn.  That should be loads of fun, right?

Last Easter, Trump hosted a hastily thrown-together Easter egg hunt that many speculated would be cancelled. It probably should have been.  There were not enough eggs to go around, when 21,000 children showed up and there were only 18,000 eggs.  The prior year, 35,000 attended the Obama’s Easter event.  And his Easter speech to the children?

“We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before. We’re right on track. You see what’s happening, and we are right on track.”

I can hardly wait to see what he will do at Christmas.  My take, after looking at his own children, and then seeing how he interacts with children is that he does not have the first idea how to actually talk to people who cannot yet vote.  I strongly suspect he was never much a part of the parenting team, and that was probably for the best, at least as far as his ex-wives are concerned.

I strongly urge General John Kelly to make certain, when the next holiday rolls around, that there is no event whereby Trump has an opportunity to get within 1,000 feet of a child.

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