Jolly Monday With Bacon, Benjamin, And Smiles!

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Welcome, my friends!  Once again it is … Monday.  Do you realize that we are halfway through 2020 already?  Halfway back to Christmas?  🎄

Where does time go???  At any rate, I hope you are all well, that you had a wonderful weekend, and that you’re ready to hit the ground running this Monday morning!  To get you started on the right foot (or the left one, whichever you prefer), Jolly and I have found some fun things that we hope you’ll enjoy!  First, though, let’s see what we have to munch on.  Last week I forgot the bacon and was promptly reminded, so this week I made sure there is plenty of bacon.  OH!  And my favourite youngest reader is back with us this morning after a three-month hiatus, so there will be donuts and juice boxes for Benjamin!  Welcome back, Benjamin!  Good to see you again!

Never too old!

Gordon Precious was just 59 days shy of his 95th birthday when he decided to go heli-skiing.  Now, in my book this sport is misnamed, for I was picturing a skier attached to a helicopter and the helicopter dragging him up or down the slopes, but in fact it only means that the skier is delivered to a remote mountain top via helicopter, then skis down the slope on his own power.  Nonetheless, Mr. Precious is far more courageous and athletic than I, and I’m only about 2/3 his age!

Says Gordon of his adventure …

“It was my first run by helicopter in five years. When the helicopter takes off, you think oh my goodness how am I going to get down from way up here. Then you recall that you have a very experienced guide with you, and you know that its within your scope.”

Take a look …

Stinky …

In the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt, Germany, the municipal post office was evacuated recently after a dozen people because ill from the smell emanating from a package.  Police, firefighters, and emergency services were called to the post office to investigate.

After some 60 people who were working in the building evacuated, officials went in to check the contents of the package, and found …

Yes, fruit!!!  Specifically, durian, a Thai fruit famous for its strong odor, which has been compared to rotten food, dirty socks and vomit.  🤢

Turns out that a 50-year-old resident of the town had the fruit sent home from his friend in Nuremburg.  Six people were hospitalized, six ambulances, five first-responder cars and two emergency vehicles attended the incident. Three different fire departments were also involved.  All for 4 little fruits.

The spiky fruit’s flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its infamous odor has gained it many detractors. Singapore has prohibited the fruit in its subway system, and many hotels ban durians because of the smell.  Poor fruits!  Such a bad rep they have.  And this isn’t the first time …

Last year, staff at the University of Canberra library were forced to evacuate the building due to a suspected gas leak, but a search revealed the stench was in fact caused by the fruit.

And in November 2018, a cargo of durian caused an Indonesian plane to be temporarily grounded after passengers complained about the fruit’s room-clearing stench in the cabin.

The fruit was eventually successfully delivered to its intended recipient, who I hope enjoyed every last morsel!

Squirrely sounds …

Dani Connor, a zoologist and wildlife photographer from London, UK, currently lives in Sweden where she recently became a temporary foster mom to four baby red squirrels after their mother was unfortunately hit by a car. The little critters have already learned to trust her and even recognize Dani’s voice.

As they remain in the wild, Dani visits them every day and not only makes sure they have plenty to eat and drink but captures them growing up as well. During one of the photoshoots, Dani came up with the idea to record one of the babies munching. She put her microphone right next to it and … well, listen for yourself …

Says Dani …

“I was very lucky to find where the baby squirrels were! I spoke to several wildlife sanctuaries and the advice I was given was that the baby squirrels are too small to survive on their own and if their mother had been killed by a car, they need to be captured and raised in captivity. I watched over the baby squirrels and I was so happy to see them eating the food I had left them, I decided that if they have teeth and that they can eat, they should be able to survive in the wild.”

She spends 4-6 hours every day in the forest, photographing wildlife and looking after the baby squirrels.

And now for a few toons, memes & signs to bring forth a chuckle …

And last, but never least, a cute critter video … actually I have two today … both are short and both featuring emus!  Who knew emus were so darn cute?

And now, my friends, it’s time for us all to be productive.  I hope you’ve found your smile to start out the week and that you will share that beautiful smile with others as you work your way back to the weekend!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly (Joyful is visiting her grandmother this week).


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