Things I’ve Learned This Week.

Happy Friday!  Last Friday of November this year.  You know what that means, don’t you?  …….  It means that ‘thing’ is upon us.  Yes…  Christmas is only four weeks and one day away!  But don’t panic – we have ages yet.  29 days in fact. (not including today and Christmas day of course).   Ages!  Just remember to put your sprouts on a low light by the end of this month and you’ll be fine!  (I think British readers might understand that little joke about ourselves,  more than anyone else understands it).

But let us put away thoughts of Christmas and instead turn our attentions to Friday, because, after all, that’s what we’re here for!

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Shall I share with you what I’ve learned this week?  Do you have your seat belt on?  Ready?  Steady?  GO!

This week I’ve learned:   That The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com!  How embarrassing, but fantastic is that?  It’s sad, but it proves that the site actually works.

I also learned: The sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160 kilometres (over 99 miles) away.  Can you believe that?  A tiny piece like that?  WOW!

I learned this week that the shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.  (You can read about this if you want to find out what this was all about, HERE)

I learned a very important lesson this week,  that being:  … Medically –  you shouldn’t ever ignore a symptom.  If something isn’t quite right or doesn’t seem or feel right, you should get yourself to your Doctor and not hang about.  Hanging about can make a problem worse.  So look here you lot!….  Do as I say, not as I do!

Oooooo  . . .   This one tickled the heck out of me:-

I learned this week that until 1913,  children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.  I can’t see a problem with this.  It’s an economical way of travelling and I think we should all do it!   I bet it would be cheaper than buying an air ticket!  (nooo… I’m only joshing with you! lol)

Ohhh, and this one sent me off on a totally different thought pattern  .. Did you know that if you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other sideAgain … another cheap way of travelling.  I think Walt Disney ought to look into this.  They could make it into the ‘Worlds Biggest Slide’, and charge people to experience Time Travel just by buying a ticket to: ‘Travel on the World Slide‘.  We could all visit Australia (or wherever the other side of the world is for you where you live) just for the day.  Travelling time to go there and back would be just One hour and 24 minutes!   It would be a Walt Disney Spectacular!  (Those Airlines would soon be putting their charges down and bringing back those good old-fashioned seats which gave paying customers leg room and comfort!)

And here’s something I learned this week which I absolutely loved ….  When he enlisted in the army,  J. R. R. Tolkien’s son Michael put down his father’s profession as ‘Wizard’.  Ohhh I love this sooooo much!  It tickled me in just the right place,   I think perhaps because our girls talked it over when they were little and decided, that I was The Magnificent Mad Madam Mim – from the Walt Disney film: The Sword in the Stone.  I don’t think they saw her (at their tender ages) as being an antagonist or wicked person – but more of a slightly crazy but kind of loveable woman who made them giggle.

However  ‘pet’ names sometimes live on, and for daughter No.1who is now approaching her mid 30’s,   I am still and probably forever will be:  “Mim”.

Of course, I always showed mock horror and denied that I was anything like her.  “After all,” I said,  ..  “I don’t have Purple Hair!”.

And finally ….  Friday wouldn’t be Friday if I didn’t share a few jokes with you which I’d learned this week!

What key won’t let you through any doors?  …….  A turkey.

Why do bees hum?  ….  Because they don’t remember the words!

What key would open a banana?   …….  With a monkey!

What’s white and sits on the TV at night?  …. *click and hold the click and roll your cursor over this area here to see the hidden answer →  A fly in her nightie.

It has four legs and it can fly, what is it?  ……. do the same again, click, hold the click and roll your cursor over here → Two Birds!

How can you tell you have an elephant in your bedroom? ……  By the big “E” on his pyjamas.

How do you measure a snake? …..  In inches.  Snakes don’t have feet.

Why did the elephant wear green socks?  …..  Because the red ones were wet.

Why did the elephant swim on his back?  …..  So his green socks wouldn’t get wet too.

What is black and white and waits on the washing line?  ….. find the hidden answer by holding the click and hi-lighting here → A fly in a wedding dress.  ←  (you didn’t see that one coming, did you!  LOL)

Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee with me.  This week has been an adventure of learning,  and I’m sure that you’ve learned some stuff this week too.  If you’d care to … I’d love to hear about whatever you’ve learned this week too.  Just tell me in a comment, so that I can come and spend some time in your world too, and see how your ‘education’ has, like mine, grown this week.

This weekend waste some time.  Hard working people never waste time on frivolous fun-filled activities.  Yet, for hard-working people, any time spent this way is far from wasted.   So one of my wishes for you this weekend is to waste some time.  Grab your coat, and a friend or partner or dog or the children, and go out and have some frivolous, fun-filled time doing nothing but enjoying the freedom.  If it’s raining, have a tea party in the house with your little ones, and if you don’t have little ones, then go and visit a friend who does, take some little cakes and biscuits (cookies) which the little ones would love, and tell them you’ve come for a tea party.  Really throw yourself into it.

You’ll be the bestest, most loved, fun-filled uncle/aunty/grammy/granddad etc, etc, that they ever knew,  and you, in turn, will have had one of the most enjoyable few hours, ever!

Of course … if there are no children around to have a tea party with …  then have one with a friend or two!  Make, bake or buy cakes, set the table and get your friends over for a tea party, and just to have some fun.  Of course … you could also have a Beer and cake party if you’re a chap.  Or … how about visiting your parents and taking the tea party idea to them as a surprise?!

May your weekend be blessed with love, smiles and joy.  Be safe out there, and … be nice to each other.

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24 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned This Week.

  1. I asked my husband the riddle of the snake…..took him a bit but eventually it sank in. (Perhaps he ate to much chocolate cake or turkey or something today?)
    I was totally impressed with your technical wizardry on hiding those answers!
    Also think I best start planning my next tea party with the grands……get to see them next week! Cannot wait.

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    • I think all Grammy and Grandads should (by Law) get to have a Tea Party with their grandbabies, at least once a month. Water Tea and tiny bits of broken biscuits, tiny French Fancies (little cakes – not sure if you get Mr. Kipling French Fancies over there… if not do let me know. This is something you HAVE to try!). Oh.. and obviously every Tea Party HAS to have a Teddy Bear who can’t hold his drink, in attendance. LOLOLOL.

      Ahhh.. Technical Wizardry … that bit of magic is so easy that you don’t even have to know any HTML or technical coding. So easy that you could do it and impress all your folk with it. 🙂 lol
      Squidges from one Grammy to another ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Love your post. Had me smiling the whole time. The jokes are funny, we have a middle schooler who is always doing puns so thanks for giving me some to share with him. Always a pleasure to read your blog. Enjoy your weekend!
    Jill

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    • Hello Jill (my wonderful Morning Scrapper).
      Aww I’m thrilled that you can share those funnies.
      Brilliant to see you here, I love sharing a coffee with you.
      Thank you so much for coming and for your truly lovely comment. Bless your beautiful heart.
      Wishing you a great rest of your day, and a truly fabulous weekend. ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Flo!
      I cannot tell you how lovely it feels when I see you here. Always such a pleasure.

      I think this kind of ‘unknown to me’ stuff finds me more than the other way round. Of course… when it finds me and I learn a little bit about it, I make a mental note to share it on a Friday here. Sadly, some things fall through the collander which is laughingly called my brain – so I forget more than I remember. tsk tsk. But I do try.
      (I’m very trying Mr. Cobs tells me. lol)

      BEST NEWS EVER that you’re planning a Tea Party! Goody goody goody. You’ll have tons of fun if children are in the mix, and heaps of fun and giggles even if they aren’t. I think you should be ultra lady-like and wear a hat. All true ladies wear hats to go for tea with friends. (Think Downton Abbey. LOL).

      Have a blessed rest of your day, and a truly happy weekend.
      Love ~ Cobs. x

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  3. 🙂 Its Things I’ve learned Friday! Loving your post’s, Do you have an incredible Facts book? You are a wealth of knowledge and love your sense of humor 🙂 On the medically, I hope you are doing better! Love the jokes as always 🙂 Have a Wonderful weekend Cobs. xxx Sending hugs and happiness! xx

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    • No, there’s no incredible Facts book here. I just find interesting things to read- perhaps in the newspaper or the Sunday Magazines which come with the Sunday paper; or hear on TV or the radio. These little bits of nothing kind of appeal to me and they take up home in my brain and I try to remember them for the Friday ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week’ post. But, to be truthful, my brain is filled with holes and I forget more than I remember. [sigh]

      Thanks for coming Ruthie. I love to meet up with you here and sharing a coffee with you.
      Wishing you a blessed rest of your day, and a weekend filled with love. ~ Cobs. x

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  4. I’m loving the sound of the world slide, I’d be up for that! And I agree with Tolkien’s son, what a brilliant job description and I bet they didn’t dare to disagree. I learned that it is nigh on impossible to remain serious when telling your 2.5 year old off whilst she is trumping, I’m sure she did it on demand to put me off!

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    • OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! aww I’m laughing like a drain! They know, don’t they! Bless her little heart. Aw, still giggling. lol. xxx

      (oh … I, like you, love the idea of the world slide. I’d love to visit Australia and be a tourist for a few hours, then come home again … ON THE SAME DAY!!!
      Crumbs – we could even take a packed lunch!
      You and me, Mrs.C … we’ll be in the queue to do a trip together. YIPPEE!
      ~ Cobs. x

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        • Oh I know they do tea and I know they do cake … but the question is … DO THEY DO DECENT COFFEE?

          Perhaps we’ll take two flasks. One for you with tea in it, and one for me with Coffee in it. I’m pretty sure we can get Gin and Tonic, so I think we can leave that at home. LOL.

          You’re little one makes me think of Little Cobs (Grandson) … he thinks farts are funny too, and someone at school obviously has shared the funny side of blowing raspberries with him, and he does it allllllllllllllll the darn time, which drives me NUTS! He can’t help but do spitty raspberries – so he’s blowing you in spit while laughing like a drain and blowing at the same time – so producing even more spit.

          Everyone in the store we were in about ten days ago heard me saying: “What has Grammy said about Raspberries? YES! NO BLOWING THEM!”

          I’m not going to tell you what Mr. Cobs said some people might be laughing about, but it was wude. Very very wude.

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  5. How I wish we could get our grandsons via parcel post! John will drive 800 miles to NY to get one of them for Christmas, and the other will fly. I’ll bet shipping the younger one would be expensive, though. He is 6’5″ tall.

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  6. Hullo! I did just that today and took my little lad Will to the park and he had a brilliant time getting along with the other woofie’s. It was a lovely day with sunshine, blooming cold but made you feel alive! Hope you are well and I think you should write a book, your story telling is legendry 🙂 x

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    • Hello Kim.
      Sounds like you and your ‘wee little dawgie’ had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the park. Good for you!

      Yes, it’s rather chilly here too. brrrrr.
      My “story telling is legendry”? :/ Ooo er missus! LOL..The pressure is on now then, to keep it up! Heck! what am I going to do if I find I can’t talk about life and it’s twists and turns anymore? I shall be lost and bereft. eeeek!
      lol Thanks for coming Kim, and for the message. ~ Cobs. x

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      • If your life is anything like mine you will always have a story…so no fear there! My other half says if they turned my life into a soap, Eastenders would be in awe of the script cos they couldn’t make it up 😱 😂. Bless you for a wonderful blog x

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  7. Another fun post, this one, Cobs, although I’m left with a question. With this tunnel that goes right through the Earth and it takes just over 42 minutes to get to the other side by sliding through it, how would one slide back? Unless it’s a magical tunnel, of course, in which case we will be able to slide up as well as down. It sounds a bit share-dealery to me though, that notion. And then, of course, the tunnel would have to be really local, otherwise, with travelling time, the 42+ minutes could end up being 4 to 8 hours+ 42+ minutes. Still quicker than flying though, I suppose. Maybe I’m looking a little too deeply into this. And I hope that elephant’s red socks dry soon… they have it hard, sometimes, elephants!

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    • Hello Tom.
      Firstly … thanks for the laughs … although they’re a little too loud here, at this time of night (20 minutes to midnight!) lol.

      Let’s deal with one of your puzzlements at a time, shall we?

      Sliding back ?? … Nooo. You won’t have to slide back. I fear that would be impossible – unless of course there was suction – and that could be dangerous for it could suck all the air out of your lungs and leave you unable to breathe, and I suspect that no one could hold their breath for 42 minutes! So no, suction wasn’t an option when I ‘drew up the design’ [read: dreamt up in her childlike imagination] for the slide to Australia.

      Getting home is easy!
      Not sure if you’ve heard of these contraptions because not everywhere in the world has …..
      LIFTS (or ‘elevators’ in the US).
      They’re a large box like device with doors, which normally fits about 6 or 8 people in it.

      In the ‘lift’ back home from Australia, I think that perhaps we should keep it to (say) a maximum of 4 people. Health and Safety measures and all that. 🙂

      Now then … where the tunnel is to be sited.
      That’s a bit trickier because we can’t go about digging holes in every town, otherwise I fear that the earth will become a living breathing game of snakes and ladders. So in order to be sensible, like grown ups sometimes are, there will be a rule of one hole per country. Book a holiday from the j.o.b. and go for a holiday break to the nearest [to the hole] place that you like the look of, spend a day or two there enjoying yourself, then arrive at The Hole ready to travel, in plenty of time for customs and shots etc, then get on the slide and whizzz right the way through the earth!

      But … because we’re going to have to have some way of slowing travellers down as they are approaching the exit of The Hole, I think perhaps some of those road humps would be perfect – as people traffic calming measures.
      So anyone suffering with haemorrhoids, might want to get treatment and sort that little problem out (medically), because otherwise The Hole ‘humps’ might just sort their problem out in a way they wouldn’t want.

      See? An answer to every problem when you just think like a woman. [ducks the rolled up socks being thrown at her head]

      Oh… that reminds me: Yes, the Elephant’s red socks are totally dry. His grey ones, on the other hand, are in a right old state. tsk tsk.
      And as for Elephant’s having a hard time .. you want to be the one washing their socks!

      🙂 squidges ~ Cobs. x

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