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August 19, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Oddities, but Bob insisted.

Young Komodo dragon, Phonenix, just arrived from SA (Houston Zoo/Stpehanie Adams/

On the scale of things, doesn’t get much cuter.(HoustonZoo/Stephanie Adams)

Cracks from the break room.

Blame Bob. He insisted. New baby. Of the right species.

 Meat up, please. Phoenix, a Komodo Dragon, is ready to take a bite out of life.

A fine time for Dragons.

So inventor John Taylor was pleased to  accommodate.

Pearls of wisdom and all.

Wise domain or wisecrack?

Questionable quips overheard in the always maddening crowds:

  • Why was Adele even considered for Superbowl entertainment? They thought people would get up and go buy more beer.
  • Why did the pools turn green in Rio? International businessmen snort knowingly that the chemical’s supplier suddenly realized he wasn’t going to get paid.
  • The souvenir t-shirt supposedly spotted on U.S. Men’s Olympic Swim Team: “I went to Rio and all I brought back was a trashed reputation.” Thanks, guys. Add another chapter to the Ugly American.
  • Mom always said, “If you can’t bring enough for everyone, don’t bring any for anyone.” Insults served up for all in the outrageously rude animated “Sausage Party”. Video clip and film review from The Guardian here.  Give it a try if you’ve been finding that you can’t laugh at yourself or silly stereotypes recently. Think of the film as a vaccine against stiff-necked self-righteousness or as an allergy shot for desensitization against annoying remarks meant to be hurtful. Words – even from a sharp tongue – are just hot air. “Can’t hurt you if you don’t care and don’t let them.” Mom used to say that, too.
1930. Young girl with dirty face. Dorothy DeBorba. Vintage film.Schools Out. (USPD.

Docs and researchers say a little dirt is good for you. No one realized how much the news media would take that to heart.(USPD/

Everyone wants to be a better person.

Cognitive psychologists know what works and why.

Maybe the schools should try it? (A bit of satire, yes? No.)

Healthcare should mandate it.

You’d think a 20% reduction of mortality risk would get people’s attention. Sugary drinks and sweet cereals certainly did. Who couldn’t be willing to find 3 hours a week to participate if it meant living 2 years longer?

Summer’s draggin’ up some seemly stuff.

Keep cool, like Bob.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Dragon about to attack knight.1932. Charlemagne and His Knoghts. Katherine Pyle:Lippincott. (, artist life,

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve already heard enough. You’re going to be forced to listen for 75+ days as the ugly presidential campaign drags on. The price you pay for being human. And you have the nerve to call us animals.” (USPD/







  1. Kate Crimmins / Aug 19 2016 7:32 am

    Bob needs a glass of wine. He is clearly jaded!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 19 2016 7:42 am

      Perhaps Bob has been into the fermented fruit again. RC Cat is yowling that Staff must commission a dragon clock – for Bob, She insists…has nothing to do with her wish for such an item to focus on during meditation (like she’s ever bored staring into corners). Thanks for the fine comment toast!

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  2. The Coastal Crone / Aug 19 2016 12:30 pm

    Gems of oddities for this Friday! I will keep reading and hope I live longer. And I have heard enough of this ugly campaign from hell and will try to keep cool like Bob in this heat. Cheers!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 19 2016 6:37 pm

      Reading instead of watching the manic is much more relaxing, too. Even looking at specks of dust might be more enlightening and relaxing. Cheers for alternative activities. Thanks for adding a comment worth the read!


  3. Paul / Aug 19 2016 10:36 pm

    Phoenix is a bad word in Canada right now. The Komodo has eaten 80,000 + paychecks. To date billions of dollars. Munch, munch, yum,yum. Buuuurp! About 3 months ago our Federal government decided to upgrade their accounts payable enterprise computing system to a brand new shiny fast, cutting edge installation. It failed and it failed spectacularly. In all their wisdom and with all their geniuses, they have been singularly unable to make it work at all. At All. For three months now they have been unable to issue paychecks to employees (80,000 of them) or any distribute any funds that are of a transitory nature. Thank God the Disability program is untouched or I would have starved to death. The prognosis is so bad that they are issuing “advances” next month so employees can live,but only about 30% of owed monies. They “hope” to have it fixed (or replaced) by late October or November.

    But your Komodo is cute – I’m glad Bob insisted on a post. Great Dragon Chronophage. Very oriental in appearances.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 4:17 pm

      Sound like a Phoenix is crashing and burning there. Another example of the enemy of “good” is “better”. Who things stop draggin’ up there – winter is coming, folks! (and this isn’t the preferred way to lose weight)
      Thanks for capturing a comment to leave


  4. Cynthia Reyes / Aug 22 2016 10:24 am

    Love that closing quote, Phil!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 4:18 pm

      All those animals are grinning over something. Glad you got a giggle. Thanks for stopping by


  5. RKLikesReeses / Aug 24 2016 9:25 am

    Hi, Bob! Princess 👑 Pickles asked me to leave this comment for her. She’s too disappointed to type. She [we] haven’t looked at the links yet, will do this soon. But she’s sad that there’s no picture of you, Bob. Her exact words: “But he’s BOB!!!! He should be there IN PERSON!!!!!!!!!! We want to seeeeeeeeee him!!!!”

    I’ve explained to her that you’re too busy to pose for pictures and that we can always look at your old posts to see you.

    As for me and Princess 👑 Mila? We think this is a dandy post (so does Princess 👑 Pickles but she’s loathe to admit it) — lots to gnaw on!

    Thank you, Bob, for being you. We’re all going to check out the links now.


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