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September 14, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Bug. Weird looking Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (CUp Moth, Setora baibarana Limacodidae) Flickr

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar. Other than being hyper-weird, has little to do with this post, but thought you’d like to see it.(UPSD/Flickr)

Could have been predicted.

Hyper-Bowling is spreading like wild fire.

(Oh, wait. Considering CO, CA, OR, perhaps a different comparison so as not to trigger distress…vocabulary matters these days.)

Hyper-Bowling is the hottest, sigh most entertaining and amusing game ever.

College kids probably got it started. They start most stuff.

But the news media quickly picked it up as it’s a game right up so many people’s alley.

(Besides they were likely afraid they would miss out like they did with Pickle-ball.)

Been searching Google for Hyper-Bowling venues – rolling out all sorts of weirdness.

(Must not be getting the search terms right. How about “combat bowling”? “Obstacle bowling lanes”. “Car Bowling”? What? “Carbuncle“? Stupid spell check: infects everything.)

Bound to be an outdoor locale with COVID and all. Pin it all on that darn stuff, but a lot of creative outdoor game ideas these days.

Wonder if mall parking lots have been repurposed for Hyper-Bowling. Once all the garbage is brushed aside, those could be ideal for wild balls to the wall play.

Oh, wait. That was “hyperbole” not “Hyper-Bowling” they were talking about being so prevalent. Honestly, Hyper-Bowling sounds a lot more fun and, well,  honest.

(Still, you can hear those TV executives calling for scripts and set designers ASAP – to get the ball rolling on a new Hyper-Bowling game show as competition for Dodgeball Thunderdome. Discovery channel can’t have all the extreme fun.)

Bug. Another weird caterpillar (Image MJ Raupp)

Obviously with hair salons being closed, many are dealing with hyper-hair disfunction. (Another weird caterpillar. Image by MJ Raupp)

Considering the confusion with that, maybe better double check these?

  • “Dog-matic”. What do you bet it’s a robot gift idea for Christmas this year. Definitely not a synonym for “oracular” or “dictatorial”!  Yep, I can see it now: a dog robot (your choice of pit bull or German Shepherd) that you can place right by front porch window or door which allows you to cue by remote even if you aren’t home to bark like crazy and lunge at the window when your Ring Doorbell or Nest Hello, says an unexpected person or someone you broke up with is standing there wanting you to open the door. The company can put in some chip so the dog knows if it’s a Census worker. Dog-metic – awesome. Be the first one on your block to get one! It’s gonna be a hit – (and built to withstand a few hits…not like non-robotic dogmatic humans.)
  • “Jumping to Conclusion” Obviously refers to the end of the final round of a fancy jump rope competition. The winner is the one whose ankles still work and can wobble off the stage unassisted. Kinda like the presidential election. (And if you think you understand any of that, you may have Inference-observation confusion.)

What does this had to do with anything?

As SNL’s Roseannadanna says: “Well it just goes to show you, it’s always something, you either got a toenail in your hamburger or toilet paper clinging to your shoe.”

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 14 2020 6:28 am

    I had no clue that such things exist… our earth is a weird planet sometimes..

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2020 7:27 am

      There’s even one called a saddleback caterpillar – as well as a whole host of others – many poisonous. Little walking jewels that ain’t gonna put up with nuthin’? . Thanks for carefully poking through the brush here


  2. disperser / Sep 14 2020 6:39 am

    Stealth education on the state of current affairs?

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2020 7:25 am

      Bad hair day? Thanks for combing out a comment


    • disperser / Sep 14 2020 7:32 am

      I meant the terminology, but sure, I suppose it could apply to a bad hair day . . . or colorful attire day.


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2020 8:02 am

        (Insert grin here) You were on target, just a sassy response…hyper-bowling doesn’t stay in established lanes. Always appreciate your astute remarks


  3. Kate Crimmins / Sep 14 2020 6:40 am

    You have some very weird caterpillars but they fit the weird times.

    Liked by 2 people

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2020 7:28 am

      They always look so busy – caterpillars on a mission. They do have an amazing fashion designer. Thanks for adding a comment that tickles

      Liked by 1 person

  4. pensitivity101 / Sep 14 2020 6:50 am

    Unusual caterpillars!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Littlesundog / Sep 14 2020 8:09 am

    I kind of wish I could shape-shift into one of those fabulous caterpillars! Heck, even slipping into an alter ego of Roseanne Roseannadanna could make for great fun from time to time!


  6. sustainabilitea / Sep 14 2020 3:32 pm

    Wow, those caterpillars are something else, although I don’t know what. 🙂 And that’s no hyper-bowling. Don’t you love Spellcheck? I dictate lots of my texts because typing on a little phone drives me _________ (what word are we using instead of “crazy” now?) and I have to remember to check that the text actually says what I dictated. Often it doesn’t and sometimes what it puts can be more than a little weird. (Is “weird” ok or are weird people offended by that?) At any rate, Roseanne’s right on target (this Roseanne not that other one.)

    Happy Monday,



  7. shoreacres / Sep 14 2020 5:48 pm

    That orange, black, and white one looks like it ought to be a knitted cat toy. I found a really cool one out in the woods that I’ll post one of these days. It was wonderfully cute, but when I got the thing identified, it turned out to be a member of the asp family, with the same ability to sting. Oops!


  8. Curt Mekemson / Sep 15 2020 6:03 pm

    I think those caterpillars have a very clear message, no hyperbole there. “Don’t even think about pickling me up.” –Curt


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