Saturday, September 12, 2015


Western Australia
Turquoise Bay...   Ningaloo Reef


Dolphin Haze
Large Dolphin pod surfing the waves at West Beach
 in Esperance, Western Australia.
Loaded Gun" by Sticky Fingers


Dog's Best Day 

Meet Bretagne: the last known living search and rescue dog 

who worked at Ground Zero.


Around the World






United Kingdom


The Carbonaro Effect 
Everlasting Juicer
A juicy gadget from overseas astounds two women at a local farmer's market.

Citrus stuff has pulp, so it is gonna pulp its own pulp.
 That explain


Unspoken Rules 

Don’t tip anyone: “Tipping is just not part of the culture.
 Don’t even leave the small change. People will come running after you with it.”
Don’t wear your shoes in someone’s house: “If you see other people taking their shoes off, 
do the same. (Note: there’s a small area right inside the entrance called
 a ‘genkan’ which is usually one level below the rest of the house,
 where you take off your shoes. 
You don’t take them off outside the house!)”
Don’t hug people you just met: “Most people don’t like it, especially older folk.”

Don’t stand on the wrong side of the escalator: “In Tokyo you stand on the left.
 In Osaka you stand on the right.
 Follow what other people are doing.”

Don’t do the Nazi salute: “Not even in jest. 
It’s a crime and every year there are tourists arrested for it.
 Also don’t carry any Nazi symbols on you.”
Don’t stare: “You’d appear either uneducated or mentally ill.”
Don’t be overly friendly: “Germans like to gradually warm up to people
 and take time to really get to know them 
before acting like BFFs.”

Don’t wish someone a happy birthday before the actual day: 
“The origin is a superstition that
however this rule is not limited to superstitious people.
Even bright, rational Germans will feel uncomfortable
 because it’s just not done.”

Don’t stare at naked people:
 “People are pretty relaxed about nudity,
 and both men and women will for example change on public beaches 
without any attempt at covering themselves up. 
You are however expected to look away.”
Don’t unwrap flowers before you give them as a gift: 
“Germans do this.”
Don’t ask people about church
 “Most attend none
 and asking this is seen as intrusive, rude and downright weird.”

Don’t expect special treatment:
 “People are very informal here and being on a first-name-basis
 with anyone short of the King is the norm. 
Even the prime-minister of Norway
 is most often referred to by first name.”

Don’t give an even number of flowers as a gift: 
“That’s for dead folks.
Proper bouquet will have 1/3/5/7 flowers.”
Don’t rely on a credit card:
“There are lots of places which only accept cash.”

Don’t assume the people support everything the government does:
 “Quite often we don’t. Don’t criticize our government.
 We do it a lot by ourselves, 
we don’t need your help in that.”


You can get fined for a lot of things in Singapore
 including: feeding the birds, spitting, urinating in public, 
smoking in public, having your pet in public,
 eating or drinking on public transportation,
and littering, among other things.

Don’t disrespect religion: “Almost everyone you meet is religious; 
religion here is always in fashion, 
so if someone asks you if you are religious,
 don’t take offense because it is common for everyone to follow a religion
 and around 80% of the population are Christians.”
Don’t be impatient: “Hardly anything runs on time
with an exception of a couple of business meetings 
and bank closing hours and most other businesses.
 Everything runs late, don’t get pissed off or impatien
 learn to go with the flow, things will happen, just not on time.”
Don’t talk about sex in mixed company: 
It is wrong and is frowned upon and people might not want
 to be in your company after that.”

Don’t call someone by their first name: “Miss, Mrs, Mr., Dr. and Engineer
so and so (mostly the surname) are totally accept
. If you want to call someone whose name you don’t know,
 refer to them as madam or sir.
 You get quite a lot of bonus points for that
 Only refer to someone by their first name if they introduce themselves as such.”

New Zealand
Don’t confuse New Zealanders with Aussies:
 “We don’t like it!”
Don’t expect to see Kiwi birds:
“They are almost extinct. Irony!”
Don’t make fun of rugby, Lord of the Rings, or the Queen of England:
 “All Blacks is a rugby team and probably a religion.
 Haka is a war-cry performed before a war or, nowadays, a rugby match.
 Do not make fun of it!”
“Kiwis are proud of Lord Of the Rings!”
“The Queen of England is still a big deal here
 We still celebrate her birthday and swear allegiance to her.”

Don’t freak out about people not wearing shoes: 
“It’s perfectly normal to go about in public places without footwear,
 and in some cases a shirt.
 You will still be served.”

Don’t make the okay sign with your thumb and forefinger:
 This is considered obscene in Turkey.
Lay off the alcohol:
 Turks don’t drink much 
 maybe an occasional glass of wine every once in a while 
 and being drunk is considered a disgrace.

Don’t blow your nose or pick your teeth in public:
 Turks consider both of these impolite 
when done at a restaurant, cafe, or bar.

Don’t kiss in public:
 “In some jurisdictions this can get you into jail under ‘public obscenity’
 (a lot of our laws are stuck in the Victorian era).”

Don’t make physical contact with the opposite sex: 
“Hugging and handshakes are still frowned upon in most parts of the country
 among members of opposite sex.
 Unless the local offers to hug or handshake, don’t.”

Don’t expect a huge amount of vegan options:
“Notify people you visit and be careful in which restaurants you go. 
Very few people are vegan in France compared to some other countries,
 and although the situation is slowly improving, 
the awareness and acceptance of it are still quite poor.
 Some older people especially can consider it a ‘weird’
 or even radical behavior.”
Don’t talk about money:
“For example, you can tell you quit a job because you were underpaid
, but you should not mention how much exactly.
There are old taboos about speaking of money in the French culture,
 many people consider it a ‘dirty’ topic.”

Don’t expect people to speak English:
 “The French educational system is bad at teaching foreign languages
, with an excessive focus on reading and writing
 compared to conversational skills
 Many older people will only know a bit of bad 
and heavily accented English and/or possibly German or Spanish.”

Don’t patronize people: 
“We’re a developing country and we’re aware that some stuff
 is just backwards over here.
 Don’t ever imply that you are ‘better’ than anyone,
 especially if that hinges on you being a foreigner.”
Don’t be easily offended: 
“We have a huge sense of humor as a culture. 
Nothing is out of bounds for us! 
We’ll mock, ridicule, insult, pick on and put down just for the fun of it,
 on a regular basis!”

Don’t be afraid to try everything: 
“We love it when you try to say that ridiculously difficult word in Spanish,
 and you’ll be met with proud cheers if you brave a bite out
 of that horrifyingly spicy pepper, 
or down that shot of tequila.”

United Kingdom
Don’t cut in line:
“Queue jump 
 this is the only crime that the population would consider bringing
 back capital punishment for.”
Don’t ask how much money someone makes: 
“Instead play a curious guessing game by asking someone what they do,
 where they live, where they went on holiday,
 and figure it out by correlating this with their accent.”

Don’t invite someone to your home: 
“Unless you know them very very well.

Don’t say “Top of the morning to you”
“I don’t know how this phrase became associated with Irish people,
 perhaps it was used in the distant past.
 But it’s not now, and it’s just really irritating.”
Don’t attempt an Irish accent: 
“To us there is no Irish accent; there are Cork accents,
 Dublin accents, Kerry accents etc. 
For  an accent contains reams of unspoken information about a perso
 (Urban/Rural, social status) aside from the locational information.”
Don’t be cheap:
 “The classic is in a rounds situation at a pub. 
If someone is offering to buy the first round,
 it is perfectly acceptable to say
 ‘Oh I’m on a budget, I’ll get my own.’
 It is not ok to join the round and then not pay for one.”

Don’t call the UK the mainland:
“As far as we’re concerned, France is the mainland.”



Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial,
 Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors
 - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you.
 Side effects may include confidence, authenticity,
 remembering you have a body
, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason


Miscellaneous Cartoons


Those Funny Animals

"Cats Playing with Toilet Paper Compilation"


Dog is playing drums 
 Metallica Enter Sandman


Such skills!
 These can be very crafty and hard to find in the wild
. And even when you do find one, they tend to be
 slippery and difficult to hold onto.
 Makes me want to go hunting right now.


Happy Facts


10 Dumbest Reasons To Get Arrested



Best Cat News Bloopers 




**2015 Oscar Nominated**
 3D Animated Short HD: "Sweet Cocoon"
 by ESMA

Check out this absolutely delightful 3D animated short called
 "Sweet Cocoon"
 about two insects that decide to help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis!


Odds and Ends

Estimated 100 year old Turtle


Apples latest Ipad

Selfie Shock


Hans Rosling:
 Don't use news media to understand the world 


Fun Trivia



The Everly Brothers

WHY WORRY (1986) 
The Everly Brothers,
 Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, 

The Everly Brothers - Medley.


All i have to do is dream 
(everly brothers live 2004!)

The Everly Brothers retired from all concerts in 2005
Phil passed away in June 2014


This weeks Signs


WIN Compilation
 September 2015


Phils Philosophy

1 comment:

Sandee said...

Sorry I'm a day late. We had a yacht club function to attend yesterday and left early in the day and got back very late.

Booked a room for you yesterday too. So you're all set for the 9th and 10th.

I love dolphins. So graceful. ♥♥♥

Loved the ground zero dog. That was an amazing thing to do for her. She deserved everything.

Loved all the state stuff. Yes, bring water to California.

Wow, that moose is fast in all that snow.

Meanwhile in Canada. Bwahahahahahahaha.

That juicer was amazing. It's a miracle and of course she's a blonde. Bless her heart.

Loved all the to dos in different cultures. I won't have to worry about it, but it was mighty interesting. on.

Voting democrat. Spot on too.

The cat video playing with the toilet paper. Bwahahahahahahaha.

Loved the dog playing the drums video. Clever.

Happy Facts. Well, those were happy things indeed.

10 dumbest reasons to get arrested. What a bunch of idiots.

Those cat bloopers. Makes you want to never have a cat. Yikes.

Loved all the different kinds of cats.

Sweet Cocoon. That ending wasn't what I expected. Not at all.

Odds and Ends. Always a delight.

I don't use the media to explain anything. Talking heads.

Fun Trivia. My history lesson.

I love the Everly Brothers. Great music. May Phil rest in peace.

Always love the signs.

WIN Compilation. Way cool.

I am, because we are. Still awesome.

Another great week.

Have a fabulous day. ☺