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    Lockdown humor

    A certain type of wry humor is doing the rounds. It ranges from the wise-in-a-Zen-kind-of-way to the playful, it also includes culinary jokes that can be hard to stomach. It’s worthwhile investigating if you find that you’re wilting under the strain of Lockdown.

    Are you rooted enough to cope with being compared to a houseplant?

    Profound insights from a cartoon
    Product designer Ted Goas recently tweeted a cartoon that compares a human to a houseplant. It reminds us that we have to drink water and get sunlight, then it concludes that we’re “basically a house plant with more complicated emotions.” It’s food for thought. Or should one say, it’s nutrients for one’s soil?

    New games
    PR/digital director Chris Lee claims to have invented the game of cat cricket. Many cat lovers will take umbrage to Lee claiming this title, but never mind that now. Lee tweeted a video of his cat participating in this game. So, in that sense, at least, he’s ahead of other claimants.

    A teddy bear hunt is proving to be popular in New Zealand. The game involves hiding a stuffed bear in plain sight. Tracking down bears in garden hedges and on window sills, and seeing them fishing on front porches, provides distraction for stressed out children of all ages.

    A cake for this time. Photo credit: Das Schürener Backparadies

    An unusual cake
    And last but not least the bakery Das Schürener Backparadies in Dortmund in Germany is making waves. The bakery bakes cakes that resemble toilet paper. The klopapier cakes, (klopapier is German for toilet paper) feature a white fondant icing. They look pretty realistic, especially from a distance. The bakery says that they are making 200 of the klopapier-rolls every day. One German woman called the cake a coronavirus birthday cake on the bakery’s Facebook page. The bakery has expanded its humorous range. They are now also offering cookies adorned with face masks. Ouch. That one’s perhaps a bit too close to home. Or what say you?

    Can you stomach this? Photo credit: Das Schürener Backparadies


    Medical aid: Eish!

    Medical aids. Don't talk to her about them! So complains a reader of The Grotto, who is battling her medical aid at this very moment.


    Mia Valodia Wessels van Zijl invariably transports readers to a more poetic reality.

    Kaiings in Kaboel

    Die digter-sjef Zane Beswick het 'n heerlike artikel geskryf oor die Kaboem-maaltyd wat hy in Kaboel, die hoofstad van Afghanistan, moes maak.

    Errieda du Toit se knievrye witbrood in ‘n gietysterpan

    Errieda du Toit‘n Brood en ‘n baie spesiale bord.Die herdenkingsbord het ek in 1998 vir my Ma...

    Taal lawwigheid: Snuf in die neus kry

    Dis glo reg om te sê "Die snuf in die neus kry" eerder as "snuf in die neus kry." Ek sou verskil daarmee. Ek los altyd 'die' uit en dink dit klink beter so vir my.

    Gerook, gedrink, gerangskik

    In hierdie liriese essay skryf Lise Beswick oor 'n boom wat so groot is dat jy hom van die maan kan sien en blare wat kraak soos pakkies chips as jy oor hulle loop.


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