Things I learned this week…

Y’all seem to be enjoying all these random things I’ve been learning, so I’ll continue sharing them unless the digital tomatoes start coming my way ;)

Here’s the latest batch of things that have fascinated me…

I’d love it if anyone could get to the bottom of #5 down there!

fire dating

#1. There’s a dating site for FIRE lovers! –> — “The first and only dating website for FIRE people.” Haha… And with over 500 users so far it seems to be doing pretty well! Anyone wanna sign up to it and then let me live vicariously through them?! ;)

#2. There’s a subreddit for “The Financially Challenged” –> (292,000 members!) — “Financial advice, frugality tips, stories, opportunities, and general guidance for people who are struggling financially. No Judgement, just advice!” There’s also a more general “Personal Finance” subreddit with over 14,000,000 members (, but that first one is probably a good place to start if you’re struggling hard right now.

michelin man[Photo by Rico Shen / Wikipedia]

#3. The Michelin Man actually has a real name! Shout out to Tonya Stumphauzer for passing this one along to me, in return for me sharing the secret of how Triscuits got their name :)

“Widely-known as the “Michelin Man,” who has been the beloved face of the MICHELIN brand since 1898, the tubby white mascot’s name is actually Bibendum (or Bib for short). He even has a category for value-for-money restaurants in MICHELIN’s guidebooks—the Bib Gourmand—named after him.” –

More fun facts about Bib here –> 8 Surprising Facts About the Michelin Man

#4. You can buy umbrellas, batteries, toilet paper, and even ties in vending machines across Japan! — Check out this article from –> 24 Things You Can Buy From a Japanese Vending Machine. They have the most vending machines per capita in the world at 1 for every 23 people in the country (over 5.6 million machines total!), and I’ve heard of some other less savory things being dispensed from them too ;) But will leave those to the more “adult” blogs, lol….

shoes hanging on power line

#5. There are a LOT of theories why people throw their shoes up on power lines, but no solid answers yet! I tried to get to the bottom of it after a friend sent me a gif and couldn’t stop wondering about it, but sadly came to the same conclusion as Snopes did (who probably researched it a wee bit more than I did ;)):

All across the United States, you’ll encounter discarded shoes hanging from wires, poles, and trees. Theories as to what these shoes signify abound, but, contrary to what one hears, there’s no one right answer.

Here are a bunch of the theories out there – got any others to add?

  • Gangs marking their territory
  • Memorials of where someone lost their life
  • Graduating seniors celebrating
  • Rituals performed by soldiers completing basic training
  • Signs that someone’s lost their virginity (?!)
  • Bullies taking them from defenseless kids and taunting them (hah!)
  • And to better increase visibility for low-flying aircraft

#6. People are making face masks out of coffee filters! There’s a whole thread of them on Instagram! –>

#7. And lastly, there’s more than one option for kitty doors! Check out this one I bought and even installed myself – after taking way too many hours than it should have ;)

coolest cat door

A bit more expensive than the more typical doors out there ($35 @ Amazon), but check out that back-side! Hubba hubba!! Haha… And now makes our house about 1,000x more safer being able to keep the door closed and not having to worry about our 1 y/o accidentally falling down the stairs…

And that’s it for this week! You can check out our previous posts here, here, and here if you’ve missed any of them. Lord knows what’ll come up next! ;)


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  1. Stephanie May 7, 2020 at 7:27 AM

    Hey J,
    I’m going to miss these posts every day.
    Anyways, #5 in my end of Southern Ontario is rumoured to mean “drugs sold here”. I have more of a feeling that, in today’s times, it’s kids playing and trying to see if they can get their shoes stuck. Kinda how we used to twist up the swings. I know, “in my day” if we’d lost our shoes like that, we’d be going barefoot for a while! /s
    It’s probably like the rumour about wearing low pants. Was it really a jail invite???

    1. J. Money May 7, 2020 at 7:39 AM

      Hahahhaa.. hadn’t heard that one about the low pants!

      I remember Kris Kross’ing it out and wearing them backwards to school though for a while when they were hot :)

  2. Megan May 7, 2020 at 9:26 AM

    A coworker told me about the personal finance subreddit, but I hadn’t heard about the one for the financially challenged – learning something new about PF is always a win! I’d probably fit into the crowd at the latter better being a public servant and all.

    1. J. Money May 7, 2020 at 11:21 AM

      What’s nice is that it looks like a smaller forum too so maybe not as chaotic to sort through (I can only last so long in the bigger subs, haha…)

  3. J May 8, 2020 at 2:47 PM! I love that that little cat door!!!

    1. J. Money May 8, 2020 at 2:57 PM

      So cute, right??

      You can find it at Amazon! Pretty easy to install, at least if you have the right tools :)

  4. Leslie May 11, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    I installed one of the small rectangular pet doors for the same reason. It worked well except for my daughter decided to stick her head in it and got it stuck! Took some work to get her head back out but it didn’t happen again and still kept her from the stairs. Love that style!

    1. J. Money May 11, 2020 at 2:47 PM

      Haha… Well if it makes you feel better my 2 y/o def. got his LEGS stuck in it trying to wiggle through recently! At least they all learn their lesson from it! :)

  5. Beth Anne May 17, 2020 at 1:48 AM

    I love the Poverty Finance Subreddit. So many great posts and people there.

    1. J. Money May 18, 2020 at 9:33 AM

      Cool! Did you already know about it or just started checking it out?


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