Happy Birthday, Scott!!
As for Filler Friday, I've been obsessed by the word "scimitar" all week. I wish I could introduce it into one of my stories, but my characters tend to do things like make soup and do laundry. I don't think either chore requires much scimitarring. Or maybe they do.
I've also been obsessed by those poor Chilean miners stuck in the ground for possibly months! And then there are the Kenyan albinos! Really, there are so many fascinating and horrific things out in the world. I feel like we as storytellers have the power to bring these things to light, if we want to.
What's bouncing around in your head?