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Friday, July 12, 2024

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[Ammunition Vending Machines] The machines are manufactured by American Rounds and allow customers over 21 to buy ammunition in a transaction similar to an ATM withdrawal. There are currently eight machines installed or in the process of being installed across four states. There are currently 200.
[Duel] Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a duel on July 11, 1804. Burr was never tried for Hamilton’s death despite dueling being illegal, but the incident effectively ended his political career. The duel was reignited in pop culture with the opening of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” in 2015.
[Alec Baldwin’s Deadly Armorer] Responsible for overseeing all weapons on set for certain specified days was the production’s property key assistant and armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, stepdaughter of long-time industry armorer Thell Reed. Gutierrez-Reed’s last day as the production’s designated armorer was October 17. On October 21, the day of the incident, she had no armorer responsibilities and was contracted solely as a props assistant. Rust was Gutierrez-Reed’s second film serving as lead armorer. On her first film, The Old Way, several crew members complained about her handling of firearms, including an incident in which she discharged a weapon without warning and caused lead actor Nicolas Cage to walk off set.
[Shot Heard Round The World–Found] National Park Service archeologists found five musket balls fired during the Concord, Massachusetts, battle on April 19, 1775. The battle, immortalized by essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as the “shot heard round the world,” started the Revolutionary War. It’s “incredible that we can stand here and hold what amounts to just a few seconds of history that changed the world almost 250 years ago,” said Jarrad Fuoss, a historic weapons specialist and ranger at Minute Man National Historical Park. Video
[Animal Cruelty] Puppy dies after being locked in hot car. Florida Keys man arrested for animal cruelty. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Edmund Christopher James, 69, had been warned before about the “deplorable” living conditions at his property. Link
How to care for a Venus fly trap. Everything you need to know before adding the carnivorous plant to your home. Link
[Friday Joke] A climber fell off a cliff, and as he tumbled down he caught hold of a small branch, “Help! Is there anybody up there?” he shouted. A majestic voice boomed through the gorge, “I will help you, my son, but first you must have faith in me.”
“Yes, yes, I trust you!”, cried the man.
“Let go of the branch”, boomed the voice.
There was a long pause, and the man shouted up again, “Is there anybody else up there?”
Eating baby carrots three times a week can significantly increase skin carotenoids in young adults, potentially lowering the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and some cancers, according to a study presented last week at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting. Higher skin carotenoid levels correlate with increased antioxidant protection, which is reflected in improved skin health and immune function. Experts now want to study the effects of other carotenoid-rich foods, like sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables.
[Boat Crash] Monroe County paramedics flew three people, including a child, to mainland hospitals after the fast-moving boat they were on crashed into a bridge in the Florida Keys early Monday morning, according to the fire department. Four other people on the boat were taken to local hospitals, said Kristen Livengood, spokeswoman for Monroe County Fire Rescue. The Sea Hunter center console struck the South Pine Channel Bridge, which connects Middle Torch Key with Ramrod Key in the Lower Keys, at a high rate of speed around 2 a.m., Livengood told the Miami Herald. Link
[Extinction] It’s the last place an incredibly rare species of tree called the Key Largo tree cactus was seen alive, back in 2023. The killer? All the clues point to climate change. At least, that’s what a newly published paper suggests. Scientists have been watching this particular stand of cacti — known for their height (up to 20 feet) and brown hairlike puffball they grow around their flowers — since the 1990s Link
[Radioactive Horns] A rhino is killed for its horn every 20 hours in South Africa, for use in traditional medicine or as a status symbol, but experts are turning to nuclear technology to try to stop the bloodshed. Scientists have implanted radioactive material in the horns of 20 rhinos to make them poisonous and prevent smuggling, with the hope they would set off radiation detectors installed at land border crossings, ports and airports to prevent nuclear terrorism. The rhinos are not harmed by radioisotopes, scientists said.
How to transcribe text for free using AI. Turn audio recordings into written text. Link
[Friday Joke] Why do the French eat snails? They don’t like fast food.
[Textile Waste] Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a chemical recycling method to separate artificial fibers like nylon from natural ones such as cotton, potentially revolutionizing clothing recycling. The new process, led by chemical engineer Erha Andini, uses a solvent activated by microwave energy to break down polyester and nylon, allowing both types of fibers to be recycled. This approach promises a more sustainable approach to handling textile waste.
[Tampons] Popular brands of tampons used by millions of people contain toxic metals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium. The findings are particularly troubling because vaginal skin has a higher potential for absorbing chemicals than other parts of the body.
[Voting] Six in 10 Americans believe voters should have the option to vote early or use an absentee ballot without a documented reason.
[The Sky IS Falling!] While Florida residents complain about having their house hit by falling debris from the International Space Station, Chinese citizens are told that it’s their fault for living in a rocket landing zone. Video
Computer Club Meeting this Saturday July 13 at 10:30a.m. at the Community Center in Winn Dixie Plaza. Are you being inundated with intrusive ads?  How to get rid of them. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > Computer Club
A pair of Napoleon Bonaparte’s pistols sold at auction for $1.83 million. The French emperor planned to attempt suicide with the two Gossard flintlock pistols, which were originally valued between $1.3 million and $1.63 million. Though he never used the guns to take his life, he attempted suicide using poison instead. Link
[Ropa Vieja] 26 million tons of tons of clothing thrown away in China every year, according to government statistics. Most of the castoffs end up in landfills. Only 12% of textile waste worldwide is recycled, usually into low-value insulation or mattress stuffing. Just 1% of discarded clothing is recycled into new garments.
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[Fake Beer] How big is the nonalcoholic beer market? Much bigger than the average consumer may think. Nonalcoholic beer sales worldwide are slated to reach $37 billion in 2024, according to Statista. This includes $18.9 billion in revenue generated from supermarkets and convenience stores, and $18.1 billion from restaurants, bars and retail establishments. Most of the supermarket and convenience store revenue is generated in the United States.
Marriage is becoming increasingly partisan. 67% of Republicans are currently married, compared to just 49% of Democrats. While marriage rates have gone down for both parties, a gap between Democrats and Republicans emerged in the 1980s and has continued into the 21st century.
[Friday Joke] Well, at the time, there was an old Bulgarian law that said a failed execution was a sign of divine intervention, so the man was allowed to go free. Somehow, he managed to get his old job back driving the train. Having not learned his lesson at all, he went right back to driving the train with reckless abandon. Once again, he caused a train to crash, this time killing two people. The trial went much the same as the first, resulting in a sentence of execution. For his final meal, the man requested two bananas. After eating the bananas, he was strapped into the electric chair. The switch was thrown, sparks flew, smoke filled the room – and the man was once again unharmed.
Well, this of course meant that he was free to go. And once again, he somehow managed to get his old job back. To what should have been the surprise of no one, he crashed yet another train and killed three people. And so he once again found himself being sentenced to death. On the day of his execution, he requested his final meal: three bananas.
“You know what? No,” said the executioner. “I’ve had it with you and your stupid bananas and walking out of here unharmed. I’m not giving you a thing to eat; we’re strapping you in and doing this now.” Well, it was against protocol, but the man was strapped in to the electric chair without a last meal. The switch was pulled, sparks flew, smoke filled the room – and the man was still unharmed. The executioner was speechless.
The man looked at the executioner and said, “Oh, the bananas had nothing to do with it. I’m just a bad conductor.”
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 7/12/24 at 10:06 am.