2024 April

Friday, April 5, 2024

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[Alligator Slough] They are reworking the new culvert bumps on Key Deer Blvd because they tried to fix a problem where there wasn’t one. Now they are doing a similar thing by trying to fix their f**k up, hoping for a different outcome. The Alligator Slough has always been loaded with salt. That is why that slough has always had small plants instead of tall trees like the adjoining area has. I sure hope they don’t decide to fill in the slough. That’s what they always do: mess with Mother Nature. Just leave it like it has been for a hundred years. Stop trying to fix problems that don’t exist. The slough has been under fresh rain water for 2 months and the salinity level hasn’t lowered, proving that their hypothesis is wrong.
[Baby Deer] While late April/early May has typically been the time when Key deer start giving birth to fawns, our staff have already seen our first fawn of the season! Newborn Key deer fawns are very small (2-4 lbs.) and can be easily recognized by their spotted coat patterns. If you are lucky enough to see one, please do not approach a fawn. Please give mothers (does) and fawns plenty of distance and avoid interacting with them during this important period of maternal bonding and care. Mothers will also commonly leave their fawn alone for long periods of time after birth, sometimes up to 12 hours. This does not mean the fawn has been abandoned or orphaned. This is a strategy to protect the young from predators at a time when they are not able to keep up with their mother. The period after birth is critical to the survival of a young fawn. During this time, fawns are still bonding and imprinting with its mother. Movement of the fawn can disrupt this important process. Please resist the urge to touch, pet, or feed. If you find yourself in this situation it is best to walk away to allow the mother time to locate the baby. Key deer are protected under the Endangered Species Act, it is against the law for a person to intervene in these situations.
How to make a Salty Russian cocktail. Your task is to find all the ingredients. I would just use good vodka, half grapefruit and orange juices and a touch of salt. Link
[Friday Joke] At a girl’s college hostel, dates were permitted only on Saturday nights. One young man showed up on a Tuesday evening, explaining to an older woman in the lobby of the dorm that it was imperative he see a certain young lady immediately. “I want to surprise her. You see, I’m her brother.” “Oh, she’ll be surprised all right,” said the woman. “But think of how surprised I already am. I’m her mother!”
[Bad Monkey] Mischievous long tailed macaques are, for many, a symbol of the Thai city of Lopburi. Tourists flock to the city’s ancient temple to feed the macaques fresh fruit and photograph them as they maraud the streets. But, increasingly, residents say they have had enough. This week, after growing complaints from residents, wildlife officials announced a plan to round up 2,500 of the urban monkeys and place them in huge enclosures. Link
[Double homicide trial starts Monday] Nearly 10 years after the execution-style double murder of Carlos Ortiz and Tara Rosado in Tavernier, Jeremy Macauley will once again stand trial in their murders.

Anyone know where to get solar eclipse glasses? Link

[Last Chance for Free Tax Help] UWCK’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program wraps up April 11. If your household income was less than $66,000 in 2023, you can prepare & file your taxes for free. Visit our website for details. You can also file for free through
[Too Many Elephants] “You try living with them”. Botswana has offered to send 20,000 elephants to Berlin, telling Germany’s left-wing government it should try living with the mammals before pushing trophy hunting bans on African countries. Link
[Discoverable by Others] and other iPhone privacy settings you should lock down right now. Only share what you want to share. Link
[Computer Club] Everybody is confused with April Fools’ Day on Monday. No, MacDonald’s is not being replaced by Chick-a-fil. This is just a heads up that there is no Computer Club meeting this weekend. We meet on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month & this week is the first one.
You’ll hear from me again next week about the meeting on April 13. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > Computer Club
Spider conversations decoded with the help of machine learning and contact microphones. Spiders communicate using complex movement and vibration patterns. A new approach to monitoring arachnid behavior could help understand their social dynamics, as well as their habitat’s health. Link
[Tax Scams] How to avoid ‘ghost preparers’ and other tax scams as the April 15 federal filing deadline approaches. Link
[Sawfish & Spinning Fish] Death toll of endangered sawfish rises as concern over reason grows. South Florida’s sawfish continue to die right before the very eyes of residents and visitors alike. On Tuesday, crowds gathered as a critically endangered smalltooth sawfish struggled in the shallows of Fort Zachary Taylor Beach in Key West. Video
The 2024 Bentley Continental GT’s thermal imaging camera is fascinatingly fun. The camera can highlight objects you might not see with the naked eye. Link

I don’t know what it is, but I want it.

[Free Money] If you’re a senior over 50 and you don’t take advantage of these 12 “kickbacks” in April, you’ll regret it big time. Link
How big rats took over North America. Rat bones collected from centuries-old shipwrecks tell a story of ecological competition and swift victory. Link
[The Biggest Scam In Life] Paying taxes on money you make, taxes on money you spend, and taxes on things you own that you already paid taxes on, with already taxed money.
[“Golf balls”] In the late 1950s my mother worked in a golf ball factory. She’d bring home defects so us kids could unwind the mile of rubber band that is wound around the hard rubber core. It made quite the mess on our kitchen table.
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[Friday Joke] A guy calls his wife from the hospital. He tells her that his finger got cut off at the building site where he works.
‘Oh my God!’ cries the woman. ‘The whole finger?’
‘No,’ replies the guy. ‘The one next to it!”
[The Economics of American Lotteries] Our analysis shows poorer citizens spend a staggering amount on tickets. Link
[Books Cheep] Stop in the library to see all of the books the Friends of the Library have for sale and consider donating your new current books.  The book sale was a success, but we still have many great books for sale.   While the library is still accepting donations, we are asking for books that are in good condition.  If the books are old, moldy or dirty, they will not be accepted.
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[Should Raj Change The Sheets?] Raj doesn’t think bedding needs to be changed more than once a month, but Mandeep is a lover of freshly laundered sheets. Whose argument doesn’t wash? Find out how to get a disagreement settled or become a juror. Link
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 4/5/24 at 8:26 am.