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Friday, February 9, 2024

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BYD is China’s largest EV company. What is China’s largest EV company? BYD overtook Tesla to become the world’s biggest electric car company in the final quarter of 2023. The Chinese company sold a record number of cars last year, including 525,409 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the three-month period to December 31. American automakers’ lobbyist are working overtime to keep them out of the American market because they are about $10,000 cheaper than American EVs.
One year since 53,000 people died in Turkie’s earthquake.
Florida Supreme Court hears arguments over abortion amendment. Link
[Photos] Your smartphone camera modes explained. It’s time to upgrade your photos and videos. Link
[Border] What I want to know is that if Israel can’t secure a 32 mile border with Gaza, how can the United States secure a border with Mexico that’s 1,954 miles long?
[Strangest Cruise Ship Shore Excursions] We’ve done it all when it comes to cruise ship shore excursions. Still, not every tour goes as planned — or offers us the things we think it will. Here, then, are a few of our strangest shore excursion experiences. Link
The Port Pine Heights Community Yard Sale is Saturday February 10th with individual houses starting at 8AM. Directions:  At the traffic light on Big Pine Key head north on Key Deer Blvd (30 MPH).  Stay on Key Deer Blvd approx. 4 miles, almost to the end.  Entrances to Port Pine Heights will be on the left; Gulf Blvd and Kyle Blvd.  Signs will be posted to direct you to where the treasures are located
[Free Tax Help] United Way of Collier and the Keys’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is underway. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our Naples office, discover dates and locations in Monroe County, or access informative flyers, please visit our website for all the details. Link
Deep-Fake audio and video links make robocalls and scam texts harder to spot. You have probably heard about Artificial Intelligence, commonly known as AI. Well, scammers have too, and they are now using AI to make it sound like celebrities, elected officials, or even your own friends and family are calling. Link
[Ship Graveyard] Eighty per cent of Kiel, Germany had been destroyed in World War II because of its important naval port. At the time, the fjord of Kiel was the largest ships’ graveyard in the world with more than three hundred and fifty sunken vessels.
[Friday Joke] Boeing opens new pilot’s only lounge.
[Friday Joke] When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, some of the training of the astronauts took place on a Navajo reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question that his son translated. “What are these guys in the big suits doing?” A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got all excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked his son to translate it. He refused. The NASA PR people brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed, but refused to translate the elder’s message.
Finally, the NASA crew called in an official government translator. His translation of the old man’s message was: “Watch out for these guys; they have come to steal your land.”
Russian troops use Elan Musk’s Starlink, licensed and imported from Dubai. Reports are currently surfacing that Starlink is being leveraged increasingly by opposition forces on the front lines. According to the information provided by the Ukrainian military, authorized accounts and terminals are arriving in Russia via Dubai, and they are fully operational within contested regions. This situation is mirrored by the anecdotes shared by Ukrainian soldiers on various social media platforms. Link
A virgin birth in Shedd Aquarium’s shark tank is baffling biologists. Life finds a way–with or without males. Link
[Fakes] FCC makes AI-generated voices in robocalls illegal. The FCC announced the unanimous adoption of a Declaratory Ruling that recognizes calls made with AI-generated voices are “artificial” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. (TCPA)
[Baby Names] Dive into the latest trends, cultural insights, and creative ideas in baby naming. Stay ahead of the curve with our baby name news and get inspired for that perfect name. Link
[Friday Joke] One thing Democrats and Republicans have in common: They’re both waiting for their candidates to die.
Mexico overtakes China as the leading source of goods imported by US. For the first time in more than two decades, Mexico last year surpassed China as the leading source of goods imported by the United States. The shift reflects the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing as well as U.S. efforts to import from countries that are friendlier and closer to home. Link
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FKAA continues progress on water line project in Upper Keys. The Florida Keys Aqueduct continues to make progress on upgrading the main water transmission line, and while traffic impacts are expected to lessen after March, the project is expected to continue through February 2025.
[Friday Joke] In World War I there was trench warfare, and neither the Americans nor the Germans could get the upper hand. They were reaching a stalemate. One day, an American came up with a plan that would win them the war. This private explained his plan to his trench mates, and they figured, “Why not? It’s not like we have any better ideas.” The next day, an American soldier called out, “Hans!?” A German popped up and shouted back, “Ja?!” Boom, the German was shot dead. The next day the Americans shouted again, “Hans?!” “Ja?!” Shot dead. This process continued over the next couple of days. The Germans were losing large numbers, and were now finally catching on.
The Germans had an emergency meeting. They thought they could come back from the heavy losses using the same tactics as the Americans. Thus, a German asked, “What is a popular American name?” “John!” replied another. The next day, the Germans decided to execute their plan. A German shouted, “John!?” An American called back, “Is that you Hans?!” “Ja!” And that is how the Americans won WWI.
A giant spiny lobster greets you at mile marker 86.7 in Islamorada, off the southbound lane of U.S. 1. Since 2009, this 30-foot tall, 40-foot long roadside attraction has perched outside the Rain Barrel Village complex of shops.
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 2/9/24 at 7:53 am.