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Friday, June 28, 2024

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[Silver Monolith] A mysterious reflective silver monolith recently appeared in the middle of a Nevada desert, leaving local authorities bewildered. “We see a lot of weird things,” but “check this out!” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on social media. When the 6-foot-tall object was removed a few days later, Las Vegas police said they didn’t know who put the monolith there, or how, and urged the internet to “work on this mystery.” Similar unexplained monoliths have appeared in Utah, Romania, California, Spain, Wales, and Paraguay. Video
[Culverts on Key Deer and Watson] If they are trying to drain the wetlands they are failing. Why don’t those academics leave the refuge alone. First they removed native plants(poisonwood) now they are draining the wetlands. Why?
[eBoat] Maserati’s new all-electric $2.6 million boat is capable of 600 horsepower. It’s fast, it’s sleek, and it floats: this maritime collaboration is electric and expensive. Link
[“Mexican avocado cartel”] Since this story broke, Publix raised the price to $1.95 each, while at Winn-Dixie they were still “5 for $5 and Walmart for 84 cents.  Price gouging?

[Interactive Check Boxes] Two million checkboxes. Check a box. Checking a box checks it for everyone, so does unchecking a box. Link
My new home has a 120-mile view! Go out my back door and look straight up.
Pickle Juice: the anti-cramp wellness trend. From tennis pros to soccer stars, athletes are downing pickle juice. This latest wellness trend may sound awful, but it’s being embraced for helping to combat muscle cramping. Link
[Skin] Lab-grown, self-healing human skin designed to cover robot faces. We managed to replicate human appearance to some extent. Link

First date
and then two years in the relationship.
[Free Audio Books] You don’t have to pay to get your audio fix. Link

[A Step Backwards] E-bikes and e-scooters just got banned in the Village of Key Biscayne in Florida. Link

Could World War III start in the Philippines? Tensions are rising in the South China Sea again. Recent videos from the Philippine military show “Chinese Coast Guard personnel ramming and boarding Philippine naval boats and confiscating their weapons,” said Deutsche Welle. The frequent clashes between the two countries could eventually spark a larger conflict involving the U.S. There’s a risk that China and the U.S. — the latter of which has a mutual defense treaty with the Philippines — are “sleepwalking toward World War III” in the region. Link

[Bimbo Alert
] The eclipse could be a further indication of climate change”. –Sonny Hostin on “The View”
The AARP calendar of activities is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events> AARP
[A Novel Way to Save Rhinos] The Rhisotope Project’s intention is to use nuclear technology in the form of small, measured quantities of radioisotopes and to insert these into the horns of rhinoceros, which can be picked up by radiation detection portal monitors at international borders, including at harbors, airports and land-crossings. These radioisotopes will provide an affordable, safe and easily applicable method to create long-lasting and detectable horn markers that cause no harm to the animals and environment. At a later stage, the work will expand to elephants, pangolins and other fauna and flora. Link
Why blue animals are so rare in nature. These critters’ unique mutations play tricks with physics. Link
[Lincoln Melting] A wax replica of the Lincoln Memorial statue has melted during high temperatures in Washington, D.C. Part of the “Wax Monuments” series by Sandy Williams, this art installation was intended to burn slowly over time via an attached wick. Link
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[Bad day for California Hells Angels] The entire chapter of the Bakersfield, California, motorcycle club was arrested in connection to a kidnapping, robbery and assault probe, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said. Law enforcement officers seized 25 firearms, an unspecified number of rounds of ammunition, and gang regalia.
[Empty Words] U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared gun violence an “urgent public health crisis” on Tuesday. His first-of-its-kind advisory urged the U.S. to tackle the physical and psychological harms from shootings with the same tools and intensity used to promote smoking cessation, seat belt use and other nonpartisan public health interventions.
[Psychic Readings] The city of Norfolk, Virginia, recently lifted a 45-year-old ban on psychic readings and palmistry for money. Under the 1979 ordinance, clairvoyance was a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail. “I had no idea that was even a thing,” Ashley Branton, a psychic medium and the owner of the Norfolk shop Velvet Witch, told The Associated Press. “I’m glad it’s never come down on me.” A city spokesperson said the ban was repealed “because it is no longer used.”
Grizzlies were once staples of the North Cascades in Washington, but the population “declined primarily due to direct killing by humans,” said the National Park Service. Now, the Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service will “restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem through the translocation of grizzly bears from other ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains or interior British Columbia.”
The plan is to install three to seven bears a year for five to 10 years to achieve an initial population of 25. Ultimately, the agencies aim to bring the population up to 200. Link
Walking three times a week to ease back pain nearly halves the risk of recurrent episodes, according to a study published in the Lancet. Researchers found that people who walked three to five times a week, for an average of 130 minutes, stayed pain-free almost twice as long as those who did not walk. About 800 million people worldwide suffer from lower back pain, and walking can have a “profound impact” on preventing flare-ups and improving quality of life.
[Mosquito(out of)Control] What is the deal? Swarming.  I know it’s been a lot of rain, but no helicopters dropping pellets and no spray trucks in Big Pine? We called a few days ago and they said they cannot spray until the 28th because we are in some sanctuary? I see the helicopter flying in Summerland and in Key West. Spray trucks running in Ramrod. Why do we pay the same on our taxes, yet don’t receive services.
[Separation of Church and State] Oklahoma’s top education official, Superintendent Ryan Walters (R), said Thursday that all public schools will have to incorporate the Bible in lessons for grades five through 12, and “immediate and strict compliance is expected.” Link
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Today, there are more than 400 nuclear power plants across the globe.
[Friday Joke] Upon arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, “It’s the pharmacist. He was rude and he insulted me terribly this morning on the phone.” Immediately the husband drove downtown to confront the pharmacist and to demand an apology. Before he could say more than a few words, the druggist told him, “Now, just a minute, please listen to my side of it… This morning my alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up. I went without breakfast and hurried out to the car, just to realize that I locked the house with both house and car keys inside. I had to break a window to get my keys. Then, driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. Later, about three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire. When I got to the store there was a bunch of people waiting for me to open up. I opened and started waiting on these people, and all the time the darn phone was ringing off the hook.” He continued, “Then I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor. I got down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels; the phone was still ringing. When I came up, I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with bunch of perfume bottles on it…all of them hit the floor and broke. Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got to answer it. It was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer…and, honestly mister, all I did was tell her!”
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 6/28/24 at 8:52 am.