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Friday, May 31, 2024

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[World Dumbest Criminals Strike Again] Michigan man with suspended license appears in virtual court hearing while driving on camera with suspended license. Video

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What is the difference between fission and fusion? Video
[Marvel Movies] The ubiquity of Marvel is staggering. At 33 movies (and counting), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned more than $29 billion, making it the biggest movie franchise ever.
[Courtroom Confusion] Why in Hell do lawyers and judges, etc have “oral” arguments and “oral” discussions in court proceedings as opposed to “verbal” ones? They aren’t chewing or eating their documents, they are saying them? Oral isn’t for the courtroom.
[Queer Letters] Gen Z is the most likely age group to identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, according to a new Ipsos poll. The poll surveyed 18,515 people in 26 countries and found that 17% of Gen Zers identify as LGBTQ+, compared to 11% of Millennials, 6% of Gen Xers and 5% of Baby Boomers.
Modern people have an attention span of 17 to 20 minutes. That is why most TED talks and podcasts are that length.
[Jim Henson’s Muppets] ‘You just could see that there was nothing to hide. He was a really noble guy.’ Filmmaker Ron Howard on the legacy of puppeteer Jim Henson, the subject of his new documentary “Jim Henson Idea Man,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Henson, who created the Muppets, was a “really good example of a human being walking the Earth,”
[Fake Science] Scientific journals are usually a source of reputable research and information, but recently thousands of fraudulent papers published in those journals have needed to be retracted. “The proportion of papers published in any given year that go on to be retracted — has more than tripled in the past decade,” said Nature. Wiley, a 200-year-old publishing company, has retracted more than 11,300 compromised papers and closed four journals in the past two years. The company also announced it will be closing 19 others. The fake scientific papers are mostly the work of paper mills, “businesses or individuals that, for a price, will list a scientist as an author of a wholly or partially fabricated paper.”
[Homophobe] Pope Francis reportedly said that “seminaries were already too full of ‘frociaggine,’” an offensive Italian slang term referring to gay men.
[“Bitten  by something in seaweed”] The likely culprit hiding in the seaweed hanging on the anchor line would be a toad fish.  Strong crushing bite but fortunately only short rounded teeth.
[Friday Joke] An Arizona Highway Patrol officer stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit. He asks the old biker his name. “Fred.” He replies.
“Fred what?” The officer asks.
“Just Fred.” The old man responds.
The officer is in a good mood, thinks he might just give the old biker a break and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name. The old man tells him that he used to have a last name, but lost it. The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. “Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’
The old biker replies. “It’s a long story, so stay with me. I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, and residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD. After a while, I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream. I got all the way through school, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS. I got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD. Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD. Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.”
NASA needs your help identifying clouds. Look up at the sky. What do you see? Tell NASA. With just a few taps on your phone screen or tablet as you peer up at the sky, you could contribute to a useful scientific database and even help predict weather patterns. And all you need to do is share what sorts of clouds you see above your head. Link
[AI Search] Google is reinventing itself for the AI age. People who use Google to search now won’t simply get a list of links — instead, they’ll see an AI-generated overview that offers summarized responses to queries along with links to the sources. The shift stands to shake the very foundations of the web. The new search engine directly answers queries with complex, multi-paragraph replies. That may be helpful, but it also pushes the links we look for further down the page. Rather than a diverse, user-created internet, we could get a system where information is provided by just a handful of large companies.
The June AARP Calendar of events is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > AARP

[Toilet/Sink] Space at a premium? Install this Japanese toilet/sink. You can pee and wash your hands at the same time.

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The superb coverage graciously provided by the “Key West Citizen” for our Memorial Day Ceremony, insured the near capacity crowd that filled our auditorium at the Upper Keys Government Center in Key Largo.

The Community Band beautifully welcomed and entertained the audience with a series of magnificently performed selections, just prior to the start of our ceremony. The United States Coast Guard Honor Guard initiated the proceedings with a brilliantly coordinated entry. They were followed with an inspirational appearance from the Scouts of Troop 914 on stage, where they led the audience with an awe-inspiriting recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Scout Law.

United States Coast Guard Station Islamorada Commanding Officer Matthew James, Monroe County Captain Spenser Bryan and his courageous deputies, Firefighters, Rescue workers, EMS/EMT First Responders, American Legion Post 145 and their Blood Drive Bus, along with Fire Truck Ladder Chief Don Bock, Mayor Holly Raschein and School Board Chairperson Sue Woltanski; all blended in gloriously to create a remarkably amazing audience.

Purple Heart Special Recognition awards were given to Ron Saunders, Veteran Affairs County Director Cathy Crane, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, State Attorney Dennis Ward and Band Director/Teacher Susan Bazin.

After a 10-year battle in the Florida House of Representatives, Ron Saunders was the only legislator finally able to secure the passage of our Purple Heart License Plate Bill. The fees of which are used to support Veteran Domiciliary and Nursing Home Care facilities for Veterans. Veterans helping veterans at no taxpayer expense.

Veterans Affairs Director Cathy Crane, Sheriff Rick Ramsay and State Attorney Dennis Ward were recognized for organizing and maintaining the safe and orderly management of our “Therapeutic Wounded Warrior Bicycle Ride” for the last 20 years. Band Director/Teacher Susan Bazin was also recognized for the amazing coordination, along with the sheer beauty and accomplished musical excellence, with which the Community Band has dignified our Memorial Service’s at every one of our ceremonies.

Eagle Scout and acclaimed author Zachary Woltankski delivered a profoundly insightful speech to our audience, which was met with a standing ovation and stirring round of applause. His brilliant expose’ concerning the meaning of Memorial Day was exceedingly reflective and heartfelt.

A series of powerfully moving videos, honoring and paying tribute to the Sacrifices of our Veterans Killed In Action was played for our audience. An extraordinarily distinguished and meticulous playing of “Taps” concluded our Memorial Day Ceremony. Thank you all so very, very much for making this a dignified and illustrious event.

Sincerely, John Donnelly–Purple Heart Recipient
Picture Descriptions: Purple Heart Special Recognition Awards Presented To: (Left to Right) Ron Saunders, Award Presenter, Veterans County Affairs Director Cathy Crane & Sheriff Rick Ramsay. Award Recipients Not In Picture: (State Attorney Dennis Ward & Community Band Director Susan Bazin).

Home remedies for mosquito bites to battle the itch. Don’t let a mosquito ruin your summer. Link
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[Alcohol Makes You Dumb Department] Off-duty Coast Guardsman jumps from boat in front of another following boat and got run over and survives. Link
The temperature in Fahrenheit that India’s capital city, New Delhi, reached on Wednesday was 126.14 degrees.
Most Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) adults think the history of slavery, racism and segregation should be taught in schools. 71% feel these topics should be taught, while the same 71% feel the history of AAPI communities should also be taught.

[Poo Balloons] North Korea sends balloons filled with trash, propaganda and poop into South Korea. Video

The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 5/31/24 at 9:23 am.