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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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[Water] Not having water in the house makes cleaning so much fun. I just love hauling buckets of water from the car after purchasing at the grocery store and using them to wash dishes and mop the floors. It’s like an adventure every day in the Keys.
[3 Waterline Breaks in a Week] The series of leaks comes a month before the FKAA is scheduled to begin a $42-million project to replace aging pipe infrastructure in the Upper Keys.
[Censorship] Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books are famously dark, irreverent, and edgy. But the late Dahl’s publisher is now seeking to “make them more acceptable to modern readers” by rewriting his language to remove hundreds of possibly “damaging” words. Puffin Books U.K., which publishes Puffin Books publishes the perennial Dahl favorites such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, changed parts of at least 10 books in partnership with Inclusive Minds, a consortium of “sensitivity readers” who make children’s books “more inclusive.” Gone are references to people being “fat,” “ugly,” “bald,” and “crazy.” Scary tractors are no longer “black.” Boys and girls are referred to as the more gender-neutral “children.” Matilda now reads Jane Austen instead of colonialist white male Rudyard Kipling. In Witches, a disguised witch seeking to pass as an ordinary woman no longer poses as a “supermarket cashier” but as a “top scientist.”
[Leeches] Ancient maggot and leech therapy sees revival to fight antibiotic resistance. A sharp increase in global antibiotic resistance has caused scientists to search for viable alternatives. But while innovative ancient treatments using maggots, leeches and honey are being resurrected, the “yuck factor” remains a problem. Link
[Wishing] I said a prayer tonight asking for only one wish, not three. The wish was to know all, to know everything in the universe.
Keys water main break blocks traffic on U.S. 1. Third break in a week. The series of leaks comes a month before the FKAA is scheduled to begin a $42-million project to replace aging pipe infrastructure in the Upper Keys. Link
[Sell Your Extra Stuff] How to sell anything to anyone online for free. Did you know that in North America, there were over 2 billion dollars’ worth of goods sold over the Internet in 2008? And did you know that only 4% of Internet users accounted for all of those sales? Link

Banning Drag Queens
won’t work. The only thing that will stop a bad guy in a dress is a good guy in a dress.

My wife yelled from upstairs and asked, “Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing it?”
I replied, “No.”
She responded, “How about now?”

[Water or Not] You don’t miss it until it’s gone!


[Big Pine Library Book Club] For March we will read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Full Menu > Book Club

To err is human. (cats are never wrong).
The Keys Chamber Orchestra and the Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing Easter Cantatas and would love to have you join us. March 28th at the Big Pine United Methodist Church 280 Key Deer Blvd, BPK; March 29th at Venture Out – Spanish Main Dr, Cudjoe Key; March 30th at San Pablo Catholic Church – 550 122nd St Ocean, Marathon.All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and last about an hour. The concerts are free, there is plenty of free parking and there will be a goodwill offering at each to help pay for next season’s music. Help us spread the word.
[Litter Task Force] Litter and it will hurt. Video


What laundry care symbols really try to tell you.

[Tequila] What kind of worm is in your mezcal? The moth species at the bottom of the bottle is harmless and likely comes from only one species. Link

[Cute As Can Be] Does anyone have a video that is cuter then this! Link


For all those people who wore a mask while alone in the car, the new outdoor seatbelt is now available.

[Mucho Money] The 20 richest families in the world in 2022. Is your family on the list? Link
[Pure Bread Dog] He just loafs around the house all day. Maybe he has a yeast infection. I have no dough left to spend on him. At first I thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread., but he’s so kneady. Can’t get him to rise in the morning. It he doesn’t smarten up, he’s toast!

[Drinking Song] It’s hard to write a good drinking song. I can never make it past the first few bars!
[Civil War] A presidential election then agitated the North. Mr. Lincoln represented the national cause, and General McClellan had accepted the nomination of the Democratic party, whose platform was that the war was a failure, and that it was better to allow the South to go free to establish a separate government, whose corner stone should be slavery. General McClellan was the failure. Lincoln relieved him of command because he refused to attack the enemy.
The Hotel Pennsylvania is quietly disappearing and will soon be gone forever. Despite efforts to preserve the historic building, and previous hopeful announcements of renovation, demolition of the Hotel Pennsylvania is now more than halfway complete. It was once the largest hotel in the world. Link
[Free Food] New Medicare benefit gives Americans “flex spending card” to spend hundreds per year. Millions of Medicare recipients are now eligible to get a “Flex Card” with an annual spending limit, yet many don’t even know it exists. This Medicare Benefit is helping smart seniors get the benefits they deserve and can be used for medical visits, prescription drugs, dental, vision and hearing. Up until recently, people on Medicare would have to spend hours documenting medical expenses, but that’s all changed now that people can simply use their “Flex Card” on over 250 everyday items per year. Link
[Style] Betty White in her Los Angeles home with her dog, 1952. The 50’s had the worst style of everything from clothes, hair styles and home decor. Gaudy and busy prints ruled the day.
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 3/14/23 at 8:33 am.