2024 March

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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Today is the first day of Spring.
Lo! where the rosy-bosom’d Hours,
Fair Venus’ train appear,
Disclose the long-expecting flowers,
And wake the purple year!
The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckoo’s note,
The untaught harmony of spring:
While whisp’ring pleasure as they fly,
Cool zephyrs thro’ the clear blue sky
Their gather’d fragrance fling. Link
[Jellybeans] Inside the technicolor factory where Jelly Belly makes its beans. Jelly Belly has mastered making flavors so real they can confound the senses. Link
[HMS Tyger Found] Archeologist identify shipwreck in Dry Tortugas. National Park Service archeologists have identified the archeological remains of an 18th century British warship — the HMS Tyger — within the boundaries of Dry Tortugas National Park. The HMS Tyger was almost a hundred years old by the war of Jenkin’s Ear and might have reached that august age had her captain not abandoned his post, lured away by the prospect of prize money. Worse yet, he mistook the Florida Keys for the Bahamas, and the HMS Tyger ended her life on the beach of the Dry Tortugas. What would follow was an attempt to capture a Spanish Sloop, a near mutiny, and a lengthy voyage in small boats to Jamaica. The whole matter ended with four court martials. Audio Link
There is no 311 area code. 311 is a special telephone number supported in many communities in Canada and the United States. The number provides access to non-emergency municipal services. Link

Social media is the death of truth.

[Tough Guy Movie] “If anything scares you, kill it.” Stallone handing a woman a gun.

Starship with 33 Raptor engines burning. This is from the second attempt. Video

Haiti is in total collapse. The Prime Minister has resigned, gangs control the streets. Haiti’s state of chaos could impact the United States in a handful of ways, and none are more significant than the inevitable swarms of Haitian refugees that will soon be on America’s shores.
[$249 Hammer] Stilletto Tools’ Trimbone Hammer. Those Gucci-type tools are for weekend carpenters. No carpenter has an extra $249 for a hammer. Why? because the handle is replaceable? Whoever needs to replace a handle? (maybe an old wood handle) and the replaceable hammer face is never going to be replaced either if it’s quality to begin with. It’ll probably just keep coming loose anyway. I’ve been using the same Estwing 22-ounce framing hammer daily for over 30 years and never had to replace anything. I still use it although I’m retired now. I bought the hammer from Robbie-the-thief who used to work at Key West Electric repair on Grinnell St. and supplied us with ‘discount’ tools.
(One time on a job the homeowner was all excited about his new hammer–the head rotated. Why? we all asked?)


Horses have at least 17 facial expressions, 1 more than dogs

Supreme Court seems favorable over efforts to censor social media posts’  Link

[Illegal Alians] (Nice spelling) A cartoon from the early 1940’s from the WWII artist Bill Mauldin.

Congratulations Mr Putin on your massive election victory. It came as a complete surprise to us in the West.

[Orchids] There are at least 25,000 species of orchids. There are no blue or black ones (except this black one).

[Immigrant Crime] Research has shown that immigrants are convicted of crimes at lesser rates than U.S.-born Americans. A 2023 study from Stanford University analyzing over a century of Census data found that immigrants are 30% less likely to be in prison compared to white Americans, and 60% less likely than people born in the U.S. overall, including Black Americans. Link
[Ireland Snakes] Legend has it that, back in the fifth century, St. Patrick exterminated Ireland’s snakes by driving them into the sea. He would appear to have done a thorough job because Ireland is free of native snakes to this day. Except, Ireland never actually had snakes. So, if snakes can be found almost everywhere else the world—from Australia to the Arctic Circle—what makes Ireland so special? Link
[Nuclear Threat Raises Its Slimy Head] For three decades after the end of the Cold War, fear of nuclear conflict was relegated to the back shelf of our many worries, fading into historical memory along with the benign visage of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, appearing in a Pizza Hut commercial. As history has since taken a darker turn, nuclear weapons are once again back on the radar. Link
Pro cowboy Marty Yates beats Loop 610 traffic by riding horse to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Yates, a 29-year-old calf roper from Stephenville, won his tie-down roping semifinal on Wednesday night after arriving at NRG Stadium on horseback. Link
Scientists are using underwater speakers to help restore degraded coral reefs. The sounds of a healthy reef could be used to encourage coral larvae to recolonize damaged or degraded reefs, according to a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science on Tuesday. Underwater speakers that play the sounds of a healthy reef, such as fish calls, were found to help coral larvae settle at rates up to seven times higher. Corals rely on rich soundscapes to thrive, researchers have discovered. Video
[Croc and the Family Jewels] A shocked crocodile handler came within an inch of losing his manhood when a 15-foot beast bit him between the legs after being poked with a stick in his enclosure. The Nile Crocodile is the world’s largest reptile and has the most powerful bite. Link

How to clean your washer and dryer (and why you should). Just a little regular maintenance on your laundry machines will keep your clothes immaculate and your costs down. Link

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I always wondered where politicians and evangelists went to get their bizarre interpretations.
The most dangerous munition is lipstick, a single spot on your collar and you’re a dead man.

When a coup attempt goes unpunished, it becomes a training exercise.

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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 3/19/24 at 10:12 am. (there was computer trouble)