2023 May

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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[73 Days Living Underwater In The Florida Keys] There was coffee, but little room. Dr. Joseph Dituri, a scientist and retired Navy diver, explains what it’s been like living in Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Video
[Discrimination] Gay men’s guesthouse. Did a clothing-optional resort in Key West discriminate against a woman? It’s up to judge. Link
The Big Pine Book Club will meet at the Methodist Church on Saturday while the library is being renovated.  This month’s book is The Isle of Sea Woman by Lisa See. The New York Times bestseller.
“A mesmerizing new historical novel” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Lisa See, the bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island.
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger. Link
[Lousy Inventions] All the products that Google has sent to the Google graveyard. Google Reader, Google Glass, Jacquard, and Wave are among the many hyped-up projects that never really took off. Link
[Photo of the Day]  The Led Zeppelins aerobatics team in their famous Stairway to Heaven formation over the hills and far away over Kashmir as they were Going To California to leave crowds Dazed & Confused.
[Batteries] To extend the life of your phone’s battery, or any li-ion battery, only charge it to 85%. Don’t fully charge it. In Android go to Settings, Battery and device care >   Device Care >  More battery settings > Protect battery


Marlboro is the Budweiser of cigarettes.

Order free COVID tests right now—before it’s too late. Every US household can still request four rapid antigen tests from the federal government. Link
[The Two Most Important Days Of Your Life] The day you were born and the day you figured out why.

Remember Mother’s Day.

[The Best Themed Cruises] A themed cruise gives you the opportunity to indulge in your favorite hobby during a cruise. Much more than just a cruise, a themed cruise is an opportunity to surround yourself with like-minded people and spend time doing what makes you the happiest, as well as enjoying all the usual cruise benefits like great food, sightseeing and time for relaxation. Link

Ice cream causes shark attacks! Here’s the proof. Look at the data!

[Debt Ceiling] This isn’t a dig at House Republicans because the Democrats don’t want to cut anything. This is understandable since they realize they can print money out of thin air, stick the American public with the bill, and still get re-elected.
It’s important to look at what they are not cutting.
1. Defense spending. The budget $857.9 billion.
2. Their salary, yet every one of them gets richer while in office.
Which brings us back to the defense budget…

[Husbands] Nobody told me that when you get a husband the ears are sold separately.

[Creepy] A scientist scraped a black dot on his forehead and filmed it under a microscope, revealing dozens of crawling face mites. Link
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Birthdays are good for your health. Studies show that people who have more birthdays live longer
10,000 migrants daily into our beloved border. A few hundred in chugs from Cuba pale in comparison. God help our country!
[“America’s strong military”] The Week magazine May 5, 2023 had the original story, but I don’t have the digital edition to link. Here’s one from Google: $767.8 billion in 2021. The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, and Ukraine — combined. No one else is even close.  Link
[Too Many Guns] If you don’t see and think that too many guns have been made too available, to too many people, for far too long, perhaps your view of reality is obscured by the interior walls of your sigmoid colon
[“If wild eggs are good”] If you put your eggs in a bowl of water and they float, they are bad. If you find eggs in the wild, and the hen hasn’t started sitting on them, they are usually good. You will know right away if they are not
[“Indians and wheels”] The Native Americans invented the inflatable tire but couldn’t use it for lack of an air pump which was invented somewhat later.

Sombrero Beach in Marathon in the Florida Keys was named one of the top 25 beaches in the U.S. by Tripadvisor. Link

[“Good egg”] Some simple ways to tell if an egg is good or bad. Link

Yesterday I saw the first White Crowned Pigeon of the season. Last year the first one I spotted was on May 3

[Profound Thought of the Day] Can you have power over yourself, if you give up any amount of authority to something else?
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 5/16/23 at 9:14 am.