President Trump has a Coke Button on his Desk

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The ‘Coke Button’

Right there, just within reach on the Resolute Desk, is an elegant button. It is not specifically a “Coke” button, rather it is used to summon a White House butler who can attend to the President’s needs. And Mr. Trump likes a refreshing soda, now and again. The button is not unique to him, as the last several presidents have had the button available: I found it sitting on Clinton’s desk in some old pictures, as well. And presidents before that had big clunky phones with lots of buttons; I doubt the butler phenomenon is new to the White House.

I want a Coke Button!

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Florida’s Other Reptile Problem

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Iguana on Key Biscayne

The Burmese Pythons have gotten a lot of press lately, and we have seen Nile Monitor lizards in Cape Coral, and mean old Tegus on the east coast, but it tends to get forgotten that there are invasive iguanas established in many places on Florida. They are not dangerous to people or animals, so they don’t get much press, but they are ubiquitous in certain areas.

 

iguanas crandonThey can be a problem, from invading housing developments and weakening retaining walls, but also to native flora and fauna. For instance: “In the Florida Keys, iguanas ate up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly in Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 600 iguanas have been removed from the park in the last two fiscal years, according to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, but the quarter-sized butterflies haven’t returned.”

And their presence was apparent at the Miami Open, where Tommy Haas snapped a selfie of one on a court!

So, the Government is actually Developing a Program called SkyNet

You might recall that SkyNet is the program in Terminator will become sentient and cause the machines to rise up and try to kill their human overlords. Remember that… bad thing! So, the military is contracting with a company to create a weapon dubbed SkyNet, but good news- it’s actually a weapon that shoots nets into the sky instead of an artificial intelligence program that will wipe us all out! That program is likely already underway…

skynetSkyNet is an attachment that will fit onto a shotgun and be used to shoot small drones out of the sky. Small drones are an increasing, inexpensive threat that enemies would deploy against us. So SkyNet may be a good thing… until it starts getting targeting programming, then learning at a geometric rate until it becomes sentient and the military tries to pull the plug, but it’s too late. SkyNet fights back. We are past August 4, 1997, so we should be ok, right?

The Mystery of the Orange Alligator

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An orange gator was sighted in South Carolina this week, and some people have dubbed it ‘Trump A-Gator‘. Those people are wrong… the gator is clearly a just a fan of the National Champion Clemson Tigers, who won the college football playoff this year. It’s obvious!

Nobody knows why the gator is orange, but it’s probably not natural. An orange gator was spotted in Florida a few years ago… perhaps its a rare color morph. More likely it was colored by something in the environment, such as iron oxide in the water or some orange paint (perhaps a few rambunctious college students got carried away.)

VIDEO: Gator Jumps in an Airboat!

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Tylor Hindery via facebook

Some tourists took an airboat tour in the Everglades, and probably thought they were pretty luck to pull right up next to an Alligator. They were streaming video live on Facebook when the tides turned. They probably reconsidered how lucky they were when the gator climbed into their boat. Fortunately, the Gator was able to get out and nobody was hurt!

It was clearly a harrowing experience for Tylor Hindery and the people he was with on the boat. But to get that on Facebook Live… priceless. via fox4now:

 

I have gone on several airboat tours, and they are a lot of fun.. until somebody gets eaten!