Koala is NOT a bear… marsupial. Babies are known as Joeys.
Koala are native to Eastern and Southern Austriala. About 100,000 or so in the wild.
Koala eat about a dozen species of Eucalyptus plants. Very poor nutritionally. Needs unique digestive bacteria passed down by the mother.
Koala are motionless 16-18 hours a day.
This poor nutrition has caused koala’s brain to degenerate over centuries. Koala have much larger skulls than brains.
Koala live 18 years in captivity. Koala males weigh 14-26 pounds, females weigh 11-19 pounds. 50,000 years ago there was a species now known as a Giant Koala that weighed …. Up to 30 pounds.
Koala have opposable digits (not thumbs per se) and are the only non-primates with fingerprints.
Koala males have bifurcated penises and females have two vaginas… but twins are very rare. Koala are susceptible to Clamydia bacteria.
Unless you have travelled to Japan or Hong Kong or Macau, you have most likely not enjoyed Kobe Beef. Since 2010 a total of 382 and ½ pounds of certified Kobe Beef (from the Hyogo Prefecture on the island of Honshu) has been exported to the US.
In Japan the Wagyu cattle is fed a combination of grains and beer, steer and castrated bulls are slaughtered when they reach about 1,000 pounds.
The combination of diet, species, work load and massage create a beautifully marbled meat with fat that melts at a lower temperature than typical beef stock.
In the US we have American Style Kobe Beef… often served as Kobe-style. We have a hybrid of Wagyu and Angus fed a similar diet, but the cattle are much larger at slaughter.
US Cattlemen claim that any differences are purely cosmetic.
Killroy Was Here
Graffito – (the singular of graffiti) that was widespread during WWII.
No definitive origin story. But the drawing- originally known as Chad- and the expression were originally separate combined some time during US preparation for D-Day. Killroy was Here written on walls of Fort Knox in chalk and dated to 1937.
Simple enough to allow for easy duplication. Head, hands, nose and eyes over a horizontal line.
Engraved on World War II Memorial in Washington DC.
Key West is closer to Havana than Key West is to Miami.
We call the island Key West because early Spanish inhabitants (including Ponce de Leon) called it Cayo Hueso – or Bone Key. It became Key West because A) It is west – although not westernmost) and because it West and Hueso sound similar in spite of their different definitions– its called a “False friend Anglicization” Similar example found on Wikipedia Spanish word “embarazado” does not mean embarrassed… it means “pregnant”.
Originally Spanish and colonized lightly in the 1700s. Britain took specific control following The Seven Years War in 1763 and relocated the residents to Havana. Following the revolution, Great Britain gave up their claim to Florida and the Keys … they reverted back to Spain. Spain did not re-colonize.
In 1821, the Governor of Cuba deeded Cayo Hueso to a Royal Spanish naval officer stationed in St Augustine. Juan Pablo Salas liked Cayo Hueso so much he sold it… twice. Once for a sloop worth about 500 pesos and once to an American businessman for about $2,000 dollars in pesos. That ownership was eventually split four ways and is the basis for the modern town of Key West.
For a short while in the 1820s the area was under maritime martial law as part of the US Navy’s anti-piracy program. There has been a naval base on Key west since 1823.
Conch Republic is a name we associate with the shellfish but originally related to British/Bahamian immigrants to Key West.
Today a Fresh-water Conch is a resident of 7 years or more, a Salt-water conch refers to someone considered a native of Key West.
Conch Republic was declared for one day April 23rd, 1982. In response to a US Border Patrol check-point on US 1 in Dade City. The Conch Republic declared war on the US. Surrendered after one minute of hostilities and applied for $1 Billion in foreign aid.
The US Naval Base is covers the southwestern tip of the island and the actually southernmost point.
There are several small and uninhabited islands to the south and west of Key West including Woman Key, Mooney’s Harbor and the Dry Tortugas.
Record low temperature on Key West 41 degrees.
Highest elevation 18 feet above sea level. That makes one point on Key West 10 feet above all of The Maldives.
Earnest Hemingway wrote “Farewell to Arms” while visiting Key West, “Death in the Afternoon” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” while he lived there. His nickname of Papa was given to him by his deep-sea fishing buddies on Key West including his pal Sloppy Joe. “To Have and Have Not” is set in Key West but written after he moved to Havana.
Tennessee Williams had some very successful and happy year in Key West.
Cincinati Reds (and former Red Sock) pitcher Bronson Arroyo was born on Key West.
Jimmy Buffett is not from Key West but is associated with the laid back American version of island time.
Ready for the Questions?
1) Jimmy Buffett no longer has any relationship with which Jimmy Buffett themed business? Margaritaville Restaurants, Land Shark Beer, Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurants.
Jimmy Buffett sold the rights to the song to the chain Cheeseburger in Paradise before they were sold to Luby’s Restaurants in December of 2012.
2) Cheeseburger in Paradise was first opened as a partnership in 2002 with what company that is headquartered in Tampa and founded in 1987? Checkers, The Melting Pot, Outback Steakhouse, Sweetbay
Outback Steakhouse – started in Tampa in 1987. All those companies are headquartered in Tampa.
3) Outback has been owned by Bain Capitol since 2006. True or False question. There are Outback Steakhouse Restaurants in Australia?
4) There are a half dozen Outbacks in and around Sydney in what most populated Australian state that is abbreviated NSW?
New South Wales
5) Wales in the United Kingdom – namesake of New South Wales – is represented by what color mythical creature? A green mermaid, a grey unicorn, a red dragon
A Red Dragon
6) The 2002 film Red Dragon was a prequel to what multi-Academy Award winning film of 1991?
Silence of Lambs won All 5 major categories in 1991. Best Picture, Best Director, best adapted screenplay as well as Best Actress for Jodi Foster and Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins who only appeared in 16 minutes of the film.
7) Welch Actor Anthony Hopkins has played which two US Presidents in films? One a 1995 Oliver Stone expose, and a 1997 Steven Spielberg historical drama. In one film he was a former president, in the other a soon to be former President.
1995 – Nixon in Nixon, 1997 – John Quincy Adams in Amistad
8) John Quincy Adams served as ambassador to what four European countries before becoming Secretary of State before he became President? The countries he represented the US to were ruled by (in order) King Frederick William III, King George III, Emperor Alexander I and the Batavian Republic.
The Netherlands, Great Britain, Russia and Prussia.
9) What band is conducting their own tour of Europe right now since their New Years Eve gig at Hard Rock? Their hits included “Ladies Night”, “Celebration”, “Down on It”, “Jungle Boogie” and “Joanna”
Kool and the Gang will appear in Orlando on June 6th.
10) Kool Aid had what six original fruit flavors?
Cherry, Grape, Lemon-Lime, Orange, Raspberry and Strawberry
11) You could make one of those six flavors with a plant that is on display at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. What is this plant that is native to Florida and cannot survive freezing temperatures?