September 17, 2010
Regarding the blog and the domain
I am getting a ton of inquiries about the coconut.com domain, along the lines of "Would you sell it to us, please?"
As I have said, even in this blog, and for countless years: I have owned this domain since 1989 when I first registered it. I have no intention of selling it, never have. However, as I have told countless people who keep asking, I *would* entertain a very serious legitimate offer of $1,000,000.00 or better. Otherwise, forget it.
As for the status of the blog -- in 2008 my server had a disk failure, and it scrozzled the Movable Type database for this and my other blogs. I fixed some of them but have yet to get around to fixing Coconut.com so I can continue updates here. I do plan to get around to it in the next month or three.
February 22, 2008
A roundup of recent fatalities around the world due to coconuts and coconut trees:
February 21, 2008
When Coconut Means Something ElseFunny how cultures differ in their racist slang. In the US, generations of schoolkids grew up familiar to the term "oreo", used to describe people who were "black on the outside but white on the inside."
In Africa, South Africa at least, they don't use "oreo", they use "coconut" for the same general purpose.
Here's an example of a South African editorial disparaging the rise of "intellectual coconuts" who write too much.
January 16, 2008
The Mystery Names Inside the CoconutAnd from the Newburyport (Massachusetts) Daily News comes this story, Man Seeks to Solve Mystery of the Names in the Coconut. Seems this guy named Tom Small of Salisbury, MA, found a coconut washed up on a nearby beach. The coconut appeared to have been opened and then resealed with tinfoil and wax.
The article goes on to say that he signed his own name to the list and re-sealed it and plans to throw it back into the deep blue sea this summer when he goes deep sea fishing.
One sure hopes he at least posts the names on the Web somewhere!
Wanna Know Who's Gonna Be Prez? Consult a Coconut. Well, Maybe.The Miami Herald reports that the oracles have spoken:
This article was a follow-up to a longer article from January 5th, which reported on the annual Santeria letras which said in part,
January 05, 2008
Coconuts: Delicious, or Deadly?Calvin Godfrey does not like coconuts.
Full story available here. What's cool is that the article cites this blog!
Man Dies After Falling from Coconut TreeFrom Newsday in Trinidad and Tobago comes this sad news:
Full story available here.
December 28, 2007
Needed: Coconut Pluckers. Plenty of Work Available.Looking for an outdoors job? Enjoy climbing coconut palm trees?
The Hindu News reports that there is a severe shortage of coconut pluckers in Kerala.
From this news article.
Former TV Star Drives Around w/ Coconut in Front SeatHey, whatever.
Elsewhere you wouldn't care to know. But here at the Coconut Blog, this is news.
Current has-been, former TV star / pinup girl reportedly drives around Palm Beach, FL, with a coconut in her front seat, simply because she loves coconuts:
From this news article.
Meet Harry S Truman, the CoconutIf you go visit the Harry S Truman Presidential Library between now and January 4th, one of the exhibits you'll be able to see is the coconut carved into the head of the former president himself. It's all part of the "Treasures of the Presidents" exhibit that ends on Jan. 4th.
Here's a news article with more details.
December 18, 2007
Coconuts Washing CarsCNET News has a story about "The waterless car wash", a liquid you spray on your car to attract dirt, then wipe off later.
Scaring Kids with CoconutsThis one's pretty original . . . a newspaper story about making a kid believe that a coconut was a shrunken head:
World's First Climate Change Refugees Leave Island Due to Rising Sea LevelsA followup to this Coconut Blog entry from 2005: Grim story of rising sea levels in the Carteret Islands...
May 07, 2007
CocoFuel in the Solomon IslandsAnother cocofuel story...
"HONIARA (Reuters Life!) - Who needs crude oil when you've got cheap coconuts?
An Australian entrepreneur based in the Solomons Islands is producing fuel and profits from the fruit he sells locally for 70 U.S. cents a liter, slightly less than the price of regular fuel."
Full story here.
January 17, 2007
Salon on Coco-FuelsSalon.com has a story up on coconut-based fuel energy:
See full story here (Salon Premium account required).
October 28, 2006
Coconut VideosWhat does YouTube have to say about coconuts?
Da Coconut Nut by Ryan Cayabyab:
Here's a commercial. Only one problem. They're not coconut palm trees. Oh well:
More people trying to open coconuts, the wrong way:
Finally, someone who opens it successfully, sort of. She's scary with that knife, though!
Harry Nillson sings his song "Coconut":
Ketamine Disguised as Coconut CharcoalWhat will they think of next...
July 16, 2006
The Question about the DomainEvery few weeks of every month of every year going back to the 1990s, I have received emails and the occasional phone call that goes something like this:
Always the same type of message. They want the domain. And I always reply with the same response.
Here is my response, for all future inquirers:
I have owned this domain since 1989, when I originally registered it with InterNIC. I have faithfully renewed it on a regular basis. It's even renewed years out into the future. I have never had any interest in selling the domain. But since everyone always asks how much I would sell it for, I have come up with a completely random figure: US $320,000.00. Yes, three hundred twenty thousand U.S. dollars. I came up with that figure in the 1990s. It hasn't changed and here it is 2007. I suppose I should increase it. But then, I have no interest in selling so, whatever.
June 04, 2006
Killer CoconutsSomehow I doubt this is true, but here's a quote from some bloggers on Travelpod:
"Again we have been told that the number one killer overall in throughout Africa is not the hippo or crocidile. It is actually the coconut. No I am not joking. More people die every year from coconut falling on their head than any animal attacks."
Meanwhile, here's a 2002 StraightDope article entitled, "Are 150 people killed each year by falling coconuts?"
Smashing Coconuts for Good Luck"We stayed for about an hour, smelling the inscence, watching the pilgrims and locals go into the temple and make their offerings...usually fruit or flowers, once they have given their offerning they come outside and at Kataragamas shrine they set a coconut alight...make a prayer...then throw the coconut hard at the floor of the shrine, if the coconut breaks in half its good luck, if it doesnt..well!?! Nearly everyone did this - its a huge tradition and something that they strongly believe in."
June 03, 2006
Ok this is getting creepyI wonder if this Connecticut incident (here's an alternate link to the same AP wire story) is at all related to the UK incident reported on this blog.
Live near an angry volcano? Offer it coconutsThat's what they do in Java, near Mount Merapi, according to this article: "... Apart from the relative risks of leaving or staying put, many villagers feel a spiritual attachment to Merapi. The volcano is shrouded in superstition. Once a year they perform a ritual to placate it, offering up gifts of rice, green coconuts, and cow's liver..."
More uses of 'Ccoonut' as pejorativeA Villiage Voice book review of Londonstani and the use of the term "coconut" to describe brown-skinned Asians who "act white".
Here's another review of the same book, with more references to the "coconut" term, from the Business Standard.
Shopper's Guide to Buying CoconutsThe Telegraph in the UK offers tips on smart shopping for coconuts.
May 22, 2006
Go, Keith, Go, Climb, Keith, ClimbMusical satirists Paul and Storm have taken the melody of Beverly Hillbillies and adopted it to a little tune about poor Keith Richards falling out of a coconut palm tree.
Some of the lyrics:
The aging british rocker got halfway up the tree
The full song in MP3 format is available here.
May 13, 2006
Rolling Stones and Falling CoconutsNews all over the world this week about Keith Richards falling out of a coconut palm tree.
Evidently he fell out of the tree while collecting coconuts with Ron Wood.
More on the Cocotap at this New Inventors website.
The Training School for MacaquesHere's an Indonesian school that teaches macaque monkeys to climb palm trees and pluck coconuts.
The Mystery of the 12 Coconuts"Is the Canal Being Used for Strange Rituals?" a Bucks Free Press headline asks, in a UK story about a canal near the Thames river that was being cleaned up by volunteers when they came across "12 coconuts, 12 nails, and a package full of lentils."
Obviously a strange cult at work.
Or maybe not.
April 14, 2006
The vanishing of a tropical nation"Rising seas are swamping the 33-island republic of Kiribati. Where will its 100,000 inhabitants go when their country becomes uninhabitable?"
Interesting Salon.com article on the situation in Kiribati.
From the article:
March 25, 2006
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