European Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan what to do and see

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The inaugural European Games will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan June 12-28, 2015. The event is a high point in Azerbaijan’s campaign to raise their tourism profile in recent years, as well as the New York Times listing Baku among its “52 Places to Go in 2015” and Lonely Planet…

Pretty Major Life Announcement – Leif Makes a Career Change

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Brace yourselves for a Pretty Major Life Announcement (PMLA) that I myself can barely believe is happening. It’s been 11 years, seven months and some change since I quit my idiot-proof career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, sold my car, my house and everything in it, bought a…

Duck and Cover juggling gym highlight video, fall 2014

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Since competing in the International Jugglers’ Association team championships in July, my teammate Steve and I, released from drilling the same 21 tricks ad nauseam, have had the luxury of indulging in some fun/stupid tricks during our practices. I’ve pieced some (mostly) recent video together into a Duck and Cover…

The world juggling championships: how I became a competitive athlete at age 44

Leif Pettersen (right) wearing his silver medal from the International Jugglers' Association 2014 championships

I already know what you’re thinking, so let’s address the question right out of the gate: is juggling a sport? There are wide ranging opinions on the subject, from snot-shooting, helpless laughs to those who argue that juggling is in fact an art form. I fall on the sport side…

You’ll think twice about seaside dining after seeing this video

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Ah! Seaside dining. So, novel, so romantic. Until the incalculable power of nature decides that breakfast is over and it’s been too long since your heart rate topped 120 beats per minute. The wackadoodle weather and storms plaguing California right now have included flash floods, a tornado warning, high tides…

Here’s what it’s like to be slapped in the head by a whale [VIDEO]

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Suffice to say, this whale watching tour got a leeeeettle too close to its subject. What happens next is probably the most painful, greatest travel story this girl will ever have. While on tour with the Live Different Academy in the Baja Peninsula, Chelsea, for reasons that have not been…

New company aims to provide facilities for luxury pooping in NYC

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NYC visitors! Once you’ve sorted out the shameful state of the airports (and airport-city transfers) and found a place to sleep that isn’t an outright violation of the Geneva Convention, you’ll probably want to spend a few minutes thinking about dignified colon voiding options. Well, help has arrived! Posh Stow…

Flight delayed over two hours after kid freaks over guy writing in Arabic

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In case there was any question left about the absurd, damaging power of the media’s fear-mongering and brainwashing, please see exhibit #48,374,589: An EasyJet flight from Amsterdam to Newcastle was delayed two hours and 20 minutes after a kid on a class trip (reportedly 15-16 years old) saw another passenger…

Even hard landings are still pretty safe in modern planes [VIDEO]

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For those of you who think you’re gonna die when a plane lands too hard, I’ve got good news. With modern materials and decades of engineering tweaking, even landings hard enough to reorganize your spinal column aren’t going to end in disaster. The video above is making the rounds today,…

Daredevils climb Shanghai Tower, second tallest building in the world [VIDEO]

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Do not watch this if you’re even remotely afraid of heights. I am not kidding. I’m very afraid of heights, so I only watched parts of this on YouTube’s minimum screen size and even so I may have briefly lost urethra control. Shanghai Tower will be the second tallest building…