See the entire Pacific Crest Trail in seven minutes [VIDEO]

Tweet The Pacific Crest Trail is a stupefying 2,663 mile slog of punishing desert terrain, mountain climbs, rocky crags, vertigo-inducing ridges and unpredictable weather-related liveliness that makes the Appalachian Trail seem like a mellow stroll. The PC starts at the U.S. border with Mexico and finishes at Manning Park in…

Those who have dreamt of sleeping inside a giant anus should click this

Tweet I’ve written about 328,474 sleeping reviews in my years as a travel writer, but I must admit that I’m a bit stumped as to how I’d kick off a review about sleeping in a giant poop chute-shaped guesthouse. Probably some kind of reassurance about odor. The squeamish, vein-y triumph…

See San Francisco’s Market Street in 1906 four days before the earthquake [VIDEO]

Tweet Get a load of this old timey scene on San Francisco’s Market Street, shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the earthquake and fire that destroyed about 80% of the city. One thing that immediately stands out is that car drivers at the time were straight up…

Visit Tokyo like Superman using Google Earth 3D imagery

Tweet You know, there are days when Google makes me curse loud enough to be heard outside my sound proofed condo on the street 26 stories below. And then there are days when I’m rendered (near) speechless by the crazy technical hijinks they pull off. Using what I can only…

The ‘most violent sport on Earth’ is played in Florence, Italy [VIDEO]

Tweet Lots of funny things have endured or been revived in Italy. The Palio comes to mind. Also, galloping clowns being elected prime minister. But Calcio Storico (“Historic Football”) is on a completely different level of batshit crazy. One could argue that many popular sports are little more than glorified…

Fascinating side-by-side video simultaneously shows London in 1927 and 2013

Tweet This is Grade A travel/history/urban geek porn right here. Simon Smith got his hands on cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene’s restored color film footage from his UK tour in the 1920s, notably swinging past London’s top sites, and set to work reshooting identical scenes in 2013 using “modern equivalents of his…

European word translator rendered in map form is literally minutes of fun

Tweet I’m sure some bright and creative individual will find a productive use for this European Word Translator, which renders translations of one- and two-word phrases onto a map, that isn’t limited to speed-learning a bunch of naughty words. But for the rest of us, it’s a few minutes of…

Passenger calmly videos his plane crash landing into water and evacuation

Tweet You probably don’t wanna watch this if you even have a tiny fear of flying. Ferdinand Puentes happened to be videoing his small plane’s Honolulu flight take-off with his GoPro camera, so the camera was handy when the engine failed two minutes into the flight and the plane started…

Heat wave causes it to ‘rain’ bat corpses in Australia (naturally)

Tweet [Don’t watch the video above if you find piles of bat corpses upsetting.] Leave it to Australia to make the Arctic Vortex seem like a pleasant alternative. It’s been literally raining bat carcasses this week in southeast Queensland, near the city of Brisbane, Australia. (Of course it’s Australia.) Officials…

Norway’s new northern lights highlight reel is mesmerizing

Tweet    I’ve been to Norway eight times (Hello, my name is Leif!), but only once in winter which, I won’t sugarcoat it, kinda sucked. Norway is indisputably at its best in summer, all sunny and postcard photo opportunities no matter where you point a camera, though if you wanna…

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