Rome bird poop emergency will mean crappy winter for tourism

Tweet I’m pretty sure there’s a screenplay somewhere in this story, though I can’t decide if the heroes, a bird expert and a bird slaying ninja, should fall in love in the end or if the ninja should die extravagantly while saving the bird expert. Oh right, the story. Welp,…

Watch a ‘seven-storey tricycle’ rolling around Hanoi [VIDEO]

Tweet This moment-of-zen video of a “seven-story tricycle” making its way through Hanoi, Vietnam is worth watching whether you care what the hell is going on or not. Geneva-based Bureau A designed this contraption for a Hanoi bar and cultural center called “Tadioto” (aka Ta đi Ôtô). It’s made from…

TSA’s $1 billion behavioral screening is ‘slightly better than chance’

Tweet “TSA Security Checkpoint” by billypalooza Well here’s some unsurprising news: apparently asking low-paid, famously socially deficient TSA agents to arbitrarily scan crowds of airport passengers for odd behavior isn’t particularly effective. Fortunately, they only spent $1 billion before someone pointed that out. In theory, agents were stare a hole…

Is this morphing, adjustable width bench the future of air travel?

Tweet Forgetting for a moment that this animation, and absence of foam, makes these seats look awfully unforgiving, I still have a few reservations with “Morph,” a highly adjustable airplane seating concept. Briefly, Morph essentially makes each row of seats into an adjustable width bench, allowing people to buy as…

Watch a travel writer interview a space traveler, jam together

Tweet I was transfixed by Chris Hadfield’s series of videos from the International Space Station, demonstrating sleeping in space, what happens when you cry in space, and the geekiest thing that ever happened, chatting with William Shatner. Then, of course, one of the top 10 moments in the history of…

Ridiculous OkCupid date goes for 21 days, eight countries, no luggage

Tweet “First Date” by Craig Damlo One time, I went on an OkCupid date that ended with me receiving Reiki on my injured wrist in lieu of a kiss. That’s it. That’s my weirdest story. (Though I imagine my dates probably have a thing or two to tell you.) Clara…

Watch 873 people evacuate an Airbus A380 in 77 seconds

Tweet I can’t decide if this is amazing or terrifying. Either way, it’s good to know it’s physically possible. The US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency require all aircraft with a seating capacity of 45 or more to demonstrate a full evacuation in under 90 seconds….

You’ll want to visit China after watching this stirring timelapse video

Tweet China has never been high on my travel wish list for a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with. And being as inherently aesthetically pleasing as they are, I’m pretty sure that a timelapse video of a donkey’s butt would look great if done correctly. That said, W-O-W….

Sometimes when you screw with unfamiliar, foreign bugs, they screw back

Tweet Travel tip: Don’t mess with unfamiliar bugs, particularly when they’re found in exotic places like that death box Australia or, in this case, India. Some exchange students found this guy outside their classroom, decided to bring it inside, detain it and, well, tease it. As it happens, this is…

Travel safety: What happens when you get dehydrated? It ain’t pretty

Tweet Travelers in certain parts of the world are usually well aware of the importance of staying hydrated. But sometimes dehydration sneaks up on you. Once, while on a punishing guidebook research trip to Moldova during a heat wave, even though I was drinking tons of water, my sodium levels…

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