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Did You Know? The iPhone Has an Issue with Taking Photos of Propellers

September 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: That weird effect of floating propellor pieces, caused when a mobile phone camera takes a photo of a turboprop, has a name (and an explanation): Propeller Aliasing.

Cameras in iPhones and other mobile devices don't have a shutter; instead, they snap a photo by scanning. It's quick, but propellers in rotation are faster. When your camera scans, line-by-line, to capture the shot, the propellers have moved.

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Did You Know? Cleveland Airport Has a Special-Edition Beer

September 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: Cleveland Airport serves a special edition, locally brewed beer: The Wright Pils.

Okay so typically we wouldn't recommend your scheduling an extra hour or two before your flight to spend at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport, but that was before we found out a little secret the airport's been keeping within Terminal C (mostly Air Canada and United flights).

At the Great Lakes Brewpub near Gate C 14—the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland proper—the limited edition beer is on draft. You'll want some of this, as it's more than just limited edition; it's aviation-themed. The Wright Pils is "classic style with flowery bouquet and an elegantly dry finish." It's made to pair well with salads, salmon, tuna and "marbled meats." It also happens to be named for Ohio's own Wright Brothers.

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Did You Know? There's a Word for Those Airline Seat Headrest Napkin Things

September 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: Those disposable headrest things on airplane seats have a name: Antimacassars.

Expanding your vocabulary is always a good thing, but we wouldn't necessarily recommend that you refer to the headrest flappy things by their proper name if, say, you're requesting a new one from a flight attendant.

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Did You Know? Cedar Point Once Had a Boeing 747-Theme Roller Coaster

September 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: Cedar Point Amusement Park used to have a Boeing 747-themed roller coaster named "Jumbo Jet."

It's the late 1970s at a theme park in Ohio, but this isn't just any theme park; it's Cedar Point. This park, on a peninsula sticking out into Lake Erie, celebrates over 100 years of fun, with five roller coasters at the time: Blue Streak, Wildcat, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew and Jumbo Jet. Three of those five still exist and the losers are—you guessed it—Wildcat and the very similar Jumbo Jet.

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Did You Know? New York's JFK Airport Once Had a Giant Fountain

Where: JFK International Airport [map], New York , NY, United States
September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.

Fact: New York's JFK International Airport once had a GIGANTIC fountain out in front of Terminal 4.

You may already know that JFK wasn't always named for the former president. It was "Idlewild," or simply, "New York International." What you may not already know is that the old International Terminal at Idlewild (Terminal 4) was once home to a fountain that would have been like the Bellagio spectacular of the day.

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