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Itís the season to celebrate the release of the latest and greatest in video games, and thereís one carrier getting in on the fun. Unfortunately theyíre not giving away the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, but we canít complain if an airline just hands us one of those Nintendo Wii U things. Thatís the case over at Southwest Airlines, as theyíre partnering up with Nintendo to bring Mario, Luigi, and all their friends to 35,000 feet.
Just the other day, Southwest passed out a brand new Wii U console to around 100 or so of their passengers, and Flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas-Love Field was the lucky recipient. Apparently Mario was even there to welcome the flight to the terminal, and he jumped onto the intercom to confirm that everyone would be scoring some freebies.
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Moscow is getting in shape for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, literally. Some subway stations in the Russian capital are accepting payment in the form of 30 squats.
If you're wondering how it works, try flashing back to those Nintendo Power Pads from the '80s. In front of the ticket booth, there's a blue pad on which you do the squats, while a screen keeps count of the number. At the end of squat 30, a subway ticket pops out of the doohickey. The brilliant initiative is designed as a way to get the population in better shape while also hyping the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics?
Well played, Moscow.
Tickets for the live tapings of Saturday Night Live are notoriously hard to get.
Usually, there are only three ways to get a seat in the SNL audience: Enter the August lottery and actually get picked, Spend hours waiting in the standby line, or Be lucky enough to know someone who can pull some strings for you.
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New York. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps.
Everyone wants a piece of here, whether that means making a fortune on Wall Street or snapping a simple tourist photo in Times Square. Regardless, one of the coolest times to be in NYC happens every October with the openhousenewyork festival.
It's a weekendOctober 12-13 for 2013that comes closest to satisfying desires to experience every little bit of the city, as places both private and hidden briefly throw open their doors to the public.
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This contest is the brainchild of the folks at Asiana Airlines and you can be entered with just a few clicks of the mouse.
First off, head to the airline's Facebook page and give it a big thumbs up/like it. Besides getting to enter the contest, you'll get all the news of events and promos, so it's kind of a win win.
Then post a comment on the "Best Getaways" post with your picks of the best cities in each of the five categories. Think of your favorite cities for shopping, relaxation, food & drink, people and nightlife and give your reasons for each. Don't worry if a South Korean city doesn't make the list; it's about having fun, getting creative and throwing your name in the hat.
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Technically the autumn season doesnít begin until later this month, but letís just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, itís not just the fall foliage thatís attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.
The stateís pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Appleólike an iPod or iPad. The stateís tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.
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To help spread the word about their upcoming movie Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (which hits theaters on September 27), Sony Animation has dispatched two film-themed food trucks to family-friendly sites across the U.S.
As part of the Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimobile Tour, the food trucks will serve the film's famous "foodimals," including tacodiles, hippotatomuses, fruit cockatiels, subwhales, and watermelophants. The snacks will even come packaged in exclusive CWACOM2 lunch boxes, all for free.
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October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.
So, maybe we talk about Hong Kong a lot. And maybe we're pretty clear about our preference for flying 15 hours rather than, say, just 5. Regardless, rest assured that we'll always let you know when there's an awesome, easy-to-enter contest aimed at letting you enjoy some of that sweet, sweet long-haul travel for free.
Currently Cathay Pacific is looking to give away a dream of a Hong Kong trip, aimed at foodies who wouldn't mind a long weekend away, on the other side of the world, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
If that describes you, read on for the contest entry details...
Attention New Yorkers: If you're in need of a new camera bag, laptop sleeve, messenger bag, weekender duffel or even a wheeled carry-on from a company that makes good products, listen up!
Today through July 21, bring beer over to Crumpler's Soho store and trade it for a new bag or laptop sleeve. No money required (except to buy the beer).
Don't just grab whatever's in your fridge, however; Crumpler has specific demands for each type of bag, and all because they're trying to stock up on booze before throwing a huge party (which you're then invited to attend). Check out the beer to bags equations. For example, 2 24-pack cases of Sixpoint get your a sweet messenger. We love the 3 24-pack cases of Cooper's deal to trade for the wheeled duffel carry-on. Two cases of Brooklyn Lager equal a backpack!
Buy some beer, get a bag, and drink the beer too. Not a bad deal for carving a little time out of your day, if we do say so ourselves.
Note: participants must be 21+
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Did you miss out on getting a badge for the International Comic-Con this year? Don't worry, there is still plenty you can do in San Diego this week without one. Here's a look at our top 8 picks:
· The Walking Dead Escape
The Walking Dead Escape is back this year giving fans of the show a chance to be a zombie or a victim in an apocalyptic obstacle course. Tickets for zombies, victims, and spectators can be purchased online at thewalkingdeadescape.com.
A shared project of AT&T and solar energy company Goal Zero will bring the charging stations to 25 rotating locations in New York for just three months.
Considering what a mess the city was post-Hurricane Sandy and how many people struggled to find places to charge their phones while their homes were without power, three months is not going to cut it. Somebody has GOT to make these charging stations permanent. (Until then, hit Destination Bar on 13th Street and Avenue A to charge your phone while you have a beer. You're all welcome in advance.)
Does this mean that cell phone theft in NYC is about to skyrocket? We'll have to wait and see.
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