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Doubtless by now you've seen the music video taking the internet by storm: Psy's "Gangnam Style." As we write this, the YouTube version (posted above) is edging near its 70 millionth view, a staggering number considering it's only been online since July and sits pretty solid atop the YouTube Top 100.
For the uninitiated, Psy is a South Korean pop star though he's also been called a rapper. In this song and video, he pokes fun at the style of Seoul's Gangnam-gu, a flashy district with high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle. Psy traipses about the city, asserting that he is Gangnam-style and wants a girl similarly so, but there's always a twist; scratching the gilded surface reveals the generic reality.
For all Psy's trendy costumes and big dance moves, the locations happen to steal the show and, though we've been to Seoul in the past, "Gangnam Style" had us yearning for a return visit. Will it impact tourism? There's a very good possibility, but first you've got to know where to go to film yourself mimicking the horse riding dance moves.
Five real-life locations from Psy's music video, "Gangnam Style":
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The Hoover wedding
The month of June may be over, but the slew of summer weddings is far from following. While tuxedo rental places charge peak prices and caterers artfully fold cloth napkins, we're wondering where all these newlyweds are heading on their honeymoons. Odds are that tropical islands are at the top of the list, but what about places like Ohio or Georgia?
These were the hotspots for Presidential honeymoons, according to an exhaustive list by The Awl that names the known honeymoon destinations of all 44 US presidents and their wives.
It's absolutely worth a full look, but here's our favorite:
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Here's some fun news to share over dinner tonight. USA Today's Cruise Log alerts us to the fact that not only is the original "Love Boat" still floating, but it can be yours for the pretty price of $2.5 million. That's how much a Turkish company paid for the 1971-built Pacific Princess only recently, with the intent to break it up and sell its famous bits for scrap. That was the plan, at least until they defaulted on payments. Whoops.
The ships has seen more than its slew of make-ups and break-ups over the decades; the Pacific Princess has also sailed under a few other names and cruise lines, finally reaching the stalemate at which she sits today. Will she be scrapped after all? Will she sail again on budget cruises? Will she be permanently docked as a hotel somewhere?
Here's our idea: somebody please buy this babe and convert her into the hotel idea, but keep her seaworthy so that the Pacific Princess can show up wherever overflow accommodations are needed, such as the London Olympics or World Cup. Heck, park it on the Hudson River in NYC during major conventions, Pride Week and the Fourth of July and we'll book a room or two ourselves. Make it happen.
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In you case you missed it on our Instagram feed yesterday, a single sentence of skywriting appeared above Manhattan on Sunday afternoon and, in the clear blue sky, spelled out "Christine Hall Will U Marry Me."
Immediately Twitter and Instagram went crazy with news and images of the skywriting, as it could be spotted from as far as Riverside Park on the west side of the Manhattan, to where we stood in Astoria, Queens (cause you know we look up at the sound of any airplane engine). The entire stretch of dot-matrix cloud letters could be best read from the middle of Central Park, where it seems the couple were relaxing on what was, weather-wise, perhaps the nicest New York day yet.
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Leave it to Richard Branson to take on in-flight filmmaking.
Last week the Virgin Group's film and TV company left the studio behind and teamed up with Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia airlines to shoot and edit a half-hour movie aboard several different commercial flights.
Departure Date, which follows a developing romance between two people who meet on a plane, was entirely shot in nine days on previously scheduled flights over three continents, from Los Angeles to London, Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia.
Love was still in the air during the second weekend of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA.
Katy Perry and her new boyfriend, Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd, took a break from making their own music on Sunday to share PDAs and catch a few other acts, including Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
Other couples caught roaming the fields of Coachella this weekend included Dita Von Teese and The Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft, Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz.
If you missed the annual music fest, check out Coachella's Live YouTube Page for some of this year's best performances, without the crowd PDAs blocking your view.
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Airlines understand that once that cabin door closes, the revenue for unsold seats is lost forever. Some carriers even like to oversell the cabin, which is what causes passengers to be bumped. Even the mere thought of getting bumped from a flight enrages us, so that's all we need to mention about the matter. Regardless, airlines sometimes get creative with promotions to fill those seats.
Enter Virgin Australia, who've introduced Mystery Breaks. Basically, passengers purchase a seat on a plane without knowing the arrival airport. For the spontaneous traveler, it's a godsend. If you are more of a pedantic traveler, your palms may already be sweaty.
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Happy New Year! Also, happy year that more same-sex couples will achieve equal (or at least equal-er) rights. Just yesterday, January 1, two more US states switched to legally recognizing and performing civil unions. These are Delaware and Hawaii. For the moment, let's focus on the latter.
Hawaii is the only US state west of the Mississippi River to allow same-sex civil unions. None have gone so far as marriage (the California Prop 8 debacle came closest) and what this means for gay couples is that their unionnot just the honeymooncan also happen in the Aloha State.
According to The Baltimore Sun/KTLA, the turning of the calendar immediately coincided with the law going in effect:
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We admit there have been times that we may have put noise cancelling headphones just to give the illusion of listening to music, warding off fellow passengers' incessant blabbing. There also have been times we've noticed someone that looks interestingahem attractive ahemand wished we could swap seats to get a little closer.
The latter is how KLM prefers to fly, and they'll soon offer passengers the ability to pick their seatmate based on Facebook or Linkedin profiles. By next year, the airline will not only offer a window or aisle preference, but allow customers to view the profile of other passengers, then choose whether or not to sit next to them.
The first red flag we see is the obvious privacy of personal details. Passengers must opt-in to have their social media profile available for other travelers to see. Which means, not everyone will be taking part in this singles bar in the sky. Sigh of relief! It also begs the question; will the aircraft have a cabin area set aside for these passengers who are single and ready to mingle?
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We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.
Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.
Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:
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Chicago from the air
"Hey. Umm, this is a little awkward but...would you like to come meet me at the Marriott O'Hare Airport during my layover to umm...'hang out?'" Yea. Those are the words you could be hearing pretty soon as Valentine's Day fever gets into full swing and the hotel starts offering what we're fondly calling the Get Laid Layover Package.
Of course they aren't calling it that, but it's a booty call fo' sho'. Rates start at only $99 dollars for the "Escape Romance Package," which also includes lovely extras like champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast for two and late check-out at 3pm. She or he or both she and he will think you spent your whole trip planning all this, when really all you did was enter promo code ROM when booking on Marriott's website.
Oh, and it's not just for V-Day either; the rate is available through the end of the year. Just so you can keep coming back...
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Flight Attendants. There's just something about them, male or female, that makes them super attractive, even if they aren't all that attractive. Maybe it's the salacious gossip from the stewardess days or the fact that they travel way more than you do and that jealousy makes you hot. Whatever it is, marrying one kinda sounds like a fun idea, right? Well, if you're game to get it on, you better start booking some flights because one man who's proven it can be donemarrying a flight attendant you met on a flight, that ishas flown 7 million miles on Delta.
That's a very interesting little story we noted got lost in Delta's big 70th Anniversary in Atlanta celebration at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Friday. The frequent flyer, Ed Robinette, is Delta's most frequent passenger. According to GlobalAtlanta.com, he began his jet-setting ways before the airline launched their SkyMiles program in 1981. Robinette was an executive for Panasonic, but though he doesn't have that title anymore, he still managed to fly to Tokyo 9 times last year (plus other routes).