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Gather around children, whilst we explain the difference between correlation and causation. This might sound a little bit condescending and pedantic, but that's only because we're going out of our way be condescending and pedantic. Ready?
Causation is when A causes B. Correlation is merely when A and B vary together in some way. Maybe it's because A is actually causing B. But maybe it's because B causing A, or maybe it's because they're both being caused by C, or maybe it's because A and B are actually the same thing, and so on. Easy enough, right?
JetBlue will give away more Vermont Teddy Bears and free flights tomorrow when it launches its own version of the Amazing Race in New York City.
Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, JetBlue will provide clues via Twitter (@jetblue) on the hour every hour that represent the 10 most romantic locations in the city, including places in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Each spot will be marked with a four-and-half foot tall Big Hunka Love Bear from Vermont Teddy Bear (trust us, you can't miss it). The first person to show up at each location and correctly use the secret code word that’s Tweeted along with the clue will win the bear and two roundtrip flights to any JetBlue destination.
So, in theory, you could have up to ten roundtrip tickets for two in your hand by the end of the day tomorrow if you're really good, although having the locations spread out across the city pretty much prevents that. Still, snagging even one pair of tickets would make one hell of a gift for your Valentine (or instantly make you one of the more eligible bachelors/bachelorettes in the city). You can feel good about your fortune as well: Each winner will also receive a pair of roundtrip tickets to donate to a charity of their choice.
If you’re still not sure what you’re doing with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day—don’t worry—there’s still time to think of something good. Sure there are the usual standbys like flowers, chocolates, and a nice dinner; however, you know we just have to suggest something travel related. That’s why we say cut out of work for the weekend—or week—and head over to Istanbul thanks to Turkish Airlines.
The airline is offering up some special deals on their nonstop options between New York-JFK and Istanbul in and around Valentine’s Day, so you’re free to plan your own romantic getaway between February 8 and February 17. Round-trip flights can be yours for as little as $451 per person. That’s a little more money than a bouquet of roses from Whole Foods, but we say your loved one is more than worth it.
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Oh hey there cutie, did someone give you flowers for Valentine's Day?
If you're smiling at a bouquet of fresh blooms this week, take a moment to think about the journey they had to make before ending up in that crystal vase you bought at a garage sale. Unless you picked them from your backyard or purchased them from a local greenhouse, there's a huge chance each flower had a ticket on LAN Airlines, up from South America.
Indeed, just for the big rush before flower-heavy holidays (Valentine's, Mother's Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving), LAN's cargo airplanes ship in some 15 million bouquets, the majority of which are red roses, followed by carnations, pompons and chrysanthemum. Overall they transport around 30% of the entire world's flower market year-round.
Fun fact! During the week before V-day, "168 flights will carry flowers from Colombia and Ecuadorthis means that every 2 hours, a LAN CARGO aircraft full of flowers is taking off."
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As much as we loathe the forced lovey-doveyness of Valentine's Day, we love doggies. We especially love doggies who get to hop cross-country flights in search of a new and loving home, as chihuahuas have been doing on Virgin America for a couple years now.
Today marked the fourth ever Operation Chihuahua in partnership with Animal Care & Control San Francisco. It's all a case of supply and demand...and having a little heart. Shelters on the west coast are overpopulated with the tiny dogs, but homes on the east coast can't get enough of them. Thus, every so often the airline flies a bunch of the pups from shelters in San Fran to loving arms in NYC. They even get to wear little red hoodies.
"Awww" over more pictures of them in flight here.
[Photo: Virgin America on Facebook]
If ever you needed proof that Valentine’s Day is over-commercialized, a trip to London-Heathrow Airport will set you right. Flying out from Terminal 5 this weekend, the Duty Free shop was on high V-Day alert, with mini gift brochures, screens telling us what perfumes would make a great present, andthe icing on the cakea free Valentine’s card with every purchase.
The cards, at least, were a cute touch...unlike the brochure, which read:
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If you’re flying next week, beware the red and pink cheap chocolates of the Hudson News airport outlets. While sending something in advance of Valentine’s Day is probably the best idea, you can always grab something nice for him or her on your way home from the airport, and no we're not talking about flowers from an arrivals hall vending machine. Here’s five airport candy shops that should satisfy any sweetie’s sweet tooth:
Sugar Pop - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Even if you don’t need something for the upcoming Hallmark holiday, it’s worth it to stop in at Sugar Pop within the mall section of Terminal 1-Lindbergh. The place is loaded with different colors and sugary options, and they even have some teddy bears and other cuddly critters to go along with all those calories. This isn’t exactly the place for gourmet confections, but if you’re looking for oversized lollipops or personalized treats, it'll more than do.
Candy Empire – Singapore-Changi Airport
Sitting within the basement level of Terminal 3 is the spot you need to visit for chocolates, cookies, and everything in between. They promise stuff from Australia, Europe, and the United States, so if you can’t find something that fits your needs, you don’t know what you need. A few pieces of foreign candy from Candy Empire should hopefully smooth over any sort of trouble caused by not being home on Valentine's Day.
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The Concorde may technically be dead, but airline romance isn’t, if British Airways’ Valentine’s deal is anything to go by.
A couple of years ago, the UK airline did a neat Valentine’s Day party kinda thing on flights between London and New York; this year, the celebration is on a more personal scale, though still rather spectacular: dinner for two on the Concorde.
The bad news? You’ll have to pay for it. The good? It’s for charity! Just bid for it in a blind email auction, and you’ll win dinner for two on board BA’s flagship Concorde G-BOAC at Manchester Airport, in the Runway Visitor Park.
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Raise your hand if you occasionally get a little nostalgic for actual film cameras and the days of tangible prints. See, that's the thing about the internet though, is we can't see you raising your hand or physically join in because while we love us some iPhoneography and DSLR fun, every so often we're still reaching for our throwback Lomography camera. And apparently so is the entire state of Virginia, since their freshest tourism endeavor involves pitting real photos from Lomo cameras against each other for chances to win all-expenses-paid, experiential trips to the state that is famously "for Lovers."
Here's the deal: the Lomographic Society has turned out a "Virginia is for Lovers" special edition of their newish 35mm La Sardina camera, and to celebrate, anyone with a Lomo camera is welcome to submit a photo to the contests to win a Virginia trip. There'll be a contest every month, starting now through December 2012, and each has a specific theme for your photo. Right now, it's "Love Surrounds: Show us the people that mean the most to you."
Did you have a good Valentine's Day? We hope you did, and we hope you have somebody you love and who loves you back, but if you don't, just think that there'll always be Italy. She's a country that welcomes solo travelers with wide open arms, arms strong from making pasta by hand, so a hug from Italy is one you never forget. Dispensing with the awkward metaphor, just know tha if you've never been to Italy, the month of February is a perfect time to go, and you can start planning for a trip there next year now.
Your first step should be to start saving; maybe when you deposit paychecks set aside a small percentage in an Italy fund. Start talking about going; make your coworkers well aware that you plan to take vacation at this time of the year, next year, and that this trip means a lot to you. Venture into the historical fiction section of the bookstore and pull some titles for pleasure reading, and pick up a well-illustrated guidebook to Italy while there. We suggest the DK series for all these photos and easy reading layout.
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Attention: if you're flying on Southwest Airlines today, be sure to press your flight attendant call button (just once, though) and ask about the free "adult beverages" they are serving today, in honor of both Valentine's Day and the re-launch of their Rapid Rewards program.
If you want to see some proof that the booze is flowing free today, HERE IS Southwest's official tweet about it. Pull that up on your phone before boarding and have it ready, just in case.
Now remember that the free booze on Southwest today doesn't apply to those under 21 years old, or those who've already been drinking; the flight attendant has the right to refuse to serve drunkies. But, if you miss out this time, there'll be more free drinks again when St. Patrick's Day comes around.
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For those of you scrambling this weekend for a perfect Valentine's Day gift, and for those of you who just want to book some affordable travel deals quickly and easily, we've just discovered an awesome tool on Adioso, the travel booking site flavor of the month. They have a mini-site called "How Much Do You Heart Me?," starring an adorable cartoon flight attendant, who asks you how much, on a sliding scale, are you willing to pay for a flight and hotel vacation for two. Adioso then searches for package matches within your budget for upcoming weekends.
The deals can originate from most US cities, but we tested it out with New York of course, and began by setting it low, at $610 total for two people. How Much Do You Heart Me came back with a weekend trip to Arlington, Virginia (because Virginia is for lovers?) with a grand total of $552, including roundtrip airfare and two nights at a Hyatt for two people. Not too shabby, but what can the big spenders get?