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If any movie producers are location scouting for a found footage horror film, they might want to give David de Rueda a call.
The photographer and urban explorer recently partnered with Nikon on a 22,000-mile road trip that took him inside abandoned architectural relics in 12 cities across Eurasia. Using his sponsored camera and equipment (clever promo idea, Nikon!) de Rueda spent 44 days (!) traipsing between Paris, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Reykjavik and other cities, braving dilapidated conditions and, most likely, flesh-eating monsters buried under the rubble of decrepit Soviet military compounds and whatnot. For instance, to reach an abandoned radar station in the Italian mountains, the photographer hiked for three hours through 20-inch snow drifts. Normal. (At least, that’s what a release announcing the partnership details.)
Among the other fascinating, dangerous, daunting and haunting (and probably haunted) locales he caught on camera: Chernobyl and the ghost town of Pripyat, a Douglas DC-e aircraft wreck on the south coast of Iceland (illuminated by the Polar Lights), and abandoned warehouses in Kazakhstan desert containing prototype Soviet Buran spacecraft. All of which sound like lovely locations for “The Blair Witch Project: Nuclear Fallout Edition.”
Check out a video about his journey above. Rated R for: Really Freaking Awesome.
[Images courtesy of Nikon]
Most public restrooms look the same, feel the same, and have exactly the same accoutrement: a door, toilet paper (hopefully), sinks. Though we hardly remember the "good" restrooms, we never, ever forget the dirty ones — you know, that overflowed McDonald's in Kentucky, that gross gas station squat, that outhouse filled with bees. But we'll never forget the truly stunning bathrooms, either. That's probably why the Trump SoHo places tubs against wall-size windows eyeing Manhattan’s skyline, and why Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn ensures their bathrooms overlook the coastline and Saint Lucia peaks. So — where can you enjoy a panoramic poo without reservations?
Bodie, California: In 1880, Bodie was a Gold Rush epicenter. The town’s population skyrocketed to among California’s largest, and it produced $34 million in gold. Today, it’s a ghost town, complete with a doorless outhouse. But who needs a door with that view? [Image via Flickr]
How far can the ramen craze go?
Ramen seems to be in the midst of a Renaissance in the States, and its popularity stretches far beyond the fifty-cent packs devoured by college students. The noodle dish has been transformed into everything from luxury cuisine to worm-like looking burgers. But the US obsession pales in comparison to Japan, where ramen is so loved that, evidently, some people want to bathe in it and scrub it into their pores.
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A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot.
But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.
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Have you heard about the airplane atop a New York City skyscraper? It’s not going anywhere, and we’ve already detailed its whole story, but it seems as though that fun addition has inspired another rooftop runway on the other side of the country.
CSX Corporation, the rail-based transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has supposedly painted a stubby runway on their roof. Runway “SC” (as in Santa Claus) is too short for any actual airplanes, but it's just right for a fat man in a red suit and sleigh. There’s even a faux conspiracy website propagating the CSX folklore that Santa actually delivers his gifts with the help of CSX trains.
The furthest you’ll ever be from a Starbucks in the U.S. is a mere 190 miles. That means, within a three-hour drive, you can quickly find your orange mocha frappuccino and be on your way to enjoy a second frappuccino on your return journey.
Well, one man from Houston seems to be taking this caffeine quest to the extreme. He’s spent the last seventeen years, and over $100,000, visiting every Starbucks in the world.
Free flights around the world, and a friendly seatmate to accompany the adventure? Sounds like it's too good to be true, and that it is, to an extent, as a 28-year-old redditor named Jordan Axani has advertised a peculiar offer for any intrepid traveler named Elizabeth Gallagher to join him on an already booked trip.
There are, however, some caveats. Aside from the obvious requirement to be named "Elizabeth Gallagher," you have to be Canadian, have at least 18 days off to travel, and be able to get away for those 18 days over the holidays (December 21 - January 8). Why that name? It's simpleAzani booked the flights for himself and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher, but they broke up before the vacation arrived.
Everyone knows of the red-light districts of De Wallen in Amsterdam and Reeperbahn in Hamburg, but what about the shadier side of Denmark's tourism?
Well, up until recently, bestiality was a legal practice in the Scandinavian country, and, as if that’s not odd enough, it seems certain sects invited tourists to horse around with, well, the horses. According to Danish animal rights groups, Denmark sort of became a center for bestiality-based tourism, and a 2007 report by two journalists from 24timer claim to have obtained access to an animal brothel, which existed so tourists could enjoy the company of a terrier or even a German shepherd.
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"Security will accept lobsters as a carry-on piece."
When was the last time you heard that an airport? It's a daily occurrence at Nova Scotia's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where the local specialties shop Clearwater stocks a tank of live lobster ready and willing to enjoy the overhead bin on your next flight out.
Purchase a pincher (live at $8.99/lb, cooked at $9.49/ln) and add a carry-on box complete with ice packs ($7 carry-on, $9 checked), and bring home why may possibly be the best last-minute souvenir from the Canadian maritimes. It sure beats a tiny, 3oz jug of maple syrup.
Find Clearwater before security, just to the left of the security check for Canada-bound flights.
Clear your calendar and head to Avon, Ohio, as this is the weekend when the city celebrates all things duct tape. To be specific, it’s all about the Duck Tape brand of the silver stuff, as the 11th annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival takes place June 13-15.
There’s plenty of live music, tape artwork and sculpture, a duct tape parade on Saturday, and of course plenty of chances to score some free rolls of tape. Things might be a little—uh—unique and different, but we say that just makes it that much more fun. Just imagine sharing the stories around the water cooler on Monday, as you outdo that weird guy at the office with your story of a weekend at the duct tape festival.
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Want to hear something spooky? There are two graves underneath one of the runways at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia.
If you know enough about airports to realize your flight is departing on Runway 10 (or your pilot requests the "graveyard tour" route from the tower), then you'll want to keep a look out the lefthand side windows for two rectangles patches in the tarmac that simply don't belong. In truth, these spots are graves, which belong in that spot more so than the airport, being original tenants from back when the land was a family cemetery.
The markers of the final resting places of RIchard and Catherine Dotson say "At rest" and "Gone home to rest," respectively. Stories of shadowy figures strolling the runway on low visibility nights circulate among flight crews who frequently land at SAV, so perhaps all the jet engine noise has awoken the Dotsons from their rests?
Everyone loves a good airport beer, and perhaps a good shower beer when the mood strikes, but what about a helicopter beer?
This last weekend, the China Helicopter Tournament 2013 in the province of Shandong decided that a fun challenge for the 20 competing pilots would be to open a beer bottle...using bottle openers mounted to the skids of their choppers.