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This Bar in Ghent Requires Your Right Shoe

Where: Ghent, Belgium
December 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Why is There a Runway Atop This Building in Florida?

December 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are declining to comment on speculation about a Santa runway on top of CSX headquarters.

A photo posted by CSX (@officialcsx) on

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.

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Some Guy is Visiting Every Starbucks in the World

November 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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This is Either the Sweetest or Creepiest Way to Get a Free Ticket Around the World

November 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 simple—Azani booked the flights for himself and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher, but they broke up before the vacation arrived.

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You Won't Believe What Denmark Once Allowed Tourists to Do

Where: Denmark
October 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Yes, You Can Totally Buy and Fly with a Live Lobster at Halifax International Airport

Where: Halifax, NS, Canada
September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

"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.

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Yes, a 'Duct Tape Festival' is an Annual Thing for One US State

June 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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The Spooky Story of What Lies Underneath a Runway at Savannah Airport

October 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

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?

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This is a Thing: Opening Beer Bottles with Helicopters

October 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Pay As You Go? Bathroom-Themed Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles

Where: 18558 Gale Ave, No. 222 [map], Industry, California , United States
October 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are lots of shitty restaurants out there, but this one is throwing it right in your face.

On one hand, the newly opened Magic Restroom Cafe in L.A. is pretty unique and fun, but then again, is anyone really surprised that the idea of eating food from a toilet-shaped bowl and naming food dishes after bodily functions is uncommon in America?

Well, here's the crazy part: This concept is rocking and rolling at more than a dozen restaurants in Taiwan, so much so that a first-time restaurateur from China decided to bring the idea to the States. Yep, apparently people in East Asia are lining up to sit on the toilet and chow down on disgustingly named Taiwanese dishes, including a braised pork dish called "smells-like-poop" and a vanilla-strawberry sundae named "bloody number two." Bloody number two... are you serious?

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Road Tripping in Switzerland? Watch Out for the 'Sex Box'

August 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

While Americans debates whether their tax dollars should go to publically fund universal healthcare, the Swiss voted to saddle up and spend $2.6 million on a drive-in prostitution facility.

Legal in the country since 1942, the so-called “sex boxes” are the response to an on-going problem with the sex industry in certain neighborhoods throughout the city of Zurich. The facility is located away from the city center and serves as a bit of a safe haven for prostitutes and their clients.

The details are pretty incredible. The sex boxes, open “daily” from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., are adjoined to a facility that is staffed by city social workers to look after the women. According to the AP, the sex workers must register with the city and “obtain a special permit, at a cost of 40 Swiss francs ($43) a year, and pay 5 francs ($5.40) a night in taxes, which helps the city offset maintenance costs.”

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Five Weird Spots to Stop and Stretch Your Legs on a US Road Trip

March 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

With the warmer weather right around the corner, we’ve started to plan our spring and summer road trips. Sure there are the usual locations that are always a good choice, but we’re looking to also to be entertained on the way there. That’s why we’re recommending a few good distractions, with what we’re calling the five things you just got to drive past:

Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota

It’s exactly what it sounds like, and is clearly a road trip must. It’s one part civic center and one part awesome, as the exterior decorations of corn, grain, and grass are refreshed and renewed each and every year. They’d love for you to stop in and visit, and they don’t even charge you for checking things out. Oh—and don’t worry about finding it—type “Corn Palace” into Google Maps, and it’ll know exactly where you want to head. At least it did for us!

World’s Tallest Thermometer – Baker, California

You’re driving towards the desert, and you just need to know how hot it is outside—problem solved. Just swing by the world’s tallest thermometer and you’ll be all set. It’s right by a Bob's Big Boy restaurant—another road trip must—and is in the town lovingly referred to as the gateway to Death Valley. We’d recommend filling up the tank in Baker before continuing on your journey, and of course be sure to snap a photo of the thermometer as well.

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