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Airlines' leniency with "no-shows" has been a popular attractor for many customers. The airline has long boasted that their customers get to keep the total value of their flight purchase, even when they simply don't show up.
While the idea of not losing money in the case of an emergency might seem appealing to the masses, only a small minority of Southwest customers have been taking advantage of this deal and they've been doing it habitually. For that reason, Southwest
will now be enforcing its own version of a "no-show" policy. Passengers will still receive the full value of their flight purchase if they cancel, but they have to cancel no later than 10 minutes before the flight takes off. This updated policy is still sensible and comparatively customer-oriented.
Cool Hunting Video: The World's Largest Lunchbox Museum from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.
Allen Woodall is the owner of the world's largest lunch box museum
. The museum, which is situated in Columbus, Georgia
, is now home to thousands of lunch boxes and related items. The title of "world's largest lunch box museum" appears to be self-appointed, but convincing enough. In the video above by Cool Hunting
, Woodall gives a tour of his prized lunch box museum
, offering nuggets of lunch box history along the way.
If nothing else, Spirit Airlines
is original. The company has created MILF ads
, a campaign timed with the Anthony Weiner scandal called "The Weiner Sale," ads that referenced the BP oil spill of 2010 (one of the slogans was, "Check out the oil on our beaches"), and more. Spirit Airlines
has famously created ads just three hours after related news events and they don't seem to mind that the ads usually look campy and hastily made.
And yet, no matter how offended some seem by these ads, no matter how unprofessional they might come off as being, the company's approach must be working. Spirit Airlines
was called the most profitable airline in the country last year by The Wall Street Journal
To put it simply, geography just isn't a strong suit for many people. When I decided to finally learn all of the countries of the world
last year, more shocking than the fact that I achieved the goal was the state of my international geography knowledge before embarking on the quest. On the other hand, I've always felt pretty confident in my U.S.
geography –- until now.
A compelling art project launched by Hisachika Takahashi in 1971-1972 asked famous artists to draw a map of the U.S. from memory. Some of their results have me questioning how well I actually could execute the same task myself. Other results leave me marveling at the quick-witted artists (namely Joseph Kosuth who decided to only draw New York City
and Los Angeles).
All these years later, the images are now compiled into one show, titled From Memory
, which opens today at the Sean Kelly Gallery
in New York City and will run through October 19. The group of map-creating, well-known artists includes Jasper Johns, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Rauschenberg and Gordon Matta-Clark.
See a slideshow after their maps below.
RoboCop from PishPosh.tv on Vimeo.
Kickstarter campaigns can bring a lot of ideas to life these days. In the case of some determined Robocop
fans in Detroit
has brought a 10-foot tall bronze Robocop sculpture to the city. Though the exact final location of the statue has yet to be determined, this will soon be a permanent Detroit fixture. And once it has found its forever home in Detroit, Robocop fans will undoubtedly begin making plans to visit it. The construction of this project is still underway. The above video shows the current status of the Detroit Robocop
The Marietas Islands
) are located off of the coast of the state of Nayarit on Mexico
's west coast, just above Puerto Vallarta
. The islands are uninhabited and flush with marine life since hunting and fishing is forbidden on the islands. While staying at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
over the weekend, the manager of the resort's restaurant, Lucca
, relayed his appreciation for the hidden beach
located on one of the islands to me. A quick Google image search left me jaw-dropped and eager to get over to the Marietas Islands
at the next possible opportunity.
The travel agent at the hotel would have been able to assist me in getting to the island if my schedule had allowed, but I unfortunately didn't have enough hours left on my trip to make the island visit dreams come to fruition. I'll go back to Riviera Nayarit
, though –- even if for the sole purpose of spending some time on this hidden beach.
-based photographer Fong Qi Wei
decided to photograph cities around the world, his approach to the project was different than that of most photographers in that his primary focus was to capture the passage of time. To do so, Qi Wei took several photos of the same scene over a span of a few hours and then developed a composite image of the scene. With an artful eye, Qi Wei managed to make several photographs, mostly of locations in Singapore
, come together as standalone pieces – ones that beautifully captures the passage of time.
We've been hearing about crime near the Mexican border for years now, but one of the most recent spates of crime is a bit different from the rest. A blonde woman who wears all black has allegedly been killing bus drivers who have sexually assaulted female passengers. Ciudad Juarez
has long set the scene for brutal crimes against women and some women's advocates aren't surprised by the avenger's actions. Two bus drivers were killed over the last week and the killer sent a message to news outlets claiming responsibility for the deaths.
"You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are, but only to a certain point," states the message, according to the Los Angeles Times
. The message goes on to say, "We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage. And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance." Bus drivers in Ciudad Juarez
are terrified of the woman, who signed the letter "Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers."
[Thanks, Los Angeles Times
put together this video documenting the construction of the San Francisco
-Oakland Bay Bridge via time-lapse – and it's amazing! The video captures over 42,000 hours of the construction work that took place over this four mile span in San Francisco
. EarthCam's videos were on site gathering footage of the project since 2008. Enjoy.
[Thanks, Laughing Squid
isn't your average New York City
taxi driver. His days "at the office" are directed by the skill that sets him apart from other taxi drivers: he's a photographer. Bradford's canvas is New York City as he sees it throughout his day, from a behind-the-steering-wheel vantage point. He has published several books, most notably "Drive-By Shootings: Photographs by a New York City Taxi Driver
," and he was recently the subject of a New York Moment
video, featured above.
Bradford started out as a visual artist with an emphasis on drawing from photographs and a degree from Rhode Island School of Design in illustration. When he moved to NYC
after graduating college, he began photographing NYC
, originally as fodder for his drawings. But Bradford soon discovered that his photographs stood as pieces on their own and began pursuing the art form.
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