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Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light Stonehenge is the world's most iconic prehistoric monument. Scientists have argued about its significance for generations, but few have been allowed to excavate there. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson is one of those lucky few, and he's documented his finds in a new book. ...

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour Courtesy of Alex Leuchte Sometimes an "only in New York" moment has a more global story. On a rainy afternoon this week in Manhattan, my friend visiting from Germany was excited to spot a Mercedes with Munich plates. The car had a distinctive pattern covering its exterior,...

France Forever: Exploring Cluny And The Butte de Suin

France Forever: Exploring Cluny And The Butte de Suin David Downie As I teetered atop the wind-blown, 700-year-old Tour des Fromages in the medieval tangle of Cluny, on Burgundy's southern edge, I could see history writ large: the Romanesque spires and broken columns of Cluny's ruined abbey, once the biggest in Christendom. But...

Venice To Toughen Canal Rules After Tourist Dies On Gondola Ride

Venice To Toughen Canal Rules After Tourist Dies On Gondola Ride Victor Hugo Marques, Flickr Venice is one of the few remaining car-free cities in the world, but the famous canals may soon be treated more like roadways following the tragic death of a tourist earlier this month. A German man died after the gondola he was traveling with...

Scandinavian Hotel Bans Porn Channels, Opts for Art Instead

Scandinavian Hotel Bans Porn Channels, Opts for Art Instead Edwart Visser, Flickr In the privacy of a hotel room, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Order room service, spend the entire day in a robe, engage in a casual affair, watch porn. Well, not in Scandinavia. Scandinavian hotel chain Nordic Choice owner Petter...

When A Cruise Ship Crashes, How Much Does Cleanup Cost?

When A Cruise Ship Crashes, How Much Does Cleanup Cost? European Commission DG ECHO, Flickr When a crash or accident happens, there are the immediate, often horrendous, effects, like death. But in the face of destruction, there are the long term effects that many of us never give a second thought to. Like the removal of...

Tourists Driven Cuckoo By Chiming Clock

Tourists Driven Cuckoo By Chiming Clock Shirokazan, Flickr A tourist destination in the U.K. has brought new meaning to the term "wake up call" with fears the constant chiming of the local clock tower is driving visitors away. While thousands of tourists descend upon the small English town of Bishop's Castle...

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the...

How to Win Free Travel (Hint: You'll Have to Get Creative)

Like free travel? Of course you do. There are a few contests you should enter, especially if you are a seasoned business traveler or a bubbly sociable traveler. Like most online contests, they will require social media savvy and some old-fashioned popularity...

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune Wikimedia Commons Cecilia Gimenez became a laughing stock last year when her bungled attempt to restore a 19th century painting went viral, but now it looks like she'll be laughing all the way to the bank. The 82-year-old tried to fix the flaking fresco titled Ecce Homo...

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill Richard, enjoy my life! Flickr It's no secret that Europe is an expensive travel destination, but sometimes even Europeans are shocked to discover just how pricey their homeland can be. A group of tourists from Rome got a nasty shock after enjoying a caffeine fix at a...

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas Used with permission of The Portolan, copyright Washington Map Society A depiction of the world engraved on an ostrich egg in 1504 may be the oldest depiction of the Americas, the Washington Post reports. The globe, which was purchased by an anonymous collector at the...

The Battle For Richard III's Bones

The Battle For Richard III's Bones University of Leicester King Richard III just can't rest in peace. He was the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, and after being killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by the rival Tudor dynasty, his body was mutilated, stabbed in the ass and buried in a hastily dug grave...

Selling Fake Bomb Detectors Lands UK Businessman In Jail

Selling Fake Bomb Detectors Lands UK Businessman In Jail What Bolton and McCormick really deserve. (Image courtesy Wikipedia) Back in April we brought you the story of James McCormick, who was found guilty in a British court of selling fake bomb detectors to several nations, including Iraq. When I was traveling in Iraq I saw his...

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight?

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight? Christian Haugen, Flickr Last week a Royal Air Maroc flight traveling from Casablanca, Morocco to Bologna, Italy was forced to divert to Barcelona when a woman aboard the flight began to give birth. And as it turns out, when a baby decides to come into the world, it could...

Forget Cronuts. Try These 6 International Food Combinations.

Forget Cronuts. Try These 6 International Food Combinations. hirotomo t, Flickr Everyone loves a good food trend or weird restaurant. In fact some people even travel for them. But sometimes trends quickly turn to obsession. This year that has been the cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid bred in New York and quickly copied around the...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers...

Was This The Real Mona Lisa?

Was This The Real Mona Lisa? Wikimedia Commons Scientists in Florence are examining the bones of a 16th century nun they think served as the model for the Mona Lisa. Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo was the wife of a wealthy merchant and is rumored to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's famous...

Fish Discovered in Sweden Will Make You Think Twice Before Skinny Dipping

Fish Discovered in Sweden Will Make You Think Twice Before Skinny Dipping Simon Q, Flickr Sweden has always been a relatively calm and safe country; the only concern for tourists has been long lines at the new ABBA museum. But that all changed with the recent sighting of a pacu, a fish that's closely related to the piranha. While the waters...

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