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Britain's most embarassing place names

Britain's most embarassing place names You tend to think of the British as a smart, buttoned-up lot. We're talking about a country with a history of lots of curtsies, foxhunts and tea at high noon. It's surprising then to learn that the British apparently are not quite so polite when it comes to naming their...

Travel Safe and Bulletproof Your Baby

Travel Safe and Bulletproof Your Baby Complaining to your foot-loose-and-fancy-free, childless friends about how much you miss backpacking adventures in tourist-free exotic locales, now that you're a new parent? Worried about taking your baby to a Third World country in the middle of a bloody coup? Worry no...

Friday Funny: BS, or Before Segway

In The Know: Life Before The Segway Someone told me a while back that the masterful online satire magazine, The Onion was doing video, but I imagined they meant little YouTube clips with dancing animals falling down or, at best, dancers on treadmills falling down. But,...

Friday Funny: Ah, the French

Friday Funny: Ah, the French When it comes to high-brow entertainment, there's no place than France to get your fill of art-house film and intellectually stimulating enjoyment. I mean, there's Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. And who can forget how much the French treasured Jerry Lewis who was,...

Friday Funny (tho late): Cupid

Friday Funny (tho late): Cupid OK, it's a bit late, in two ways, since it is Saturday, not Friday and we are past V-Day, but this delightful stop-motion video by Corky Quakenbush puts a nice, cop-noir spin on Valentine's Day, or at least on the topic of love. I am a huge fan of stop-motion film. I...

Friday Funny: Philosopher Soccer

As much as I try to get myself excited about soccer, I usually get rather bored about halfway through a match. I know, that's probably both ignorance and culturally insensitive of me. Our European readers no doubt hold me up as a typical closed-minded, fast-food eating...

Friday Funny: McSweeney's

Friday Funny: McSweeney's Once again, dutiful gadling readers, I must turn to one of my favorite sites for our Friday Funny: McSweeney's. And once again, the site does not fail to disappoint. This one, I think, is best left unexplained by me, since it has been my experience that trying to explain...

Friday Funny: Stop Motion Amazement

Fans of Gumby and Mr. Bill (am I dating myself?) know what humor can be wrought from the deliberate and painstaking art of stop-motion photography. While there have been low-budget experimenters with this genre for many, many years, only recently, with the advent of...

Friday Funny: National Park Cartoons

Friday Funny: National Park Cartoons Folks here know what passionate fans we are of the National Parks; we blog about them endlessly as they are, in the parks own words, our nation's family jewels. I'll not comment editorially on the current administration's handling of park policy because that would take far...

Friday Funny: Fifty Best Cartoons

Friday Funny: Fifty Best Cartoons Sometimes I feel sorry for today's children. They have a gazillion times more television programming available to them, but so much of it is crap, it's often impossible to find anything worth watching ,let alone something that might be considered educational or enriching....

Friday Funny: Old Travel Dangers Video

Jeff and Nancy take an exotic lovers vacation to (gasp!) Acapulco, Mexico in this absurdly silly and over-wrought video from YouTube. Nancy actually looks quite fetching walking the beach, and one immediately wonders how she got stuck with this Jeff guy, but that's...

Friday Funny: One Sentence

Friday Funny: One Sentence If you believe brevity is the soul of wit then this site is for you. I thought the concept here was excellent, and the implementation both impressive and entertaining. The site is called onesentence.org, and the conceit is simple...so simple in fact that simplicity is its...

Friday Funny: The End of the World

Friday Funny: The End of the World For doomsayers and REM fans alike, here is a superb little video about nothing less than the end of the world as we know it. Yes, you'll feel fine as you sit and watch how we bring to a close this final chapter of humanity. Of course, those living in Hawaii, California and...

Friday Funny: Kitsch Souvenir Photos

Friday Funny: Kitsch Souvenir Photos Sometimes I'm not sure where travelers like Michael Hughes get all their time and money to travel. Like the famous Dancing Matt, who has paraded and boogied around the globe and done a fine job chronicling said adventures via little video dancing bits, Mr. Hughes is...

Losing your Pants to a Scam Artist

Losing your Pants to a Scam Artist Everyone has travel advice. You can't leave for a trip without someone, at the very minimum, telling you to "stay safe." Part of staying safe is avoiding the thievery which stalks unsuspecting travelers; as we all know, certain areas are rife with unsavory characters...

Friday Funny: Jack Handy and Ian Frazier

Friday Funny: Jack Handy and Ian Frazier Two of my favorite writers - one in TV, the other in print - have put together a wonderfully funny pair of articles about fishing in last month's Outside Magazine. I'd caught this one a few days ago ,and have been holding onto it intentionally for the Friday Funny. Ian...

Borat on CNN

Borat on CNN We've blogged about Borat a number of times here. I think Neil has a particular fascination with the rude would-be Kazakhstani (actually a Jewish fellow named Sascha Baron Cohen). I've yet to see "Borat" the film, but am actually looking forward to it. There's been so much...

Friday Funny: Indiana Jones Denied Tenure

Friday Funny: Indiana Jones Denied Tenure Going once again to McSweeneys for our Friday Funny, this tie with a decisively travel twist. In a lovely send up of a university peer review by colleagues and administrators at Marshall College, presumably where Indiana Jones teaches in the film, although I recall it being...

Red Corner: The Onion Mocks North Korea's Bomb

Red Corner: The Onion Mocks North Korea's Bomb North Korea has dropped the bomb and the satirical newspaper, The Onion, has responded appropriately. "N. Korea Detonates 40 Years of GDP" screams the headline, and the article only gets funnier after that. I'll give you just a small taste of the black comedy that follows:...

Friday Funny: Simpsons Episodes

Friday Funny: Simpsons Episodes As always, we try here at gadling very hard to make sure that our Friday Funny is somehow travel-related. Sometimes we fail. today, I offer you a virtual bonanza of lunchtime, sit-in-front-of-your-computer viewing. And for Simpson's fans, well, this is about as deliriously...

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