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American Tourist Eats Pickled Human Toe

Aug 28th, 2013 at 10:46AM: Traveling often involves eating things you'd never imagine ingesting at home. Fried tarantulas, grilled bull testicles, ant eggs, fish eyes... the list of unusual foreign foods goes on and on. But one thing we've certainly never imagined would make the list is human toes. However, that's exactly what an American man ate over the weekend, during a peculiar drinking game in Canada. According...

The Naked Walk Of Shame And Other Crazy Hotel Antics

The Naked Walk Of Shame And Other Crazy Hotel Antics Jun 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: David Nestor, Flickr Traveling to new places gives us a sense of anonymity we just can't get when we're in our home cities – there's next to no chance of us bumping into someone we know or having people recognize us as "that weird person that did xyz." Which is perhaps exactly why so many travelers lose their inhibitions when they're on the road and do things they would never dare otherwise....

Bizarre Trampoline Bridge Proposed In Paris, France

Bizarre Trampoline Bridge Proposed In Paris, France Oct 19th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Visitors to Paris may soon find themselves bouncing across the River Seine on a giant inflatable bouncy bridge. According to news.com.au, the idea was proposed by Paris-based architectural firm Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC) during a local design competition. "Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water," AZC...

10 Ways To Experience Bizarre Natural Phenomena

10 Ways To Experience Bizarre Natural Phenomena Oct 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: To experience something out of the ordinary on your next trip, check out some of these bizarre natural phenomena. Morning Glory Cloud, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia While you can occasionally see a Morning Glory Cloud or roll cloud in other parts of the world, the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia is the only place it can be predicted and observed regularly. A Morning Glory...

China's Popular Beach Trend: The Facekini

China's Popular Beach Trend: The Facekini Aug 23rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: If you're traveling to China this summer and want to fit in at the beach, you may be less than thrilled to learn the popular fashion trend will not allow you to get a tan. Dubbed the "facekini," these masks cover the person's entire face, head and neck, with holes cut out for the eyes, nose and mouth. In northeast China's seaside town of Qingdao, women especially find these masks appealing...

15 Bizarre Natural Wonders

15 Bizarre Natural Wonders Jun 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Here at Gadling, we love finding the quirkiest, most bizarre and out-of-the-ordinary aspects of travel from around the planet. While we've told you about some of the world's strangest natural wonders before, there are just too many unworldly aspects in nature to uncover in one list. Have you ever witnessed hot pink lagoons littered with feeding flamingos in the desert? Or enormous frost-covered...

Amazing Photos Of Uzbekistan's Desert Ship Graveyard

Amazing Photos Of Uzbekistan's Desert Ship Graveyard May 31st, 2012 at 7:00AM: A relentless sun bakes down upon the desert sands near the Uzbekistan city of Mo'ynaq, sending shimmering waves of heat and swirling dust clouds floating skywards. As the scarce few travelers who have traversed this most barren and isolated of landscapes will tell you, it's probably the last place on earth you'd expect to find a flotilla of abandoned ships. Except this isn't a mirage...

Travel safety: are swans dangerous?

Mar 5th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Mr. Asbo is not a nice swan. He's attacked numerous boaters on the River Cam at Cambridge, England, hissing and pecking at anyone who comes close. Back in 2009, he even attacked the Cambridge Rowing Team during their historic May Bumps race. The race had to appoint a special marshal to keep an eye on the naughty bird. Swans are very territorial, especially when they have a nest full of...

Photo of the Day: Singapore's unusual theme park

Photo of the Day: Singapore's unusual theme park Jan 13th, 2012 at 5:30PM: This fellow is from one of Singapore's more unusual attractions - the Haw Par Villa theme park, also called Tiger Balm Gardens. Originally built in the 1930s by the creators of Tiger Balm to showcase Chinese folklore and mythology, the park is known for its bizarre and gruesome Ten Courts of Hell with such creepy statues and dioramas as a human-faced crab and bloody dismembered torsos...

The Obama pen: weirdest African souvenir ever?

The Obama pen: weirdest African souvenir ever? May 16th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Obama is big in Africa. There are Obama shops, Obama hotels, Obama t-shirts, even Obama: The Musical. A craze of naming babies Obama hit the continent when he was elected. Even better, the proud parents could fill out the birth certificate with an Obama ballpoint pen. I came across these in a shop in Harar, Ethiopia. A friend of mine worked for his campaign, so it seemed the perfect gift. The...

Human castles may make UNESCO World Heritage list

Nov 15th, 2010 at 11:00AM: You gotta love Spain. Not only do they like having giant tomato fights and getting chased through the streets by bulls, but they build giant castles out of people. That's right. Not content with having some of the best castles in Europe, the Spaniards like constructing living towers up to ten people high. Called a castell, the tradition originated in the region of Catalonia in the 18th...

Using slime mould to improve transportation

Using slime mould to improve transportation Nov 6th, 2010 at 9:00AM: "What idiot designed this highway?" I've asked myself this question on more than one road trip. Sometimes the most straightforward journey can be slowed down thanks to bad highway planning. Now it turns out that slime mould may be an efficient designer of transportation routes. Slime mould resembles a giant amoeba that sends out networks of tubes to grab food from distant locations. Scientists...

Best ESL video ever: Japanese diarrhea aerobics

Best ESL video ever: Japanese diarrhea aerobics Oct 25th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Teaching English as a Second Language can be a great way to see the world. You actually get paid to be immersed in a foreign culture and spend all your time speaking with the locals! Here in Madrid most of the Anglos I know are English teachers, but they all complain that it can sometimes be hard to engage students. That may be because they're teaching in a traditional classroom environment,...

The Purgatory Museum

The Purgatory Museum Sep 14th, 2010 at 10:00AM: I'm not sure what I'm looking at. A rectangular slab of wood bears two burn marks--one in the shape of a cross, the other resembles a human hand. Nearby are other items--a shirt, a prayer book, a pillow--all with burns that look like they've been made by fiery fingers. I'm in Rome's smallest and strangest museum, the Piccolo Museo del Purgatorio, the Little Museum of Purgatory. Housed in the...

Man arrested in Mexico smuggling 18 monkeys in his pants

Man arrested in Mexico smuggling 18 monkeys in his pants Jul 20th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Are those monkeys in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? A Mexican man was arrested upon arrival in Mexico City after flying from Lima, Peru with 18 titi monkeys strapped around his waist. While the monkeys traveled in his luggage, Roberto Sol Cabrera placed the endangered monkeys into socks that fit into a waist girdle "to protect them from X-rays," though two of the monkeys did not...

Trinkets and treasures: Istanbul on and off the beaten path

Trinkets and treasures: Istanbul on and off the beaten path Jul 13th, 2010 at 4:30PM: The tourist season in Istanbul is well underway, bringing hordes of tour buses and groups into Sultanahment (the Old City) each day, perhaps even more this year as the Turkish city is currently one of Europe's Capitals of Culture. Whether you are planning your first visit or your tenth, here is a look at some of the most touristed spots, why you should fight the crowds to see them, and where you...

Finding the expat community and what travelers can learn from them

Finding the expat community and what travelers can learn from them Jul 6th, 2010 at 1:30PM: No matter how well-traveled you are, moving to a foreign country and living as an expat is a whole new ballgame. Your priorities and standards change, and hours that you may have spent as a traveler in a museum or wandering a beach are now spent in as an expat search of an alarm clock or trying to distinguish between eight types of yogurt. You become like a child again: unable to speak in complete...

Parents' worse nightmare: Their child is in trouble overseas

Parents' worse nightmare: Their child is in trouble overseas Dec 4th, 2009 at 12:30PM: For the past couple of days, two stories have been appearing in various forms in the media--one splashier than the other, but both are what parents nightmares are made of. These are the situations they hope they don't get a phone call about. One is about Amanda Knox, the college student who is in an Italian jail waiting to see if she will spend years there if she's found guilty for murdering her...

Low flying pelican and cell phone vs million dollar car: car loses

Low flying pelican and cell phone vs million dollar car: car loses Nov 14th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Earlier this week, a pig on an airport runway in Zimbabwe wrecked a plane and panicked passengers as the plane was taking off. On Wednesday, it wasn't a pig that created a travel brouhaha. It was a low flying pelican--plus a cell phone. Evidently, as the pelican made a low flying move in front of a million dollar sports car--a Bugatti Veyron, the man driving this expensive beauty became startled...

Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th

Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th Nov 13th, 2009 at 5:30PM: Happy Friday the 13th! Tributed to being an unlucky day thanks to wives tales, religion and mythology, this is a day when people might think about altering their travel plans. The thought is, why push your luck? Franklin D. Roosevelt was one such person. He never traveled on the 13th. He even died on April 12, 1945. That, my friends, was on a Thursday. That is kind of strange, no? In honor of a...

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