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Super secret 11 spices KFC recipe is being relocated

Super secret 11 spices KFC recipe is being relocated Sep 9th, 2008 at 5:00PM: In what can only described as part PR stunt, and part high value transport, the top secret recipe for KFC's original recipe is being temporarily relocated. The yellowed sheet of paper involved lists the 11 spices used in Colonel Sanders recipe, and is the same one still used today to create their signature fried chicken. The relocation was necessary because Yum Brands, the parent of KFC is...

Abe Lincoln and Civil War history buffs, head here

Abe Lincoln and Civil War history buffs, head here Jun 18th, 2008 at 12:00PM: One aspect I love about going someplace I haven't been before is coming upon a treasure I wasn't expecting. This was the case when I headed to Harrogate, Tennessee to the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. My purpose was to hang out with writers who have an Appalachian bent. What I didn't expect was the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library. My word! In the gorgeous bowl created by the mountains,...

One way to stand traffic hell

One way to stand traffic hell Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:30AM: "I am in traffic hell," I said to my friend over my cell phone Friday right before the I-64 split off I-75 a few miles before Lexington, Kentucky, I didn't expect this traffic. It was 3:45. What was everyone doing off work already? The miles of orange barrels cutting off the left lane, merging traffic from the right, another highway merging in from the left, plus every tractor trailer truck...

Brain feeling blah? Exercise it.

Brain feeling blah? Exercise it. Jan 8th, 2008 at 11:00AM: On New Year's Eve I spent an hour or so engaged in the board game Battle of the Sexes with friends. I think that was the name of it. We were on vacation at their house in Ottawa, Ohio. A few hours before the game, the female half of this couple took me on a drive through town to show me where the water line was when the town flooded this summer. Their basement family room was royally trashed by...

Fall Leaf Peeping by Rail

Fall Leaf Peeping by Rail Sep 13th, 2007 at 10:00PM: The leaves haven't started to change in Columbus, Ohio-- yet, but they will--soon. This morning the air was crisp and cool. Yep, leaf changing conditions are here, and I expect edges of red will appear in a couple of weeks until eventually there will be bursts of color everywhere. If you are interested in optimum leaf peeping, plan a bit a head. Instead of taking a driving trip for fall splendor...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival + Maker's Mark Visitor Center = Good Times

Kentucky Bourbon Festival + Maker's Mark Visitor Center = Good Times Sep 13th, 2007 at 4:08PM: The Maker's Mark distillery, in Loretto, Kentucky, usually sees about 70,000 visitors a year, but it's hoping to triple that number with its new $2.5 million visitor's center. The distillery is a National Historic Landmark, and the company was careful to preserve its appearance with the center; the tasting lounge and gift shop are located in a century-old rack house that holds about 1,000 barrels...

Traveling Coincidences: Who Else Have You Seen?

Traveling Coincidences: Who Else Have You Seen? Aug 26th, 2007 at 11:23AM: Brett's post on famous people you've come across in your travels reminded me of other traveling coincidences. It's neat to see famous people for sure, but what about the people who aren't so famous? What about the people from other parts of your life who show up in places where you least expect to see them? This is another aspect about travel that facinates me. Does the universe just put us at the...

The Simpsons Movie: Springfield Challenge

The Simpsons Movie: Springfield Challenge Jul 2nd, 2007 at 2:58PM: Since the exact location was never explicitly revealed in any episode of The Simpsons, fourteen Springfields across America are currently battling it out to decide which town should be the true home of Homer and family. Each of the fourteen Springfields in the running -- Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon,...

Kentucky Plane Crash

Kentucky Plane Crash Aug 28th, 2006 at 11:36AM: I wasn't going to blog about this at first, but then I thought travel isn't always happy-go-lucky. Sometimes you get a flat, stuck in a ditch, held hostage, placed in the center of two hostile warring countries or your flight plunges from the atmosphere like a torpedo to your untimely death. Sure these aren't the scenarios any of us want to think about before launching into the big bold world, but...

Dining in Newport, Kentucky - Hofbräuhaus

Dining in Newport, Kentucky - Hofbräuhaus Jun 1st, 2006 at 10:19PM: Once word gets out that I blog for a travel website people expect me to know all of thousand of the  Philippines islands by name, the capital city of Nauru (there isn't one) or the ingredients of that strange gelatin found in a lot of European fare. Well let it be known it's a pretty big world out there and a lot of information for one person to store, but I do my best to grab the bull by the...

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