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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo Aug 30th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr What are the main reasons people travel? To see the world, gain new perspective, learn about other cultures, get a photo of themselves in front of a famous destination. Let's be honest, in the world of social media, the latter is of the utmost importance, so important that some people will take a fake background rather than the real thing. Five places you can snap a...

Texting While Flying Cause Of Fatal Crash

Texting While Flying Cause Of Fatal Crash Apr 9th, 2013 at 4:00PM: It's likely cockpits will come under increased scrutiny after it's been confirmed texting is to blame for a fatal crash in Missouri – a first in commercial aviation history. A report by Bloomberg explains the pilot of an emergency medial helicopter flying over Missouri was sending and receiving text messages just before a 2011 accident. According to preliminary reports by the National...

Mosquitoes Becoming Immune To DEET, Study Suggests

Mosquitoes Becoming Immune To DEET, Study Suggests Feb 21st, 2013 at 4:00PM: According to a new study, mosquitoes are learning to ignore DEET, the BBC reports. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine tested the responses to DEET by the Aedes aegypti, a type of mosquito that can carry yellow fever and dengue fever and is thus particularly dangerous to adventure travelers. In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers say...

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

See The World's Longest Snake And A Live Gator At America's Scariest Haunted House

See The World's Longest Snake And A Live Gator At America's Scariest Haunted House Oct 15th, 2012 at 1:00PM: There are thousands of haunted house attractions that open up in cities around the country each year around this time but there's only one place where you can see the world's longest snake in captivity, nearly get your leg chomped off by a live alligator and slide five stories from heaven to purgatory to hell. Kansas City's "The Edge of Hell" claims to be the country's oldest commercial haunted...

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, A French Colonial Town In America's Heartland

Oct 9th, 2012 at 11:00AM: When we think of Colonial America, we generally think of the old parts of Boston, lovely New England port towns such as Marblehead, or Spanish colonial towns such as St. Augustine. America's heartland has some colonial traces too. The best preserved and most distinct is the French colonial town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Located about 60 miles south of St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve was one of the...

The Steamboat Arabia Museum In Kansas City, Missouri

Aug 18th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Missouri's rivers were full of steamboats. The state's eastern boundary is delineated by the Mississippi River, and the Missouri River cuts right through the center of the state. Steamboats brought people, crops, and consumer goods across long distances much quicker than they could have made it on the crude early roads. Steamboat pilots, including a...

Hannibal MO: The Town Mark Twain Has Kept On the Map

Hannibal MO: The Town Mark Twain Has Kept On the Map Jul 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: I'm standing across from the Mark Twain Museum Gallery in Hannibal, Missouri, waiting for a "Mark Twain" taxi to let me cross the street. To my right, I can see the Mark Twain Hotel, opened in 1905 and now a home for seniors, and the Mark Twain Print Shop. To the left, is the Mark Twain Dinette, a theater featuring a Mark Twain impersonator, the Twain Town souvenir shop, the Twain boyhood home,...

President Obama's Favorite Pizza Squares Off Against A College Favorite

President Obama's Favorite Pizza Squares Off Against A College Favorite Jul 23rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Who could resist trying a pizza fit for the President of the United States? Last week, I visited a friend in St. Louis and he mentioned that President Obama offended some in his adopted hometown of Chicago a few years ago by choosing a St. Louis pizzeria called Pi to cater a pizza party at the White House, after having tried and liked their pizza at a campaign event at the St. Louis Arch. Any...

Patriotism In The Heartland: Columbia MO Rallies To Shield A Fallen Soldier's Family From Anti-Gay Zealots

Patriotism In The Heartland: Columbia MO Rallies To Shield A Fallen Soldier's Family From Anti-Gay Zealots Jul 22nd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Samuel Johnson once said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel and ordinarily, I agree with him – but not today. I was driving through downtown Columbia, Missouri, and witnessed a remarkable demonstration of community solidarity and patriotism that caused me to pull over off of the town's main street. There were thousands of ordinary people dressed in red, many of them...

Meramec Caverns: The Coolest Attraction On Route 66

Jun 20th, 2012 at 11:00AM: If you want to beat the heat this summer, there's no better way to do that than to explore a cool and beautiful cave. Missouri is one of the best states to see them. A combination of lots of limestone and plenty of water has honeycombed the state with some 6,000 caves, from tiny little crawl spaces to grand and glorious show caves. One of the most popular is Meramec Caverns in Stanton,...

Museum Month: Madness And Badness At Psychiatric And Crime Museums

Museum Month: Madness And Badness At Psychiatric And Crime Museums May 12th, 2012 at 10:00AM: It's no secret amongst my friends (and I suspect, most of my readers) that I'm obsessed with the more sordid aspects of humanity. Why? Hell if I know. As with most things, I blame my dad, the veterinarian. I'm pretty sure a childhood spent playing necropsy assistant has something to do with it. My love of forensics is only the tip of the iceberg: psychiatry, taxidermy, eating weird shit and...

Five Places To Anchor Yourself In Titanic History

Five Places To Anchor Yourself In Titanic History Apr 6th, 2012 at 4:00PM: "Titanic" 3D hit cinemas this week just in time to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ship's fateful voyage. But the box office isn't the only place you can pay tribute to the ship. Two new Titanic museums are opening up just in time to celebrate the ship's anniversary, and there are many other places that are keeping the ship and its passengers' legacy afloat. Below are some places...

Peru's Mysterious Animal-Shaped Mounds

Peru's Mysterious Animal-Shaped Mounds Apr 2nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: It's always an odd experience to see a familiar name in the news. Dr. Robert Benfer was a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia when I was getting my master's in archaeology. I was studying the early medieval Europe while he taught about prehistoric Peru, so our paths didn't cross much, but I did go to some of his lectures. I especially remember his skewering of the controversial book...

Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge to be reenacted

Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge to be reenacted Feb 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: One of the most important Civil War battles west of the Mississippi is going to be reenacted next month. The Battle of Pea Ridge was fought from March 6-8, 1862, in northwestern Arkansas. In the first year of the war, Union forces had pushed most rebel forces out of Missouri. Now they moved into Arkansas and slammed right into a Confederate army on its way north to try to regain their losses....

Is BKG the most charming airport ever?

Is BKG the most charming airport ever? Nov 15th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Hectic. Annoying. Uncomfortable. These are just a few words that normally come to mind when talking about airports. An airport can be scenic (like Wyoming's Jackson Hole) or design saavy (like Amsterdam's Schiphol), but rarely do you ever land at an airport and immediately want to take pictures, let alone leave the place feeling charmed by it. But that's what's different about the Branson...

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park Nov 7th, 2011 at 2:30PM: The Honey Springs Battlefield Park in Oklahoma may become a new addition to the National Park Service, the Tulsa World reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior said in a report that there's "potential action" for "support designation of Honey Springs as a National Battlefield Park." Now Oklahoma history buffs are scratching their heads over just what that means. The Tulsa World couldn't...

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012 Oct 25th, 2011 at 2:00PM: What destination are you dreaming of for 2012? The staff at Frommer's have just unveiled their list of top travel destinations for the coming year. Included in the list is a little something for everyone: large metropolises, secluded beach towns, colorful riverside villas, and more. But Frommer's didn't just rely on their expert editors and author's for this years list--they also polled...

Interesting indoor spaces around the world

Interesting indoor spaces around the world Oct 4th, 2011 at 5:00PM: I love the outdoors, to the extent that I tend to bypass or overlook exceptional indoor spaces when I'm traveling or recounting a great trip. Fortunately, Lonely Planet author/former Gadling contributor Leif Pettersen's recent list on LP's website has reminded me that---as many a grandmother has said---beauty is on the inside. Pettersen says only in recent years has he developed a special...

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