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Attempted Child Snatching Is An Amusement Park Safety Reminder

Attempted Child Snatching Is An Amusement Park Safety Reminder Jul 11th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Eric.Parker, Flickr Talk about getting too close for comfort. It turns out a man who was repeatedly getting within reach of a 2-year-old boy at an amusement park in Ohio may have been attempting to snatch the toddler. After he was arrested, police found toys and movies of children in his truck. Then, they came to find out he was secretly recording children all day with a hidden video camera in his...

Budget Guide 2013: Columbus, Ohio

Budget Guide 2013: Columbus, Ohio Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Columbus, Ohio, is known as both "Cowtown" and "The Biggest Small Town in America," nicknames that begin to shed light on the destination's Midwest charm mixed with big city amenities. Relative to other urban centers, the streets are safe and the people are friendly, yet you'll find restaurants, galleries, shops and other attractions that have Columbus competing with cities two and three...

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...

Buried Deep In Ohio's Amish Country, Memories Await At The Famous Endings Funeral Museum

Buried Deep In Ohio's Amish Country, Memories Await At The Famous Endings Funeral Museum Nov 11th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Faithful Gadling readers might recall that I'm not a big fan of sightseeing, but I read about a funeral museum on BBC Travel this week that I'm, excuse the pun, dying to visit. The Toland-Herzig Famous Endings museum (please don't call it the Happy Endings museum as I accidentally did) in Dover, Ohio, has more than 1,500 funeral-related items from famous and should-be famous people from around the...

Roadside America: Marietta, Ohio

Roadside America: Marietta, Ohio Oct 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Marietta, Ohio, is your quintessential small town. With a population that wavers around 15,000 and a little liberal arts college, Marietta College, nested within the downtown perimeters, Marietta is a quiet escape, especially for those spending time in the relatively larger nearby cities of Columbus, Pittsburgh or Cleveland. As the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest...

Under These Circumstances: Traveling For A Funeral

Under These Circumstances: Traveling For A Funeral Aug 31st, 2012 at 9:00AM: The twisting highways that cut through West Virginia and lead to my hometown, which is on the border of West Virginia and Ohio, are terrifying at night. The last time I made the drive, the fog was thick and low – a meteorological manifestation of my cloudy, burdened mind. Because the hills are steep and street lights are rare, the dim headlights were the only aid my vision had. I...

Cedar Point Officially Announces New Roller Coaster For 2013

Aug 13th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Always seeking to break records, it looks as though Ohio's Cedar Point will be building a new winged coaster projected to have the longest drop, fastest run and longest ride of its kind. The coaster, which is set up so riders are suspended in cars that hang out over both sides of the track, is the first coaster to be built at the park since Maverick debuted in 2007. Although rumors about a...

Innkeeper Challenges Guests to Take on Her Job

Innkeeper Challenges Guests to Take on Her Job May 1st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Over the years, innkeeper Ellen Grinsfelder has overheard plenty of comments about how much fun it must be to run the cozy bed and breakfast where she works in Logan, Ohio. Since so many people have wondered how grand of a time it must be work at the inn, she's decided to take the day off and let a guest step in and run the place. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, located near Hocking Hills...

Ohio State Reformatory continues to spook guests with overnight ghost hunts

Ohio State Reformatory continues to spook guests with overnight ghost hunts Oct 20th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Exotic animals may have terrorized a small town in Ohio, but guests looking to get really scared should head to the infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield--one of the ultimate places to go for a ghost hunt. For the Halloween season, the reformatory is offering a haunted house-style "Haunted Prison Experience," but next spring the real frights will begin when the facility that housed over...

Yuengling will make its way into Ohio bars

Yuengling will make its way into Ohio bars Jun 20th, 2011 at 7:30PM: Here is some good news for Ohioans and visitors to the Buckeye State: Yuengling beer will make its way into bars throughout Ohio by the end of the year. Already served in thirteen states up and down the Eastern seaboard, the beer has so far not made its way inland – even though it is brewed right next door in Pennsylvania. What took Yuengling, a company whose claim to fame is the oldest...

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop May 30th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Since Memorial Day is past, I think it's safe to say we've officially entered ice cream season (National Ice Cream Day is July 17) Unless you live in Seattle, in which case, it's still winter, but never mind. We still have great ice cream. What makes for acclaim-worthy ice cream? Food writers like me tend to look for an emphasis on local/seasonal ingredients, including dairy. I love high...

Video of the Day: Zombie Walk in Columbus, Ohio

May 16th, 2011 at 6:30PM: People like to argue over the best time to visit places. You'll hear plenty of people recommend Paris in the spring, wax poetic on the Alaskan winter and suggest New England in autumn. For our money, however, it's all about Columbus, Ohio during the zombie apocalypse. Columbus hosted it's seemingly annual Zombie Walk this past weekend. It's hard to tell what's happening in this video, but it...

A guide to America's most "offal" restaurants

A guide to America's most Mar 11th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Even when I was a finicky kid subsisting on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, I was intrigued by offal. No way in hell would I have eaten what are politely known in the food industry as "variety meats," but they sure looked intriguing. As with most of my weird habits, I blame my dad for my fascination with animal guts. Growing up the daughter of a large animal vet, I spent most of my formative years...

Blogger Elizabeth Seward

Blogger Elizabeth Seward Dec 26th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Elizabeth Seward. Where was your photo taken: Puntarenas, Costa Rica. I was lounging at the Los Suenos Resort there (on the Pacific side of the country) for a few days. This photo captured me mid-thought, writing alongside the ocean. It should be noted, however, that I might have just been gazing off at a Scarlet Macaw. Where do you live now: I'm...

Ark Encounter theme park plans unveiled

Ark Encounter theme park plans unveiled Dec 2nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: The "Creationist" theme park long-rumored to be built in Kentucky is one step closer to reality. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the plans for the new theme park on Wednesday, along with tax incentives the state of Kentucky will provide to the tune of $37 million. Ark Encounter's centerpiece will be a 500-foot long wooden ark, modeled after the Biblical Noah's ark. The park's...

Holiday trip? Consider rail travel

Holiday trip? Consider rail travel Nov 26th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Unlike Europe and Japan, the United States isn't known for its high-tech, efficient rail travel. Which is a shame because, as I recently discovered, taking Amtrak is sometimes a better way to travel this big country of ours, and generally speaking, it has a lower carbon footprint per passenger than driving or flying. You definitely need to have time to spare for long distance trips,...

Kentucky wins fight with Ohio over Indian Head Rock

Kentucky wins fight with Ohio over Indian Head Rock Nov 9th, 2010 at 3:30PM: We've talked about people stealing archaeological artifacts before here on Gadling, but the theft of an eight-ton rock has got to be some sort of record, especially considering that it was underwater. A boulder called Indian Head Rock used to poke out of the Ohio River near the Kentucky side and was a popular place to visit. Boatmen in the nineteenth century used it as a guidepost, and locals...

Relief: Four airport perks coming soon

Relief: Four airport perks coming soon Oct 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: There's nothing fun about going to the airport, and the regulatory climate isn't likely to change that anytime soon. Security will still be a nightmare, and you won't be able to bring your own water with you (at least not for a while). Fortunately, there are companies out there looking for ways to make your airport experience better. So, what can you expect to see in your local airport in the...

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

Cedar Point named best U.S. amusement park

Cedar Point named best U.S. amusement park Sep 13th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards were announced this weekend, and Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, nabbed the top spot as the best amusement park in the United States. The theme park industry considers the Golden Tickets a top honor. Industry mag Amusement Today surveys experienced, well-traveled theme park enthusiasts from around the country to determine the best theme parks in a...

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