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Get Ready For The Olympics With Andaz's World Food Marathon

Get Ready For The Olympics With Andaz's World Food Marathon May 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: While the Olympic Games are associated with international sports, Andaz Liverpool Street in London will be focusing on international food during the weeks leading up to the big event. The five-star luxury hotel will be looking to staff members of its four Andaz restaurants – 1901, Catch, Eastway and Miyako – to help create the menu. Pulling from the 40 different nationalities that...

Delta Flies Rangers Fans For Free On 17-minute Flight To Devils Game

Delta Flies Rangers Fans For Free On 17-minute Flight To Devils Game May 17th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Delta Air Lines is giving Rangers fans a free lift to game three of the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday. The catch, however, is that the game is in northern New Jersey – meaning the free flight from LaGuardia Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport is far more trouble than it's worth. Any fan that does take Delta up on the offer must first take...

The Newest Innovation In Snorkeling: The Powerbreather

The Newest Innovation In Snorkeling: The Powerbreather May 17th, 2012 at 2:00PM: When traveling to tropical regions, I love snorkeling and seeing the unique marine life. However, one thing I hate is how I can never seem to perfectly place the snorkel tube as to not get water in my mouth. Luckily, a new product called the Powerbreather has been designed to fix this. Tagged as the "future in swimming," the Powerbreather is a ring shaped, elastic snorkel that wraps around the...

These US Hotels Are Helping Guests Celebrate America's National Pastime With Baseball-Themed Packages

These US Hotels Are Helping Guests Celebrate America's National Pastime With Baseball-Themed Packages May 7th, 2012 at 11:00AM: As the weather gets warmer, Americans are getting ready to enjoy their favorite national pastime: baseball. To help bring your love of the game with you on your travels, these hotels around the United States are offering baseball-themed packages. The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Denver, Colorado The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is helping guests root for the Rockies in style. Their "Sports" package...

Argentina's National Pastime: Pato

Apr 21st, 2012 at 2:00PM: While most people believe soccer to be Argentina's national pastime, I was surprised to learn from a local that it's actually something with very unsavory beginnings. Pato, or duck, is a game that combines polo and basketball, and is the national sport of Argentina. To play, two teams of four on horseback fight for possession of a ball that is equipped with six leather handles. The object of...

Facts By The Numbers For The 2012 Olympic Games In London

Facts By The Numbers For The 2012 Olympic Games In London Apr 12th, 2012 at 4:30PM: Excited for the upcoming Olympics? While you may have a favorite athlete in mind or a specific team you're rooting for, there is actually a lot more that goes into preparing for the Olympic Games than working out and training. To give you a better idea, here are 20 things you probably didn't know about the upcoming Olympic games: There will be 26 featured sports from 39 disciplines The...

Footvolley: Brazil's take on volleyball and soccer

Mar 28th, 2012 at 4:00PM: While traveling through Brazil, I discovered a new sport I had never seen before, but one I'd definitely love to try. The sport was created in 1965 on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, as a way for football (soccer) players to be able to practice their skills without violating the terms of the formal football ban that was going on. It is similar to volleyball in that points are...

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business Mar 21st, 2012 at 12:00PM: Most children don't dream of selling cheese or hacking apart animal carcasses when they grow up, but it's a popular fantasy for many adults. Like most romantic-sounding culinary vocations, making craft foods and beverages can be hard work, and a risky business enterprise. "No matter how passionate someone is about their product," says Heidi Yorkshire, founder of Portland, Oregon's Food by Hand...

Riviera Nayarit kicks off Mexico's largest sailing competition this month

Riviera Nayarit kicks off Mexico's largest sailing competition this month Mar 6th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Every other year, Mexico hosts their Nautical Extravaganza, a month filled with classic sailing and water sport competitions that take you to different Mexican cities. This year, the event kicked off on March 2 with the 30th Biennial San Diego to Vallarta Yacht Club race, which consists of sailors navigating their boats over 1,000 miles from San Diego, California, to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. If...

Turkey's unique national pastime: oil wrestling

Feb 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: While America has baseball, New Zealand has rugby, and Australia has cricket, Turkey has a national pastime that some may find a bit odd-- oil wrestling. Also known as "grease wrestling," the sport involves men clad in black leather pants carrying wicker bags that contain bottles of olive oil, which they must pour over every inch of their flesh. Because it's so difficult for a participant to...

How to row across the ocean

How to row across the ocean Feb 21st, 2012 at 2:30PM: Over the weekend, the New York Times memorialized adventurer John Fairfax in the most awe-inspiring obituary ever written. In it, we learned that Mr. Fairfax had run away to the Amazon jungle at 13, then later worked as a pirate's apprentice out of Panama. But the main narrative of Mr. Fairfax's life was that he had rowed across not one, but two oceans: the Atlantic in 1969 and the Pacific in...

Museum Secrets learns the art of Viking warfare

Feb 21st, 2012 at 1:00PM: When's the last time you engaged in Viking sword fighting during your travels? Apparently, there are some people who are trained professionals in this skillful yet dangerous art form, like Kelle Longbow and his son Gernot. In fact, Museum Secrets got the chance to talk to the two fight choreographers and see the proper technique for Viking fighting in the exclusive video above. According to...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: From steel town to scenic city

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: From steel town to scenic city Jan 31st, 2012 at 2:00PM: While many people still visualize Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be an old steel city, the hilly town has certainly changed a lot in the last 30-40 years. My first impressions when arriving were that the lit up hillsides, public art, modern architecture, colorful bridges, scenic rivers, diverse restaurants and lively club scene made Pittsburgh seem a lot more eclectic and trendy than industrial. If...

What is Dwile Flonking?

Dec 27th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Never heard of Dwile Flonking? That's okay, most people haven't. The sport consists of two teams, each taking turns to dance around the other, Ring Around the Rosie-style. While one team is dancing, the other has a player in the center of the circle, waiting to pelt a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) at a their opponents. The game has some really unusual rules, such as "A 'dull witted person' is...

The sport you probably haven't heard of: Rutabaga Curling

Nov 22nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: While many people use rutabagas as food, there are some that like to use them for sport. Wooden planks make up the "field" for playing the game, with the pitch being around 79 feet and a circular target at the end. The game involves throwing your rutabaga towards the other end of the field and trying to knock opponents vegetables out of the way. And if you're thinking about using unconventional...

Video: 2011 National Parkour Summit competition

Nov 1st, 2011 at 2:30PM: The 2011 National Parkour Summit competition took place in Seattle, Washington. World class traceurs, including Levi Meeuwenberg, Frosti Zernow, Brian Orosco, and Tyson Cecka competed in speed competitions at Gasworks Park where two obstacle courses were set up. The first course was an Adult Open competition at Parkour Visions' brand new gym, while the second was an Adult Invitational. Each...

Chinese kayak race turns violent

Chinese kayak race turns violent Oct 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: A kayak race in Nanchang, located in the Chinese province of Jiangxi, turned violent last week when two teams came to blows while still out on the water. The brawl broke out when one team intentionally rammed its boat into the other, causing both squads to start swinging their paddles at one another. The fight took place during the four-man, 2000 meter finals in the Chinese City Games, when the...

Out to the Ballgame: A Cultural Tour of Baseball for the Non-Fan

Out to the Ballgame: A Cultural Tour of Baseball for the Non-Fan Jul 28th, 2011 at 11:00AM: "How long have you guys been sitting down here," the drunken heckler asked me and my buddy Stephen, around the seventh inning of a Mobile BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium. "All game," I replied. "So have I said any curse words?" he asked, knowing that he hadn't, his point being that if some fans didn't like his good-natured heckling, they could sit somewhere else--and lighten up. This...

Is Dhani Jones the most interesting man in the world?

Is Dhani Jones the most interesting man in the world? Jul 20th, 2011 at 4:00PM: We have all seen the commercial. "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis." He's called the most interesting man in the world. But, beyond the LCD panels in your television, and the din of late night TV, the man is just an actor in an especially resonant role, in a very successful advertising series, mythologized with strange deeds and characteristics. His blood smells of...

Video of the Day - Summer in the Alps

Jul 5th, 2011 at 6:30PM: If you could capture your favorite snippets of summer, what would they be? Backyard barbecues? Ambitious road trips? A visit to your favorite lake? Today's Video of the Day is a gorgeous montage of summer moments from the French & Italian Alps, compiled by French filmmaker and mountain guide Sebastien Montaz-Rosset. Sebastien writes that he "filmed and edited what I personally...

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