In brief: Disneyland Paris and San Francisco in toothpicks
An accident on Disneyland Paris coaster, air traffic controllers could combat fatigue with napping, a San Francisco man puts toothpicks to good use. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Accident on Thunder Mountain
Five people were injured, one seriously, when a fake rock made of fibreglass and wood fell onto one of the carriages of the Thunder Mountain train ride at Disneyland Paris Monday, Reuters reports. The attraction, a fairly tame roller coaster, was closed and one injured party went to the hospital for treatment of a head injury, according to the Disney Blog. There has been no word regarding the patient's condition or the cause of the accident.
This is the latest in a series of incidents at the park formerly known as Euro Disney. In October 2010, an employee of a park subcontractor died in the hospital after the It's A Small World ride accidentally turned on while he was working on it, and trapped him beneath a boat on the ride. A 14-year-old girl also died in 2007 after losing consciousness while riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
A new solution for tired air traffic controllers
With no fewer than six air traffic controllers caught snoozing since February, travellers and the FAA agree that fatigue is a serious safety concern. Last week the FAA announced changes to air traffic controllers' schedules to help fight fatigue, and the National Transportation Safety Board continues to explore ways to keep air traffic controllers awake. One possible solution? Intentionally falling asleep.
The NTSB is weighing the benefits of "controlled naps" to boost performance, CNN reports. Light physical activity, social interaction and the use of caffeine are other possibilities the NTSB is considering.
San Francisco, reinvented
Regardless of whether you've been to San Francisco before, you've never seen it quite like this: Rolling Through The Bay, an incredible 9-foot model of the city built out of about 100,000 toothpicks, took Scott Weaver 35 years to build. It's on display at San Francisco's Exploratorium museum through 31 May, but no need to head all the way to the Bay Area to check it out. Laughing Squid has video of Weaver narrating the journey of ping pong balls as they take various tours through his reimagined San Francisco, which is arranged by the city's highlights rather than its actual geographical layout.
Easter bunnies could cause psychological damage
Contrary to popular belief, bunnies are not so cute and cuddly - at least not to zoo animals. A group of teenagers were turned away at the Edinburgh Zoo for showing up in Easter bunny costumes, the Guardian reports. According to the Public Relations manager, "there is very real evidence that humans in costume can cause distress to some of the zoo animals".
The trip to the zoo was intended to be a special treat for one of the girls, who is fighting cancer. Instead it turned into harsh education that, like people, animals occasionally have irrational fears.