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In news that is apparently not a belated April Fool's joke, Canada followed its announcement of halting penny production by unveiling new glow-in-the-dark dinosaur quarters. Only 25,000 will be minted. [Time]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson announced plans to build a $35 billion “mini-Las Vegas” in Spain. The casino complex will include two integrated resorts with 3,000 rooms each. [MSNBC]

New carrier Surf Air announced plans for an all-you-can-fly airline, pegged as "the Netflix of air travel". To start, the airline's eight-passenger planes will fly out of California (Palo Alto, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles), with plans to expand if all goes well. [USA Today]

In-flight entertainment
Video that went viral on the Web this week

Filmmaker Casey Neistat parlayed an advert assignment from Nike into an around-the-world adventure. The resulting film may not be what Nike was thinking of, but the apparel company has to be pleased that the film already has nearly two million hits on YouTube. [Gadling]

St Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport, famous for its amazing beach-side views of low-flying planes, is reconsidering security measures after video of a plane's jet stream blowing a woman into a curb went viral. [Tnooz]

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Wednesday's magnitude 8.6 strike-slip earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island was the biggest of its kind in history. While it resulted in few deaths and minimal damage, it increases the risk of a killer quake in the region, according to a leading seismologist. [BBC News/Reuters]

Turbulence
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Belfast celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic's voyage with exhibitions and Titanic-themed pubs and restaurants. Meanwhile, the Titanic memorial cruise that left from the port of Cobh, on the south coast of Ireland, is back on course after being forced to turn back when one of its passengers — a cameraman covering the event for the BBC — suffered a suspected heart attack. [Guardian/Telegraph]

Humour website Cracked compiled a list of seven random things you won't believe are shortening your life and frequent flier miles checked in at number four. Apparently, very frequent travellers can be exposed to large doses of radiation, which may cause cancer. [Cracked]

In order to help fill the city’s impending bed shortage, some of Rio's "love motels" have promised not to rent rooms by the hour when 50,000 visitors arrive for the UN summit. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, where your room may include ceiling mirrors and hot tubs. [BBC News]

Cancelled
It’s a no-go

Kingfisher Airlines flew its final overseas route with a flight to London on Tuesday. Meanwhile, fellow Indian carrier Jet Airways is looking to expedite the hiring of more pilots to expand international operations. [BBC News/Economic Times]

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