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Amazing things that should happen more often

Gangnam Style recently became the most viewed YouTube video of all time, bringing South Korea an unprecedented amount of attention and a boost in tourism. According to a report from HSBC, it also could support the country's economic recovery. Ronald Man, economist at HSBC, said that "for every extra job created directly related to tourism – it generates 1.6 jobs indirectly." Who knows, another billion hits and it could save the world. [CNBC]

Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura, the man made famous by the 1975 Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest, is planning on returning to the world's highest mountain for his third summit. [Gadling]  

According to Martin Sippel, project coordinator for SpaceLiner at the German Aerospace Center, by the year 2050 we'll be able to go from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes. This will all be made possible by aircraft that ride rockets into Earth's upper atmosphere and reach 24 times the speed of sound. Here's to the future! [Mashable]

In-flight entertainment       
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

Earlier this month, a diver off the coast of Hawaii helped free a dolphin from a tangled fishing line as the dolphin amazingly seemed to approach the diver and rotate its body in ideal positions for the diver to cut the line. Luckily, the whole thing was caught on camera. [Treehugger]

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

Istanbul is set to spend $5.6 billion on what will become the world's biggest airport, having by far the largest yearly capacity at 150 million passengers. The plan comes in addition to other major construction projects, including a high-speed train to the capital of Ankara, a third bridge over the Bosphorus and a redesign of Taksim Square, all of which could help the city with a 2020 Olympic bid. Meanwhile, the UK government is still in the early stages of considering building a new London hub airport that could cost up to a whopping £30 billion. [Telegraph Travel/Skift/Bloomberg]

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

Your country might love a good pint, but probably not as much as the Czechs. In the world's largest beer-guzzling nation where the libation of choice is known as "liquid bread", the health minister is facing resistance for proposing a law that would force bars to serve at least one non-alcoholic drink for cheaper than beer, because right now a mug of pilsner is often cheaper than water. [Wall Street Journal]

Heavy rains in South Africa and Mozambique have killed at least 20 people and forced another 15,000 from their homes. The flooding has also resulted in 15,000 crocodiles escaping from a farm into the Limpopo River, but fear not — half of the reptiles have been recaptured, so only about 7,500 remain on the loose. [Atlantic Wire]

A man chose to board a plane wearing a T-shirt stating "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die". He reasonably assumed that his fellow aeroplane passengers had either seen the movie The Princess Brice, from which the quote comes, or would not actually confuse him for this Inigo Montoya fellow. Apparently, though, he was wrong, which resulted in a flight attendant asking him to remove his shirt at the request of some terrified passengers. [Gizmodo] 

Cancelled
It’s a no-go

Controversy in Tibet has grown in recent months, and with it China's restrictions for the Tibetan people, the latest of which has stopped them from getting new passports after requiring them to surrender their old ones. [Washington Post]

More than 1,000 flights worldwide have already been cancelled due to various problems plaguing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The investigation is widening, but US regulators have signalled that they're still no closer to explaining why a Dreamliner's battery ignited in Boston on 7 January. [Reuters/Telegraph]

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