In brief: The case of the disappearing hexapus
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National Geographic Traveler has a fairly comforting article about bedbug infestations, which apparently peaked in 2010. There's a lot of misinformation out there, and the author knocks down several myths, including the idea that if the bugs are found in one room then they must be in every other part in the building. Still, it remains good advice to hang up your coat and put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you get to a hotel room. And when you're back home, “put your luggage in the garage and your travelling clothes in the laundry immediately.” [National Geographic]
The war between low-cost carriers in the US is heating up, with Denver-based Frontier Airlines joining Spirit and Allegiant in the fight for budget-conscious travellers' money. [BusinessWeek]
Amazing things that should happen more often
Travel literature is full of advice about getting down to a single piece of carry-on luggage, and frankly, it doesn't always seem worth the trouble it takes. Entering the fray is Deborah L Jacobs, who sensibly points out that packing light means that you should expect to lose at least a bit of clothing freedom, describing it as “a vacation from your possessions." Find more packing tips here. [Forbes]
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week
NOMO Designs knows what travellers like. The Chicago company has a line of minimalist posters showcasing the runways of various major airports, including New York’s JFK, IAD in Washington DC, Frankfurt Airport and Heathrow. If airports aren't your thing, then pick from posters of the various Tours de France and famed golf courses and racetracks. [Jaunted]
An infographic from the Russian news agency Ria Novosti breaks down some of the many possible traditional coffee permutations, from the various espressos on offer to the difference between a café au lait and a café con leche.
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
A family on holiday in Greece found itself in hot water after possibly taking locavore dogma a little too much to heart. After finding an odd six-legged octopus in the sea, Labros Hydras killed it against a rock and then took it to a nearby tavern to eat (with lemon, tomato and salad, in case you were wondering). Turns out it may have been a rare hexapus, of which there have only been one or two ever documented before. It wasn't a different species ― it's an octopus with a birth defect, basically — but scientists would have loved the chance to study the specimen. For his part, Labros is contrite: "It tasted just like a normal octopus but now I feel really bad." [The Telegraph]
In other animal news, a turtle was discovered in a very unusual place at China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Its owner, who couldn't bear to be parted from his pet during a trip, had nestled the animal between the buns of a KFC burgers. “Odd protrusions” were what gave the turtleburger away as it passed through security. The turtle, which was then given to a friend to take care of, was apparently unharmed. [South China Morning Post]