Watch (don’t mimic) a man backflip off the roof of a hotel, narrowly avoiding a cliff and the floor of the shallow sea below, a short film answers a longtime travel mystery, hotels ban men from certain floors, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Crash kills 28 in Papau New Guineau
The plane was
flying from Lae to the resort hub of Madang when it crashed
in a remote jungle as the result of violent weather, the Guardian reports. Only
four survived the plane wreck, including the two pilots. Most of the passengers
were parents on their way to their children's university graduation ceremony in
Madang, according to the Australian Associated Press news agency.
This is what English sounds like to the foreign ear
Everybody has their opinions about the sound of foreign languages — romantic,
funny or downright ugly (we won't name names). And anyone who has spent time
abroad listening to unintelligible foreign tongues has probably wondered how
English sounds to the natives. The short film Skwerl
tries to answer that question by employing a rather convincing brand of
gibberish with a few English words thrown in.
Heathrow fined for security queues
London's main airport was forced to pay a penalty totalling £500,000 after an
audit found that a higher proportion of passengers in July waited
longer than five minutes at Terminal 5 security than in previous months,
the Independent reports. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, month-long
independent checks at Heathrow and Gatwick revealed that passengers queued for
longer than the airports had reported in previous months.
Women-only floors make a comeback
An increasing number of hotels in the US, Singapore, Denmark and Canada are
floors, often at a premium price, MSNBC reports. A sense of security and
feelings of increased hygiene are among the reasons women have said they would
prefer staying on a floor strictly for women. Others just enjoy the extra
amenities, like flat and curling irons, emergency kits with nylons and
Recklessness or courage?
Well, it probably takes a little bit of both to do a backflip off the roof of a
hotel, narrowly avoiding a cliff and the floor of the shallow sea below. We
don't endorse the questionable decision of a man jumping off this hotel
rooftop, but fortunately this incident made for an entertaining
video instead of a tragic
story. All that's missing from the video is the backflipper's proclamation
that he is a golden god.
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