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Amazing things that
should happen more often
The repurposed train tracks-cum-public
park the High Line is set to become even more impressive, with plans unveiled for the third and
final phase of development. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the extension
includes plans for a children’s play structure and a 360-degree viewpoint.
[Fast Company Design]
New York City has a handful of new tourism ambassadors in the form of the
Muppets. The goal of enlisting the iconic characters in a promotional campaign
is to attract more families to visit the city. [The Telegraph]
Eggs, bacon and a side of… comedy? To mark the opening of Edinburgh’s Hotel
Indigo, guests can order a personal performance from comedian Janey
Godley for room service. [Guardian]
Megabus recently rolled out service between London and Paris for as
little as £1 each way. Journalist Nicholas Roe
made the 9-hour
journey to find out whether it was worth the extra-long trip. The short
answer: yes. [Telegraph]
Ready for takeoff
to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead
Virgin Galactic has selected Abu Dhabi as the site
for its second spaceport. Because tickets are
so costly for a flight ($200,000 a pop) officials expect the hub to generate
profits quickly. The first announced spaceport is located in New Mexico.
A mobile hangover cure service drives the streets of
Las Vegas with intravenous fluids at the ready and packages starting at $90.
Hold on folks, we’re in
for a rocky ride
A number of American expatriates are choosing to renounce their US citizenship rather than deal with
costly and time-consuming new requirements for filing taxes. The US is one of
the only countries that requires its citizens living abroad to file at home.
The baby penguin stolen from Sea World in
Australia is back and safe after it disappeared from the park over the weekend.
The three men, who bragged about the robbery online, are facing charges for the
Spain’s king is apologetic about an abroad elephant-hunting trip he took during a time
of economic crisis in his country. Citizens found out about the travels when he
was rushed to the hospital after a fall during the trip, which many probably
are chalking up to karma. [BBC]
A small fishing boat was found floating in the Pacific Ocean recently,
one of the three original passengers still alive after 28 days adrift.
Accusations are now arising that a US cruise ship passed the boat weeks ago without stopping to
It’s a no-go
The giant sandcastle constructed on
Weymouth Beach to mark the 100-day countdown to the London Olympics was
bulldozed mere hours after completion out of health and safety concerns. The
castle is believed to have cost £5,000. [The Guardian]
Supermodel Bar Refaeli was not pleased with the pat-down she received
prior to a recent flight and took to Twitter to vent about how it
made her feel “uncomfortable”. [ABC]
A man at the Portland (Oregon) International Airport bared all at security in what he claimed was
a protest of the Transportation and Security Administration. [Consumerist]
Qantas staff had to restrain a “berserk” passenger with cable ties on a
redeye flight in Australia. The man apparently threatened and attacked a fellow
passenger and was issuing threats against flight staff. [GlobalPost]
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