German travelers in the 1950s complained that beautiful women were routinely being singled out for strip searches by guards at border crossings. The pretext for these searches was usually something trivial, such as a few Swiss francs undeclared. Sounds like the TSA learned some lessons from these guys.
Source: The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
- Dec 6, 1951
Reza Baluchi decided to challenge himself by running the entire route of the Bermuda Triangle — from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico and back to Florida, a total distance of about 3000 miles. He would run on top of the water, inside a "hydrobubble," which is a kind of plastic, floating hamster wheel. And it would be for a good cause, to help raise money for needy children. He made it about 70 miles before the Coast Guard had to rescue him. [washington post
Photographer Michael Wolf
took a series of photos he calls "Tokyo Compression" showing commuters in the Tokyo subway during rush hour.
The Southern California version of this would be thousands of people sitting alone in cars on the freeway, going nowhere.
[via World's Best Ever
The Bucks County Coroner's Office says it "deeply regrets" the malfunction that caused the door on the coroner's van to open, sending a dead body on a gurney rolling down a busy road in Feasterville, Pa. The errant gurney was photographed and posted on Facebook by Jerry Bradley
, and, of course, immediately went viral. [syracuse.com
Researchers have created a hitchhiking robot named hitchBOT that will be making its way across Canada this summer. If all goes well (and no one steals or destroys the thing) it will make its way from Halifax to Victoria. When people pick it up, it'll make "regionally relevant conversation using a combination of GPS and Wikipedia."
More details: hitchBOT website
It's one thing to repeatedly slip across the Mexico-USA border. Dangerous, but in wide-open spaces. It's quite another to stowaway five times across the Atlantic on a confined ship. (Of course, stowing away in a jetliner's wheel well is another matter entirely.)
Original article here.
Little Mike found a sponsor for his immigrant desires, but eventually wore out his welcome.
Original article here.
From design firm Nieuwe Heren
Just four travel bags,
but linked together it reminds you of home.
Your couch on a remote location. But also on airports and train stations, you can bring a little homish comfort
and a feeling of safety with you.
Artist Matt Hope outfitted his bicycle with an air filtration system that allows him to breathe clean air as he bicycles around Beijing. It's his way of drawing attention to Beijing's pollution woes. Though he says it could also be seen as "a ridiculous solution to a ridiculous problem."
It reminds me of Hana Marie Newman's oxygen-tank bubble dress
that I posted about a few months ago. Hope and Newman should get together. They could swap air purifiers.