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African Pygmy Thrills

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, Travel, 1930's, Africa

Before the TSA

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

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 22, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Government, Officials, Travel, 1950's

Man in a hydrobubble

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]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 07, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Sports, Travel

Tokyo Compression

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]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 27, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Travel

Gurney on road

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. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 15, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, Travel

Hitchhiking Robot

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,

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Robots, Travel

Mike Gilhooley, Champ Stowaway



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.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 22, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Emigrants, Immigrants and Borders, Travel, Teenagers, 1910's

Suitcase Furniture

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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 26, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Furniture, Travel

Accessories, 1950s Style


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 26, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Travel, 1950's

The Breathing Bicycle

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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 03, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Travel, Urban Life
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