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New Rules in Rome Target Rowdy, Boozy Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/19/2018, 5:30 PM

Italy has just about had it with your nonsense. Straining under the burden of accommodating endless hordes of tourists and their accompanying noise, litter, rowdiness, and traffic gridlock, the country's most popular cities are rolling out strict behavioral regulations—with hefty fines—aimed at keeping visitors under control. Florence recently banned eating in the streets. Venice has outlawed ev...

Stressed at LaGuardia? The Airport Will Bring You a Therapy Dog

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2018, 12:00 AM

Before and after security, onsite airport therapy dog crews make NYC's LaGuardia a little more lovable. 

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In Japan You Can Build Your Own Kit Kat Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/13/2018, 12:00 AM

Like compact cars and the band Cheap Trick, Kit Kat candy bars weren't born in Japan, but they sure went big there.  The chocolate-covered wafers (a U.K. creation currently owned worldwide by Nestlé) are among Japan's best-selling sweets and they have appeared in hundreds of flavors, including strawberry cheesecake, green tea, purple sweet potato, wasabi, and sake.  The country's latest innovati...

American Airlines Will Allow Early Boarding for Flyers with Nut Allergies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2018, 12:00 AM

As if determined to undo their decades of peanut pushing, U.S. airlines continue to make concessions to passengers with nut allergies.  Hardly any carriers serve those snacks on flights anymore—not even Southwest Airlines, which had once made its peanuts a core part of the company's brand identity. Now, American Airlines is going a step further for allergy sufferers.  Starting December 12, they'...

World's Tallest Statue Unveiled in India

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/06/2018, 10:00 PM

The average height of adult males in India is 5 feet, 5 inches (165cm). Throw in men made of bronze, and that figure might jump up a few notches, at least as of last week.  That's when Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped dedicate the country's new Statue of Unity, a monumental likeness of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that stands at the incredible height of 597 feet (182m)—...

The Cartoon Network Is Building Its First Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2018, 2:30 PM

Listen up, fans of Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, and The Powerpuff Girls: The Cartoon Network is getting its own hotel.  Developed through a partnership between the animated cable channel and amusement park operators Palace Entertainment, the 165-room property is currently under construction on 9 acres in southern Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. The new hotel will stand right next to the Dutch ...

Colorful New St. Louis Hotel Wants to Give You the Blues (or Reds or Yellows)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2018, 4:45 PM

"Got the St. Louis Blues," goes the old W.C. Handy song, "just as blue as I can be." Those lyrics take on new meaning at the Angad Arts Hotel, which opens this week amid the many galleries and performance venues of the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis. Guests who book one of the hotel's 146 rooms or 38 suites don't just pick bed sizes but also a color to match one of four moods—red for pa...

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Opens in Columbus, Ohio

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/29/2018, 3:00 PM

More than 40 million people have served in the U.S. armed forces. They've been honored with monuments, memorials, and museums in Washington, D.C., across the country, and even around the world (as at the D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France). But those sites focus on individual conflicts or branches of the military. The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), which opened in downtown Colum...

Oldest Building on D.C.'s National Mall Reopens After Restoration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2018, 4:45 PM

You've probably never heard of the Lockkeeper's House in Washington, D.C. There's a good reason for that. It's been closed for decades. But this unassuming stone building at the corner of Constitution Ave. and 17th St. NW is actually the oldest structure on the National Mall. Built in 1835, the building is now open to the public after a restoration that took nearly two years.  Using funds from ...

British Columbia's Rugged Northern Coast: Seeing Bears, Whales, and Wilderness

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2018, 11:15 PM

On the rugged northern coast of British Columbia, you'll encounter untouched forests, cobalt-colored inlets frequented by whales, the remains of a once-thriving fishing industry, and, with luck and some patience, grizzly bears hunting for salmon. Welcome to Waterworld. 

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