WATCH: Snowboarder Posts POV Video of Avalanche He Survived

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/19/2021, 9:00 PM

A Colorado snowboarder was lucky to walk away without major injuries after surviving a frightening avalanche last week in the backcountry near Loveland Pass (pictured above) in Summit County.  Now let his experience be your lesson. Maurice Kervin, a 25-year-old Denver man, has posted to Instagram his POV video of the ordeal in order to provide a cautionary example of how quickly conditions on s...

2020’s Best Underwater Photos: Dive into the Wondrous World Below

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/18/2021, 6:00 PM

Underwater photography can be as strange and wondrous as images taken from outer space, but the view from beneath the waves often has the added benefit of containing peculiar life-forms (out in space, those have remained notoriously camera-shy). For the ninth year in a row, the Underwater Photography Guide's Ocean Art Contest celebrates the best shots of the alien world below the surface of the...

Are You a Morbid Millionaire? Lizzie Borden's House-Turned-B&B Is for Sale

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/15/2021, 7:00 PM

As if we didn't already know the real estate market can be murder, the house-turned-inn where one of the most notorious double homicides in U.S. history took place is now for sale.  Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, the three-story, dark green clapboard home became a gruesome crime scene in the summer of 1892, when Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were butchered with an ax.  Borden ...

Work from the Beach in Aruba at These Seaside Desks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2021, 6:00 PM

Remote workers who are determined to have the most impressive background on Zoom calls have a tempting new option in Aruba.  The Caribbean island's Boardwalk Boutique Hotel has set up outdoor workstations right on the beach and next to the pool.  Shaded by a palapa or tropical greenery, each station is equipped with Wi-Fi as well as a weathered wooden desk and brightly colored chair. We'd de...

"The Queen’s Gambit”: Your Best Moves If You Want to Check Its Kentucky Setting

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/12/2021, 7:00 PM

The Queen's Gambit, which set records in November as Netflix's most watched miniseries ever, might have made you curious about Lexington, Kentucky. That's where much of the coming-of-age story (based on Walter Tevis's 1983 novel) about troubled chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) takes place.  Though scenes were actually shot in Ontario and Berlin, several real-life Lexington busines...

Download TSA’s Free 2021 Calendar of Airport Security Dogs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2021, 8:00 PM

We've learned from experience that if you wait until January to select your annual wall calendar from whatever's left in the clearance bin, anything featuring the cutest animals will definitely be gone.  But thanks to the Transportation Security Administration, you don't have to settle for 12 months of blobfish or naked mole-rats.  The government agency released a 2021 TSA Canine Calendar sh...

Earth May Be a Mess, but These Pics from Space Are Stunning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2021, 7:00 PM

You can always depend on the NASA image library to put things in perspective. As crazy as things get here on planet Earth, our blue-and-green marble is liable to appear poignantly peaceful amid the immensity of space.  The folks aboard the International Space Station get that edifying view around the clock. Among the thousands of photographs those men and women captured in 2020, the Earth Sci...

Music City Gets a Museum About African American Music

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2021, 8:00 PM

The first museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating African Americans' considerable contributions to music is opening to the public this month in downtown Nashville.  Originally slated for a 2020 debut that got delayed due to the coronavirus, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum of African American Music will host an official, "socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony" on Martin Luther K...

Guess the Safest U.S. Airline for 2021—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2021, 7:00 PM

The world's 20 safest airlines have been named for 2021 by the safety monitors at Among 385 carriers that were evaluated according to factors such as incident reports, government and industry audits, fleet age, and pilot training, the top spot went to a perennial safety star: Australia's Qantas. No surprise there. When it comes to caution, Qantas is the Volvo of the skies...

The Year's Most Spectacular Photos of the Northern Lights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2020, 8:00 PM

Among difficult photography subjects, the northern lights rank up there with butterflies and fussy 2-year-olds.  Those who aim to snap a pic of the aurora borealis and its southern-hemisphere cousin, the aurora australis, must contend with an unpredictable, ever-shifting phenomenon that can make grown folks cry. Which is also true of toddlers, except that with the northern lights the tears come...

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