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Tourist Returns "Cursed" Artifacts She Stole from Pompeii

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2020, 10:00 AM

The Brady Bunch tried to warn you.  As the wholesome blended family learned in the sitcom's Hawaii episodes, you can't just grab any ancient artifact you find on vacation. The thing could be cursed, and before you know it, your brother will wipe out while surfing, your maid will throw her back out during a hula lesson, and Vincent Price will hold you hostage in a cave.  Nevertheless, tourist...

WATCH: Cruise Ship Captain Kate McCue Schools a Rude Commenter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 PM

Captain Kate McCue of Celebrity Cruises was already worthy of admiration—in 2015, she became the first American woman ever to captain a mega-ship.  As if that wasn't impressive enough, McCue has now proven herself to be a grammar hero as well.  Earlier this week, the current commanding officer of the Celebrity Edge posted a TikTok video in response to a rude online commenter who asked, "How ...

Amazing New Observatory Floats Two Miles Up in the Italian Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 AM

Here's a strong candidate for any traveler's post-pandemic wish list.  The brand-new, glass-and-steel Ötzi Peak 3251m observation deck overlooks the Italian Alps at an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet—or, as you might have guessed from the name, 3,251 meters—above sea level. That's a little more than two miles. (noa* network of architecture / photo by Alex Filz) The observatory sits under ...

Alaska's Fat Bear Week Crowns Heavyweight Champ

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Weighing in at an estimated 1,400 pounds and appropriately sharing an identification number with the original jumbo jet, bear 747 has been declared the winner of Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska. The annual event, held this year from September 30 through October 6, recognizes achievements in the field of pre-hibernation bulking by the large population of bro...

After 3,000 Years, Wild Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/06/2020, 11:00 AM

Tasmanian devils are back in the wild on mainland Australia after an absence of 3,000 years.  A small breeding population of the stocky marsupials has been released in a wildlife sanctuary within Barrington Tops National Park, a woodsy nature preserve north of Sydney. So far, 26 Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to the region as part of a decade-long effort from nonprofit environmental...

Accidentally Wes Anderson: A Worldwide Hunt for the Director's Just-So Aesthetic

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2020, 7:45 PM

Based on the viral Instagram phenomenon, Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval gathers photos of places around the world with an idiosyncratic, pastel-hued symmetry that recalls the film director's work. 

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Berlin's Long-Delayed Airport Is Finally About to Open—for Real This Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2020, 11:00 AM

Germany may still hold its reputation for punctuality and efficiency, but it's no thanks to Berlin Brandenburg Airport.  That seemingly endless construction project began in 2006, when the German-born Pope Benedict XVI was still running the Catholic Church and Angela Merkel was less than a year into her run as Germany's chancellor. The capital city's new airport was originally scheduled to o...

The Most Endangered Historic Sites in the United States

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/30/2020, 11:00 AM

The church where Emmett Till's funeral was held, a Depression-era wellness spa, and an earthquake-rattled historic district in Puerto Rico are among the most endangered places of cultural significance in the United States, according to an annual list released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Each year since 1988, the nonprofit organization raises the alarm for a different set o...

Fat Bear Week: The Election You Don't Have to Dread This Autumn

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2020, 11:00 AM

The NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament didn't happen this year, and the Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021. But at least one physical competition will proceed as usual in 2020: Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park.  In the annual event, now in its sixth year, the Alaska preserve names the season's weight-gain victor among the brown bears that live in the park's Brooks ...

A Fall Getaway for Two: Amtrak’s BOGO Sale for the Northeast U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2020, 6:00 PM

Just in time for leaf-peeping season, Amtrak is making it easier to plan a New England getaway for two with a buy-one-get-one-free sale.  Book a seat on one of the rail carrier's Acela or Northeast Regional trains, which operate between Boston and Virginia, for travel through Saturday, December 12, and you can bring along a companion for free.   Available fares start as low as $30 (for North...

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