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Airlines' On-Time Performance Worsens in Latest Figures

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2016, 4:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the scorecard for airlines' on-time performance in August, and it turns out they did a pokier job of it than in the same month of the previous year.  Nearly one in four domestic flights were late in August, while 77.6% of them arrived on time, down from 80.3% in 2015.  Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate (nice weather helped). ...

Report: Airbnb Not Hurting Hotels Much After All

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2016, 4:00 AM

The thinking in the hotel industry is that Airbnb and other home-sharing companies like it are to be feared, because they take away customers who might otherwise stay at a Marriott, Hilton, or what have you. According to a study by data research firm STR, hotel companies can relax (though we doubt they will).  Comparing Airbnb and hotel data from the world's largest chains in 13 U.S. a...

Doug the Pug Does London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Instagram/@itsdougthepug) We mentioned last week that the weak pound resulting from Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union has caused UK tourism to surge, as international visitors pour in to take advantage of comparatively low prices.  Among the influx of recent visitors: social media star Doug The Pug, who recently took the world's most adorable trip to L...

Doug the Pug Does London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Instagram/@itsdougthepug) We mentioned last week that the weak pound resulting from Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union has caused UK tourism to surge, as international visitors pour in to take advantage of comparatively low prices.  Among the influx of recent visitors: social media star Doug The Pug, who recently took the world's most adorable trip to L...

Fountain Dispensing Free Wine Unveiled in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

There's a new contender for the title of Best Fountain in Italy.  It's located in the town of Ortona in the Abruzzo region, and it will dispense free wine 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Dora Sarchese is the name of the generous winery that has set up this marvel—a stone basin situated under button-operated taps housed in a giant wine barrel. It's situated along the Cammino di San ...

Father and Daughter Find 2.03-Carat Diamond in Arkansas State Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas is the only diamond-producing site in the world where anyone who pays the price of admission ($16) can look for gems and keep whatever they find. That's easier said than done, however. The park's diamonds are sprinkled across 37.5 acres, and visitors have been picking over the land for decades with only sporadic success. Some show up ...

Modernized, Less Partisan Nixon Library Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California reopens today following a $15 million overhaul. Previously criticized for a lack of modern technology as well as a partisan approach to chronicling the 37th president's controversial tenure in the Oval Office, the facility has been updated with videos, interactive touch-screen monitors, and a more even-handed, les...

Modernized, Less Partisan Nixon Library Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California reopens today following a $15 million overhaul. Previously criticized for a lack of modern technology as well as a partisan approach to chronicling the 37th president's controversial tenure in the Oval Office, the facility has been updated with videos, interactive touch-screen monitors, and a more even-handed, les...

Airline Adds Kid-Free Areas on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

IndiGo, a budget airline based in India, has added designated "Quiet Zones" to its flights, banning children under 12 from sitting in rows 1 to 4 and 11 to 14. (As on most airlines, kids are also excluded from exit rows.) The idea is to provide a little calm for customers traveling sans rug rats—though let's be honest: any squalling infant worth his formula has the lung capacity to belt pa...

UK Received Record Tourism Surge in Immediate Wake of Brexit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

In July, the United Kingdom received the most international tourists in a single month since people started keeping track. According to new figures released by the UK's tourism agency, a record 3.8 million visitors poured into Britain that month to take advantage of a slump in the pound following the voter-approved referendum to leave the European Union.  Thanks to Brexit, the UK's cur...

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