Dingle, Ireland's Beloved Dolphin, Fungie, Has Disappeared

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2020, 9:00 PM

Ireland may be the land of leprechauns, banshees, and merrows, but its most magical being was real, and it swam in the waters off County Kerry. In 1984, a lone, bottleneck dolphin was spotted in the bay of the town of Dingle, on Ireland's west coast, by a lighthouse keeper who was escorting fishing boats out to sea. The dolphin was still there when the keeper brought the boats back into the har...

WATCH: Rare Waterfalls Appear All Over Australia's Uluru

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2020, 4:00 PM

Visitors at Uluru in Australia's Northern Territory got a rare treat this week: the sight of waterfalls tumbling over the surface of the red sandstone monolith.  That only happens when there's a lot of sudden rain in the region—and since this area, part of the arid "Red Centre," is one of Australia's driest, the phenomenon doesn't happen often. (The photo above was taken in 2010.) But earlie...

The Word Is Out: Language Museum Opens in D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2020, 3:00 PM

UPDATE, October 23, 2020: Originally scheduled to open in the spring of 2020, the Planet Word language museum in Washington, D.C., began welcoming visitors on Thursday, October 22, instead. This post, first published on February 17, 2020, has been updated below.  A new museum dedicated to language has come to Washington, D.C. Housed in the renovated Franklin School building—site of one of th...

Feeling Stressed? Watch These Soothing Aerial Videos of Icelandic Scenery

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2020, 10:00 PM

With coronavirus infection rates surging yet again and the U.S. presidential campaign nearing its nerve-racking climax, we could use something soothing for a change.  Fortunately, Iceland's flagship carrier, Icelandair, has obliged with a series of videos showing peaceful aerial footage of the island nation, which is basically a 40,000-square-mile screen saver floating in the North Atlantic.   ...

Can You Find the Secret Location of Mississippi’s Tiniest Museum?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2020, 10:00 PM

Here's all you'll get in the way of an address for a new museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi: It's in an alley downtown. Billed as the state's tiniest showcase for collections "of all types from the whimsical . . . to the macabre," the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is a four-shelf cabinet of curiosities housed in the window of a formerly boarded-up storeroom.  The Hattiesburg Convention Commissio...

Bid for a Piece of Hotel History in the Waldorf Astoria Auction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2020, 10:00 PM

Midtown Manhattan's famed Waldorf Astoria New York (301 Park Ave.) closed for renovations in 2017. When the 47-floor building's hotel rooms and residences finally reopen in 2022, they'll be filled with mostly new furnishings and decor. Of course, space will be made in the new design for some holdover memorabilia from the Waldorf Astoria's nearly nine-decade run as a luxury lodging for presid...

Take a Cinematic Driving Tour Through the Hometown of the “Halloween” Creator

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/15/2020, 10:00 PM

We'll say this for Michael Myers, the embodiment of pure evil in the Halloween movies: At least he wears a mask when he's within 6 feet of people. His bare-faced victims, on the other hand, spray germs everywhere with all that screaming.  Fortunately for road trippers who take the self-guided driving tour of Halloween creator John Carpenter's hometown, the personal travel bubble of a car help...

The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge Has a See-Through Walkway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2020, 11:00 PM

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge will soon be getting visitors' spines tingling, hearts pounding, and regrets overflowing above a gorge in Portugal. Held up by steel cables between two enormous V-shaped towers, the dangling walkway stretches 516 meters (1,693 ft.) at a height of 175 meters (574 ft.) above the Paiva River.  Did we mention that those who cross the bridge walk o...

U.S. Army Museum Finally Has an Opening Date—Take a Preview Video Tour

By Zac Thompson

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

The opening of the newly constructed National Museum of the United States Army was originally scheduled for summer 2020. The coronavirus pandemic put a delay in those plans, but now there's a definite opening date and it couldn't be more appropriate: Veterans Day, November 11. A joint effort by the U.S. Army and the nonprofit Army Historical Foundation, the glass-and-steel facility is in a publ...

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...

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