WATCH: Kazakhstan Makes Nice—Very Nice!—with Borat By Taking His Catchphrase

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2020, 8:00 PM

The premise of the newly released Borat sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, is that Sacha Baron Cohen's titular character, a clueless Kazakh journalist, must deliver an animal or, barring that, his daughter (living conditions for both are roughly the same in Borat's homeland) to the Trump administration. This is meant to be Borat's penance for making Kazakhstan a laughingstock in the first movie (...

Costa Rica Fully Reopens to Tourism—No Test, No Quarantine Required

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2020, 2:00 PM

Starting November 1, all international travelers, including those from anywhere in the United States, are welcome to visit Costa Rica—and neither a quarantine period nor a negative Covid-19 test are required for entry.  The Central American nation, a tourism heavy hitter due to its jungles and beaches, had been previously admitting "select" international travelers from areas considered low-risk...

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...

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