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2017's Most Instagrammed Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2017, 12:00 PM

Instagram released its year in review this week, looking back at 2017's top trends on the popular photo-sharing social network. Among the not-so-surprising revelations that Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement in February got the most likes (11.1 million) and pop star Selena Gomez had the most followers (130 million and counting), there were several travel-related findings as well.  In fact, #travel...

Study: Taking Photos Enhances Experiences

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:00 AM

When you're at a museum or landmark where your fellow travelers are snapping photos incessantly, do you ever think those shutterbugs are missing out because they're experiencing the Louvre or Grand Canyon through a small screen instead of at first hand? Turns out science sides with the selfie snappers. A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (pdf) found in an exp...

A Camera that Won't Work at Tourist Sights

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2015, 8:15 PM

Instagram is bigger than you thought. This morning, Facebook (which owns it) announced there are now 400 million active users—that's up 100 million since the start of 2015. Soon, nearly half a billion people will be recording their experiences that way. And look what that mentality has wrought. New, in things we don't need: An idea for a camera that won't let you take pictures of popular t...

Q-tips: The Weirdest Flat Stanley Ever

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2015, 8:00 AM

Among product promotions, this is one of the strangest. Q-tip—yes, that thing you're not supposed to stick deep in your ears, but you do—has launched a campaign featuring the swabby stick in front of the world's most exotic locales. It's like a hygienic version of Flat Stanley. Says the press release, as if it's an sentient object and not a toiletry product: "To date, Q-tips has [sic] ...

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