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Which airport do you hate the most?

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Of the American contenders, Newark is the most-hated, though Turkey's Dalamar airport takes the international honors.

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The most hated Madrid subway stations, mapped

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Residents and visitors to the Spanish capital can avail themselves of this useful map visualizing complaints about stops. No map is necessary for New York or London. [via]

Make your own TSA universal luggage keys


The image above, published in 2014 in this Herald.net story and credited to The Washington Post, showed the keying patterns for all of the TSA-complaint "Travel Sentry" luggage locks.

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Indonesia's plane crash problem

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Another Indonesian passenger jet went down, this time with 54 people on board.

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R2D2 Rollaboard


This would be way better as a 4-wheel spinner, but it's still a sweet piece of kids' luggage with handle sized for small people and flashing lights and beeps -- a worthy successor to the hardcase version.

Transparent hotel room hanging from side of mountain

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For around $300/night, you can sleep in a transparent bedroom hanging off the side of a mountain above Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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Planes and stocks both freeze this AM over computer glitches

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It's a strange morning when stocks and planes are both shut down due to two separate computer glitches. First it was United Airlines at 8am ET, who was forced to ground all of its departing planes in the U.S. for nearly two hours, affecting 4,900 flights worldwide. Of course this caused huge delays for passengers, which could last for days. Just a couple of hours later, The New York Stock Exchange had to shut down for the day after a technical glitch "froze computers on the market's fabled trading floor." According to The Washington Times:

One of the world’s biggest stock exchanges had seen shares trending down throughout the morning because of economic crises in Greece and China, but all trading halted at 11:32 a.m. as data on trades and prices apparently stopped coming into the traders’ computer screens. Nearly an hour later, the market was still down...

As the shutdown pass the hour mark, the NYSE issued a new statement saying the shutdown was attributable to an “internal” computer malfunction and was not the result of an outside cyberattack.

I know it's most likely just a coincidence, but it's an interesting one.

 

My favorite dark chocolate: Lindt 90% cocoa

lindtIn earlier posts, I've mentioned that I don't like airplane food. When I fly I either fast or pack along macadamia nuts, applewood smoked bacon jerky, and dark chocolate. My favorite chocolate is Lindt's Excellence Supreme Dark Chocolate 90% Cocoa ($29 for ten 3.5-ounce bars on Amazon).

It's surprisingly smooth for a high-cocoa chocolate, and a 40g serving has just 3g of sugar (by comparison, a 40g serving of a Special Dark Hershey bar has 20g of sugar).

My wife and kids prefer Lindt's 70% cocoa bar, and I'm glad because that means they don't nibble on my stash of 90s unless they are desperate for chocolate.

I've yet to try Lindt's 99% Cocoa Excellence Bar (1g of sugar per 40g serving!), mainly because gram-for-gram, it costs four times as much as the 90% bars.

Tiny lipstick sculptures of tourist attractions

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UK artist Hedley Wiggan carved lipsticks into iconic tourist attractions for the International Lipstick Colours of the Year exhibit at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5. Wiggan usually makes his micro-sculptures out of pencil lead, like the examples below of The Beatles and a witch.

"International Lipstick Colours of the Year" (Heathrow Airport via Weird Universe)

See more of Hedley Wiggan's artwork here.

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Short film: "Denali"

“There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.”

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Come to this Colorado resort and enjoy a hassle free Rocky Mountain High

Shall we have a Boing Boing meetup at this bud and breakfast resort?

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Malaysia blames quake on naked selfie tourists, some of whom now can't go home

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In Malaysia, a government official blamed a recent earthquake that jolted Mount Kinabalu on a group of European and North American tourists who outraged locals by snapping nude photos at the mountain summit, and posting them online.

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Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Kind bars - yummy and only 5g of sugar

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When I fly, I either fast or bring along some dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, and bacon jerky. I recently added a new item: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Kind bars. They are delicious and have just 5g of sugar, which is hard to believe. A dozen bars cost $14 on Amazon, and less if you use Subscribe and Save.

5-port USB charger comes with 2 AC outlets

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Bring along this 5-port USB charger with 2 AC outlets when you stay at a hotel, and you'll have ready access to AC and USB power. This model doubles as a phone/tablet stand, too.

Oberto Applewood Smoked Bacon Jerky

baconIt's hard to find food at an airport that I want to eat. Food on planes is usually even worse. So I either fast (which I don't mind) or bring my own food - usually macadamia nuts and super dark chocolate. Last week in North Carolina I found Oberto Applewood Smoked Bacon Jerky in a supermarket, and I'm going to make sure I have a bag of it whenever I travel, so I added it to my Amazon Subscribe & Save. The only ingredients are pork, water, salt, sugar, and natural flavoring. And it is very low in sugar - only 2.5 grams for the bag. It isn't tough like jerky. It basically tastes like delicious cooked room-temperature bacon.

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How to buy secret cookies baked by cloistered Spanish nuns

When we heard about the semi-secret cookies baked by secluded nuns in Madrid, Spain, naturally we had to seek out these mythical treats. Here's what we found.Read the rest

Travel smart with hanging compression shelves

I spend one in three nights on the road -- in hotels, on friends' couches, even in RVs -- and figuring out luggage is my obsession, which is why I gave Valet Luggage Compression Shelves a try. Read the rest