Everest isn't the most difficult mountain in the world to climb, but it is one of the most expensive. The individual cost of getting one's athletic ass to the top of the mountain range is between $40,000-$130,000. Most of this cheddar gets thrown at logistics. It takes a lot of money for a mountain outfitter to set up multiple camps at varying altitudes along the route to the top of the world. It takes considerably less money to hire the ludicrously underpaid Sherpa guides to set it all up and, if things go well, get their clients up the side of Everest and back down to base camp again in one piece. This in-depth video explains it all.
Southwest Airlines offered more than the usual customer service when a passenger onboard realized they left their phone at the gate. The plane, leaving out of Long Beach Airport, had already rolled away from the terminal in preparation for takeoff, but paused long enough for the gate crew to pass the phone to a ground… READ THE REST
What's it like to stay in a $14 capsule hotel in Osaka? Very nice. It's high-tech and quiet. The showers and toilets are clean, the lounge area is spacious and comfortable, and the decor is delightfully over the top. As I watched this, I kept imagining what a $14 hotel room here in Los Angeles… READ THE REST
We're all familiar with Japanese coffin… er capsule hotels. The sleep pod or sleep capsule is riff on the concept. The pod is a big-boned phone booth-sized upright cabin that replaces the bed with a chair. You can rent them in Japanese railway stations and airports. For US$23 for 2 hours (in the above instance),… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Commuting is kind of the pits. There's no good way to sit in traffic or on an unsafe bus (and helicopters are out of the option, even if you're filthy rich.) If only there… READ THE REST
It can feel unbearable to go outside when it's cold unless you have the proper gear to withstand chilly temperatures. Your average coat might not cut it unless you're willing to shell out hundreds for a down feather piece. Alternatively, a heated jacket can use electricity to keep you toasty, and all you need is a power… READ THE REST