Never forget

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 of its inhabitants, including non-combatant women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. Read more courtesy of Wikipedia.org

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Vroom for rent

Car-sharing services in Japan, apparently, are witnessing an increasingly common trend: Many of their customers return rental cars with zero miles driven. Mind you, the cars are used during the rental period—they just don’t go anywhere. “I rented a car to eat a boxed meal because I could not find anywhere else to eat lunch.” Read more courtesy of AutomobileMagazine.com Please rotate…

Claim unclaimed baggage

When checked baggage gets lost and can’t be reunited with its owner – or someone just doesn’t pick up their luggage – airlines sell the bags after 90 days to the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has built a monopoly in the niche business of selling used items out of luggage. The store is in Scottsboro, Alabama. They buy bags sight…

Have a nice trip

A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip. Humans have consumed substances with consciousness-altering properties for millennia. Traditional societies used them in healing rituals, initiation ceremonies and to make contact with the gods and the dead, among other practices. Today they are known as psychedelics, and include the naturally…

Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy? Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter? Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all…

Fabbriche di Careggine rises again

In the mountains of Central Italy, there’s a medieval village that’s been at the bottom of a lake since the 1940s. And next year, it seems like it’s finally going to come back to the light. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine dates back to the 13th century and used to be inhabited by ironworkers. It became a “ghost village”…

1000 year-old flour

ith stay-at-home orders in effect across the United Kingdom, bulk buyers and consumers alike have been purchasing much more flour than normal, according to the National Association of British & Irish Millers (NABIM). To help meet this spike in demand, a 1,000-year-old English flour mill has resumed commercial production for the first time in decades, reports Jason Lewis for the Bournemouth Daily Echo.   Booking.com

Reach for the stars!

Big projects come with big risks, and sometimes those risks end up outweighing the project’s benefits. That leads to truly impressive objects and buildings being abandoned, and in some cases, they’re abandoned before they’re even finished! There are many reasons why an ambitious engineering or construction project might be given up and left behind, and we’re about to take a…

Running on empty

Airlines are flying very few passengers and near-empty aircraft these days, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. A captain for a large international carrier told me he recently flew a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Los Angeles. His aircraft normally seats 255 passengers, but there were only 25 on board. Separately, a first officer for a U.S. carrier said in an email…

The psychedelic hill

Ohio is an unusual state. In pop culture, it is typically portrayed as being rural and quiet. Locals know that the opposite is often true, especially when it comes to hauntings and local lore. One of the weirdest rumors you might hear floating around is the existence of a gravity hill near Cleveland, where a car in neutral will appear…

Warm regards

The Telegraph (UK) was the first foreign media outlet to visit the Chernobyl control room, a few dozen feet away from the reactor that blew up and would become one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Read more courtesy of The Telegraph.co.uk   https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wpqet3HCIlI Klook.com

Where BnB?

Brian Chesky is no stranger to big lifts. The 38-year-old former bodybuilder and Airbnb CEO has, in the space of 11 years, hauled his property rental dream from a single air mattress to a multi-billion dollar startup success story. But as hosts rage and debt piles up, the huge weight of the coronavirus pandemic might be too much for Chesky…

Ozu’s Flying Castle

Forget the cherry blossoms and the flashy Tokyo hotels, because starting this April, for the first time ever, it’s possible to rent out an Edo period castle in the heart of Japan—and get the shogun-style treatment while you’re there. Dating back to 1617, Ozu Castle is set in the town of Ozu on the western side of Shikoku island, and sits atop a…

The Misanthrope Society

The Misanthrope Society, a quirky addition to Taipei’s bar scene that serves up creative cocktails, black humor and a dislike of humankind. The anti-social theme of the venue belies its inclusiveness; the owner, who has suffered from severe depression, wanted to provide a space that was welcoming to others in need. See more courtesy of CNNTravel.com   Klook.com

I’m not here

When many of us think about hallucinations, we tend to think about schizophrenia. However, hallucinations are incredibly varied, and can happen for many different reasons, many of which are unrelated to mental illness. In fact, many people experience hallucinations at some point in their life even when there’s nothing wrong with them. Many simple hallucinations, for example, are caused by sensory deprivation.…

Brain science meets meditation

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 1963, and Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức steps out of a car into the middle of a Saigon intersection. He is followed by 350 Buddhist monks and nuns, all marching to end their persecution by Vietnam’s government. A monk places a cushion in the middle of the intersection. Read more courtesy of medium.com  

Motorcycle dragon jungle cave!

Sound unbelievable?  Too much to be true?  It’s not.  It’s Adventure Suites. “Adventure Suites is a one-of-a-kind property. We are not a chain and have no other locations. Our fun, themed suites combined with our love for our customers and many add-on adventures make each stay an original adventure. Products and new innovations are painstakingly researched and ordered directly from…

No fixed address

Morton Jablin lives a simple life. He wakes early, showers, dresses, has breakfast and begins his day. He enjoys tea in the afternoon and fish for his evening meal. He’s not much different than you and me, with one exception: Morton Jablin lives on a cruise ship. Read more courtesy of GoNomad.com   Klook.com

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