Category: News

Vacations Are Important. Yes, Really.

The New York Times published an article about the science behind a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: vacation. Whether this word drums up nostalgic memories of piling into mom’s minivan (AKA the sibling seat-belted fist fight arena) or stirs excitement for a big future trip, vacations are important! Science says so. According …

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Lots of Thai massage in Bangkok

Guinness World Records are funny and weird. They have records for everything. You’ll be interested to know that a new world record was just set for most Thai massages given in one place. The record was broken today in Bangkok at the Thailand Medical Hub Expo 2012, where 641 masseurs massaged 641 people for 12 …

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A botched fresco restoration in Spain

I feel bad laughing at this, for various reasons, but I can’t help it. Every time I look at the restored painting (see below) it cracks me up. This story, which is nicely detailed in this video, seems like a spoof or parody, but it’s not. It’s real. A prized 100-year-old fresco of Jesus Christ that …

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Harry Potter studio tour opens near London

Harry Potter fans who are traveling to London will probably be excited about this news. The Warner Bros. studio where they filmed large parts of the Harry Potter movies has just opened its doors for visitors. I’ve written in the past about Harry Potter sights in London (highlighted, I think, by Platform 9 ¾ at …

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Happy Birthday, Bridge

I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which turned 80 years old today. The bridge is one of the world’s most famous, certainly one of Sydney's iconic images, right up there with the Opera House. It's the largest steel arch bridge in the world (39,000 tons), and one of …

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A new Stonehenge theory: sounds

I like Stonehenge. It’s all mystical and mysterious, and you can’t help but get caught up in the wonder of who put it there and how they managed to do it. And now this guy has an interesting new theory behind the arrangement of the enormous circle of stones. It’s all about sound. According to …

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It’s official: no more “mademoiselle” in France

Anyone going to France this summer? If so, you might find this news interesting. It turns out you should maybe think twice before calling a woman “mademoiselle” while you’re over there. The French Prime Minister has ordered the removal of the word “mademoiselle” from all official government documents. The term is traditionally used for unmarried …

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A couple bright spots in cold Europe

Not sure if you’ve seen the news, but it’s been cold in Europe the past several days. Very cold. It’s actually really no laughing matter at all, as the brutal cold has caused a number of deaths and various other problems throughout the continent. But I have come across two lighter items resulting from the …

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Madrid just got greener

As a native of Boston, where the Big Dig transformed a large stretch of downtown highway into a pristine green space, I was interested to read about a similar project that recently finished in Madrid, Spain. It’s the new Madrid Rio park. Anyone going to Madrid this year? You should check it out. The park …

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