Category: Weird

WTF: A Church of Bones

Have you ever sat at your dining room table and been like, “You know what? This chandelier doesn’t look dead enough”? Of course you have.  Head about an hour outside of Prague to Kutna Hora, where the remains of 40,000 people decorate a chapel’s interior. WTF, you ask? Great question! Several churches around Europe repurposed …

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Jack the Ripper: History’s Ultra-Villain

Folklore and urban legends have been part of humanity since the beginning of time. Although the tales get distorted and augmented throughout the years, there is something about a good creepy story that gives us the heeby-jeebies no matter how old it is. The best example is probably that of Jack the Ripper in London. …

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My trip in one word: Unparalleled

I started traveling with EF my junior year in high school and have since been on a total of 6 tours. Much like many of you I’ve got the travel bug, and I’ve got it bad.  My first tour was to Costa Rica in 2007. Fast forward 6 years later to my most recent Exotic …

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The world’s tallest ferris wheel

This week in Dubai, plans were announced to build the tallest ferris wheel in the world. The Dubai Eye will top all other roller coasters at 689 feet.  Let's put that in perspective.  Washington Monument (555 feet, 5 inches) visitingdc.com London Eye (443 feet) The Dubai Eye will be over TWICE as tall as Big …

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Window-shopping for guys in Paris

This made me laugh out loud a bit. It’s a storefront in Paris with men standing in shop windows hoping to score dates with female passers-by. The campaign is sponsored by a French dating site called Adopte Un Mec (“mec” is French slang for “guy”). They put men in the store window, and let them …

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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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London songs from overheard conversations

The London Olympics have spawned many, many stories in the news, but this one may be among the oddest. A British man named Nigel Parkes is riding London’s public transportation throughout the Olympics, and then making songs out of the conversations he overhears. Every day he posts a new song online. I like this idea. …

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Asparagus-mania in Germany

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  Who likes asparagus? (I do.) If you like asparagus, you should go to Germany during the next two months. That’s because Germany has just entered Spargelzeit, otherwise known as asparagus season. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this, which kind of surprises me. (I like to think I’m in-the-know when it comes …

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