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Amazing Iceberg Collapse – Caught On Camera

An  arch-shaped iceberg collapsed – and a couple caught the heart-stopping moment on camera!

A Canadian couple were boating in Newfoundland, filming video of the iceberg when they witnessed the massive collapse. It’s fascinating to witness it, until you remember that for every action there’s a potentially lethal icy reaction.  Ahhh!

It’s what happens next that terrified them. In the video you can hear her scream in terror as they suddenly find themselves in danger. In just seven seconds, the vast iceberg suddenly begins to crack, then completely collapses into the water below, causing a huge wave rolling straight towards them.

‘”I think my heart came up, and I swallowed it. I was petrified!” -Wanda Stead

We’ve seen how deadly icebergs can be to even large ships — they were in New Foundland, Canada, which is where the Titanic sank back in 1912. That was due to a collision, but the resulting tidal wave from an iceberg collapse can be just as lethal.

Screenshots of the collapse:

Iceberg collapse in Newfoundland, Canada
The calm before the storm – cracks begin to form
Iceberg collapse in Newfoundland, Canada
Iceberg collapse – chunks of ice begin to disintegrate

Iceberg collapse in Newfoundland, Canada

Iceberg collapse in Newfoundland, Canada
Immediately after the Iceberg collapse, a huge wave forms and comes towards their tiny boat

Wanda Stead and her husband tell the story in this CBC article. Screenshots from YouTube.

Global first: Brit visits all 201 states without flying

If you think my goal of traveling to all 50 states and 50 countries by age 50 is impressive, check out this guy.  A British adventurer has become the first person to travel to all 201 sovereign states in the world without flying. It took four years and ended when he arrived in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.

Graham Hughes used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet – but never an airplane – to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days, spending an average of less than $100 a week.

“I love travel, and I guess my reason for doing it was I wanted to see if this could be done, by one person traveling on a shoestring,” Hughes said from Juba, South Sudan’s capital. “I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.”

now that's impressive! This guy visited all 193 United Nations member states plus Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara (plus the 4 home nations of the United Kingdom)
now that’s impressive! This guy visited all 193 United Nations member states plus Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara (plus the 4 home nations of the United Kingdom)

Hughes, 33, set out from his home in Liverpool in northern England on New Year’s Day 2009.

Own a Private Island!

Ever dreamed of owning a private island?  Apparently they’re available for sale.

Guess where in the world this exotic location is…

East Sister Rock Island Florida - Visit50.com
East Sister Rock Island – now you know what to get me for the holidays…

Florida. Yeah that’s right, right here in the United States. For just $12 million you can own East Sister Rock Island off the coast of Florida, which comes with its own moat. Act now and they’ll even throw in the 5,000 foot home and a helipad. Bargain!

Apparently there are entire sites dedicated to listings of private islands. Thanks to Amateur Traveler for inspiring this post.

Profiled on a travel website: Tripper of the Week

Seven questions with…me!  I’m featured as the “Tripper of the Week” on travel community website, Tripping.com.   The interview covers what inspired me to travel for a half year through 15 countries, the interactions with locals that were most memorable, the most exciting outdoor activities I did on my trip, and what I love most about NYC. They have a great site and community; check it out!

-> Tripper of the Week: Todd Cohen | The Tripping Blog

Todd Cohen is a world traveler, photographer, writer.  He lives for travel adventures, and just got back from a half-year trip which took him to 15 countries (and shares them on Visit50.com).  Although he’s traveled all around the globe, he has a soft spot for NYC.

Here’s the full interview.

Machu Picchu, Peru, in South America after 5 days of hiking and camping

I’ve used both Tripping and CouchSurfing.com and think they have great travel communities; I’ll write about them in an upcoming post. In the meantime, enjoy their 7-question interview:

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Tell us a little bit more about your background – Todd in a nutshell.

Rent Liechtenstein for $70k per night

Liechtenstein Offers Entire Country For Rent — Now that we’ve passed “Black Friday,” Americans are scrambling to shop for the perfect gift. That got me thinking – what do rich people buy for the people that have everything?  How about renting an entire country? I’m not kidding!

You might remember reading that Snoop Dogg tried to rent out the entire European country of Liechtenstein (between Austria and Switzerland, population=33,000), for a music video earlier this year, but was of course denied, but here’s the twist. They only said no due to timing. They would have accepted his offer if they had more notice.  It’s well-known as a tax-haven for the wealthy, but what if they actually made the entire country available for a fee?  So the Snoop offer got Lichtenstein thinking about the marketing and revenue opportunities, and now they’re putting the entire country on the market for $70,000 per night.

What do you get for a $70k rental fee?

Monkey self-portraits

Monkey steals camera and takes Facebook-style monkey self-portraits

Who knew primates had photography skills?  A monkey stole a wildlife photographer’s camera, and then started taking pictures of himself, even smiling in the photos.  The crested black macaque monkey (black ape) swiped the camera and took monkey self-portraits at arms length, like you’d see on a 15-year old girl’s Facebook or Instagram page. It’s a monkey selfie!

monkey self portrait from this Sulawesi crested black macaque (the black monkey pictured), who stole a camera and took pictures of himself. It's a monkey selfie!
Sulawesi monkey steals a camera and snaps his new profile pic, a monkey self-portrait

It happened when wildlife photographer David Slater was visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, he left his camera unattended and a crested black macaque monkey grabbed it and proceeded take Facebook-style monkey self-portraits. Who knew “black apes” took pictures? It’s actually a decent monkey self-portrait!

If you’re curious, I found out some interesting facts about these inquisitive monkeys below:

Sulawesi crested black macaque / Black-Crested Macaque, Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia By Sean Crane. Sulawesi crested black macaque
great shot of a Crested black Macaque. I love his expression
Some crested black macaque facts:
  • They’re promiscuous – with both males and females mating multiple times with multiple partners
  • They live in groups, and tend to either be all males or be 4:1 females to males.
  • Their diet is 70% fruits
  • They’re extremely rare and critically endangered

Could your cell phone really cause a plane crash??

“We’re flying in a Lockheed Eagle series L1011. It came off the line 20 months ago. It carries a Sim-5 Transponder tracking system. Are you telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?” – Toby Ziegler, West Wing

We’ve all heard the pre-landing announcement asking that we turn off electronic devices, and most of us have thought it sounded ridiculous (each time reminded me of the above rant from the West Wing pilot episode). But a new airline industry report says perhaps there’s a possibility there’s something  to it. Yes, seriously.

The International Air Transport Association studied survey responses from 125 airlines from 2003 to 2009 and found … “75 incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.” Twenty-six of them, a tad more than a third, “affected the flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear.” Another 17 hit navigation systems, with 15 affecting communication systems. It’s all according to an industry investigation shared by ABC News. The iphone just got that much more dangerous.

Scariest quotes from the report:

  • “Autopilot disengaged by itself”
  • “left GPS is not reading correctly”