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? Read more...(471 words, 2 images, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
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!
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: Read more...(458 words, 6 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
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.
“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: Read more...(816 words, 2 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
Osama bin Laden is dead – traveling in this region of the world should be interesting… I’ll update this post afterward with local reaction from Vietnam & Laos. Yep, I’m off to Laos – will resume posting more when I get an internet connection again! Back in a couple weeks