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Brit Refused Re-Entry Because His Face Doesn’t Match His Passport

Brit Refused Re-Entry Because His Face Doesn’t Match His Passport September 2, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Unlike yearly school portraits or your profile picture on Facebook, government-issued identification doesn’t always show the natural progression of one’s age. While the latter are updated every year (and in the case of the highly active Facebook user, once a week), driver’s license...

Stiff-Necked Competition at the UK Backward Running Championships

Stiff-Necked Competition at the UK Backward Running Championships September 1, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
It’s the hottest new trend in the running world: backwards running or ‘retrorunning,’ is the sport of, well, running backwards. You’ve walked backwards before, and maybe even did a quick backward jog as a joke. But in your mind’s eye you could see yourself losing your rhythm,...

Drunken British ‘Sailor’ Braves The Open Seas to Visit a Friend

Drunken British ‘Sailor’ Braves The Open Seas to Visit a Friend September 1, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Drunk people have a habit of making unwise decisions. In the most recent case of a bizarre, alcohol-impaired judgment call, 20-year old British tourist Zirian Kamarin Tahiri attempted to row the 40-mile distance between the Spanish islands of Minorca and Majorca on a small Zodiac boat stolen from a marina....

Scottish Researchers Produce Whiskey-Based Biofuel

Scottish Researchers Produce Whiskey-Based Biofuel August 27, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Nobody would have ever thought that scientists would actually recommend mixing driving and alcohol, but with new biofuel research coming out of the Edinburgh Napier University’s Biofuel Research Center in Scotland, whiskey may be part of the future of alternative energy. The chemistry behind the...

Paradigm Shift: Study Shows Poles Prefer Wine over Vodka

Paradigm Shift: Study Shows Poles Prefer Wine over Vodka August 26, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
The Polish Public Opinion Research Center, CBOS (or Centrum Badania Opinii Spolecznej) released a report recently (via Decanter) assessing the taste-buds of the good people in Poland, which shows they are shifting away from vodka as the preferred national beverage replacing it with wine. In many other...

Sugar-laden Drinks Causing Slight Obesity Epidemic in New Zealand Birds

Sugar-laden Drinks Causing Slight Obesity Epidemic in New Zealand Birds August 26, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
In news straight out of the ‘not that surprising’ files, greedy little birds becoming progressively fatter by stealing sugar-water from their avian companions. On the New Zealand island of Tiritiri Matangi lies an example of true human conservation efforts. The island, which covers a small...

“Artificial” Icewine Causes Relations to Chill Between Grape Growers

“Artificial” Icewine Causes Relations to Chill Between Grape Growers August 19, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
The world of wine is seemingly governed by the pretense of history and the taste buds of the judging elite– but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It guides growers on agricultural practices and almost guarantees the production of quality wine. Icewine, the premium dessert wine of the wine-drinking...

After Years of Waiting, Rasteau Wines Ready to Enjoy Elite Status

After Years of Waiting, Rasteau Wines Ready to Enjoy Elite Status August 18, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
The commune of Rasteau in France’s southern Rhône region has been producing quality Côtes-du-Rhône wines for years, but never enjoyed elite status– until now. For winemakers, the recent promotion of Rasteau to AOC (an abbreviation Appellation d’origine contrôlée, which is an elite...

Grecian Grapes Find Their Way Into Chinese Vineyards

Grecian Grapes Find Their Way Into Chinese Vineyards August 17, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Creating a stir lately in the wine industry world has been the recent announcement of a grape-bound cooperative between Greece’s privately-owned Kir Yianni winery in Naousa and China’s state-owned Mogao winery in Wuwei, in central China’s Gansu province. Decanter.com reports that the...

Flipboard: A Magazine Sans Subscription

Flipboard: A Magazine Sans Subscription August 11, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
When you’re on a cross-country or overseas flight, you can only page through the weathered copy of SkyMall so many times before you feel like you might go crazy. While the best prepared traveler will bring along a few books or buy a couple different magazines, you may quickly run out of reading...
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