Articles by David Chalk

Iraq Selling Five Boeing Jets (Slightly Used, War-Torn)

Iraq Selling Five Boeing Jets (Slightly Used, War-Torn) October 13, 2010 | Asia, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Readers of Al-Rai, an Arabic daily newspaper owned by the Jordanian government, were treated to an intriguing offer in Tuesday’s edition. “Iraqi Airways wants to sell three Boeing 727-200s and two Boeing 707s which are currently located at [Jordan's] Queen Alia International Airport,”...

Taiwan to Motorists: Yield to Crabs

Taiwan to Motorists: Yield to Crabs October 13, 2010 | Asia, Eco-Travel, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Taiwan’s Kenting National Park is home to at least 30 different species of land crab. Peak spawning season is between July and November, when countless female crabs crawl to the coastal part of the park, at the very southern tip of the island nation. Unfortunately, all those crabs must negotiate...

Japanese Robot Shows Ultra Marathons Not Just For Humans

Japanese Robot Shows Ultra Marathons Not Just For Humans October 4, 2010 | Japan, Offbeat, Tokyo, Travel News | Read More
To promote Panasonic’s Evolta batteries, a tiny robot has started walking from Tokyo to Kyoto– a journey of about 300 miles (500 km) that is expected to take about 49 days to complete. The Evolta robot is only 7 inches tall and weighs just 2.2 pounds, but it already has a place in the Guinness...

Air New Zealand Unveils All Black Jet For Rugby Fans (VIDEOS)

Air New Zealand Unveils All Black Jet For Rugby Fans (VIDEOS) October 1, 2010 | New Zealand, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Is it a flying zebra? Is it a ninja plane! Perhaps a top-secret stealth jet for the Royal New Zealand Air Force? Nope, it’s … Air New Zealand’s new A320 jet with its all black rugby-themed paint job! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1XubCSbP6g[/youtube] “In celebration...

Hotel Kicks Out Couple After Negative Trip Advisor Review

Hotel Kicks Out Couple After Negative Trip Advisor Review September 29, 2010 | Offbeat, Travel News, UK | Read More
Adrian Healey, a 33-year-old Englishman who had just finished chemotherapy for testicular cancer, booked a three-night stay for him and his girlfriend at the 30-room Golden Beach Hotel in Blackpool. On the second day, the police were called and the couple were forced to leave the hotel with no refund....

Planned Serengeti Highway Outrages Ecologists, Tour Operators

Planned Serengeti Highway Outrages Ecologists, Tour Operators September 9, 2010 | Africa, Eco-Travel, Travel News | Read More
Every year between July and September, one million wildebeest migrate 1800 miles across the Serengeti plains of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. It’s one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights, and it’s huge business for the tourism industry, bringing around 100,000 visitors every...

Resort Enables Gamers to Vacation With Virtual Girlfriends

Resort Enables Gamers to Vacation With Virtual Girlfriends September 9, 2010 | Japan, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
The beach resort town Atami, located about an hour from Tokyo, was Japan’s most popular romantic destination thirty or forty years ago. But with tourism down 40% since the 1970s, the town is tapping into an entirely new market of romantic vacationers — men so enthralled with Konami’s...

Eight Bottles, $107,000: Dubai Duty Free Makes Record Sale

Eight Bottles, $107,000: Dubai Duty Free Makes Record Sale September 9, 2010 | Asia, Travel News | Read More
One Sunday last month, a customer walked into the Le Clos fine wine and luxury spirits boutique in Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, picked out eight bottles of wine and paid $107,000.  The store thinks it’s the biggest retail sale in the history of wine. It’s also believed...

Finns Set Up Portable Sauna on Top of Mont Blanc, Adorableness Ensues

Finns Set Up Portable Sauna on Top of Mont Blanc, Adorableness Ensues September 9, 2010 | Active/Outdoors, France, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
At 15,782 feet, the summit of France’s Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It was also immortalized in 144 lines of verse in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1817 poem “Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni.” For Shelley, Mont Blanc was “A city of death,...

30-Pound Carp Attacks Kayaker During Missouri River Race

30-Pound Carp Attacks Kayaker During Missouri River Race September 7, 2010 | Active/Outdoors, Offbeat, Travel News, Travel Safety, USA | Read More
Brad Pennington of Houston was considered one of the favorites in the Missouri River 340 kayaking race.  That is, until he was hit in the head by a leaping 30-pound Asian silver carp shortly after the race began. Pennington, a 43-year-old who practices law when not racing kayaks, said the fish to the...