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An American Vacationing in Libya

Chris Jeon is a 21-year-old college student from Los Angeles. On a whim, he decided to go on vacation by himself -to Libya. “I just go and see what happens,” he said. “At spring break I told my friends a ’sick’ vacation would be to come here and fight with the rebels.” He spent $800 on a [...]

7 of the World’s Craziest Roads

Pack the jerky, a few friends, and maybe a few extra hundreds for those hefty gas prices. ‘Tis the season for summer road trips! In the spirit of all things cruise control, here are just a few of the world’s craziest roads to either try out or actively avoid for your next bus/car/bike/trike/motorcycle adventure. Happy [...]

Dogs Of War Are Looking For Forever Homes

Like their human counterparts dogs serve valiantly in the United States armed forces in war zones around the world. These military dogs are used to find explosives, insurgents and drugs, and to help search for missing people. When their careers end after serving overseas canine veterans retire, usually at the age of 8 or 9. They can be adopted through [...]

How 8 Dictators Spent Their Exile Years

What do you do with your life after you’ve ruled a nation with an iron fist? There are plenty of examples from history of dictators who were offered a chance to live out their lives, just as long as they did it somewhere else. But where? The Shah of Iran had a hard time finding [...]

Get Out! How 8 Dictators Spent Their Exile Years

As civil war rages in Libya, many observers are calling for Qaddafi to step down and go into exile. This wouldn’t be the first time an oppressive leader has stepped aside in exchange for a relatively comfortable retirement abroad. We’ve compiled this handy list of famous exiled emperors and dictators for reference. 1. Napoleon Bonaparte (Elba [...]

Revolution in Egypt

The Big Picture blog has a historic collection of forty images from the past two days in Cairo. Demonstrators heard rumors that president Mubarak would step down Thursday. The Egyptian president then delivered a speech in which he announced he was staying in office. Finally, on Friday he resigned from the presidency. This picture was [...]

The Cheapest Taxi Rates in the World

The blog The Price of Travel assessed the average rate for a 3-kilometer taxi ride in one hundred cities. The editors observed that, with some exceptions, taxis were almost the same level of automotive quality worldwide. Higher-quality cars did not necessarily correlate with higher rates. These were the ten cheapest rates: $0.90 – $1.58 Delhi, India $0.97 – [...]

The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre, as seen from… Pizza Hut

Conventional photographs of the Sphinx, such as the one featured in this month’s issue of Smithsonian magazine, are taken looking west and give the impression that the figure and the three pyramids sit in a remote Egyptian desert. The reality is that urban development of Cairo and Giza have brought the cities to within easy [...]