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A Taxi Service in Which Passengers Rate Drivers — And Vice Versa

A new company called Uber simplifies the process of hailing a cab. Just activate an app on your smartphone, and Uber will send a car to your location. You won’t even have to handle any money: Uber calculates the total fee on arrival, adds tax and a mandatory tip, and then charges the whole fee to [...]

Now Open: 8 New Thrill Rides at America’s Theme Parks

Whether it’s for a day trip, a getaway weekend, or a full-blown vacation, there’s a theme park near you, and many of them have new rides to deliver the biggest thrills yet -if you’re into that sort of thing. 1. Dollywood: Wild Eagle The big trend in roller coasters is the “winged” ride, in which the carriage [...]

Man Took Zebra and Bird Out on the Town

Jerald Reiter of Cascade, Iowa, was arrested Sunday night for drunk driving with a blood-alcohol level of .148. Police had stopped him to check on the welfare of the passengers in his truck: a zebra and a macaw. Reiter, 55, told The Des Moines Register that the zebra and parrot are like friends to him and [...]

17 Elaborately Staged Theme Park Ride Photos

Back when amusement parks started using cameras to capture the facial expressions of their guests on their most wild rides, the companies thought it would just be a good way to make some extra money by giving guests a new souvenir option. Little did they know that the cameras would also serve as the backdrop [...]

Rolls Royce Hearse

Charon will require more than a single coin for this ride. Rolls Royce will soon offer a hearse based on its Phantom model. The 23-foot aluminum car debuted at a recent funeral home expo in Bologna, Italy. Link -via Born Rich | Photo: Auto Guide

Classical Music as a Roller Coaster Ride

Animation studio Virtual Republic turned classical music by German composer Ferdinand Ries into a rollercoaster ride for this clever ad for the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The musical notes are synchronized, so the visual part of the rollercoaster [...]

The UK’s Top 10 Navigable Aqueducts

It would have never occurred to me to take a ride in an aqueduct, but now I want to! Before railroads, before highways, Britain built many elevated waterways to transport cargo from place to place. Many are still there, and they are fascinating. Shown is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, which is a UNESCO World [...]

The Late Movies: Riding the Mechanical Bull

Here’s a confession: I once rode a mechanical bull at a state fair while I was in college. I don’t recall why exactly I did this—I am truly not the type to hop on a bucking animal-themed machine in front of a group of strangers—but I distinctly remember how hard it was to hang on. [...]

Neatorama Facts: Splash Mountain

If you’ve been to Disneyland in the last twenty years, then you’re almost certainly familiar with Splash Mountain. Even if you refuse to ride the massive log ride, you probably at least rode the train through the tunnel that shows the happy ending of the ride. But did you know the ride is based on [...]

Black widow spiders hitch ride on plane

The deadly spiders were found inside a jet engine after hitching a ride to the UK from the US. An engineer had been working underneath the engine when…