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Planes & Tornados
Friday, 15 August 2014 16:47


The U.K. has been experiencing severe weather over the past few weeks.  On Thursday, a lucky photographer snapped the picture above, showing a RyanAir flight taking off in front of tornado funnel.

Tornados pose a risk to airplanes, as an early warning system for planes does not exist.

 
Hawaii Hurricanes
Friday, 08 August 2014 09:00

For the first time in 22 years, Hawaii is about to experience a hurricane or tropical storm making landfall...possibly two.  Hurricane Iselle (downgraded to a tropical storm early this morning) is set to make landfall, with Hurricane Julio expected to arrive over the weekend or next week.

Hawaii has not experienced a significant hurricane since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

 
Toledo’s Water Crisis
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 20:28


This past weekend, the city of Toledo, which sits on the banks of Lake Erie, underwent a surprising water crisis. A massive toxic algae bloom in the lake had moved close to the city’s water intake pipe, several miles offshore.  On Saturday morning, officials were issuing the following warning:

URGENT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF TOLEDO & LUCAS COUNTY WHO RECEIVE WATER FROM THE CITY OF TOLEDO

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. DO NOT BOIL THE WATER.

Residents saw an almost immediate shortage of bottled water...including water price gouging...and the governor declared a state of emergency. As of Tuesday morning, the crisis seems to have abated, but it leaves behind a number of questions about the economy of water. If your tap water was non-potable and unable to be used for ANYTHING, what would you do?

 
40 Tourist Scams to Avoid
Friday, 25 July 2014 14:10


The travel blog Just The Flight has a great infographic of 40 common tourist scams to avoid while traveling this summer (and beyond). In addition to shedding some light on the scams and how they’re utilized, they list the countries and cities where each scam is most common.

 
NYC’s Best Pickpocket
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:48


Last week, we mentioned some of the psychological tricks that pickpockets use when robbing a victim. The New York Times recently profiled NYC’s most prolific - and perhaps successful - pickpocket, a man named Wilfred Rose. His story and technique are fascinating; he’s rarely been caught or in jail, despite being well-known by the NYPD.

 
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