Mental Floss’ List Show points out some of the world’s most intellectuallly stimulating tourist destinations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Atacama Desert in Chile and its starry night skies, and the otaku paradise known as Akihabara in Tokyo.
Filmmaker Patrik Wallner and a team of skateboarders take us inside a land most Westerners are unfamiliar with. Independent since 1991, the world’s 9th largest country (by area) is a fascinating blend of modernity, Soviet era relics, and daunting desert landscapes.
During their recent trip to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, we had a chance to visit with the Land Rover BAR team, and got see what goes into hydrofoil racing, from the engineering of the boats to the sheer fortitude of each crew member.
We recently had the privilege of visiting George Dickel Tennessee Whisky’s famous Cascade Hollow Distillery, and went behind the scenes to see how grains, water, and yeast are transformed into wonderful whiskies for us to enjoy. Here, we share our tour in photos.
Not only will a lucky few adventurers get to set sail to explore the Canadian Arctic on an 18- to 75-day journey, those who cruise on the Kapitan Khlebnikov from 8/22-9/8/16 will meet astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is going along for this awe-inspiring trip from Quark Expeditions.
Start out with a 360º ride through Switzerland’s Gothard Base Tunnel, then take a tour of the myriad platforms, elevators, and walkways that surround the 35.5 mile long tunnel that runs through the base of the Alps. The video is narrated in German, but it’s self-explanatory.
As part of its marketing campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows, Paramount turned a three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan into the TMNT’s pad. Then they put it on Airbnb for overnight stays, with free pizza included.
A wonderful tilt-shifted, time-lapse video which provides a glimpse into the spectacle which is the Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple Festival, which takes place in Mylapore, Chennai, India every April. Here we see colorful parade floats moving through throngs of onlookers.
Veritasium takes us on a tour of Longyearbyen, Svalbard. It’s the northernmost town on Earth, a mere 800mi from the North Pole. Originally a whaling port, Longyearbyen flourished as a coal mining town, but is now a tourist and research destination and potential trading hub.
Airbnb UK teamed up with the Aquarium de Paris to create the ultimate sleeping experience for shark fiends. The watertight, transparent walled room dangles inside a shark-filled tank. It’s being offered up to one lucky contest winner from 4/11-4/13/16. Enter to win here.
One of the more spectacular ways to enjoy the evening sky this tiny cabin looks out on the Dolomites in Northeastern Italy. Priced at about $335 a night, you’re paying for the view and seclusion, not so much for luxury, though it is climate controlled, and includes a fancy dinner.
In 2012, just for the heck of it, Tim Hwang fooled a nuclear plant into giving him a tour by setting up a fake organization called Infrastructure Observatory. Tim eventually turned it into a real group that organizes tours for his fellow infrastructure enthusiasts.
Chevrolet put us behind the wheel of the awesome 415hp V8 2016 SS sports sedan, for an epic 1300+ mile road trip to see the Daytona 500. We time-lapsed the 19+ hour drive down to 5 minutes. The car was fast and comfy, and its new dual-mode exhaust sounded amazing.
If It Were My Home is a website that compares the living conditions of two countries based on data from the CIA, the WHO and the UN. It’s far from perfect – it reduces citizens into statistical averages and its definition of good healthcare is flawed, but it’s still educational.