The week in travel: July 23, 2010

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Jul 23, 2010

I tried to figure out where this week went, and then I realized that two days of it were spent in Los Angeles. I’ll be posting about that trip next week, but let’s just say that few things can make a day more surreal than being in Los Angeles. There’s an abundance of face boobs and fake noses, and NOBODY GOES TO THE BEACH. I just don’t understand.

And the weirdness doesn’t end there …

At Cranium, the editorial team joked that they had to do this all the time … but I didn’t realize it was actually possible. The guys from Mythbusters take on the task of polishing a turd. Watch the video to see if they succeeded. (Note: “success”, in this instance, is a relative term.)

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Because we are a well-meaning, if occasionally misguided, town, Seattle is considering banning the Bodies exhibit (you know – the one that features real, preserved bodies in a bunch of weird poses). While the folks behind the exhibit claim that they’ve used people who’ve died of natural causes whose next of kin could not be contacted, there’s rumors that they might be the bodies of murdered political dissidents. So … that’s creepy.

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Don’t complain about the food on RyanAir. Because however bad it is, it’s better than what you’ll be eating in jail. SEE WHAT I DID THERE? Jail is where they send you if you complain about the food. Yeah. I’m clever. (via Gadling)

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“My iPad got fishy smell. You need to be careful.” Sigh. Once again, GADGETS AND FOOD DON’T MIX. I don’t know how many times I have to explain this to you folks.  (via reddit.com)

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Am I strange for finding this photo to be downright haunting? Probably. But still, I do.

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I read this four times before I understood it. Apparently the copywriters behind the ad didn’t realize that in some parts of the U.S., we refer to ecstasy as “E”.

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In less bizarre and significantly more awesome news …

Mad Men is back on this weekend. I’m freaking out with excitement. If, like me, you’re having trouble waiting until Sunday, The Simpsons parody of the Mad Men intro might help. Still not enough for you? Tom and Lorenzo (the geniuses behind Project Rungay) have a run-down of nearly every important outfit ever worn by the women of Mad Men. No, I’m not kidding. It’s fantastic. Their sartorial analysis ties into plot and character development perfectly. It is, without hyperbole, one of the best things I’ve read in ages.

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I got downright teary after reading blogger/photographer Peter West Carey’s post about why he loves traveling with his daughter. I suggest you grab a tissue and give it a gander.

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If I actually spent more time in my home, I would want it to look like this.

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I’m entranced by Seattle Times’ illustrator Gabriel Campanario’s sketches of Seattle and its inhabitants.

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And I’ve decided to close with a quote from my brother with whom I was lucky/cursed enough to hang out this week. If you aren’t following him on Twitter, you should.

“I’m like the anti-Logan’s Run: Everyone under 30 should die.”

Sigh. A fine thing to say to your 29-year-old sister. Anyway, that’s all for this week, folks! Enjoy the weirdness.

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  • Nigel

    Now you’ve got me imagining what “face boobs” would look like in real life.

    My entire day is shot…

    • Everywhereist

      Ah, the darling Peter Carey noticed that as well. I meant to write “fake boobs” but now that I’ve coined (however accidentally) the term “face boobs”, I’ve decided to stick with it. It refers to fake boobs that have been yanked up so high, they’re in your face.

  • Well that’s *exactly* what I thought it meant! Do keep it.

  • Oh. My. Gawd. I cannot stop staring at that goose photo. As usual, an interesting weekly roundup!

  • Kristen

    Go see Bodies. It’s at LEAST as haunting as the duck, which I love.

    Plus you’ll have plenty to write about. There’s a dissected mama camel with a dissected baby camel next to it. I took a picture, even though the signs said not to, ’cause I’m a rebel like that.

  • Everywhereist

    Kristin – we saw Bodies. I didn’t see the mama camel, but I was haunted, nevertheless.

    And I love your brand of rebellion.

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