Wednesday, October 31, 2007
We asked — and America has spoken.
Earlier this year, Travelandleisure.com and CNN Headline News polled travelers and residents on what they like (and don't like) about 25 top urban destinations in the U.S. Turns out that people have some pretty strong feelings about New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and other hot spots — we received nearly 60,000 responses.Highlights:
All-Around Place to Visit
Top 3: San Diego (yes!), Honolulu (yes!), San Francisco (yes!)
Bottom 3: Atlanta (Wha? We have Stone Mountain. It has a laser show!), Washington, D.C., Dallas
Top 3: San Francisco, Austin, Seattle
Bottom 3: Philadelphia (Why, is the world still miffed about that whole booing Santa Claus thing?), Phoenix, Dallas
Top 3: Chicago, New Orleans, Austin (must've been that new Ruby Tuesday's that pushed them over the top.)
Bottom 3: Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Santa Fe
Top 3: Miami, San Diego, Charleston (At this point I will ask how the hell Charleston was even included in this survey.)
Bottom 3: Dallas (Pam Ewing on "Dallas" was attractive, no?), Washington, D.C., Philadelphia
Top 3: New York, Charleston (Huh? Maybe if you collect rebel flags), Chicago
Bottom 3: Washington, D.C., Las Vegas (Wrong. Vegas has the best selection of hookers in the world!), Orlando (Oh, we shopped in Orlando. I had to get a new wallet after that trip. The old one got worn out.)
Top 3: Charleston, New Orleans (rudest place I've ever been), Minneapolis
Bottom 3: Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles
Top 3: Seattle (how smart is it to live in a city where it rains half the year), Minneapolis, Boston
Bottom 3: Miami, Las Vegas (Wrong. Try learning craps.), Los Angeles
Top 3: New Orleans (drunk = fun?), Austin (overrated), Honolulu
Bottom 3: Phoenix (dodging Rascals isn't fun?), Dallas, Washington, D.C. (dodging bullets isn't fun?)
Top 3: New York, Miami, San Francisco
Bottom 3: Orlando (Mickey Mouse ears aren't stylish?), Philadelphia, San Antonio
Top 3: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago
Bottom 3: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando
Top 3: Minneapolis/St. Paul (only because trash freezes and disintegrates in mid-air), Portland (rain washes all the dirt away), San Diego
Bottom 3: New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans (Well, yeah, see, they had a slight flooding problem.)
Top 3: San Diego, Honolulu, Santa Fe
Bottom 3: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, Chicago
Top 3: New York (Yep, every kind of freak you can imagine), San Francisco, New Orleans
Bottom 3: Nashville (Oh come on, Nashville is diverse! They have country AND western!), Phoenix, Dallas
Top 3: New Orleans (Oh it's wild. Carjackings are a hoot.), Las Vegas, Miami
Bottom 3: Dallas, Washington, D.C., Santa Fe (They've obviously never been to happy hour at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. It gets pretty nutty there sometimes.)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Will Ferrell as Neil Diamond in a hilarious spoof of VH1's Storytellers... with one short interruption from sleep-inducing Lorne Michaels.
From PC World (link to original article). Click on any photo for a larger view.
Without a doubt, the best thing that ever happened to crop circles is Google Earth. This circle in the desert just outside Beatty, Nevada (Google Earth coordinates 37.401437,-116.86773), is one of hundreds spotted with the software. If you're hoping that looking at enough crop circles will give you clues about the arrival of our alien overlords, download this set of Placemarks to crop circles.
As if Oprah Winfrey's celebrity weren't big enough already, an Arizona farmer built a 10-acre homage to the talk show host (Google Earth coordinates 33.225488,-111.5955). Visitors can tell their friends, "I got lost inside Oprah's head." The celebrity-obsessed can also visit Google Earth Hacks, which has a Google Earth-style map of Hollywood stars' homes.
Think parking is tough where you live? In Westenbergstraat, Netherlands, drivers apparently have to park on the sides of walls (Google Earth coordinates 52.069207,4.3139865).
Nothing can replace hopping in a plane and going somewhere, but Google Earth gives you a small taste of what you might see when you visit some of the world's tourist destinations. This spectacular shot shows Victoria Falls (Google Earth coordinates -17.925511,25.858223) on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Other virtual destinations worth flying over are Mt. Everest (27.985866,86.92844) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (-3.0726042,37.343093).
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Great song, though, and written by Shel Silverstein, author of The Giving Tree and Where The Sidewalk Ends.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
All contain animal-on-animal violence.
This just in: the praying mantis is one bad mofo.
Hornets vs. Bees - this one is a bit long, but absolutely amazing. I have no idea how they got some of this footage.
Revenge Of The Bees - you know what they say about paybacks...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
And a special Star Wars Wing...
LOTD reader Erika sends these pics of her dogs Cash and Jamba in their costumes.
And Miellyn adds this hilarious pic to the mix...