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The Magico-Religious Ritual Of Our Time

Where would we find magico-religious ritual portals, of the sort described by Arnold Van Gennep in The Rites of Passage, in our own time? Here’s a hint: They only allow three ounce containers for your liquids. [...]

They Had To Pee! Homeland Security Responds With F-16 Fighters

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the people may have “locked themselves in the bathroom”, but anonymous sources within the transportation industry implied that everybody locks the door to the bathroom when on an airplane, as that’s the only way to keep the door from swinging open. [...]

Disney World Made Easy and Really Easy

Budget Travel’s version of Disney World Made Easy: to avoid gigantic parking fees, park outside an overflow lot on the far end of the resort, walk ten minutes, then take a shuttle bus with a transfer to another shuttle bus to arrive at a different gate. Arrive at an obscenely early hour so you can [...]

The Sheep Go Baa

Spotted a few feet away from the Transportation Security Agency’s full-body scanner in the Houston airport:

Say baa, America.

Walk Through the Solar System on the National Mall

The next time you’re in Washington DC with your family, why not take a walk through the solar system?

It’s not the first to-scale walking model of the solar system in existence (that honor, I think, goes to the Carl Sagan Planet Walk in Ithaca, NY), and it’s not the spiffiest expression of astronomical [...]

Knitting Needles: Fine on a Plane, But not in the halls of Congress

One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]

Ron Paul Speaks Against Groping And Gawking

Ron Paul spoke strongly against the genital caresses and nude x-rays that the TSA is forcing upon air travelers in the United States. [...]

Better than a Fair to keep you Fair: Longacre Farms Maize Maze

I love going to county fairs in the summertime to animalwatch, to peoplewatch, to test my stomach’s fortitude on rides and to test my stomach’s fortitude at the booths. Fairs are loads of fun, but it’s hard to say that they’re easy on your waistline. With the exception of those new bungee contraptions, all the [...]

Selective Clubbing in Portland, Maine

In yesterday’s Sunday New York Times, Lionel Beehner made the case for staying away from the most concentrated clubbing area in Portland, Maine. According to Beehner, “The bars along Wharf Street can get pretty fratty.” Beehner suggests you go bowling instead. Erm.

It just so happens that I was on Portland’s cobblestone, pedestrian-only Wharf Street [...]

Cultural Blending at the Ross County Fair

I love the cultural blends that shape America.

I can also report that a deep-fried Twinkie tastes just about as awful as you’d expect.

Are these hotel perks for families? Are they new?

Roger Yu’s article in yesterday’s USA Today grabbed my attention for its headline claim that “Hotels court business travelers’ spouses, kids.”

Yu’s examples of new perks offered to court the spouses and children of business travelers:

•In 2011, Homewood Suites will revamp and expand its hotels’ fitness facilities. They’ll also install machines that have plug-in [...]