One of the most successful businessmen in history, Pablo Escobar made billions bringing cocaine to the United States and the world. In Colombia, Escobar had a huge estate that was park home and part theme park, with exotic animals brought in from around the world. When Escobar was killed by Colombian authorities, the state seized the estate and distributed the animals to various zoos and reserves — except for the hippos, and now they're a problem.
Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in New York City, didn't intend to run a chess shop — the last one in New York. He intended to get a Ph.D. in American literature and teach or write, but what we set out to do and what actually happens are rarely the same. A Lebanese refugee, Imad recalls coming to America, what it means to him, and what his store means to the community he calls home.
If you've ever wanted to get behind the controls of the best bucket of bolts in the galaxy and see if you can beat Han Solo's record-setting Kessel Run, you won't have to wait long to get your chance. Disney is bringing a new ride to its massive Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park expansion called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You and three others will get to man the Falcon in three different flight crew positions when it opens at Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.
Zombies, a nuclear apocalypse, environmental disaster, robot revolt — There are few safer places to spend the end of the world than a former ICBM silo. Somewhere in Kansas, a developer purchased a bunker that housed some of the most powerful nuclear weapons in the US arsenal. The concrete reinforced structures were made to withstand a nuclear attack and fire back, along with equipment to keep the soldiers stationed there alive. Now redeveloped into luxury doomsday bunkers, take a look at how the other half would live if the world as we know it came to an end.
Argentina boasts some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain in the world. The New York Times T Brand Studio flew to the South American country to visit three places that exemplify the culture and diverse landscapes of Argentina. Jujuy, the Iguazu National Park, and the capital city of Buenos Aires give a taste of Argentina from the outdoors to a blend of the traditional and modern.
The flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Singapore is the longest nonstop flight in the world. Spending 18 hours on a plane sounds like a nightmare — unless you have some handy tips to keep you fresh. The Wall Street Journal's travel correspondent Scott McCartney took the flight and has a load of suggestions that will help flying, even if it's not a day and a half.
In recent years, the growler has seen a rise in popularity thanks to its ability to allow you to bring fresh draft beer home. But it won't stay fresh for long, and taking down 64oz or more of beer in one sitting might not be a great idea. The uKeg Pressurized Growler from GrowlerWerks solves that issue, as it maintains perfect carbonation from the first pour until the last by utilizing vacuum-insulated stainless steel and CO2 cartridges. The regulator cap keeps any air from leaking out, providing a pour that is just what the brewer had in mind to begin with. Now available in a Limited Edition Matte Black finish in 128-ounce capacity, along with the classic 64-ounce stainless version, each uKeg arrives with a 2-pack of CO2 cartridges to ensure you're set to pour some fresh brew out of the box, just add beer.
CO2 cannot be shipped outside the Continental United States.
Analog feel and digital performance. That's one way to describe Leica's latest release in the growing M10 line. For the M10-D, Leica replaced the familiar LCD display from the back of the camera with a circular dial to adjust exposure compensation and a mechanical on/off switch that serves as a shortcut for Wi-Fi connectivity. With no digital distractions, the M10-D delivers a vintage, analog shooting experience. Instead of the screen, your smartphone becomes the preview monitor, allowing you to review and edit pictures via the all-new Leica Fotos app for iOS and Android smartphones. And while the camera is filmless, a thumb grip on the side adds additional stability and might even make you think there is a roll inside that needs to be wound between shots.
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Only a few countries in the world allow citizens to legally use marijuana — and Canada is joining the exclusive club. On October 17, 2018, marijuana will no longer be criminal, and a lot of people couldn't be happier. The Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. put together this little promo video to celebrate the occasion and what's sure to be a boom in business.
Currently, to travel along Norway's coast you'll have to take the E39 highway. The 683-mile route runs from Kristiansand in the south to Trondheim and with its seven different ferry connections, takes about 21 hours to complete. In an attempt to cut the travel in half, the Norwegian government plans to eliminate the need for ferries with increased tunnels and bridges while improving current roadway conditions. The project is estimated to cost 40 billion dollars making it the largest infrastructure project in the country's history.
K2 on the border of China and Pakistan is the second-tallest mountain in the world and one of the most dangerous — around one in every four of the people who reach the summit don't make it back. Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel successfully summited K2, and then skied back down over 28,000 feet, making him the first person in the world to do so.
At Minitaur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, you can visit 40 countries without going anywhere — along with the world's largest train set. Miniatur Wunderland has over 50,000 feet of track, a fully functioning international airport with planes that taxi, take off, and land, and dioramas of famous cities like Venice. Watch how an entire team keeps the trains running on time, from the model builders to mission control.
When you think of surfing destinations, you think California, Hawaii, Australia — not NYC's East River. But sometimes you can't get away to a surfer's paradise and just have to use what you got. Casey Neistat did just that when he got a group of friends together for some Independence Day powerboarding on one of the smelliest rivers in the US.
In Poland, the tallest, fastest roller coaster on the European Continent is open to the public. The Hyperion has a 262-foot, 85 degree drop into a tunnel, a splash zone, and hits a top speed of 87 MPH. If you want to catch it, swing by the Energylandia theme park.
Forget wine and beer — if you really want the taste of Budapest, there are three drinks you have to try — palinka, unicum and soda water. Palinka, known as firewater, is a fruit distillate developed to help the king through a bout of gout. Unicum is a liqueur made from a secret blend of over forty herbs and spices. And last, but not least, is the humble soda water — a staple of the city since the 1830s.
The flight from London-Heathrow Airport to San Fransico usually takes about 11 hours. Now you can experience the whole flight in under four minutes. Captain Dave Wallsworth and his British Airways crew fly an Airbus A380 nearly a quarter way around the world, chasing the sunrise from the UK to the United States.
In celebrating 35 years of G-Shock Casio has released a myriad of special limited edition watches that won't go unnoticed. They've taken classic references like the GMW 5000 and GA 700 and dressed them in gold and steel accents with the full metal and Glacier Gold collections. These are true limited editions selling over retail in most cases. These are future collectibles for anyone that loves G-Shock, but always thought they were a bit too subtle. Find your favorite on StockX, who carry each of these anniversary models, along with all the regular G-Shocks you know and love.
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Constructed from vacuum-insulated, high-grade stainless steel, this Roamer & Tumbler set from Swell is mobile, tough, and perfect for just about any beverage. The set includes a 40oz. vessel with an ergonomic handle and base ledge for easy carrying and pouring. It's also triple-walled to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12. And when it's time to share, there are two 10oz tumblers included that utilize that same technology. The tumblers have a tin rim for easy drinking, and all three pieces have condensation-free exteriors and are BPA-free and reusable. Ideal for transporting into the great wide open, chilling a pre-mixed cocktail to share at a party, or to keep handy and stay hydrated at all times.
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In 1865, a Cuban cigar factory owner came up with the idea to have someone read to his workers as they rolled cigars, as an in-house education program. The idea caught on with other factories, and the tradition continues to this day.
You might be thinking this is the latest Studio Ghibli film but It's actually the new tourism video for Travel Oregon. Created by Wieden + Kennedy with animation from Psyop and Sun Creature Studio, the short film "Only Slightly Exaggerated" gives the state's most recognizable landmarks and events the anime treatment. The dreamy scenario is completed with a score performed by the Oregon Symphony.
It's the only continent on Earth that isn't naturally inhabited. A massive, brutal island, Antarctica didn't even see it's first human foot until the late 1800's. But now it boasts a population in the thousands and is claimed by several countries — although these claims aren' widely recognized. Wendover Productions looks at the politics of keeping humans alive in the harshest climate on Earth.
The 2018 winter has been one for the ages in the northeastern US. With temperatures regularly in the negative for weeks at a time, if it can freeze, it's frozen. Off the coast of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, something unexpected froze — a huge swath of the Atlantic Ocean.
It can't be detected, but this hum has driven people from being mildly annoyed to attempting suicide. In Taos, New Mexico, a small percentage of people hear what's come to be called the Taos Hum. Described as a low-frequency humming, the sound comes from nowhere and is often attributed to hearing disorders. But local legend has it the sound has a far more frightening source.
The Old Forge is just off the beaten path — way off. It holds the title of Britain's most remote pub and getting there is half the fun. By plane, boat, car, and train, Great Big Story shows what it takes to get the most far-off pint in the mainland UK.
The European Space Agency took a group of disabled children from five countries for the ride of their life. A converted Airbus A310 produces several seconds of true weightlessness during a serious of parabolic maneuvers. Along with the kids, several disabled adults got to ride along as well.
If you're looking for the oldest pub in the world, the best place to start would be in England. And while there are plenty of old pubs in the UK, finding out which one is the oldest isn't so easy — but it's a great excuse for a pub crawl.
It's a view of the Earth's just as mesmerizing as the view from outer space. Shot from aboard a massive container ship, this timelapse combines 80,000 photos over a 30 voyage across the Pacific Ocean and three of the business ports in the world, keeping the global supply chain connected.
Living on top of the world does strange things to people — just as the residents of Longyearbyen, the northernmost city on Earth. You don't want to be buried in Longyearbyen. The permafrost makes for shallow graves, and bodies sometimes come back up again. And as the Earth warms, the thawing permafrost is wreaking havoc, causing the Global Seed Vault to flood, and potentially releasing ancient pathogens into the atmosphere.
All those toys you lost when you were a kid ended up at the Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Part of the Strong Museum, the Museum of Play has over 500,000 toys spanning the history of American kids. If you can't find it here, it probably didn't exist.
The path of the 2017 eclipse offered the chance for a large swath of Americans to witness the celestial event — but few of us got to see from the top of a mountain 9,700 above sea level. Vox shares their grand view of the eclipse from the top of a mountain in Idaho.
In Alliance, Nebraska, Jim Reinders created his tribute to England's Stonehenge — with vintage American cars. The Skyglow Project filmed the 2017 eclipse at Carhenge, right in the path of the totality.
An artificial island, a Buddist guru, endangered birds, and the UN building — New York City's U Thant Island has a very interesting history. For an island measuring about 100 by 200 feet, it has a lot of history, even for a place like New York. Vox takes a trip down the East RIver to U Thant, and learns a little about canoeing in the process.