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United Airlines Refused to Allow This Woman’s Emotional Support Peacock on a Flight

Animals are terrific in many ways, including the way they’re there for us during troubling times. When you’ve experienced a particularly grueling day at work, there’s your dog waiting for you by the front door, or your cat perched on the windowsill just waiting to snuggle. One woman, however, uses her pet peacock for some emotional support, much to the chagrin of United Airlines. It seems that United just has the cards stacked against them when it comes to their passengers. The woman was attempting to board a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport when she was stopped and told that she couldn’t bring her peacock with her. Even after insisting that she purchased a ticket for the bird, United stilled refused to allow it on board the flight. “This animal did not meet guidelines for a n...

This Russian Town Finally Saw The Sun After 40 Days In Darkness

People say it’s rough living in Seattle, but imagine living so close to the arctic circle that you go weeks with absolutely no sunlight. This is reality for residents of Murmansk, Russia. They recently took to their Instagram and various social media accounts to share how thrilled they were about finally catching their first glimpse of daylight — about 30 minutes’ worth — after what must have felt like an endless 40 days. Source 1 Source 1 This phenomenon is called polar night, but experiencing it for 40 full days is most definitely considered an extreme amount of time. It seems to be something of a tradition for the townspeople to gather at the city’s highest point, known as “Solnechnaya Gorka” (Sunny Hill) and witness the first sunrise together after a long polar night. While they’ll cer...

Scaling a bootstrapped business is next frontier of entrepreneurship for Evan Frank

Evan Frank was five years old when he first knew he was going to be an entrepreneur. While attending kindergarten, Frank crafted books and sold them to his teacher at a nickel to a dime a piece. “There was always this desire to build stuff,” he explained to me, and also clearly a desire to make some money on those projects, to boot. Frank, who lives in New York City, was a co-founder and eventual CEO of onefinestay, which sold in early 2016 to AccorHotels for $170 million. Now, he is embarking on the latest of his entrepreneurial endeavors, as the new CEO of Context Travel, a company that specializes in deeply researched tours in cities around the world. Until recently, the 14-year-old company was bootstrapped by its founders Paul Bennett and Lani Bevacqua, before raising $5 million in pri...

Purchase A Home In Italy For The Magical Price Of $1

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Italy, then today is your lucky day! For only €1 — or about $1.20 — you can purchase your very own house in the small town of Ollolai, which is located in the region of Barbagia on Sardinia. However, there’s one small catch… While there are 200 homes available for that price each one is in desperate need of repair, so whoever commits to one also commits to a full refurbishment within three years of the purchase date. That’s going to cost you in the ballpark of $25,000. There’s a method to all this madness, though… Source 1 Ollolai’s mayor, Efisio Arbau, hopes to accomplish two things: Restore the town to its previous glory while keeping the historical integrity of it, and return its popular to what it used to be. In the past 50 years, it’s dwindled from ...

This Guy Was Arrested For Wearing Too Many Clothes on Flight to Avoid Fees

Anyone who’s been on a flight is well aware of the tedious hassles of airlines. The various hoops you have to jump through just to get through security, the many hours spent simply waiting, having to deal with the passenger that’s sitting in your seat….and then there are the additional fees airlines love to tack on. Want to check a bag? Bring a carry-on? Use wifi? Eat peanuts and drink water? That’ll be $300, please. One guy didn’t see the purpose in paying to check a bag, so he simply brought the contents of his bag with him. Source 1 Ryan Carney Williams was flying home to England following a vacation in Iceland when he was stopped for looking a little….”fuller” than usual. The passenger was registering for his flight wearing ten shirts and eight pairs of pants when the British Airways f...

Divers Believe This Newly Discovered Underwater Cave May Contain Ancient Mayan Secrets

This is an incredible find! Recently, a group of underwater archaeologists were diving in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula near the town of Tulum. They’ve been exploring the area for the past 10 months, but finally realized the extent of the the cave system known as Sac Actun. What started out as the discovery of one cave, soon turned into the realization that more than 200 small caves are all connected, forming one massive 216-mile-long cave. Source 1 The divers are part of an organization called The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM). What has them most excited about this geological discovery is the potential to learn more about civilizations through ancient artifacts found embedded in the walls. Underwater archaeologists discovered human bones and pottery. Based on the geological location and nature of...

20-Year-Old Becomes Lotto Millionaire, Does the Opposite of What You’d Think

A Life-Altering Experience Source 1 Source 2 Everyone who enters a convenience store to purchase their little scrap of paper dreams of the day when their $1 will give them the golden ticket for millions of dollars. For one 20-year-old, something astronomically improbable turned into the most spectacular thing that had ever happened to him. If winning hundreds of millions wasn’t shocking enough, what stunned people even more was what the young man decided to do with it after that…. Comments

Rare But Real — Snow In The Sahara

Who would have thought it, but it actually is possible for there to be snow in the Sahara desert. Due to the extreme and somewhat unusual winter temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, it did in fact snow in the Sahara. The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite captured some breathtaking shots of snowfall in northwest Algeria. This particular location is found on the edge of the Sahara desert and, in the summer, temperatures average between 104 and 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Source 1 Don’t get grand ideas of experiencing this rarity in person though, as the less-than-an-inch amount of snowfall was gone by the next day. According to the European Space Agency, it’s not terribly unusual for snow to be seen on the High Atlas Mountains, but in this case the snowfall was located on the lower Saharan...

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information from the airlines directly, however – it will take advantage of its understanding of historical data and its machine learning algorithms to predict delays that haven’t yet been flagged by airlines themselves. Explains Google, the combination of data and A.I. technologies means it can predict some delays in advance of any sort of official confirmation. Google says that it won’t actually flag these in the app until it’s at least 80 percent confident in the prediction, though. (Of course, you should...

A Passenger Spread Poop All Over The Bathroom, Causing This Flight To Be Diverted

What would possess someone to do something like this, nobody knows. Unfortunately, this story is 100% true. United Airlines Flight 895 was traveling from Chicago to Hong Kong when it was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Anchorage. According to Ted Stevens International Airport Police, the reason was because of a “passenger smearing feces everywhere.” Source 1 Airport police added that he did this throughout “a couple” of bathrooms in addition to taking off his shirt and attempting to shove it into one of the toilets. A statement from United said that the unscheduled stop was because of “a disruptive passenger,” but he was extremely cooperative with the flight crew and authorities. Upon landing, he was taken to a hospital where he underwent a psych evaluation but no charges were fil...

Busbud refuels its bus travel booking platform with $11M

Montreal-based travel booking platform Busbud has closed an $11M Series B round led by iNovia Capital. New investors backing the company include Teralys, Claridge and Plaza Ventures. Existing investor Real Ventures also participated in the round. As its name suggests, Busbud’s platform is focused on intercity bus and coach travel. But it’s also inked partnerships with some of the multi-modal travel booking platforms which are also aiming to simplify travel planning and ticket buying online, as a route to expand its reach. Busbud says its website has about 3 million unique monthly visitors from 100+ countries at this point. It also offers ticket booking via its Android and iOS apps. On the bus travel supplier side, it says it has more than 1,300 partner operators in its marketplace. Erik Bl...

Virtual travel assistant Mezi acquired by American Express

American Express announced today that it has acquired Mezi, the AI-based virtual travel assistant, for an undisclosed amount. After the deal closes, Mezi will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express. Its technology is already powering AskAmex, a personal concierge app for cardholders that launched its pilot program last year. Mezi users send requests for flights, hotels and restaurant reservations through the app’s SMS-like interface. Mezi then makes suggestions and, once it figures out what users want to do, forwards requests to human assistants to finalize bookings. Founded in 2015 as a personal shopping chatbot, Mezi builds its own deep learning and natural language processing systems instead of using services by IBM Watson and other providers. Its co-founders, CEO Swapnil ...