The week in travel: Oct. 15, 2010

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Oct 15, 2010

Seattle’s been inexplicably sunny this past week – so much so, that I actually started to forget what fall was like in this part of the country. For the record, it’s usually gray up here this time of year. But instead it’s been sunny and cool, and downright gorgeous. Hopefully all this fantastic weather is helping my dear hubby kick his cold faster than he would normally – a cold that I handed off to him sometime last week (I really am sorry, babe).

And besides sunny weather (and actually being home this week) there are other things to enjoy …

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This list of the 6 Most Insane Sex Lives in the Animal Kingdom is a little bit creepy, a good dose of gross, and entirely fascinating. Which may be the reason why a friend saw it and instantly thought of me.

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I like that his little eyes don’t converge at one point. (Via reddit)

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I never post about this sort of nonsense, but I just bought this coat from H&M in Boston, and I’m kind of stupid for it. (What? It can all be animal porn and cross-eyed badgers.)

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If you haven’t seen Sesame Street’s spoof of the Old Spice commercial, starring none other than Grover himself, I suggest you check it out. I’ve watched it half a dozen times already.

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This came up during a dinner time conversation … most of us refused to believe it existed, and even with a website to substantiate the claims, a few of us remain skeptical. But the sad truth is this: fried beer has been invented. The only thing worse is their tagline – “EATING BEER IS MORE FUN!!”

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Sigh. Apparently if you act like a total asshole, and threaten to burn the Quran, but then decide against it, you deserve lots of free stuff. In this case, the preacher down in Florida who threatened to have a Muslim-holy-book-burning has gotten a free car for canceling his plans. I’ve never burned any religious text. Where’s my cupcake?

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Um … Sheep dyed plaid. Political statement, inhumane treatment of animals, or fashion crime?

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Supposedly a new scanner (that can detect harmful chemicals and explosives) will mean that we can once again take liquids on flights. Sigh. I don’t believe it, either.

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A bomb leftover from WWII (lying dormant in a river) was successfully detonated in a controlled blast. The video is surprising– 70 years later, and the explosives haven’t mellowed with age.

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Yes, yes – economy class sucks. But going on a rampage and threatening to throw yourself off the plane isn’t the way to handle it. And, man, that was just flying on Quantas. Imagine if he had been stuck on United (Shudder).

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In order to illustrate just how much work they do, one of the largest police forces in the UK is tweeting every incident they respond to over the course of a day. Here’s a chronological list of their tweets.

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My love for Jon Hamm is no secret. He’s brilliant as Don Draper, of course, but it’s always nice to seem him flex his well-sculpted comedic muscles. Which is why his spoof commercial on last night’s live 30 Rock was so delightful. I personally think the west coast version (which we saw here in Seattle) was the funnier of the two (but you can see the east coast version, too, and decide for yourself). Bottom line? I love the man, no matter whose hands he has.

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Sigh … so that’s it for this week, folks. I’ll be on the road (but blogging) next week, and doing my best to get Rand to stop hacking and coughing before then.

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