Yes, this is a real damn place, just outside Sonora, California, part of the New Melones reclamation area. New Melones. Glory Hole. People approved these names.
Just because he could, and to try and prove a point, independent security researcher Evan Booth went about to discover whether one, if so inclined, could create deadly weapons only found or purchased past TSA checkpoints at an airport. The answer is very yes, as Booth went all kinds of prison crazy in creating bludgeons, shotguns, nunchuku, knives and all kinds of other weapons using only items purchased from airport gift shops and food stands. He seems to think this is a huge breach of security, but the NSA has yet to respond, probably because everyone knows that you can make a deadly weapon literally out of anything if you’re clever enough and determined enough. Still, he’s put together a pretty impressive arsenal.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to visit the “real” parts of countries, but you’re rightly terrified of what kind of crime comes with such realness, you’ll be happy to know that in South Africa, there’s now a resort with fake shanty town slums, so you can experience slum life without worrying you’re going to end up chopped into bits by some crazy bastard with a machete.
Holiday travel fun fact: Did you know the TSA will let you take your own liquor cabinet on a plane? Yes ma’am.
If you’re going to be flying anywhere over Thanksgiving or Hanukkah or Thanksukkah or Christmas, that shit’s gonna be stressful. But even though there are lots of things you can’t take on a plane anymore, you can still apparently bring quite a lot of alcohol on board, as long as it’s in the right containers. And those containers are small hotel minibar sized liquor bottles, no more than 3 oz each and in a clear Ziploc bag. Some TSA person might even give you a high five.
Cape Town’s much renowned and favourite coffee chain, Truth, has a headquarters that’s really worth shouting about. Imagine a ”steampunk” inspired coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, you heard that right. It’s a reality and a pretty fabulous one at that thanks to an incredible design by Haldane Martin. Truth and its aesthetic have created as big a buzz as the coffee it serves, brought to life by connoisseur David Donde.
Things you don’t read in travel guides: Smoking and growing as much weed as you want is completely legal in North Korea
For all of its horrendous human rights abuses, brainwashing and complete totalitarian control over its people, there’s a whole lot of reasons to never even consider visiting North Korea. But if you do, you should also know that smoking and growing weed is not only totally legal in North Korea, it’s encouraged and as North Korean as apple pie is to America. And it’s cheap as shit— around $1 for about an ounce. Sure, you’ve still got to stick to your guides and obey all of North Korea’s stupid rules, but you can be high as hell the whole time.
Growing up in the US, we’re taught by friends, family and the ever present media that America is the greatest nation ever in the history of anything. “The Greatest Nation on Earth and the Rest of You Fucks Would Die Without Us” is more or less the unofficial national motto. But if you’ve ever spent any significant amount of time outside the US, especially away from American tailored places of hospitality, that just isn’t true. Our health care system sucks, our political system is a mess, income inequality is out of control, we’re paranoid as hell and we’re fat and unhealthy because we mainly eat pre packaged junk food. We’re pretty good at technological innovation, we own half of the world’s supply of privately owned firearms and we put more people in jail than anywhere else in the world. Congrats us.