Archive for July, 2006

13 active volcanoes that are tourist attractions

July 31st, 2006

The primal power of volcanoes has fascinated humanity for thousands of years, and it is no different today. Tourists flock to sites with particularly spectacular displays of volcanic activity despite the potential danger they pose. My own experience with volcano tourism involved a few nights’ stay below the slopes of the Arenal Volcano in Costa […]

IKEA products that could be names from Star Wars

July 28th, 2006

This is the first entry in our series of IKEA lists. As I looked through the IKEA online catalogue, certain combinations of words attracted me—those products that bore not one, but two names suggested surnames and identities that seemed vaguely familiar. Where else had I heard similar combinations of carefully ambiguous, yet strangely descriptive names? […]

The IKEA list series

July 28th, 2006

Walking through an IKEA store, I’m often amused at the names given to various products; how can you not giggle at a wall cabinet given the unlikely name of ASPUDDEN? I know it’s slightly juvenile to find such things humorous, but having no knowledge of Swedish, it all becomes just a delightful deluge of unintentionally […]

Six bestselling books about Da Vinci, the Templars, and the Holy Grail

July 27th, 2006

The following books with subject matter relating to the Holy Grail, Leonardo Da Vinci and/or the Templars all appeared on the April 9, 2006 New York Times Hardcover Fiction and Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller Lists: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Holy Grail, Da Vinci, Templars) (hardcover | paperback) The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry […]

Four differences between seals and sea lions

July 26th, 2006

According to the article What’s Left of Patagonia at Interesting Thing of the Day, both seals and sea lions are pinnipeds, or “fin-feet,” but… Sea lions have much larger front flippers than seals. Sea lions have back flippers that can rotate underneath them; seals don’t. When on land, sea lions can walk on all four […]