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A New Record is Set for the Lowest Temperture Recorded on Earth

If you look at a weather forecast across America today it’s freezing cold just about everywhere (except you South Florida). New England and the Mid-Atlantic just got their first bit of snowfall today making the act of commuting quite miserable. If you’re someone in the northeast who hates cold and snow of the winter well I have an article here to remind you that we really don’t have it that bad. Recently revealed satellite data from NASA reveled that they measured the lowest temperature ever measured on the Earth’s surface in August of 2010 in Eastern Antarctica, -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This shatters the previous record low record of -128.6 degrees in Antarctica in 1983 and is about 50 degrees colder than the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. The 30 degree temperatures outside suddenly don’t feel so cold now. Remind me never to take a summer vacation on the bottom of our world.


That’s pretty much what you’ll see if you ever decide to go there.

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Tanzania Has One of the Coolest Hotel Suites Ever

Unusual hotels have always existed in some form or another. Some exist on the tops of trees and mountains, while others reside in the depth of caves and the ocean floor. They all exist to stand out from the competition and give their guests a truly cool and unique experience. Following in that trend is The Manta Resort on islands off the coast of Tanzania. They have just opened a suite that floats on the surface of the Indian Ocean and has an incredible underwater room with a 360 degree view underneath the waves. The views of the marine life are especially incredible at night because many sea creatures are attracted to the light coming from inside the room. Though it would be incredibly cool to check out, there is no way I would ever want to sleep in that underwater room. The sight of an octopus sticking to my bedroom window would most certainly keep me up all night.


That’s one good way to attract tourists to Zanzibar.

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A Map of Air Travel in 1929

Flying across the country is a whole lot easier than it used to be. Today you can spend a few hundred bucks to get a non-stop flight from New York to San Francisco and you can get there in about 6 hours. Back in the twenties though that whole long-distance air travel thing was a lot more complicated. Even though great advances in aviation were made during that decade like Charles Lindburgh’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the advent of in-flight entertainment, flying was still quite new, dangerous, and lacked much of the infrastructure that airlines heavily rely on today.

The David Rumsey map collection has an incredible flight map of America from 1929 and it shows you how difficult it would be to cross our country as quickly as possible back then. A trip from New York to San Francisco back then would require several train rides over hundreds of miles and layovers at fourteen different airports. Even though back then there were planes like The Spirit of St. Louis that were able to fly over 3000 non-stop miles, those planes were only designed to hold one or two people. The earliest passenger planes of that era had to carry far more people and weight and therefore had a much shorter range. It really is amazing how quickly commercial aviation has advanced to the point where almost anyone can hop on a plane and cross a continent or an ocean in the course of a few hours. It is something that our ancestors would be quite envious of.

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A Map of the Rudest and Most Polite States

Some places just have nicer people than others and now we have some hard data to back that up. The data firm Marchex analyzed thousands of recorded phone calls to call centers with customers from all 50 states and recorded the frequency of callers using curse words as well as “please” and “thank you”. The results were interesting too. The states with the filthiest mouths were Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey , Louisiana, and Illinois while Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia had the people least likely to use profanity. As far as our pleases and thank yous go South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia ranked as our most polite states while Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio rank as the least polite.

A few interesting notes about the profanity usage were that men were far more likely to curse than women and that a call was far more likely to contain curse words the longer the call lasted. Also New Jersey, Maryland, and Louisiana were ranked very highly in both cursing frequency and usage of the words “please” and “thank you”. As a New Jersey native, that fits me perfectly. Ohio on the other hand was ranked both as one of the least polite and most profane states in the country. However, I don’t think that is something that the great state of Ohio should be ashamed of. We have a broad language with hundreds of thousands of words all of which are appropriate for certain situations and they should be proud of using the words that they do. Besides, who among us hasn’t been tempted to curse while frustrated on a call with a call center?

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Things You Should Pack to Survive the Worst Parts of Flying

Today many people will be flying all over the country to be with their families tomorrow on Thanksgiving and the skies will be packed with many infrequent flyers. Add to that some miserable weather in one of the busiest areas of the country and you have a flyer’s nightmare on your hands. However, many of these common flying woes are entirely predictable and with some strategic packing you can make a bad experience more tolerable. Lifehacker has a great article up listing some of the best things you should pack in your carry-on to help you combat some of the most common problems encountered during a flight.

Problem: Your flight is delayed.
Solution: Always bring something to entertain yourself like a book, magazine, e-reader, computer, or tablet.

Problem: The plane runs out of food or drinks.
Solution: Always pack an empty water bottle that you can refill after you pass through security and have a few small snacks ready. I always make sure to pack a few granola bars.

Problem: Your electronics are running out of battery life and you have no place to charge them.
Solution: A USB backup battery is a great thing to have handy for these situations. These batteries can give a much needed charge to anything chargeable with a USB cable which includes most of today’s smartphones and tablets.

Problem: Parts of your body are starting to hurt from sitting in the plane’s torture devices economy class seats for too long.
Solution: Pillows and pills. You can get some great portable pillows to support your neck in the terminal and any spare clothing you bring can make an improvised lumbar pillow. It may be wise to bring some over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to help dull some of the pain you’re feeling on the flight.


If your airport looks like this, chances are no one is going anywhere for a while.

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Hundreds of Shipwrecks are Off the Coast of of South Florida

Time for a quick history lesson. After Christopher Columbus found the New World, Spain proceeded to go forth and conquer much of it in the decades that followed. By 1533, the mighty and wealthy Aztec and Inca empires were under Spanish control and the Spanish began importing unprecedented amounts of gold and silver from their new colonies. Most of the ships bringing back these precious metals would meet around Havana in the summer and sail back across the Atlantic together. However, not all of those ships made it back to Spain. Some were attacked by pirates and some were sunk by hurricanes and other bad weather. Those two reasons are why there are hundreds of shipwrecks off the coast of Southern Florida and many are long forgotten and have yet to be rediscovered.

Until 1988, undersea explorers finding a shipwrecked galleon filled with gold could keep everything they found and make a fortune selling off all the gold. Now though, shipwrecks in America’s territorial waters are considered to be legal property of the state and it’s now illegal to scavenge from a shipwreck you might find. Although many fantasize about the riches they might find in a sunken galleon filled with gold and silver, most of the shipwrecks that have been found were old Native American canoes and slave ships. Still it is really cool to realize that when you look out at the ocean from South Florida there are hundreds of relics from a bygone age sitting there underneath the waves.


Considering the state of Spain’s budget, they could use some of that gold.

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What to do if You’re Stuck at a Busy Airport

Layovers at an airport are rarely fun especially when you didn’t plan for them. Portable electronics are good to pass the time but they have a limited battery life and terminals don’t have many power outlets to supply you with the juice you need. Typically they end up with you munching on overpriced, sub-par airport food while reading a magazine you got at a newsstand. Boring as that may be, sitting around in the terminal at least allows you to be ready to go when the plane is. But if you have more than about 4 hours before your next flight, you can afford to be a little more adventitious and leave the airport. The problem with that move is where should you go? Airports are usually on the outskirts of cities and many of the best places to check out are further away.

Airfare Watchdog has a great post up now that gives you some great recommendations for things to do if you’re laid over at some of the world’s busiest airports depending on how long you’re laid over. They lay out the most cost-effective airline lounges and some cool things to check out that are pretty close to the airport. After reading that I’m quite convinced now that Las Vegas is probably the best city in the world to have a layover in. McCarran Airport is a 10 minute cab ride from the Strip and all of the fun things you can do there.


In Vegas you don’t need to go very far if you need to skip town.

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Video Games Have Surpassed Hollywood

For the past decade we have been in the middle of a sea change in how we get our entertainment. Gone are the days of the 1980s when television and movies are the heavy hitters in screen-based entertainment. As computer hardware has improved video games have become more and more entertaining and life-like. The other thing that’s come with that is cold hard cash. The biggest video game publishers now bring in tens of billions of dollars per year and they money the industry is making is now eclipsing Hollywood. I think that this infographic I found really drives this point home. Compared to a Hollywood movie, video games usually cost less to make, sell for much more money per unit, and entertain us for a much longer period of time.

To use a personal example, I watched all three Lord of the Rings movies in theaters, paid about $24 to see them, and was blown away on the journey they too me on for the roughly 10 hours those movies lasted. I paid $60 for Skyrim and spent about 250 hours of my life exploring that incredible fantasy-themed world and doing generally whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Guess which gave me far more for my money? The 21st century is upon us and more and more of us are now taking a more active role in our own entertainment. If you don’t believe that just follow the money.

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11 Things to Do At Home Before a Vacation

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to the number of people traveling in America. With that in mind, Apartment Therapy has a great post up listing all of the things you should do in your house before you leave home for an extended period of time. While this is prescient for the upcoming holiday, this advice holds true for any vacation where you leave home for more than a few nights. Here are their suggestions for converting your living space to “vacation mode” so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises when you get back:

Clean your refrigerator – Toss anything that is nearing its expiration date before you leave. You’re probably not going to eat it when you get home.

Refrigerate fresh fruits and vegetables – Produce sitting on your countertop is bound to attract bugs after a while. Sticking them in the fridge will avoid that problem.

Take out the garbage
– The longer garbage sits around, the worse it smells and it is also something that will attract bugs and mice.

Clean surfaces
– Give any countertops and tabletops a good wipedown before you leave.

Take care of your plants – Give them some extra water before you head out and move them to a cool area of the house. In cooler weather plants drink up less water and the rate of soil evaporation is much lower. This will ensure your best shot at keeping them alive while you’re out.

Stock up on easy meals – When you get back home you’re rarely in a mood to cook. A few ready made meals will help you get settled back in.

Suspend your mail – An overflowing mailbox is a huge sign to everyone that you’re out of town. Suspending the mail or having a neighbor pick it up is a good way to take care of that.

Turn down (or up) your thermostat – There’s no need to pay to keep the house at your ideal temperature when no one is home. If you’re leaving in the winter turn the thermostat down to 55 which is just warm enough to avoid frozen pipes. If you’re out in the summer, shut off the AC. Your wallet will thank you.

Throw out fresh flowers – Even if they look nice now they’ll probably be dead when you get back home.

Have a plan for your pets – If you’re not taking them with you, you need to have a plan to ensure that they’re taken care of.


That’s how your kitchen should look when you’re on vacation.

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Most Solar Panels Are Angled the Wrong Way

The price of solar energy has been steadily dropping over the years making it more and more feasible for regular people to install them on their rooftops. The benefits are that you use more energy from a cleaner source and as a result you cut your electric bills considerably. It turns out though that we had it all wrong in how we were installing those solar panels. The convention in the northern hemisphere has always been to angle the panels facing towards the south because generally speaking that is the direction that sees the most sunlight throughout the day. Well a new paper from the Pecan Street Research Institute has found that the conventional alignment is not the best way to do it. It turns out that pointing solar panels to the west towards the setting sun is a far better way to point them due to the way in which most of us live our lives.

The reason why is pretty simple. Generally speaking the time of day when a house consumes the most electricity is during late afternoon and early evening. Demand decreases in the middle of the night when we’re sleeping and during typical business hours during the week because no one is home then. A south facing solar panel generates most of its electricity exactly at a time when we’re least likely to be around to use it while a west facing panel can keep generating energy when we’re most likely to be using it. This study confirms that by reveling that south facing panels reduce peak energy demand by 54 percent while west facing panels reduce it by 65 percent. So there is a great tip if you’re thinking of installing solar panels. Pointing them west will make the greatest impact towards doing right by the planet and by your wallet.


West is best.

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