- Michael Clemmer at Compass2 hrs ago
In 1957 Fiat introduced the Cinquecento, a car that became so popular that it became known as the “People’s Car” to the Italians. Later referred to as the 500, it helped illustrate the insanity of Roman automobile traffic. People loved their little 2-cylinder Fiats, “suicide doors” included. The cars didn’t change from year to year. A 1972 (seen here with anti-theft device) looked pretty much like the original ’57.
In 2014, Fiat, now owned by Chrysler Corporation, will bring back the Cinquecento, which was discontinued in 1975. Called the 1957 Nuova Cinquecento, and with design touches by Gucci, they hope to rekindle the intense love Italians had for the original.
- Christy Karras at Compass6 hrs ago
Through much of the 20th century, the term “Pan Am” (a nickname for Pan American World Airways) was synonymous with high-class international air travel from the United States. That legacy came to an end on Dec. 4, 1991, when a host of factors forced the once-lauded airline to shut down operations.
Pan Am was founded in 1927 to fly mail routes to the Caribbean and almost immediately became America’s de facto international airline. With a flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and routes to destinations around the world, Pan Am flew high through the 1960s and ‘70s. Its pilots were America’s most trusted, its flight attendants the most admired and its food the most palatable. Among its pioneering innovations: It was the first airline to use Boeing 747 planes, and it was using computers (which took up an entire floor of its Manhattan headquarters) by the 1960s.
- Greg Keraghosian at Compass7 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant might be days away from making his injury comeback for the Lakers, but he’s already made a strong return to the viral-video world. In a Turkish Airlines commercial released Tuesday, Bryant co-stars with soccer superstar Lionel Messi for Round 2 of their epic traveling rivalry.
This time, their "Selfie Shootout" involves a very 2013 travel meme: selfies and photobombing. We’ll let you tell us who won, but the two stars play “can you top this” as they fly around the world and take pictures of themselves in awe-inspiring locations.
Is the winner Bryant, who manages to get face-licked by a lion and photobomb Messi in Sultan Ahmet Square? Or is it FC Barcelona's Messi, who accomplishes the rare feat of getting photobombed by a photo of himself? The best takeaway from all this might be that you shouldn’t challenge these guys at anything.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass1 day ago
Isis, the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic, is usually depicted as a fecund young woman, with a nice caboose, wearing a tight-fitting red dress. She was married to her brother , Osiris, god of the afterlife (green skin with a mummy-wrapped body) who had a brother named Set, god of the desert and disorder. He was jealous of Osiris and killed him, tearing his body into 14 pieces. He threw one very important piece into the Nile, where a catfish ate it. Isis reassembled Osiris’ pieces, making the missing one out of solid gold. Then she brought zombie-Osiris back to life and got pregnant, giving birth to a son named Horus.
Horus (usually depicted as a falcon) became god of the sky. His right eye was the sun and his left was the moon. He and Set got into a fight and Set tore out Horus’s left eye, an event that reoccurred every month. Set never bothered with Horus’ right eye so it didn’t go through phases – eye torn out, eye healing, eye healed – like the moon.
- claudinezap at Compass1 day ago
Watch where you're driving, folks: The annual crab migration on Australia's Christmas Island has begun. As the rainy season starts at the end of each year, more than 40 million of the adult red crabs make the 9-kilometer trek (about 5.5 miles) from the middle of the island to the Indian Ocean to breed and spawn.
One problem: the side-stepping crustaceans have no regard for the rules of the road, which means a lot of work for the Australian national parks department to set up safe passage for the migrating hordes.
Park rangers, shown at work in the video below , set up temporary fencing, which directs the crabs to underpasses below the streets. For roads without detours, workers employ rakes to sweep jaywalking crabs off the street. Signs also warn drivers along certain roads.
But it's still a hazardous route, and there will be the inevitable road kill during the difficult five-day journey. At points during the month-long movement, the roving creatures cover the area with a crimson tide of claws.
- Bekah Wright at Compass1 day ago
For some, holiday pop music is a must this time of year. For others, the strains of timeless classics like those from Chopin and Tchaikovsky fit every occasion and travel playlist. Nicola Benedetti doesn’t have to choose: Atop both the classical and pop charts in the UK, she’s making history by receiving consecutive Classic BRIT Awards for Best Female Artist of the Year. The 25-year-old Scottish violinist’s been touring extensively with the release of her bestselling album “The Silver Violin.” Already on the docket for 2014/15: A European tour with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel as well as collaborations with Venice Baroque Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Good thing she’s packing those spare strings…
What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase? Besides what’s necessary for my concerts (i.e. concert dress, spare strings), I never fail to pack my Kindle. It’s my new best friend.
Carry-on or check-in? I have no idea how to travel light, so there are always plenty of both.
Window or aisle? Short-haul, window. Long-haul, aisle.
- Kelly O'Mara at Compass1 day ago
When it was opened to traffic on this day in 1917, the Quebec Bridge was the longest span in the world. Today, it is still the longest cantilever span – and will likely hold that record forever, since cantilever bridges are largely not built anymore. But it took more than a few years and some accidents to get the bridge to completion.
Before a bridge was built, the only way to travel across the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City was by ferry or over the wintertime ice bridge. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that a full-time bridge finally took shape. However, the Phoenix Bridge Company, which did the construction and design, wasn’t up to such a large project. When the bridge was lengthened, the engineering wasn’t adjusted. Despite concerns about what appeared to be buckling in the half-built bridge, there was miscommunication. Construction wasn’t halted in time and in 1907 the bridge collapsed. It is the biggest bridge construction accident ever, with 75 workers dying in the collapse.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass2 days ago
They that go down to the sea in ships may now do so in their wheelchairs. Thanks to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, based in Southampton, England, people of all physical abilities can experience, even crew, sailing tall ships on the open sea.
Steve Maskell photographed the Tenacious off Bournemouth Beach, in Dorset. Christened on April 6, 2000, by the Duke of York, Tenacious, a 213-foot, three-masted Barque, is the largest wooden ship built in the United Kingdom in the last 100 years. She’s also the largest wooden ship still afloat.
The ship was conceived and built to accommodate anyone who would like to sail the bounding blue.
- claudinezap at Compass2 days ago
Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park on Friday and Sunday were treated to a rare — and eerie — sight: The steep canyon gorges and valleys were filled with a thick carpet of fog.
The weather phenomenon that caused the eye-popping sight: A temperature inversion, according to the Grand Canyon Facebook page, which noted, "Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all!"
Pictures of the bizarre sight quickly spread on the Web. Commenters on Facebook took the view in from afar. "People overuse the word 'amazing'... This truly is AMAZING," posted Linda Dyar Papa.
Gwen Vaughn Willis added, "I would love to be able to stand there and look at that view. Awesome!"
Grand Canyon park ranger Erin Whittaker, who took the shot of the fog at Mather Point, described the sight as "moody" and "mysterious," adding, "It's the idea that you can't see something that's so big when it's fogged in is amazing."
- Christy Karras at Compass2 days ago
Charles Dickens was already famous and well respected when he gave his first public reading during a tour of the United States in 1867. The British author was also an avid traveler, having toured England and Ireland and spent time in Italy, Switzerland and France.
This was Dickens’ second trip to America, but it was the first one centered on him reading to crowds of fans. He had traveled to the U.S. in 1842, met with fellow authors including Washington Irving, and lectured on the importance of copyright law to protect authors’ works against plagiarism. He wrote about his travels and impressions of America (as well as his distaste for American slavery) in a travelogue called "American Notes for General Circulation."