The Central–Mid-Levels Escalator
Hong Kong’s moving landmark
Hong Kong has excellent public transit, but many people make their daily commutes on the world's longest outdoor covered escalator.
Planning Your Own Funeral
Having the last laugh first
Even if you're not expecting to die any time soon, preparing your own funeral in advance can be a lot of fun. Plus, you can arrange to have your ashes sent to Atlantis, or outer space, or made into jewelry for your kids.
Doble Steam Cars
The steam engine’s last stand
Forget electric cars, hybrids, and diesel engines that use vegetable oil. A century ago, a handful of enthusiasts still thought steam was the last word in auto engines.
The theme park that aliens built
An unusual theme park near Interlaken, Switzerland was designed around exhibits showcasing author Erich von Däniken's theory that aliens brought advanced technology to Earth thousands of years ago.
The Legend of Deolinda Correa
Unofficial saint of the desert
An unofficial saint in Argentina, Deolinda Correa is honored with shrines all over the country. As legend has it, she was able to keep her newborn son alive even after she died.
Silent night out on the town
A night out on the town with friends doesn't have to mean a headache and a sore throat from yelling over the din at a noisy bar or club. You can get all the interaction, but without the noise, if you know where to go.
The Swedish Ship Götheborg
A Swedish trading ship that sank in 1745 was recently rebuilt and has once again sailed to China. Although the new ship makes some concessions to modern shipbuilding requirements, it remains true to the spirit of the original.
The study of personal space
If you've ever had the feeling that others are standing a bit too close to you, you're not alone. Each individual and culture has different notions of what distances are appropriate for certain kinds of interactions, and mismatches can be uncomfortable.
Online Lost-and-Found Services
A better way to get your stuff back?
If you lose your luggage, wallet, keys, glasses, or phone, you might try checking at the nearest lost-and-found department. Better yet: open a web browser.
Getting grown-ups back into their bodies
When adults forget how to play, this program can help to remind them what it's like to have fun in some of the most basic human ways.