If you want to spend the night in a real Star Wars set, you don’t have to fly all the way out to the desert planet of Tatooine. The setting used for Luke Skywalker’s subterranean home in the movie is actually a real hotel carved into the cliffs of Matmata, Tunisia. Now go look for Tunisia on the map & if you still have your costume from ComicCon, pack it up & go. Photo credit Scott Roberts.
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Innovation isn’t usually a word associated with air travel but British Airways is introducing a smart new travel product right on time. They’ve teamed up with Designworks studio to create an electronic bag tag you can track with your smartphone thus eliminating the need for a paper tag for every flight. Instead a new bar code is generated for your tag, which you swipe with your phone for easy, live-tracking. The new tag debuts on flights next month.
The Cabin In The Woods was one strange and awesome film. As far as twisted horror goes, it was no Human Centipede but then again, Universal Studios is never going to make that into a theme park attraction. They are however creating a replica of the Cabin In The Woods and they’re not leaving out a single detail. Even the forest will be real. Visitors will be able to tour the cabin and cube cells to get that deep creep out. The Cabin opens in September & will run through Halloween. via
Nobody else wants you to go but you should. Forget about the “missing” journalists and mandatory curfews, North Korea is going to be great. The intrepid guides at Young Pioneer Tours will take you there and back with experienced western guides on all kinds of trips where they handle the details and you soak up the scenery in a place few dare to tread. Ever considered a North Korean fishing trip?
Dave Chappelle live on tour this summer. Do you really need to know anything else about the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival? Maybe this: tickets go on sale Friday.
England’s Wish Co. offers some wild experiences from helicopter flying lessons to driving Ferraris but they’ve really outdone themselves with the “Riot Control Training Experience.” Civilians like you sign up to spend a day learning riot control tactics in a full-throttle clash scenario. At the halfway point, you turn over your helmet & baton and switch places with the rioters, giving you the opportunity to throw rocks and be brutalized.
You’re too old to join the Boy Scouts now, so your next best option would be a 6-day wilderness survival course designed by everyone’s favorite TV adventure dude, Edward “Bear” Grylls. The inaugural survival course takes place in the Scottish highlands next month and teaches intrepid Man Scouts rappeling, climbing, knife skills, and how to make fire in extreme conditions.
The Goretorium, brainchild of actor-director Eli Roth, is a horror-themed hotel—the first of its kind—opening this week in Las Vegas. Spattered with blood and strewn with severed body parts, the 60s-era hotel has been transformed into a Freddie Kreuger-eque fantasyland staffed by actors whose job is to scare the snot out of you when you least expect it using a mix of high-tech and low-brow horror movie scare tactics. Source
Christie’s of London is hosting a 50-year charity auction to celebrate the silver anniversary of James Bond. Actual movie props, costumes, art, and memorabilia from these iconic films will all be on the block October 5th, with proceeds benefitting a variety of international charities.
The idea of a vacation in outer space is pretty exciting. Even with a price tag of $155 million, there are plenty of earthlings who will get in line for a round-trip ticket to the moon with commercial aerospace outfit Excalibur Almaz. But read the fine print and you’ll learn that your moon vessel is a used, Soviet-era spaceship. You think that could be a deal breaker?