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?
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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?
A Dutch company called Mars One is putting together a plan to offer one-way trips to Mars for people who want to become permanent members of a settlement they say they’ll build on the red planet. The first 7-month, one-way flight is scheduled for 2023. Ignoring serious technical questions, Mars One’s founder is pitching the concept as an “enormous media event” to fund his ambitious trip.
It’s always a freak show, but this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego will be infested with zombies. And we’re not talking about the goth teens waiting in line to meet Twilight stars. Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novel series, will be hosting a zombie obstacle course in the downtown arena, Petco Park. The Walking Dead Escape, will transform the park into a post-apocalyptic wasteland allowing fans to immerse themselves in the fight for survival in a zombie zone. All participants will receive an exclusive, special edition 100th issue of The Walking Dead.
How cool is this? Virgin Atlantic replaced an ordinary park bench with an extraordinary one – complete with padded red leather, extendable leg rests, stewardess call button and a fold-out entertainment. Everything you would expect in the air, placed in the middle of New York. People could take a seat and take complete control of their experience. www.virginatlantic.com