If you have been one of the thousands of tourists drawn in every day to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
, you may have been walking down past Tarantino's restaurant, taking in the tourist-trap sights, when one of the bushes on the sidewalk -- come to think of it, the only bush on the sidewalk -- suddenly jumps at you while growling. Congratulations; you are the most recent wharf-goer to fall victim to The World Famous Bushman
. [more inside]
Digital mapping startup MapBox
teams up with social data warehouse Gnip
to create some stunning visualizations
of every geotagged tweet
since September 2011. [more inside]
You've probably seen Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park
. But you may not have realized it's just the most famous image of the entire Sightseer Series
, created by photographer Roger Minick
over more than 30 years
, a family of German tourists went on vacation
in the desert Southwest of the US. They disappeared in Death Valley sometime late July of that year, and despite repeated searches
, their remains were not found until 2009
. Tom Mahood details how that happened
Tourist Lanes & New Yorker Lanes
One afternoon, field agents of Improv Everywhere "...created separate walking lanes for tourists and New Yorkers on a Fifth Avenue sidewalk. Department of Transportation 'employees' were on hand to enforce the new rules and ask pedestrians for their feedback on the initiative."
Whale shot in front of tourists.
What would you do if you were a tourist, eco or not, and you saw a whale being harvested
right in front of you?
The latest innovation in combining elements of wikipedia
, google maps
, camera phones
, and 2d barcodes
. I imagine this to only be useful for tech savvy tourists, but all the same, it doesn't mean someone shouldn't go about pimping metafilter
Where can one find the world's largest loon
? The world's largest smoking pipe
(fully smokeable, no less?) The world's largest pierogi
? These and much more oversized fiberglass statuary can be found at the World's Largest Roadside Attractions
site and the related site Big Things: The Monuments of Canada. Inspired by this thread.
The Queen as Mickey Mouse?
A look at Britain's Royal Family as a tourist attraction with the Queen as its figurehead akin to Mickey Mouse and Disneyland in the US.
The Ugly American
is becoming harder to distinguish among its European counterparts. What does an American look like, anyway? If you were in a foreign county, could you recognize an American, and if so, how?
Orlando is under attack by alligators: something that isn't that uncommon, but seems particularly bad this year. We're used to losing a hunting dog or two
, but when the gators start taking down horses
(don't worry, the horse lived
) and killing young children
in an urban environment, you've got to wonder what's happening. Tip to tourists
from a local: if chased by a gator, flee in a zig-zag pattern (gators are pretty fast, but turn like Sherman tanks.)
Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner?
Personally, this sounds pretty cool, but it's too dang bad they had to put it in the Mall of America. The higher-ups probably wanted
to build next to the other theme parks in Orlando, but i've heard this wild rumor that Florida's getting a bad rep these days...