Prior to their southward migration, the godwits eat up large, until up to 55 per cent of their body weight is fat. They then reduce the size of their gut, kidney and liver by up to 25 per cent to compensate for the added weight.
Godwits are amazing migratory shorebirds
who travel many thousands of miles at a go. Here's a brief documentary of people studying them (12 minutes on youtube + ad, shows invasive surgery)
. Here's some science on their flights
(creative commons). [more inside]
Food and drink menus from the international airlines, railways, and cruise ships of decades past (Click "Digital Images" link in each carrier's thread)
. Courtesy of the Northwestern University Transportation Library's Menu Collection
In the seven years since its last*
appearance in the blue, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess Uniform Collection
has grown to more than 1,000 different uniforms from more than 400 different airlines. [more inside]
Come see "the busiest bicycling street in the Western world", and lots of other you-gotta-see-them-to-believe-them features including bike counters (featuring digital readouts), LEDS, double bike lanes (for passing) and giant hot pink cars. Bicycle Highways may be coming
to your town. [more inside]
The funicular railway
is a kind of cable-based railway
that gives me great joy because of its peculiar shape and its uselessness for doing anything other than what it does. A funicular carriage is generally stairstepped
, so you can't repurpose these cars for other uses. They generally work in a particular way, too, as pairs: one goes up the mountain, one comes down the mountain! Maybe this kind of glee is why they seem to be especially popular in Japan today, where they can be taken to many popular sightseeing areas--but a fair number of funicular railway riders are probably there for the journey, not the destination. [more inside]
I know a man who once went to Sioux City, not one of the world’s leading destinations, precisely because he had never been there before. More than a decade later he still talks about the experience, from the Sergeant Floyd obelisk to the dog track of North Sioux and the meat packing plant converted to a shopping mall. The same impulse explains a non-specialist’s reading a history of Byzantine iconography or a survey of Australian wildlife. Both offer a break in daily life and an enlargement of our sense of wonder and possibility. That awareness can provide a sense of transcendence, and connection, or even the spark of divine discontent that leads people to change their lives.Reading as Vacation
, an essay by J. D. Smith and Subway Reader
, pictures of people who read while using public transportation.
Bored with your generic two-wheeler? Check out this collection of funky bicycle modifications. My favorite is the grocery cart.
(German) is a way to
travel the world
go off the beaten track
without leaving the
of your... bus.
Some of the
are in two parts, so the accommodation trailer can be left behind for
, and some are four-wheel drive, to go
Those goofy buses remind me of the
One of my joys of going on vacation is to get off the interstate and
collect a bit of an old historic road. In California over the weekend
we managed to grab a bit of Hwy. 1 aka the Pacific Coast Highway past
, resorts and neighborhoods. Another goal is to do all of U.S. 50
, the initial stages of which were reportedly surveyed by George Washington during his tour in the British Army. Wired
has a nice
about how a journalist and a photographer ignored the advice
of a Federal Highway Administration spokesperson to take a trip down
Route 1 from Maine to Florida.
Transportation around the world
is a huge database of photos focusing on two topics: transportation mode and geography. From bullet trains to dogsleds and camel caravans to tramways, - browse by location
or by topic
. Also related: One of the best transportation museums in the world is the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
in Lucern, Switzerland. (via booknotes)
It's fun to watch your tax dollars put politicians in office.
"Cheney has been the White House road warrior this year, hauling in more than $22 million for Republicans in 74 campaign appearances"