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Consider this: why is the food so bad at large banquets and weddings? (Ever hear the phrase "rubber chicken" to describe an industry awards banquet?) why is the food so bad in prison? why is the food so bad in a school cafeteria? why is the food so bad at a university residence? In all of these cases, just as on the airplane: a very large quantity of ...


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According to some studies, tomato juice, and many other foods, actually taste different (better in the case of tomato juice) under the low pressure conditions in an airplane than they do at home.


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It's very easy, and a quick google search for 'antipode' and 'map' will find sites that find it for you. For example, Antipodesmap.com either detects your location, or you can enter one, and it'll show you on a zoomable map where your antipodal destination is. Unfortunately as shown by the map above, only about 15% of land territory is antipodal to other ...


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They have the holes because of the machines that made them (check DavidG's answer), anyway this ice cubes with holes are better for planes for a few reasons: Because they are lighter (believe it or not, every gram in the aviation business counts) They cool things faster due to larger area of contact with the liquid They also will allow more liquid to be ...


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The simple answer is that it's because the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) - the global organisation that is responsible for settings standards for passports - recommends that they should be valid for no more than 10 years. For example, the ICAO "Guide for Assessing Security of Handling and Issuance of Travel Documents" states that : ...


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It seems that is not that airlines serving you bad food, it is more your perception on the food that plays tricks with your mind. Only today the Atlantic published a nice article on this topic with the appropriate title "Why Airplane Food Is So Bad". It boils down to pressurised cabins and economics of the masses. Some quotes from this article: ...


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I used to drink tomato juice religiously on airplanes and never at home. As I started to fly more, I stopped ordering it but I still do occasionally for nostalgia. The reasons are: it is more filling and closer to food than other juices, especially with a little salt and pepper it's more expensive than pop or other drinks, which both makes you feel like ...


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EDIT: I've decided to rewrite the answer as per suggestions in the comments. The candidates would be: Among fully recognized UN members South Sudan - due to being the youngest country in the world. It is unlikely that many visa-free agreements have been made with South Sudan over the past 3 years Afghanistan - due to only having access to 28 countries of ...


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Even though the people who walk past are unlikely to be want to buy a suitcase right now, they are still the target demographic. How many other locations are there in a city where you can open a store where 100% of the people that walk past are people that travel by air, and thus the type of people that will be in the market for your products? How many ...


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Yes the lat/lon coordinates are your friend. Lets assume the following coordinates are yours: S 9° 17' 42", W 51° 19' 17". You are 9 degrees south of the equator. Your antipode will be 9 degrees to the North. Just replace the S by the N and you have the latitude of your antipode (N 9° 17' 42''). You are 51° 19' 17" away from the greenwich line. Which mean ...


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In the retail drinks trade (pubs, bars etc), machines that make these hollow ice cubes are often* used where there is not much room to store large quantities of ready-produced ice (such as in a much larger machine). The larger surface area to volume ratio means fresh ice cubes can be made more efficiently and quickly to meet demand - by the time one batch is ...


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This is in fact a completely legitimate photo. It is from Baarle-Nassau where the borders get really funky. Indeed, the one house you are looking it is just one of many, though it is probably the most famous. The exact address is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau 5111, The Netherlands. In a situation similar to that along, say, the India-Bangledeshi border, ...


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From Wikipedia (same article as your other question): Westray - Papa Westray (Loganair) flight number: LOG 313, 2.7km (1.7 miles) 02 min, aircraft: Britten-Norman Islander, first flight - 3 February 2004 It is obvious from that list that the best option is try searching near the islands. Second place is for the LI 507 (from St. ...


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I expect it's because most airplanes are designed for boarding and deplaning on the left. Next time you're on an airplane, take a look around as you're boarding. In my experience, the area around the boarding door on the left is relatively spacious and designed to direct passengers into the cabin. The corresponding space on the right is usually a galley. ...


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It's because the machine that creates the cubes has metal prongs that the ice 'grows' around.


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This actually depends on quite a few factors. I wondered this once many years ago, and asked around quite a bit. Didn't have Travel.SE back then ;) The earth is rotating at a rather fast speed - and any point on the earth is therefore actually 'moving' (it's all relative). Since the points on the equator have further to travel, they're moving even faster ...


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I'd stump up Saudi Arabia as number one for a simple reason: it's the only country I know of which does not offer tourist visas, full stop. (They used to, with tight controls and for groups only, but apparently do not any more.) And unlike eg. Russia, you can't just ring up a hotel and get them to "invite" you into the country. Even getting a legitimate ...


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When I worked as flight attendant, people who order tomato juice sometimes order it warm and they ask for salt and pepper, I guess it is the closest thing to tomato soup. I think it is a rich juice which will help them if they are hungry, it is heavy and it will make them feel full. I've also seen fellow flight attendants in their rest time on long flights ...


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I'm astonished to see that nobody has posted the reason I drink tomato juice on planes -- they're an essential ingredient for a Bloody Mary! (courtesy William Clifford, Wikimedia Commons) Although I do usually reserve this indulgence for ass-crack-of-dawn flights on Monday mornings and/or last flights out on Fridays, and naturally this requires an airline ...


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At different times in history, there has been suggested that a Quadripoint - or meeting of four countries, existed in Africa - between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. However this is generally now not believed to be true, with instead two tripoints quite close to each other marked. Instead, the most is three, known as a tripoint. Amazingly, there ...


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Mount Athos, in Greece, does not permit women to enter. Wikipedia explains the rationale behind this prohibition as Monks feel that the presence of women alters the social dynamics of the community and therefore slows their path towards spiritual enlightenment. However, you may want to refine your question. For example, most restrooms are divided on ...


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As Mark noted, no scheduled flights pass directly over Antarctica. As to which goes closest, I think the Qantas flight QF17 / QF18, between SYD (Sydney) and EZE (Buenos Aires), is a good candidate. Mark said BA to Auckland would be the southernmost flight, but the post he quoted is from 2005 and Qantas started the QF17/18 service in November 2008. Also, ...


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For establishing such a list, one needs to identify the possible barriers that would make travel difficult. I can think of: Natural barriers, like in Antartica or Sahara. Political barriers, like in North Korea or Tibet. Cultural/Religious barriers, like in Amish communities or in Mecca. Financial barriers, like in Bhutan or Switzerland. Of course these ...


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Per your specifications, the fastest route "around the world" is Hong Kong-New York-Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, scheduled at 32 hours round-trip. Approximate routing: The flight is non-stop, so London/LHR and Narita/NRT are there only as (rough) route markers. While you'd think the route is a straight line (since it's just the "same flight" there and ...


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In history, there have only been two SSTs (Supersonic transports) around for passengers - the TU-144 and the Concorde. Sadly, neither is available any longer with access to fly on them. So then we look to the two major manufacturers with almost supersonic capabilities. Long considered the fastest passenger plane, the Boeing 747 has several variants, each ...


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The "left" side of the plane is usually referred to as the Port side. The term most likely comes from terminology as used for Ships (Fore, Aft, Port, Starboard, Up and Down). I would say it is convention that ships dock such that the Port is on the left, from which the term for the side gets its name ("The side of where the Port is").


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Thanks @Doc for the useful link at Japan Times. The main reason taxi drivers prefer fender mirrors is that they provide better visibility,” Osuga explained. “There is less of a blind spot so it’s easier to confirm what is happening at the rear and side of the car, especially on the driver’s side.” Another advantage of fender mirrors compared to door ...


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Setting aside the people who suddenly need more or different suitcases, an airport is one of the few places where you feel dissatisfied with the suitcases you have. While they're sitting in your closet, they're fine. You've used them for years and they work. But for the hour or two after you've packed them, lugged them from the car into the airport, and ...


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It's not Japan, it is Russia! Wikipedia has a good article about extreme points of Eurasia.


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From Wikipedia : Nearest capital cities The closest capital cities of two sovereign countries are Vatican City, Vatican, and Rome, Italy, one of which is inside the other (the distance between the middle points, St. Peter's Square/Piazza Venezia is about 2 km). The two second closest capital cities between two sovereign countries are ...



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