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No More Quiet

Is it any wonder there's practically no more silent places left on Earth? I can't remember the last time I heard complete silence, particularly with everyone's kid on some device or other (not to mention parents and everyone else, too). Yesterday we went to the movies and there was a 10-year-old kid sitting next to me on his phone, with headphones plugged in, next to his dad, who was on his phone, while they waited for the movie to begin! I try to withhold judgment--I have no rocks to throw, as I use a cell phone, and who knows? Maybe the kid was calmer with his device and needed it.

Freaky Facts About Flying

We all know there's some shady stuff going down on airplanes, but there are a few secrets that you may not know about. For example, did you know that the tanks they use to carry water on flights are really hard to clean and often harbor bacteria? You might not be sick from the germs of your fellow passengers but because you ate prepared food or drank water or tea on board! Stick to pre-packaged snacks and canned drinks when available. 

The Strange Allure of Kaindy Lake

An underwater forest sounds like something fanciful, maybe from the Lost City of Atlantis, but they do exist for real on Earth. The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy located in Kazakhstan is one such place and its beauty is completely breathtaking. The lake itself measures 400 meters in length and was formed when an earthquake blocked off the area, creating a natural lake for rain water to fill in.

The Strange Allure of Kaindy Lake

An underwater forest sounds like something fanciful, maybe from the Lost City of Atlantis, but they do exist for real on Earth. The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy located in Kazakhstan is one such place and its beauty is completely breathtaking. The lake itself measures 400 meters in length and was formed when an earthquake blocked off the area, creating a natural lake for rain water to fill in.

Can you really retire on a cruise ship?

It's true, but would you really want to?

This is something that has been floating around on the Internet along with all the other crazy-ass chain mail email letters that your grandma forwards to you. I was reminded of it last night when I was watching a "King of the Hill" re-run, of all things. When Megalo-Mart buys out the organic food co-op, the co-op's butcher takes early retirement and reportedly buys a condo on a cruise ship.

But can you really retire to live on a cruise ship? It seems so plausible, and yet so unlikely. I am put in mind of another Fox show, a Simpsons episode from last season when Bart, seeing how much fun his family is having on their cruise ship vacation, engineers the vacation to last forever. It sounds fantastic on the face of it: imagine endless shrimp buffets! Exotic ports of call your whole entire life! So much better than being stuck in a boring old folk's home (excuse me, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY).
 
But as Bart discovered, retiring on a cruise ship may be a case of "be careful what you wish for."

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