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3 things you should do on Facebook before any trip

3 things you should do on Facebook before any trip

1. Post your specific travel plans with a ‘call to arms.’You’re probably already going to post a status update or tweet about your trip, but be tactical about it. Instead of a simple, “Headed to X today — so excited!” make sure to include reasonably specific details, along with a question. The prior example could become, “I’ll be in X for the next 4 days — who knows something I should see that’s not in the guidebooks?

This Lego-like phone may help save the world

This Lego-like phone may help save the world

FROM THE “Holy shit why hasn’t someone thought of this before” files is this great concept that could help save a hell of a lot of unnecessary waste. Imagine an electronic device that was actually designed to last or, at least, be repaired / reconfigured. It’s painstakingly obvious that most products today are designed to be trashed in a few years time — the average consumer replaces his phone every 11-18 months.

8 life lessons I learned from buying a dirt bike

8 life lessons I learned from buying a dirt bike

1. When you want to do something, dive right in without thinking.I was waiting tables outside in the East End of Portland when I saw them. Five extremely beautiful women maneuvering a bright purple Yamaha and a sexy black Honda Rebel with an attached sidecar into one parking spot just five feet away from where I stood on the sidewalk.

Which of the ‘Big 5’ animals from each continent have you seen?

Which of the ‘Big 5’ animals from each continent have you seen?

Big game hunters on trips to Africa often referred to the “Big 5” — the five most difficult African animals to hunt on foot: the lion, the elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros. Fortunately, these days, the Big 5 is used less as a to-kill list and more as a to-photograph list for safari-goers in Africa.

What does your bucket list really say about you?

What does your bucket list really say about you?

IT HAPPENS fairly often. Lonely Planet, Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, or Matador will tweet or post a picture of some unearthly landscape. I’ll open said picture and exhale a sigh that’s usually a mixture of envy (of the photographer) and wonder (of the incredible world we inhabit).I’m in love with my job teaching English in Japan, but when I’m sitting at work, elbow-deep in grading final exams, all it takes is a picture of some far-off city to send me to Kayak to look up the cost of plane tickets.

Pod of killer whales chases power boat at insane speed

Pod of killer whales chases power boat at insane speed

EVER SINCE WATCHING Free Willy as a kid, I’ve advocated against holding animals, especially large sea mammals, in captivity. Orcas, dolphins, and other creatures should not be used to “entertain” humans; this video is incredible proof of the natural space orcas require to be happy. I’m pretty sure that no one would miss SeaWorld if it was immediately shut down, and hopefully documentary films like Black Fish will discourage people from visiting them.