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Unusual Fun Facts About Traveling

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Its the holiday season so time to perk up!  Have a little fun!  Laugh and bring cheer!

So, we searched high and low for some of the most unique, unusual, and unknown fun facts about parts around the world.   Here are our Top 10!  Be prepared to “LOL”.

10. An unbelievable amount of 250 people have fallen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa

9. There are over 5 million parts in a single 747 aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Dying is illegal in Britain’s House of Parliament

7. What is known as a “French Kiss” in England is known as an “English Kiss” in France.

6. In 1987, American Airlines eliminated one olive from each salad served in first class. This saved them $40,000 annually.

5. The concrete used in the Hoover Dam is still drying, and it’s estimated that it won’t be completely dry for a few hundred years.

4. Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.  Quack!

3. The majority of earth’s oxygen is naturally produced in Russia.

2. It is illegal in the UK to stand within 100 yards of a ruling Monarch if you are not wearing socks.

1. About 25% of the total land mass of Los Angeles is committed to cars.

Ok….more more:  There is enough fuel in one full tank of gas in a jumbo jet, to drive an average car around the world FOUR times.

Are you amazed yet?  If not, here’s one last attempt:

Don’t be offended if someone from Tibet sticks his tongue out at you.  This is a cultural sign of a greeting.

“Hello!”

Will the Bankruptcy of American Airlines Affect You?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
At its best, holiday flying is a harrowing experience with higher odds of delays, brutal weather, overcrowded terminals, lost luggage and stressed-out agents. Today American Airlines just added a slice to that pie as it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
 
 
As one of America’s largest airlines prepares to massively restructure itself, will its customers be left at the gate? In the short term, the answer is no. According to messages sent to all American Airlines’ customers and a posting on their website –they “expect to continue” their flight schedules, honor all their tickets, and maintain all of their customer service programs. In particular, its frequent flier offerings.
 
In all likelihood American will go on with business as usual. Perhaps the most optimistic indicator for fliers is American’s emphasis on customer service as it begins the bankruptcy process. In the airline industry, customer loyalty is a precious commodity, and American doesn’t want to lose any fans.  According to most analysts this is a “fairly routine business move in the airline industry”.
 
In the past 10 years, all of the country’s major airlines have declared bankruptcy except American and Southwest. Now, of course, Southwest stands alone, due in no small part to the fact that it’s a bargain airline that has long prided itself on its low overhead, and its clever deals in hedging its jet fuel purchases.

This isn’t to say that all is ok by virtue of  Tuesday’s filing. American’s investors got a nasty shock after the announcement, as the company’s stock price slid from a close of $1.62 per share on Monday to $0.23 on Tuesday morning. Over a longer timetable, AMR stockholders have had an even worse year: In January, the stock was trading at $8.85. 

If the bankruptcies of Delta and United  are any indication, American’s decision to file Chapter 11 will also hit the company’s employees fairly hard.  Chances are that today’s move will lead to new contracts for less money. The bankruptcy may also affect customers in out-of-the-way locations, as American may cut less-profitable routes.

For the short term, however, American’s passengers can likely look forward to blue skies … as long as they don’t own its stock.