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…San Francisco should be offbeat?

San Francisco

Gridskipper put together a great guide to the offbeat areas of San Francisco. Having been to many of the places myself in my city travels, I can definitely agree with their selections (Foreign Cinema, Golden Gate Fortune Cookies, Musee Mecanique, Pirate Supply Store are all first hand wonderful). If you want to visit the city, but you don’t want to follow the same guidebook that everyone else is carrying around, then definitely check it out.

Bonus: Combine this with the Adam Savage Tour, and you can pretty much call yourself a San Fran expert.

[Gridskipper – Offbeat San Francisco]

…Diving in the Silfra River is like walking in space?

Silfra

If you ever find yourself traveling to Iceland, make sure to plan some dive time in the Silfra River, a crack between the continental plates that is located in the middle of the Thingvellir National Park. What makes this dive so unique is the fact that the water comes from melted glaciers and has been filtered through the lava bed for years, resulting in water that is so cold (2-4°C, or just above freezing) that nothing can grow. This lack of life means that you can see for over 100 meters, and (besides the bubbles) you’ll feel like you’re floating in space. Plus, it’s been voted one of the ten best dives in the world, which means that after your visit, you’ll only have nine more to go.

[Silfra Dive]

[Via: Trend Hunter]

…Late-night Los Angeles gorging is good?

Late-Night Gorging
(Click for the full size version)

If you’re going to visit Los Angeles, you’re going to want to party; and if you’re going to want to party, you’re going to want to eat, which is why Thrillist’s Late-Night Gorging guide should be an important part of your pre-inebriation ritual. The print at home card features 50 late-night eateries, as well as a few that will cater to you all night long while you attempt to eat off that hangover. Good luck, it’ll never work.

[Thrillist – Late-Night Gorging]

…Adam Savage loves San Francisco?

San Francisco

If you get a chance to visit San Francisco, make sure you do the Adam Savage tour. Savage, the man behind the Discovery Channel MythBusters show, responded to an Ask MetaFilter query about the city by the bay with gems such as Il Farolito’s Super Grilled Chicken Quesadilla, hiking through Glen Canyon, drinking atop the Medjool roof as the sun sets, socializing at Specs and Michelangelo’s, Sunday brunch and celebratory dinners at Foreign Cinema, Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, and finally, a good old cup o joe and a mag at Farley’s. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

[Ask MetaFilter – San Francisco]

[Photo Via: The Jamoker]

[Via: Gridskipper]

…Planes are now custom?

A380 Interior

So you’re an Arab oil billionaire who needs to fly out of Dubai every once in a while. What do you do? Pick up a first class ticket and order a few drinks to pass the time? No, that’s too civilian.

A380 Interior 2

Instead, you commission Airbus to build you a custom A380 for a pocket emptying $400 million ($100 million for just the interior). Normally a 555-passenger, double-decker superjumbo, this A380 will simply be called the “Flying Palace”. So what does change like that buy you?

A380 Interior 3

How about: two dining halls, a 600-square-foot master bedroom, game room, a whirlpool tub (the first of its kind, it empties into an auxiliary tank in seconds if needed), and gold plating on all of your oxygen masks (probably not that last one, but maybe). The bar has officially been raised.

[Space.com – Airbus A380 VIP Flying Palace Interior]

[Via: Gizmodo]