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Weird, strange and simply bizarre travel tidbits


Weird, strange and simply bizarre travel tidbits
Duane Wells | February 15, 2008

NEW YORK, NY — A cab driver in NYC moonlights as a matchmaker; the Presidential Hair Club for Men debuts in Philadelphia; fried chicken causes a fowl ruckus in Kentucky; and the �Icebox of the Nation� retains its title.

Taxicab Cupid�

If you happen to be in New York and are in search of true love, you might want to hop into Ahmed Ibrahim�s taxi.

The 53-year-old cab driver claims to have set up more than 70 dates between his customers in recent years, nineteen of which have produced relationships that lasted longer than a year!

"I've organized so many dates, and it really makes me feel good about it," Ibrahim said. "I've not had one complaint."

According to an AP report, Ibrahim offers his matchmaking services to passengers he evaluates by listening to conversations and asking a few questions. He then exchanges phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

"I want to know if they're the real deal or just a player," he says. "If you're a player, then forget about it."

Now that�s what I call customer service. One question though �how does one tip for that kind of advice?



The Presidential Hair Club for Men�

One novel way of spending President�s Day in the USA might be to visit The Academy Of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where a scrapbook graced with locks of hair from the first 12 U.S. presidents is on display. Can you even stand the excitement of it all? Hmmm�

Apparently hair albums were quite popular in the 19th century which is when Peter Browne, a Philadelphia lawyer and scholar of the natural sciences, wrote to presidents still living during his lifetime – 1762-1860 – and to the families of those who had died requesting the presidential strands of hair assembled in the presidential �hair album�.

What will they think of next?

A royal toenail clipping gallery perhaps?



KFC and PETA Argue Over Fowl Picnic Food

Kentucky legislators want to make fried chicken the official picnic food of the state, a notion that has got the animal rights folks from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) squawking.

While State Rep. Charles Siler is sponsoring legislation to assign the official �picnic food� designation to KFC�s �finger lickin� good� chicken, first served by Colonel Harland Sanders in 1940, PETA Vice-President Bruce Friedrich is arguing that �If the state legislature moves forward with this one, then they should change Kentucky�s state bird from the cardinal to the debeaked, crippled, scalded, diseased, dead chicken.� Oh dear.

Now I ask you? Do you know what the official picnic food of your home state is?

I�ll bet you dollars to hot wings you don�t, which is why one thinks PETA might have bigger fish to fry elsewhere (no pun intended).



Welcome to the �Ice Box of the USA�?

Sometimes it�s the little victories that matter the most I suppose.

International Falls, Minnesota has officially won the right to call itself the �Icebox of the Nation� after years of legal wrangling with the city of Fraser, Colorado.

Seems that, though International Falls (pop. 6,500) had been calling itself the �Icebox of the Nation� since as far back as 1948, they paid the town of Fraser (pop. 1,000) $2,000 in 1989 for dropping its claim to the moniker. However when the International Falls failed to renew its trademark, Fraser decided to throw its hat into the ring. Not so fast said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who intervened and granted the title to International Falls via a certificate last week.

�I ran over to the attorney�s office and kissed the certificate,� Mayor Shawn Mason said according to an AP report. �Fraser�s actions had sent a chill down my spine.�

Mason said more was at stake than bragging rights. She said International Falls has used the icebox title to market itself to industry as the nation�s premier site for cold-weather testing.

Right�and who says titles don�t matter? – Gay Link Content


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