JEFF CHIU / Associated Press file, 2010

A woman reads in front of a sculpture in San Francisco, the nation's snobbiest city.

Provisions: Ways to Die in the Wild: Pinecones

Published: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3H
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 9:21 am


• "Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide for Tri- athletes and Open Water Swimmers" by Lynne Cox

$15.95; Vintage Books, 336 pages

There is a sea of swimming instruction books out there, but few come with the pedigree of open-water swimming legend Lynne Cox, a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In this book, she gives detailed tips on how to conquer open-water swimming, be it ocean or lake. Most people would think they could not relate to Cox, who has swum to Antarctica, crossed the Bering Strait and done other crazy-long swims. But she comes off as down-to-earth, explaining what to do if caught in a riptide and how to acclimate for frigid waters.


• Outside's Magazine's "Ways to Die in the Wild: Pinecones"

Nope, not grizzly bear attacks, not snake bites, not falling off a cliff. Pinecones! "The giant pinecone, falling from a limb 90 feet off the ground and accelerating at a speed of 32 feet per second, will land with the force of a bowling ball dropped from a nine-story building," the article states. There are other interesting, non-pinecone ways to die, including getting stung by thousands of bees, slashed by an angry cassowary's claw or being chomped by a beaver. Enjoy your next hike. BUY

• Road Ninja 3.0 App

We raved about the first generation of the Road Ninja app, which includes a directory of every interstate and exit in the United States and a list of gas stations, restaurants, roadside attractions and the like. This newest version provides "real-time" gas prices, more photos and is faster to load information because, you know, those exits can really fly by.


• America's Snobbiest Cities

Travel + Leisure magazine, which can be a little snobby itself, rates San Francisco the snobbiest metropolis in the nation. Specifically, it points out the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Certainly not the Tenderloin. (No, Sacramento did not make the top 20.)

1. San Francisco

2. New York City

3. Boston

4. Minneapolis/St. Paul

5. (tie) Santa Fe, N.M., and Seattle

7. Chicago

8. Providence, R.I.

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Charleston, S.C.


Melissa Dahl, (@melissadahl): "Where is the Meetup for people who want to chat about running but don't want to actually have to run WITH another human?"

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