Provisions: Cork-covered pocket knife, more

01/26/2014 12:00 AM

01/23/2014 9:36 PM


• Baladeo Float Knife


What a brilliant idea. Anyone who has ever watched their car keys sink to the bottom of a lake will welcome this cork-covered pocket knife with a key ring attached. The company claims the knife is buoyant enough to keep your car keys from sinking. Maybe one or two keys, but not every key you own. Better yet, why not buy a piece of cork at a hardware store, drill a ring into it and … oh, never mind.


• “The World’s Most Dangerous Trail”

It’s the mountain in China called Hua Shan, featuring “The Heavenly Stairs” that literally go straight up the sheer face of the mountain, plus wobbly planks overhanging cliffs and all sorts of sketchy climbs. The payoff is a Taoist temple-turned-tea house at the summit.


• Top 5 Museum Restaurants

Just because you’ve spent the day at a museum doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland, cafeteria-style food to sustain you before exploring some more. The website Virtual Tourist lists its top five fancy restaurants headquarters in museums:

1. Restaurant & Café Campana at Musee d’Orsay – Paris (The museum housed in a former train station features a restaurant located behind the building’s clock face.)

2. The Modern at MoMa – New York City (Michelin star-rating for French-American cuisine with Alsatian influence.)

3. Collections Café at Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle (Glassblower Dale Chihuly’s latest collection of works near the Space Needle has spawned a haute Northwest cuisine eatery.)

4. Ray’s at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Features an extensive Water Menu, offering 20 different types of bottled water from around the world.)

5. Acropolis Museum Restaurant – Athens (Panoramic, unobstructed views of the Acropolis; classic Greek menu.)


• “Mysteries of Motion Sickness”

This is a brief Ted-Ed animated lecture that does not – we assure you – have shaky camerawork or quick-cutting images. In three minutes, it explains the motion sickness phenomena – the vestibular system senses rotation in the car while the eye doesn’t connect it – but, alas, does not offer definitive solutions.


Mary Margaret Malone ( @marymm): “Naturally there is a demon child on my red eye flight. And naturally I left my ear plugs in my checked luggage. #murphyslaw #travelfail.”

– Compiled by Sam McManis,


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