Hotter than Beyoncé lip-synching
Destination DC wants to bring sexy back, and that doesn't mean Bill Clinton's cigar. The Washington, D.C., tourism bureau has launched a racy "Get a Room" ad campaign in time for Valentine's Day. Targeting both straight and gay visitors , it urges lovers to get handcuffed together while touring the Crime Museum or sample 2-for-1 mojitos in "twosomes, threesomes and adventurous large groups" at Zengo Restaurant, among other romantic shenanigans. It does sound more interesting than the debt ceiling.
Need some extra incentive to book that trip to Siberia? The Sheregesh ski resort in southern Siberia has announced it'll build a yeti park where tourists can try to catch the abominable snowman. Regional governor Aman Tuleyev has promised a reward of one million rubles ($33,140) to anyone who achieves that feat. The park will include a hotel, museum and will host yeti-themed conferences. In 2012, three different yeti sightings were reported in southern Siberia. Vladimir Putin's chest isn't that hairy, so it wasn't him.
Keeping the skies safe
While a Sydney-Auckland flight was boarding on Jan. 20, a Qantas flight attendant confronted a passenger wearing a T-shirt that said: "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." The attendant, presumably unfamiliar with Mandy Patinkin's signature line from 1987's The Princess Bride , told Wynand Mullins that other passengers were "quite intimidated" by his shirt, and asked if he could remove it. Mullins said he didn't have another shirt, so the attendant went off to find a replacement but never delivered one. Qantas also discourages passengers from carrying on rodents of unusual size.
Sources: Siberian Times, Stuff.co.nz, US News & World Report, Washington.org.