Down at the beach

“(AP) — The massive, reeking carcass of a 40-foot gray whale rotted Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot, luring dozens of gawkers while authorities decided whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks.” SFGate: Onlookers marvel at size, stench of dead whale in California

WARNING!!! There is a picture of a decomposing whale carcass at that link, and it’s fucking gross. That out of the way…

This is the first I’ve ever heard of a scent-based tourist attraction. I would not head down to the beach to view a rotting whale body, but I DEFINITELY wouldn’t make the trip just to smell it. Ugh.

 

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Down at the beach

Dammit, NPR

“Either way, the point is that people at NPR took their kids to work today, and while learning about all the cool switches and knobs that make radio happen, one of those kids hit some stuff they weren’t supposed to and shut off the NPR signal for a small number of stations (NPR wouldn’t say how many).” A.V. Club: Take Our Children To Work Day went pretty poorly at NPR

Somehow, this seems like the most NPR thing that could possibly happen.

 

Dammit, NPR

They’re not really talking about politeness

SFGate: Agency to Hawaii residents: Don’t hate on tourists

What this Tourism Authority action says to me is that they’re worried that the stories of violence against tourists might dissuade visitors from coming, which will cut into their profits.. Hawaii relies on tourism, but a lot of folks there absolutely despise tourists (and mainlanders in general).

If you’re looking for an example of how big rich companies try to run things, this is probably a good one. “Hey everybody, let’s be nice to the tourists so we can take their mon–I mean, show them our culture! So try not to push their fucking faces in when they wander a block from their hotel, okay?”

Yeah, we’ll see how well that goes.

 

 

They’re not really talking about politeness