Climbing The World’s Most Dangerous Volcano Is Less Scary Than It Sounds

When you get your first glimpse of the glowing Mount Nyiragongo lava lake, the rain, the hail, the cold, the sweat, the altitude, the jet lag, the expense, and the throbbing pain in your knee all suddenly seem worth it. It’s a view like no other on Earth. With somewhere between 3 and 5 million... Continue Reading →

Dubai: A Perfect Place To Hug A Penguin!

You may already know about Dubai’s famous indoor ski resort, but did you know that while they were busy refrigerating the desert they staked out some space where you can HUG A PENGUIN?? Inside the famously massive Mall of the Emirates, the Ski Dubai complex not only offers skiing, snowboarding, sledding, sliding, and zorbing, but also... Continue Reading →

A Brisk Morning Scuba Dive Between Tectonic Plates

When the air temperature is 33°F and the water temperature is 35°F, you may as well go swimming. In a small parking lot inside Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Lisa and I awkwardly squirmed into our drysuits inside our rental car. Standing outside in the freezing wind to put the suits on was simply not... Continue Reading →

You Can Actually Visit The Real “Slaughterhouse-Five”

More than 22,000 people were killed during the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Thankfully, Kurt Vonnegut wasn’t one of them. But he was right in the middle of the drop zone. Vonnegut was an American soldier during World War II and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He and his fellow POWs were... Continue Reading →

Egypt’s White Desert Is Like Being On Another Planet (Full Of Fennec Foxes!)

Thirty million years ago the sea that once covered Egypt's Western Desert retreated and revealed a landscape full of limestone and chalk formations, which have been shaped by the sand and wind over time into fantastic white sculptures. And you can camp among them! A number of companies run tours to Egypt’s White Desert; after... Continue Reading →

Inside The “Scum and Villainy Cantina” Pop-Up Bar

There are inherent problems with attempting to do a public event based on Star Wars when you clearly don’t have authorization to use any intellectual property related to Star Wars. But you’ll probably still sucker me in anyway. When the internet lit up about a pop-up bar in L.A. modeled after the Mos Eisley Cantina... Continue Reading →

Getting Engaged Inside An Ice Cave

My girlfriend didn't understand why I had a minor freak out when she left my camera bag unguarded while we were taking a photo in front of a waterfall in Iceland. She didn't realize there was an engagement ring hidden inside. For several months, my brother, a jewelry maker, collaborated with me secretly on creating a... Continue Reading →

Best Dive Ever: Night Swimming With Manta Rays in Hawaii (VIDEO)

“What’s the best dive you’ve ever done?” has to be the most frequently asked question of any scuba enthusiast, and it’s such a tough one to answer because every dive is different, and each one has its highlights. But my current go-to answer? The night manta ray dive in Kona, Hawaii with Big Island Divers. Kona is... Continue Reading →

How I Found Thailand’s “Human Bakery”

Just outside of Bangkok is a bakery where artist Kittiwat Unarrom bakes bread in the shape of bloody, dismembered human body parts. He’s supposedly been doing it since 2006 but pictures and videos of his creations went particularly viral in 2013 (maybe because Dexter was about to end and people sensed an impending void in... Continue Reading →

It’s Surprisingly Easy To Get A Sloth To Come To Your House

There is a sloth named Lola who lives at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California. She has a sloth boyfriend named Sid. They are both equally adorable. And if you really want to make it happen, you can invite one of them over to your house for the afternoon! My wife Lisa and I... Continue Reading →

Miniatur Wunderland is a…Miniature Wonderland!

If you’ve ever laid down a model train track, you’ve felt that urge to expand it with another set…and then another…and then another. Miniatur Wunderland is what happens when your parents aren’t around to say, “stop.” Located in the historic port of Hamburg, Germany (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model... Continue Reading →

Tesco Vee of The Meatmen Has An Insane Toy Museum

When Tesco Vee is on stage singing with The Meatmen, offensive lyrics about crippled children spew out of his mouth and it’s guaranteed that he will shake an inflatable penis (or two) in your face. When Tesco Vee is relaxing at home, he collects toys. I was in a band that played a few shows... Continue Reading →

Six Life Lessons I Learned From Eating A Tarantula

I specifically got a typhus vaccine before my trip to Thailand and Cambodia because I knew I'd eat whatever weird street food I came across. No matter how much our culture shifts and changes and evolves over generations, bug-eating seems to be one Western taboo that will remain intact into the distant future. So of... Continue Reading →

Why Do We Think Of The Easter Island Statues As Just Heads?

For most of my life I was under the impression--as are most people--that the famous "moai" statues on Easter Island were simply big stone heads. And then at some point my mind was blown--as were most people's--when I saw a picture on the internet from an excavation project that dug out the earth around one... Continue Reading →

America’s Oldest Hospital Is In Philadelphia, And It’s Stunning

I had always wanted to see one of those old operating theaters like you see in The Knick (or the Junior Mint episode of Seinfeld) but at some point over the last hundred years doctors realized how horrible an idea it was to have dozens of non-sterile people in an operating room so most operating... Continue Reading →

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