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October 10, 2017 Edition

New Alaska highway stripes are crooked, paint staining cars.                                    Associated Press•September 25, 2017
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska’s Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that’s been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said.
Among those affected was Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis, whose car ended up with yellow paint on it.
“You come to expect having highway striping like that to be straight and have orderly looking lines and be professionally applied,” Landis said. “Something was clearly wrong with the equipment or the operation of that equipment to have so many things wrong all at once.”
The problems emerged after the state Department of Transportation tried out a new line painting system on the Tongass Highway, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2fqSsIe ) Saturday.
Department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the paint is “not drying as quickly as it should due to humidity in southeast Alaska.”
Bob Sivertson, a Ketchikan city council member, called it the poorest line painting work he’s seen.
Bailey said the state will not repaint the yellow lines.
She said people with cars that got paint on them should have the vehicles pressure washed.
If the car washes don’t work, she recommended spraying WD-40 lubricant on areas stained with yellow paint. The lubricant should be left on cars for up to two hours before washing them.
And if that does not work, she said, they should put a “liberal coating of Vaseline” on the car areas stained yellow. It should be left on the cars overnight before getting the vehicles pressure washed, Bailey said.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “Crooked highway stripes – yet another reason why you have to be tough to live in Alaska.”


North Korea Hates Trump But Loves to Insult Him                                                           Julia Glum / Newsweek / September 23, 2017
Say what you will about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but the man has a great vocabulary.
Kim fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump in a strongly worded, first-person statement on Thursday after Trump gave a United Nations speech vowing to destroy Pyongyang. In his remarks, Kim called Trump a “mentally deranged dotard,” using a term for a person in “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”
Merriam-Webster lookups for “dotard” skyrocketed immediately after Kim’s statement, and the hashtag #DotardTrump was still trending on Twitter Friday morning. Ouch.
It’s not the first time North Korea has come up with a nasty insult for a world leader. In 2014, in the middle of a disagreement over the James Franco/Seth Rogen movie The Interview, an official in Pyongyang railed against Barack Obama for being “reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.” Earlier this month, a North Korean statement said UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was a “political prostitute.”
Kim’s favorite target in recent months, however, has been Trump. Here’s a quick rundown of some of North Korea’s greatest attacks on the U.S. president:
•  In Thursday’s statement, Kim said Trump is “surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
•  He also said “a frightened dog barks louder” than Trump spoke in his UN speech.
•  After Trump began calling Kim “Rocket Man,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters that he felt sorry for the president’s aides.
•  In August, after the tycoon threatened North Korea with “fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before,” General Kim Rak Gyom made fun of Trump’s frequent golf trips and intelligence. The general said the president, “on the golf links,” was “failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation.”
•  In the same statement, the general also said Trump was “a guy bereft of reason.”
•  The state-run Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, wrote last month that Trump shares “weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts in his Twitter” and “spouts rubbish to make his assistants have a hard time.”
•  The ruling party’s newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, condemned “that mad guy Trump’s unrestrained war-inciting tongue-lashing.”
•  In June, after American hostage Otto Warmbier died after being released from North Korea, the same outlet warned that “following psychopath Trump … will only lead to disaster.”
•  In May, after Trump said he would consider meeting with Kim, government mouthpiece the Minju Choson said the Trump administration’s knowledge about North Korea “is only at the elementary student level.”
Don’t feel too bad for Trump—the mocking isn’t one-sided. In addition to his new “Rocket Man” nickname for Kim, the president once described the dictator as “a total nutjob.”
Sticks and stones, guys, sticks and stones.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “Who kew that the North Koreans and Americans had so much in common.”


Saudi Women Allowed into Sports Stadium for First Time                                            Tom Porter / Newsweek / September 24, 2017
Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its founding this weekend, and on Saturday it allowed women into the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time for a special pageant operetta.
“It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country,” 25-year-old Sultana told Reuters, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. 
“God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.”
Several thousand families entered the stadium – where top football matches are held – through a separate gate from single men. They cheered, flashed peace signs and waved green Saudi flags.
An unveiled woman and several girls joined performers onstage for the pageant, which celebrated the country’s history, and featured featured a laser show, horses, camels and hundreds of men dancing with swords and drums.
Saudi Arabia adheres to Wahabbism, an austere form of Islam that prohibits the sexes mixing at public events such as sporting occasions or at cinemas.
In recent years there has been an easing of restrictions on women’s participation in fields such as education and the law, and in 2015 the first women were elected to municipal councils in the country.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “Unfortunately, since all of the bathrooms are men only, the women had to hold it in until the end of the match.”


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