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Blake Shelton Cruise Sets Sail in October 2012

Ahoy, country fans! If you’ve got some vacation time on the calendar, $1,000 to burn, and a hankering for the high seas, Blake Shelton is offering you the chance to be part of something special.

Next October, Shelton — along with other artists who have yet to be announced — will set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for a seven-day sojourn. During the cruise, passengers will be treated to the usual amenities, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and port stops in places like San Juan, Tortola, and Nassau, along with unique access to country music royalty.

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Best Road Trip Songs: 10 Tunes to Get You Through That Long Summer Drive

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What good is a road trip without a few great tunes?

Sure, you can listen to the radio, but sometimes, it's nice to have a few classics queued up and ready for the right road-tripping moment.

So, for those w

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Use This Handy Trick to Battle Rude, Reclining Airplane Passengers

Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten knows that flying is uncomfortable enough (strict carry-on rules, awkward TSA patdowns) without a rude invasion of space by your fellow passengers. Cramped quarters on most airplanes make it downright inhumane to recline your seat, minimizing the already-meager leg room of the person behind you.

In an effort to avoid such problems, Weingarten created a printable card for travelers that asks the occupants of the seats in front of them to refrain from reclining.

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6 Amazing Water Slides From Around the World [VIDEOS]

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A person can only lounge by the pool for so long before he or she starts to crave some slightly more adventurous summer fun. Enter water slides.

All around the world, theme parks (and in some cases, malls) have built some truly inspired – not to mention high-flying – water slides that add the perfect splash to summer.

Of course, not everybody

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Turkish Airline Safety Video Performed by Cute Kids

If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ve probably zoned out during quite a few airplane safety demonstrations. Pegasus, a Turkish airline, brilliantly eschewed the usual bored flight attendants for some seriously adorable kids. The tots, dressed as attendants, passengers and even an aviator-clad pilot, walk us through proper seatbelt buckling and how to operate an oxygen mask with panache.

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Toyota Imagines a Future With Interactive Car Windows [VIDEO]

Eventually, your car options may not be limited to just choices about color, transmission or even GPS. If Toyota has its way, you’ll also be mulling over interactive window features.

These futuristic pieces of glass, called “Windows to the World,” will be far more than just a way to watch the miles fly by. They’ll also be a drawing tablet, learning device, and distance tracker — not to mention mind-blowingly cool.

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5 Fun Things to Take With You to the Beach

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Everybody knows about sunscreen and beach chairs, but what if you want to take your beach time to the next level?

With temperatures climbing into the 90s (in some areas, the 100s) this month, now is the perfect time to buckle down and get serious about planning the perfect trip to the beach.

But before

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Whee! Dutch Transit Authority Installs Playground-Style Slide on Train Platform [VIDEO]

Morning commutes just got a lot more fun in Utrecht. Recent renovations to a train station in the Overvecht neighborhood of the Netherlands city included the installation of a slide (their transit authority calls it a “transfer accelerator”), which passengers can ride to the platform instead of taking the adjacent stairs.

See it in action in the below clip:

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Will American Airlines’ New Boarding Method Save Time or Create Chaos?

For about a decade, airlines and academics have tried to figure out the fastest way to load passengers onto a plane. The less time spent on boarding, the more revenue-generating flights airlines can squeeze into a day. In fact, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Transport Management, every minute cut on boarding can save $30 per flight.

Now American Airlines is trying out a new boarding method, and reaction is mixed.

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Nevada Gives Thumbs-Up To Driverless Cars on the Road [VIDEO]


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A bill has passed in Nevada that makes it legal for Google’s fleet of driverless cars to take to the state’s roads.

The hope is that in the future, these automated cars could avoid the crashes currently caused by distracted driving. Several companies are already hard at work creating the technology necessary to make it happen.

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Digital Camera Found With Photos Still Intact After Four Years at Sea

When Aptos, California resident Peter Govaars went with his daughter to examine the the damage that a two-day storm had wrought on nearby Hidden Beach, he discovered the skeleton of a digital camera. It was beaten and battered by the ocean but, amazingly, the memory card was still intact. After opening and cleaning the card with rubbing alcohol to remove the salt and sand, Govars inserted it into his computer and found 104 photographs taken in nearby Santa Cruz during a two-week period in June of 2007. The images, he concluded, had just survived a possible and remarkable four years at sea.

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Guys Stuck at Airport Overnight Make Their Own Fun [VIDEO]

When friends Joe and Larry got stuck at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport overnight, they embraced their confinement like two kids in an empty candy store. Once the airport cleared out for evening, they were off to the wheelchair races. They also hit the escalators, the kitchen, the shoe shine chair and the airport bar, filming the whole adventure in HD for the internet to see. Check it out below:

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