Category Archives: USA

Hash Bash strikes again

Hash Bash is an annual event held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the first Saturday of April at high noon on the University of Michigan Diag. A collection of speeches, live music, street vending and occasional ‘civil disobedience’ are centered on the goal of reforming federal, state, and local marijuana laws.

Read more here.

Thousands of sharks attack Florida

Tens of thousands of sharks have been spotted along South Florida’s coast, closing down beaches across the area and forcing swimmers out of the water.The sharks are heading north after migrating to the south for the winter in such droves that experts believe swimmers could be within 60 feet of a shark while in the water in the Palm Beach area.

Several beaches have been closed to swimmers as red flags dot the sand.

Pocketknives on a plane

The US Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats. Passengers will also be allowed to board flights with some other items that are currently prohibited, including sticks used to play lacrosse, billiards and hockey, ski poles and as many as two golf clubs.

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The good old trusty Swiss army knife will finally be able to travel in Economy.

Shake on a plane

A sky-high video of the Internet dance craze Harlem Shake that went viral on YouTube has captured the attention of US aviation officials who said on Friday they are looking into the event over safety concerns.

In the video called, “Harlem Shake Frontier Flight 157,” members of the ultimate Frisbee team from Colorado College and other passengers are shown frenetically dancing in the aisle and in front of seats last month on the packed Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego, California.

Man locked out of hotel room – naked

Guests take note: it’s not the best idea to nip outside your room – even if it’s just for a second – without wearing clothes.

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One guest learnt this the hard way when he placed his room service tray outside the door only to realise he’d forgotten his key. CCTV footage shows the extremely embarrassing situation, with the man then having to walk down the hallway and past shocked fellow guests, to get to reception. Once he got to reception the clerk ask him for an ID.

Check out the video here.

American and US Airways join forces

The boards of American Airlines owner AMR Corp and US Airways Group have approved a merger that would value the combined company at around $US11 billion ($A10.5 billion).

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The deal, which will be announced early on Thursday, comes more than 14 months after the bankrupt parent of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, and would mark the last combination of legacy US carriers, following the Delta-Northwest and United-Continental mergers.