Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Ecco (There it is!)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Ecco. (EH ko) There it is! Ecco! I see my hotel!”

A Name You Should Know: Lincoln J. Beachy

Lincoln Beachy was known by many, including his competitors, as “The Man Who Owns the Sky”; “the Master Birdman”; “The Divine Flyer”; or quite simply “the Worlds Greatest Aviator”. Here’s a man whose aerial acrobatics drew the attendance of over 30 million people (17 million in 1914 alone) and yet we still had to look the guy up. This is a guy who built his own zeppelin and landed it on the White House lawn. A guy who decided to fill his tank and fly upwards until it ran out, to see how high he could get (nearly 12,000ft.) A guy who intentionally put himself in a desperate tailspin in order to show everybody how to properly get out of one. A guy who could do a break-neck vertical nose-dive and level out just in time to land on the runway. We could fill pages with more of his countless death defying feats, but we figure you’re already impressed. Not bad for a guy that crashed on his first two flights, eh?

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Did you hug a vet today?

…well hop to it!

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Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Oggi (Today)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Oggi. (OHjee) TodayOggi is the first day of the rest of your life, so pay me back the money you owe me.”

Marco Monday: Kids Help Marco Polo Seek a Time Machine

GO THERE!

Craving some opulence? St. Petersburg, Russia has enough lavish palaces and cathedrals to keep you busy for a while.

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Making of “Free Hugs” Featured on YouTube

GO THERE! More monkey business…

November 27th is the date for this year’s Monkey Buffet Festival  in Lopburi, Thailand, a Hindu festival where hundreds of free roaming long-tailed macaques are set loose on a mountainous smorgasbord of delectables. The offering symbolizes an ancient story from the Ramayana in which the hero, Rama, offers a gift of land, the very land on which Lopburi sits, to his friend Hanuman, the Monkey King. Perfect excuse to monkey around for a day.

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Did you remember?

Take those skeletons back out of the closet… literally! You still have time to observe Mexico’s Day of the Dead. And you thought Halloween was over!

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