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Crazy intersection clip from VietnamNominee

August 17th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Cruise ship adrift with out power for several hoursNominee

July 5th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Carnival Cruise Lines admitted its Fascination ship lost power at sea for several hours due to a technical malfunction.  The US Coast Guard was notified but didn’t need to take action — guess there wasn’t much risk of anyone starving to death.  And the 2600 passengers received a 20% discount for the inconvenience.

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Napoli intersection shows Italian drivers are nuts [VIDEO]Nominee

June 30th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

The Titanic Awards survey found that Italians are the world’s worst drivers.  Not sure that’s quite accurate. Most are very talented drivers; they just drive as if the traffic laws are suggestions.

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Ultimate Travel Fail Compilation VideoNominee

June 7th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Mass gastrointestinal Illness hits same cruise ship three times in three monthsNominee

May 8th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Solid contender for a Titanic Award here: Worst Ship for a Health Clinic or maybe Best Ship for a Weight Loss Clinic

94 passengers got sick (vomiting and diarrhea) on Thursday aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship cruising Northern Europe. Before that, hundreds of passengers got sick on Vision of Seas when it was off the coast of Brazil in March. Three mass illnesses aboard the same ship in three months.

Despite Royal Caribbean spokeswoman claiming these three incidents were definitely not related, it seems… well, hard to swallow.

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Titanic Awards book spotted in the wild (just released)Nominee

May 5th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

India’s rail ministry embarrassed by new advert (but not by delays, overcrowding, and the onboard squatters)Nominee

March 22nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Maharajas' Express

A new ad for a luxury train service aimed at wealthy tourists, Maharajas’ Express, shows a map with New Delhi located inside Pakistan.  The map also shows Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal. You might say that the ad agency made good on their claim of showing “an India like never before!”

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Beach jogger killed by plane, iPodNominee

March 17th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Thirty-eight year old Robert Gary Jones — father, husband, pharmaceutical salesman — was hit from behind by a Lancair IV aircraft while jogging on the beach on Hilton Head Island.  He was listening to his iPod and didn’t hear the plane making an emergency landing.

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Dumb car crash: shaving bikini area while drivingNominee

March 11th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Megan Barnes, a 37-year-old woman in Florida, reportedly caused a car crash when she decided to shave her bikini area while behind the wheel.

She told authorities she was visiting her boyfriend and wanted to be “ready for the visit.”

Apparently, Barnes should not have had the wheel even without a razor. She has been convinced of a DUI the day before and had a suspended license.

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Rail cop sues Amtrak because women grabs his gun and shoots his footNominee

March 8th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Here’s a new one for rail travel: police don’t need to worry about their guns.

An Amtrak officer is suing the railroad, claiming it’s liable for a woman who grabbed his gun and shot him in the foot.

James Bullard, working at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station last March, got in line at McDonald’s (he wasn’t even on the train). While there, he tried to remove a disruptive woman from the restaurant. She grabbed his gun  and shot him in the foot.

You might think he’d sue McDonald’s. But Bullard is claiming that he had a worn-out gun holster and that Amtrak failed to provide a new one when he requested it. Perhaps he has a case.

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Mind-boggling complex highway intersection in JapanNominee

February 22nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Make the wrong turn and you could spend all day circling this concrete plate of spaghetti.

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Glasgow’s new $1.5 million amphibious bus fails first swim testNominee

February 8th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Sounds like a nice idea. An amphibious bus that can travel on water and roads. Sadly (or comically if you prefer) it  was grounded, less than an hour after it got wet.

The $1.5 million Dutch-made “amfibus” was being demonstrated for service between Renfrew and Yoker when things went pear shaped. Mechanics are hoping to have it swimming again by tomorrow.

In theory, it runs like a normal bus on land, but uses two water jets to carry 50 passengers at speeds up to eight knots in the water.

Check out the full story at TimesOnline here.

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Cruise ship passengers still enjoying sun, surf and sand beside HaitiNominee

January 18th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Photo via Flickr: tesla314

Cruise ships are still plying the waters beside Haiti.  You don’t want to let a little earthquake suffering ruin your trip, do you? Indulge at the buffet, splash in the surf and happily ignore the tens of thousands without food, water, medical care or shelter.   Sure the cruise lines could cancel a few cruises and help with humanitarian relief efforts, but what’s a cruise line company going to do with a bunch of great PR and a clear conscience?  Naturally, they need to focus on the core business of pummeling local cultures into oblivion (via tourist invasion), overfeeding sunburned passengers and secretly dumping as much waste into the ocean as they can get away with.

Read the whole story on the Guardian here.

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Worst place to stop to tie your shoe or stop and do anythingNominee

January 13th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Tokyo crosswalk from hell

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Weirdest items found on trains…Nominee

January 5th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Rail companies in the UK revealed a treasure of bizarre things found on trains in 2009.

Mobile phones and clothes were the most common items left behind, and only 20% claim their belongings, but the more fascinating items include:  a bag containing a dead octopus in Edinburgh, half a shotgun along with ammunition,  a cat, a wheelchair and two clarinets and two violins were handed in on the same day.

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Commuter Battle:Two women get in punch up on SF busNominee

December 19th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

When seat hogging turns violent in Chinatown.

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Worst WhiningNominee

December 7th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Have your cake and eat it too… then sue that you didn’t get enough.

The details aren’t all out yet, but that seems to be what happened with Terence and Cynthia Milner, who sued after their £59,000 cruise on the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria didn’t live up to expectations — according to The Telegraph. Sure they were upgraded to a penthouse suite after complaining about sleepless nights. But stormy conditions and mouth ulcers were apparently also the fault of the cruise line.

They jumped off the ship in Honolulu and stayed at a luxury resort then caught a lift on the QE2 ship rather than continue on to Southampton as originally planned.

They got a refund of  £48,240 refund, but then sued for “loss of enjoyment” and received £22,000 damages. Cunard is challenging the decision in a London court.

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Worst Way to Cross the Egyptian DesertNominee

November 30th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Over 100 buses a day make the 4+ hour crossing from the touristy Red-Sea town Hurgada to Luxor.  They travel in a giant tourist convoy with a military escort.

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Worst City Traffic RegulationsNominee

November 20th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Welcome to Kabul. 600,000 cars, one set of traffic lights (that many don’t obey). What could be the problem? This Al Jazeera report explains.

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Worst Place to Put a MarketNominee

November 19th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

It seems to flow so smoothly here in Bangkok you almost wonder why more people don’t set up their companies on train tracks.

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