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Worst toilet contenderNominee

September 2nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

This squatter is located in Transnistria (aka Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria). It’s a breakaway territory on the eastern Moldovan border beside Ukraine.

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Family on camping trip gets pulled over and cuffed — yet another case of excessive police force [EDITORIAL]Nominee

August 21st, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Titanic Editorial: You can easily forgive the police for a case of mistaken identity when they pulled over a white mini van that had plates that matched a stolen vehicle, but once the family started emerging from the van, it seemed pretty obvious (even from the helicopter camera far above) that this was not a bunch of crazy thieves that need to be spread out in a prone position on the highway with their hands cuffed. Whatever happened to chatting with the driver for a few minutes, letting him produce some papers.  It certainly seemed that with no less than 5 police vehicles and a helicopter, there was enough security around to walk up to the window and ask for a driver’s license and registration. This just seems to be part of an emerging body of video footage that includes a lot of pointless tasering and rough treatment by police. Clearly, America has a serious civility issue within segments of the police force.

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Just in case you missed it: bull runs amok in the standsNominee

August 20th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Serbia goes after tourists using…. cooked testicles!Nominee

August 17th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Swiss chocolate, Scottish whisky and Serbian… baked Ostrich scrotum, fried kangaroo testicles, barbecued reindeer balls.   Local tourism officials are hoping for a home run.  “The importance of a recognizable brand to sell a region cannot be underestimated,” said festival organizer Ivo Mokovich. “Look at how many people go to Scotland because of the whisky or how many people know Switzerland because of their cheese and chocolate. We are now hoping that the many famous and varied dishes that we have created in the region will become world-famous.’”  (Hmmm, good luck!)

Variety seems to be the key. The Testicle Cooking World Championship in Ozrem will feature testicles of animals including bull, wild boar, horse, shark, ostrich, kangaroo, donkey, turkey, goat, reindeer and elk.  Talk about kick-starting your appetite!  Don’t miss the big event on Aug 27.

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Google Earth video tour of America’s most insane freeway interchangesNominee

August 17th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Over 1000 skiers trapped overnight on New Zealand’s Mt HuttNominee

August 13th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Due to severe winds gusting up to 200 km/h, over 1000 skiers and visitors (including 300 children) had to spend the night huddled in two cafes on Mt Hutt.

The access road was opened the next morning so people could get down the mountain.

Here’s video from TVNZ

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Titanic Awards founder on CNN International todayNominee

August 13th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

If you happen to be stuck on a layover at a foreign airport, check out the monitors at about 17:20 GMT.

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Unlucky Traveler: Malaria in GhanaNominee

August 12th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

The World’s Unluckiest Traveler is a competition run by Travel Guard (with loads of prizes). They have the people power to sort through the piles of travel nightmares and have selected a number of winners. Titanic Awards is unable to verify these tales. But here’s one to enjoy…

This traveler was subjected to a long and exhausting series of mishaps traveling through Ghana: After 2 days on a river barge, a canoe and bus, he missed his final bus connection so he joined similarly stranded travelers who pooled their resources to hire a local van.  Two hours into the journey, the van got a flat and there was no spare.  The group was left to spend the night in the local village where the chief invited them to his stay in his hut. But it was too small for this group of Westerners, so some were left to sleep outside with the goats, chickens and mosquitoes. This Unlucky Traveler suffered upwards of 100 mosquito bites with at least one of them infecting the traveler with malaria.

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Air Canada damages boy’s wheelchair, then does right thing after Twitter outrageNominee

August 9th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

After damaging ten-year-old Tanner Bawn’s $US15,000 custom-built wheelchair on a flight from Toronto to New York,  Air Canada first told the family about a multi-day wait for repairs, leaving the terminally ill boy confined to his hotel room.

But after finding itself in the middle of a shit-storm of Twitter rage, the airline got things taken care of in a hurry and threw in a trip to Disney World for Tanner and his extended family.

Air Canada did its homework on this one. Going to Disney World, and taking his cousins with him, is at the very top of Tanner’s wish list.

Nice to see an airline go above and beyond the call of duty to fix the problem.  It’s not often we see an airline take  a Titanic Award nomination and turn it into actual benefit. Hope other airlines sit up and take note.

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Titanic Talk on “This Week in Travel”Nominee

August 5th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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2o passengers forgotten on EuroStar trainNominee

August 4th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Good thing it’s a quick journey through the Eurotunnel — about 35 minutes. Makes the mistake a little more tolerable. About 20 passenger who made the journey from England waited in Calais for the train doors to open for 20 minutes, then were suddenly whisked back to England.

According to The Telegraph, they were discovered by “a startled Eurotunnel staff somewhere underneath the Channel.”

“The passengers were surprised, frustrated and annoyed,” said John Keefe, Eurotunnel’s spokesman.

Eventually the passengers in France… two hours behind schedule.

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Motorcycle traffic jam in SaigonNominee

August 3rd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Not often you see motorcycles forced to stand still.  Props to the few drivers who dared to go the other direction.

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Mega-crowded beach: Haeundae Beach, South KoreaNominee

August 2nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

One of the world’s most crowded beaches. Good luck building a sandcastle.

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Worst Urinal [video]Nominee

August 2nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Welcome to Bangkok!

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650 Swedish travelers stranded in Iraq after travel agency bankruptcyNominee

July 29th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

When the travel agency Flyhome declared bankruptcy on Wednesday,  there were slightly more than 650 travelers still stranded in Iraq.

Lennart Landrén, a lawyer associated with the now defunct travel agency suggested they “now turn to the [Swedish] Transport Agency and [Swedish] Consumer Agency and discuss the situation that has arisen.”

Landrén added,”It’s a sad statement to make. According to the information I have received, there are no guarantees provided.”

The reason for the bankruptcy, according to the airline’s website, is an earlier dispute with airline Primera Air, which forced Flyhome to repay millions of kronor to travellers who were not permitted to fly to Iraq. This incident occurred at the end of June, when 150 passengers on the way to Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region, had to turn back at Gothenburg’s Landvetter Airport.
Source: TT/Local
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Pam Mandel’s World WorstsNominee

July 26th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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Name Pam Mandel
Who? She started blogging as an expat in Austria over 10 years ago has since had her work featured by Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, MSNBC, and USA Today. She was the contributing editor for travel at Blogher for five years and blogged about Hawaii for World Hum. She’s written guidebooks for Thomas Cook, radio stories for WGBH Boston (NPR), and travel stories for World Hum, Perceptive Travel, Scanorama, International Living, and more.  Find her entertaining and insightful travel musings on the web at Nerd’s Eye View.
Countries Visited 28
Age 46

Titanic Nominations
1. Worst Airport The international terminal at LAX. After being yelled at and herded by airport security, I proceeded to spend a horrible week there one evening while waiting for a delayed flight.The only food available was from a rattling nearby vending machine. All the restaurants were before the shouting TSA staff –  going hungry was more appealing than facing the guards again.
2. Worst Hotel Thuan Loi Hotel (
Chau Doc, Vietnam) in a border town on the Mekong.  Dirty nylon sheets, mosquito nets punched full of holes, windowless cell-like rooms, and a perpetually damp bathroom floor. To exit the room, I had to climb over a spiderweb of daisy chained extension chords. That bedbug ridden guest house in Kargil, India, seemed positively cozy by comparison.
3. Worst City for Driving Pisa, Italy. I’ve had to transit Pisa four or five times and each time, I’ve exited the city and gone back in, exited and gone back in because I cannot find the correct way out. The last time, I seriously considered abandoning the car and looking for a job.
4. Worst Car Rental Experience Honolulu, Hawaii. “I tried to return the car downtown last night, but the building next door to the return lot was on fire.” I will not soon forget the look on the airport rental car agent’s face.

5. Worst Toilet Some forgotten village, Bahawalpur Province, Pakistan. It wasn’t so much a toilet as it was two vertical stacks of bricks over a pile of… yeesh. Every morning, a child-servant would come with a bucket and a spade to remove all the waste from the previous day.

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Titanic Awards back online againNominee

July 26th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Been on the road for a bit. Back in the saddle now! New posts on the way.

/Doug

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Worst drunken idea: croc ridingNominee

July 13th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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A drunken 36-year-old in the Western Australia town of Broome climbed into a crocodile enclosure and rode a 5-meter long male croc named Fatso.

Fatso took issue with being ridden and attacked the man, who was able to escape with severe lacerations on his right leg and received dozens of stitches.  Appears he will live long enough to be able to kill himself with another stupid stunt.

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Delta puts two unaccompanied minors on wrong planeNominee

June 15th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Delta Airlines had a little snafu when they mixed up the travel plans of two unaccompanied minors who connected flights in Minneapolis-St.Paul. The boy ended up in Cleveland instead of Boston and the girl landed in Boston instead of Cleveland.

“‘Sorry for leaving you here when you’re really supposed to be in Boston,’” the boy said the Delta employees told him.   They may not have checked the boy’s paperwork, but he did get some free donuts out of the ordeal.

Eventually, Delta managed to send the children to their final destinations. They also reportedly refunded the children’s tickets and provided the families with some travel credits.

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Worst Boarding Pass PromotionNominee

June 2nd, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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What better way to promote a a new ticketing service than print up a sample ticket to show it off.  Only problem was that British Airways, when selecting a made-up name for the sample ticket, decided to go with Osama Bin Laden.  Furthermore, the terrorist’s ticket was for a first-class ride to Washington DC.

The image of the ticket appeared in LHR News, a staff publication for Heathrow Airport.

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