Icehotel is a seasonal operation by necessity. Each year as temperatures in Sweden rise, the hotel’s rock-hard, frozen walls slowly melt away until only a puddle remains. Of course, for the frozen months—we’re talking December through mid-April—the ice hotel is absolutely breathtaking. And this year it’s even cooler.
Imagine a society where women, not men, hold most of the household power: property is passed from mother to her youngest daughter and husbands move in with their mother-in-laws after marriage. Now…
One of the few truths in life is that you’re not always going to get it right on your first try. This is especially true when your goal is to become an international, multibillion dollar company. Countless businesses have risen and crumbled simply because they offered the wrong product and failed to see it. Others, however, learn to adapt. These companies did just that, and are now some of the biggest corporations in the world.
Today, The Gap is one of the largest apparel retailers in the world. In fact, for a while it was the largest and still has over 3,200 locations worldwide and employs 132,000 people. That’s a giant leap from the first Gap merchandise store, opened in 1969 in San Francisco by Donald and Doris Fisher. To be fair, the company didn’t need to do a complete 180 when it comes to its product lineup, but a little specialization. At first, The Gap sold an odd combination of Levi’s jeans and LP music records.
History often gets condensed to bite-sized pieces. In fact, some of history’s most significant people and events are often remembered through a snappy one-liner. The problem is that, even when reduced to a quick little aphorism, we don’t always get the quotes quite right. After being repeated thousands of times for hundreds of years, that’s quite understandable, but you might be surprised to find out that some of the most famous quotes of all time are wrong.
“There’s a sucker born every minute” – P.T. Barnum
Aching to sate your wanderlust this year? 2014 marked the debut of a number of exciting attractions, each offering something different to patrons. Here are some examples of brand new sights to see (and tours to take) from around the globe.
The Smithwick’s Experience, Kilkenny, Ireland
Smithwick’s is Ireland’s oldest beer, and if you prefer a brewery tour that’s a little out of the ordinary, then off to Kilkenny you go–there, you’ll experience not only a pint or two of the perfect ale, but a tour complete with re-enactments of the company’s history. Played out by local actors, holograms, and living portraits of the family who took their business from a small operation to a worldwide brand, the differences between Smithwick’s tour and other brewery tours are obvious. It opened in July 2014, and has since received global acclaim.