Why Crashing A Plane Isn’t So Easy

Pilot staying awake over ocean

An Australian pilot stays awake and alert over the monotonous sea. Source: Reuters

Planes are terrifying, right? A mix of exhilaration and sheer terror lingers in the mind when sitting on the runway, waiting for takeoff– how could something weighing over 400 tons with thousands of miles of electrical cable and 250 human beings inside of it simply launch into the sky and stay there? If you’ve got a window seat near the wing, it’s likely you’ll spend a good amount of that time examining the engine case for loose screws and hoping your pilot has gotten a good night’s sleep.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXVIII

Rocket Festival Light

Source: The Atlantic

Inside The Vrontados Rocket War

Rocket Festival Field

Source: The Atlantic

What’s religion without a little ritualistic conflict? Taking place in Vrontados, Greece over the past 125 years, two Greek Orthodox Churches have engaged in what is known as Rouketopolemos, or a “rocket war”. The rival churches celebrate by firing thousands of homemade rockets toward one another while holding church services across town. The goal, apparently, is to strike the bell of the opposing church. And remember, this is supposed to be “fun”. Check out more photos at The Atlantic.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXVII

Stunning Photos Of A Camel Train Across Cable Beach, Australia

With picturesque views of the Indian Ocean and a virtually flat swath of white, sandy beach, Broome, Australia’s Cable Beach has attracted tourists for decades. Add a camel ride at sunset, where their silhouettes are reflected by the wet sand and bleed into the warm hues of a fading day, and it’s no surprise why most Australians consider this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Recently Lauren Bath made a trip out to Broome and documented this absolutely breathtaking event — her photos are so compelling that they almost make us feel as if we’re there. Check out more photos at My Modern Met.

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Skip Florida For Spring Break–The Adriatic Coast Is Calling

Thoughts of a warm coastal climate can be the push some of us need to claw our way out of seasonal affective disorder. Jamaica, the California or Florida coasts or the Virgin Islands quickly come to mind when thinking of the tropical climates we long for as winter dries out our skin and demeanor. Less obvious but equally worthy are the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Coast.

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