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Matchbox 20 - Matchbox! Yeah!
In 1996, Matchbox 20 played a concert with Christian acoustic rockers Jars of Clay (during their "Tour on a Stick"):"It was a weird scene," Rob Thomas recalled. "At first, we were worried about cursing around the other guys and all that, but they just let us be what we wanted to be. The last show of the tour, though, there was a rule about not cursing onstage—and I have a potty mouth... So right before the last song of the last show, I thanked everybody on tour with us and I thanked the band..."And what did he say about them from the stage? "They didn't think I could make it through a whole tour without saying 'f---' onstage!"["There were six ...
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Samuel Johnson - Spartan Accomodation
Dr. Johnson possessed an intense distaste for all things Scottish. On an excursion to Bristol, Johnson and his biographer James Boswell stayed at an inn which fell rather short of their expectations. Later, while writing in his journal, Boswell wondered aloud how he might describe it. "Describe it, sir?" Johnson replied. "Why, it was so bad, that Boswell wished to be in Scotland!"[In 1985, a Denver hotel published an ad offering guests a "Free Hotel Room" in large trpe. The catch (spelled out in the fine print below)? "Parking $55.00/night (Parking is mandatory)."]
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Cyril Joad hops on an express train
When an express train to London made an unscheduled stop at Reading station, Cyril Joad—having missed his own train—hopped aboard. "I'm afraid you'll have to get off, sir," the porter shouted. "This train doesn't stop here." "In that case, don't worry," Joad replied, taking a seat. "I'm not on it."
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Gene Fowler's Creative Expense Accounting
"Fowler was a master of creative expense account writing. In 1921, while on Hearst's New York American, he traveled to northern Canada to interview three US navy balloonists who had turned up, after being missing for a month, at a remote spot called Moose Factory. "While most of their fellow journalists waited at Toronto, Fowler and five colleagues loaded a private railroad car with choice food and drink and set out for Moose Factory. The cost of the expedition worked out at $7,200—$1,200 for each of them. "Fowler got back to the American offices and began drawing up his expense account. He listed all manner of items that might be thought necessary for an expedition to the far north—mittens, parkas, ...
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The Louvre
What Humphrey Davy Thought Of The Louvre
Upon his return home after a visit to Paris one year, Humphrey Davy was asked what he had thought of the Louvre and the city's other art galleries. Davy's verdict? "The finest collection of frames I ever saw."
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Paul Fussell & The Order Of The Golden Arm
In June 1999, a travel writing conference was held at the University of Pennsylvania. The guest of honor was historian Paul Fussell, author of Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, a book which (with Paul Theroux's Great Railway Bazaar) had, according to conference organizer David Espey, sparked a wave of popular interest in travel writing. Eventually, Espey declared, the conference might lead to the formation of a professional association, which might in turn issue an annual award for travel writing. Indeed, citing his favorite anecdote from Fussell's book—involving the author's retrieval of his wallet and passport from a Turkish toilet—Espey even proposed a suitable name for the award: "The Order of the Golden Arm." [Espey also discussed Fussell's contention that ...
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Sun Wah Tokyo!?
Following a concert tour in Japan, Ben Folds declared that the trip had been something of a learning experience.How so? "I learned," he explained, "how to say, 'Tokyo f---ing rocks!' in Japanese."[Robert Sledge was more skeptical: "The more records you sell in Japan," he declared, "the more you actually suck to everyone else in the world."][Japanese men are famed for their bizarre obsession with underwear. Every month, thousands of visit burusera ("bloomers, sailor") shops to browse through albums of snapshots of high school girls holding up their skirts. A customer can purchase a girl's sailor-style uniform and used panties—and occasionally her spit and urine.]
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California
Artemus Ward - advice for visiting California
In October 1863, after a successful lecture tour along the eastern seaboard, humor writer Artemus Ward headed West. Shortly thereafter, the manager of the San Francisco opera house cabled him to ask what he would take for forty nights in California. Ward's reply? "Brandy and water!"
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Darren Aronofsky visits Cannes
After graduating from high school in 1987, Darren Aronofsky backpacked for a while around Europe before washing up in Cannes at the height of the world's most glamorous film festival. To his dismay, however, Aronofsky found that all of the city's hostels were full. Bent on seeing some celebrities, Aronofsky hatched a solution: "I slept under a bush."
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Leary traveler?
While traveling through southern Italy in 1847, Edward Lear was overtaken by the opening salvos of the Italian revolution. Returning to his hotel in Reggio, Lear asked the porter, who was absurdly drunk, for the keys to his room."There are no more keys!" the man cried. "There are no more passports, no more kings, no more laws, no more judges, no more nothing! Nothing but love, liberty, friendship, and the constitution!"[Revolutions were in fact breaking out all over Europe.]