My favorite thing about traveling is that it always changes me. Whether I’m taking a road trip to a neighboring state or exploring Europe for a month, I never come back home the same person I was when I left. Traveling changes your perspective, it changes the way you see yourself, and it changes the way you see the world. In honor of Wanderlust 2013, I thought I’d look back at a few of the travel experiences that have had the biggest impact on my life. Please feel free to share you own travel experiences in the comments! Keep reading »
It’s hard out there for a Mars rover. Day after day, these dutiful little robots drive around the barren surface of the red planet collecting data to send back to their bosses relaxing at the warm, cozy NASA offices 40 million miles away. Do you really blame one of them for getting a bit, umm, creative with the shape of its tire marks? [Reddit via Huffpo]
I’ve always been a huge Diane Keaton fan, and her recent appearance on “Ellen,” during which she gulped down wine and giggled her way through topics as diverse as tantric sex (“For nine hours! That’s ridiculous!”), punching Robert De Niro in the face (“That was fun!”) and why she never got married (“What happened was … nobody ever asked me.”). The interview is a little confusing, but it’s also totally endearing. And for the record, Diane, I would marry you in a hot minute. [Huffington Post]
Most reality shows can only offer their participants free booze and a fleeting chance at fame, but a new reality show called “Mars One” is upping the ante in a big, big way: they’re offering their cast a one-way ticket to Mars. Yes, really. A Dutch company is now accepting applications for aspiring astronauts/reality TV stars. The plan is for the first group of humans to depart for their new home planet in 2023, with subsequent crews joining them every two years (the journey from Earth to Mars takes seven months). Colonizing the red planet will cost an estimated $6 billion, which is where the reality show angle comes in.
According to Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp, “Mars One intends to maintain an ongoing, global media event, from astronaut selection to training, from liftoff to landing…If humans land on Mars, everyone will want to watch. It will be bigger than the Olympic Games.” Potential participants need to keep in mind that the show might turn out to be more like “The Hunger Games” than “Mars-y Shore”: “There will be emergencies and deaths,” Lansdorp said. “We need to make sure that crew members can continue without those people.” Eesh. Keep reading »
This adorable little rhino is named Anna. She was born just one week ago at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, and had no idea how to properly wallow in the mud until her mom showed her. Luckily for us, the whole thing was caught on camera. And it is adorable. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
The official caption on this photo is “Julianne Hough stops to purchase some gum at a gas station on Sunset Blvd,” and although it’s pretty obvious she’s either going to or coming from a fancier event, I prefer to think that this is the outfit she wore specifically to go out and buy some gum. It may be a bit formal for a gas station, but I’m loving the all-white ensemble and funky accessories (those shoes are seriously fierce). I’ve gotta step up my gas station fashion game. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]