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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Former New York Hotel Suite Is Taking Reservations

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Marilyn Monroe’s 274-day marriage to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio may have been short-lived, but one hotel in New York City is paying homage to the famous couple's fleeting romance.

A luxury suite at The Lexington Hotel has been revamped and is now taking reservations, Travel + Leisure reports. The couple moved into the room—formerly known as The Centerfield Suite—shortly after their wedding and honeymoon in 1954.

The hotel's bedroom
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It was during this period that Monroe filmed her famous flying white dress scene for The Seven Year Itch, which was shot just a few blocks from The Lexington Hotel. Although the scene is iconic, Monroe’s husband was less than pleased. In fact, he was so enraged by the "exhibitionist" scene that he "stormed across the set," according to The Guardian, and later had a nasty row with Monroe. Not long after their fight, Monroe filed for divorce, citing the “mental cruelty” she endured.

However, the pair later made amends and may have even rekindled their romance. Shortly before Monroe’s death in 1962, DiMaggio reportedly told friends that he and Monroe were going to get remarried. After she died, DiMaggio took charge of the funeral arrangements, and he had roses delivered to her grave twice a week for 20 years. This romantic spirit is preserved in the newly renovated Norma Jeane Suite, named after the Hollywood starlet’s given name at birth.

The outdoor patio
The Lexington Hotel

The 600-square-foot room, which goes for $1200 per night, is certainly up to Hollywood standards. It boasts marble floors, velvet and silk textiles, a terrace overlooking the city, a walk-in closet decorated with bags from Bloomingdales (Monroe’s favorite store), and artwork and photographs featuring Monroe. The pops of red throughout the room are likely a nod to Monroe’s signature lip color, and lest DiMaggio be forgotten, a baseball bat is placed inside an umbrella stand.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Are You Eco-Conscious? You Could Win a Trip to the Dominican Republic
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Do you love lounging on the beach but also want to take action to save the planet? You'll be able to do both if you're chosen to serve as a "sustainability advisor" for a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, Lonely Planet reports.

The worldwide contest is sponsored by Eden Roc at Cap Cana in Punta Cana. The winner and one friend will receive a five-night stay at the Relais & Châteaux hotel, where they'll partake in specially curated activities like a food-sourcing trip with the hotel's chef. (One caveat, though: Airfare isn't included.)

You don't need a degree in conservation to enter, but you will need an Instagram account. Give the resort's Instagram page (@edenroccapcana) a follow and post a photo of you carrying out an eco-friendly activity on your own page. Be sure to tag the resort and use the official hashtag, #EcoEdenRoc.

The only requirement is that the winner meet with hotel staff at the end of his or her trip to suggest some steps that the hotel can take to reduce its environmental impact. The hotel has already banned plastic straws and reduced its usage of plastic bottles, and the sole mode of transport used on site is the electric golf cart.

Beyond the resort, though, the Dominican Republic struggles with deforestation and soil erosion, and the nation scored poorly on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index for the agricultural category.

Entries to the contest will be accepted until August 31, and you can read the full terms and conditions here.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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What Happens When You Flush an Airplane Toilet?
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For millions of people, summer means an opportunity to hop on a plane and experience new and exciting sights, cultures, and food. It also means getting packed into a giant commercial aircraft and then wondering if you can make it to your next layover without submitting to the anxiety of using the onboard bathroom.

Roughly the size of an apartment pantry, these narrow facilities barely accommodate your outstretched knees; turbulence can make expelling waste a harrowing nightmare. Once you’ve successfully managed to complete the task and flush, what happens next?

Unlike our home toilets, planes can’t rely on water tanks to create passive suction to draw waste from the bowl. In addition to the expense of hauling hundreds of gallons of water, it’s impractical to leave standing water in an environment that shakes its contents like a snow globe. Originally, planes used an electronic pump system that moved waste along with a deodorizing liquid called Anotec. That method worked, but carrying the Anotec was undesirable for the same reasons as storing water: It raised fuel costs and added weight to the aircraft that could have been allocated for passengers. (Not surprisingly, airlines prefer to transport paying customers over blobs of poop.)

Beginning in the 1980s, planes used a pneumatic vacuum to suck liquids and solids down and away from the fixture. Once you hit the flush button, a valve at the bottom of the toilet opens, allowing the vacuum to siphon the contents out. (A nonstick coating similar to Teflon reduces the odds of any residue.) It travels to a storage tank near the back of the plane at high speeds, ready for ground crews to drain it once the airplane lands. The tank is then flushed out using a disinfectant.

If you’re also curious about timing your bathroom visit to avoid people waiting in line while you void, flight attendants say the best time to go is right after the captain turns off the seat belt sign and before drink service begins.

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