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10 Things You Won't Be Able To Do Anymore If SkyMall Goes Away

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SkyMall, in-flight purveyors of the weird and useless, is in danger of disappearing from your seat-back pocket completely. Today, the magazine's parent firm Xhibit Corp. filed for federal bankruptcy court protection. According to Xhibit CFO Scott Wiley, "With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog."

Unless someone comes in to buy and rescue SkyMall, the catalog is in danger of going away forever. For a terrifying glimpse of what a world without SkyMall might look like, feast your eyes on the following things you will never get to do again.

1. Order Pizza While Scuba Diving

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This is the human race spiking the football after completely dominating the ocean for the past few centuries.

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2. Get Messed Up On Some Sweet, Sweet Oxygen

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Say "goodbye" to stress and "hello" to the warm embrace of intranasal highs.

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3. Have Your Dog Go To Town In Your Living Room

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You can use it too. Just sayin'.

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4. Whatever This Is. Say Goodbye To This

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Where will the nation turn if we no longer have plastic purple shoulder pleasure saxophones?

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5. Tan Your Feet And Nothing Else

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Use it year-round! (CAUTION: DO NOT USE YEAR-ROUND)

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6. Chill Out and Completely Disappear

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Where's Brent? Where did Brent go? Hey, Brent's floating head, have you seen Brent?

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7. Reenact Gulliver's Travels While Watching a Youth Soccer Game

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For Cool Dads only.

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8. Harness The Power Of Your Mind And Then Waste It

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It's like Mousetrap, but if you drop it in water while using it you may leave your mortal husk and get transported to another dimension.

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9. Oh Dear, Don't Do This

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At least make sure someone is keeping an eye on you, sir.

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10. Make Your Feet Happy

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These would feel great on a long flight. Gee, I wonder where I can buy them?

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Ciao, Roma! Alitalia Is Offering Free Stopovers in 2018
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If you’ve been eyeing a trip to Rome, now’s your chance. The airline Alitalia is now offering passengers free stopovers in the Italian capital, allowing them to stay for up to three days before continuing on in their itinerary, as Condé Nast Traveler reports.

There are a few catches: You’ll need to book both your departure and return flights through Alitalia, somewhat limiting your choice of airports. The airline’s website is currently showing the stopover promotion only for flights out of India, South Africa, and Kenya, even though it technically applies to all Alitalia flights, according to Frommer’s—meaning you’ll have to pick up the phone and call to book if you’re located elsewhere. And if you’re American, you’ll have to take your Roman holiday on your outbound flight, since the stopovers don’t apply on flights headed back to North America.

On the bright side, Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport will hold your luggage during your extra-long layover, so if you’re headed on a monthlong trip to India, you won’t need to lug all of your suitcases around the city. You will also qualify for discounts on some Roman hotels.

Several other airlines have used free stopover options as a way to encourage tourism in their home country, including the Portuguese national airline TAP and Icelandair, whose uber-successful stopover program has contributed to a tourism boom so big that the Icelandic government has started considering new taxes to handle it.

The Alitalia promotion lasts through the end of 2018.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi Just Opened the World's First Radio-Guided Highway Art Gallery
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One way to plan an epic art road trip is to drive from museum to museum, but in the United Arab Emirates, you can take in masterpieces without leaving your car. As Artforum reports, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has lined a stretch of highway with billboards displaying works by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and Piet Mondrian.

The 10 works on display along the E/11 Sheikh Zayed road connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi are recreations of pieces at or on loan to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which developed the project in partnership with three radio stations. Dubbed the Highway Gallery, it was "created to reinforce art's role in elevating everyday life into something beautiful and memorable," the museum website reads.

Like in a traditional gallery, the 30-foot-by-23-foot displays along the road are accompanied by a guided audio tour. Drivers can learn the title, artist, technique, and other details about each piece by tuning into a participating local radio station (Radio 1 FM, Classic FM, or Emarat FM). There they will hear descriptions of Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, Van Gogh’s Self Portrait, 1887, and Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow, and Black, as well as the Islamic sculpture Mari-Cha Lion and the sarcophagus of Egyptian princess Henuttawy.

The Highway Gallery will run through mid-March. After that, art lovers can drive their cars to the Louvre Abu Dhabi to see the items in person.

[h/t Artforum]

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