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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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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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Eco-Friendly Cruise Ship Design Includes Vertical Farms, Solar Sails, and a "Plant Kingdom"
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If you want to reduce the environmental impact of your next vacation, you could do better than boarding a cruise ship. Luxury liners consume tons of fuel and produce even more sewage that is often dumped directly into the ocean. But cruises don’t have to be disastrous for the Earth by design: As inhabitat reports, the newly-designed Ecoship aims to be the most eco-friendly cruise ship on the seas.

The futuristic vessel was envisioned by the firm Oliver Design for the Japanese humanitarian organization Peace Boat. For decades, Peace Boat has been spreading its message of global social change through “peace voyages” that sail around the world. The Ecoship will embody this mission by being kinder to the environment than conventional cruise ships. Ten photovoltaic solar sails extend from the deck like giant fins, collecting clean energy to supplement the hybrid engine. Retractable wind generators harvest energy as well.

According to Oliver Design, the Ecoship will produce 30 percent less carbon dioxide than modern cruise ships. The vessel’s electrical system has also been updated with both the solar sails and kinetic floors onboard providing power. The biggest change comes in the sewage operations: Both the waste and water will be fed through a closed loop, which means that whatever’s produced is filtered and recycled again and again.

As these features are working behind the scenes, passengers will get to see some Earth-friendly amenities up close. A “plant kingdom” that covers five decks will consume surplus waste, water, and carbon dioxide produced by the ship, while vertical farms will be used to grow vegetables for meals.

When the Ecoship sets sail in 2020, it will continue to spread awareness of the changing climate that inspired its design. Oliver Design writes on its webpage, “The organization [Peace Boat] wants the Ecoship to be a turning point for the shipping industry and a flagship for raising awareness on climate change. As well as hosting Peace Boat’s voyages throughout the world, the ship will be used to stage exhibitions on green technology at the 100 ports where it is expected to dock each year.” You can check out the concept art for the project in the video below.

[h/t inhabitat]

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