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

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Flickr User marchorowitz

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.


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.


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

Flickr User Beth77

You can use it too. Just sayin'.


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?


5. Tan Your Feet And Nothing Else

Flickr User amyashcraft

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


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?


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

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For Cool Dads only.


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.


9. Oh Dear, Don't Do This

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


10. Make Your Feet Happy

Flickr User ealaspada

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

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The Literal Translation of Every Country's Name In One World Map

What's in a name? Some pretty illuminating insights into the history and culture of a place, it turns out. Credit Card Compare, an Australia-based website that offers its users assistance with choosing the credit card that's right for them, recently dug into the etymology of place names for a new blog post to create a world map that highlights the literal translation of the world's countries, including the United States of Amerigo (which one can only assume is a reference to Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who realized that North America was its own landmass).

"We live in a time of air travel and global exploration," the company writes in the blog. "We’re free to roam the planet and discover new countries and cultures. But how much do you know about the people who lived and explored these destinations in times past? Learning the etymology—the origin of words—of countries around the world offers us fascinating insight into the origins of some of our favorite travel destinations and the people who first lived there."

In other words: there's probably a lot you don't know about the world around you. But the above map (which is broken down into smaller bits below) should help.

For more detailed information on the background of each of these country names, click here. Happy travels!

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The Loneliest Road in America Is This Arctic Supply Route in Alaska
Micah Bochart, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Micah Bochart, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Sick of traffic? Try heading for Alaska’s Dalton Highway, considered the least-traveled road in the United States, CityLab reports. The 414-mile highway, traversed largely by a handful of truckers and passing through only a few small towns, sees the fewest cars per year of any road in the U.S., according to America’s Quietest Routes, an interactive website made by Geotab, a company that helps optimize truck fleet routes.

To create the site, Geotab used data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System’s 2015 average traffic statistics. Though the Nevada stretch of U.S. 50 is sometimes called the “Loneliest Road in America,” the numbers show you’d be much lonelier driving down the Dalton Highway, also known as State Route 11. The route, which runs along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline north-south between Fairbanks and the remote Arctic town of Deadhorse, saw an average of 196 vehicles a day over the course of 2015—one for every two miles of road. Many of those vehicles are trucks carrying vital supplies to the oil fields of the Arctic.

The highway has been featured on the History Channel reality show Ice Road Truckers and is considered one of the most dangerous routes to drive in the world. There is a 240-mile stretch that features zero services, and it’s full of steep grades, avalanche-prone areas, and the slow-moving landslides known as frozen debris lobes. Despite the dangers, it’s a picturesque route, one with views that writers regularly call “Tolkienesque.”

One thing’s for sure—you probably don’t want to drive it on your own.

[h/t CityLab]


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