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Rubber duck floats 17,000 miles!

The new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Prepare to Be Shocked! is filled with more than 2,500 weird, wacky, bizarre and quirky facts, feats and events from around the world. I asked the editors if they had a list of shocking and curious feats that pertain to travel — here are some of the wackiest.

Oh say can you see? And drink and drive?

Strange as it seems, in France, driving blind drunk — I mean driving blind (as in can’t see) and drunk — with a drunk friend is a punishable offense. These clowns got a good slap on the wrist.

One lousy volcano can ruin your whole flight

Charlie LeochaNothing can blow your travel plans like a volcano. Case in point: the Kasatochi Volcano, which recently erupted in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and blasted ash to altitudes of 50,000 feet, forcing Alaska Airlines to cancel 44 flights.

Airline form letter lying to Dominican victims

I read with interest my colleague Chris Elliott’s blog posting this morning about US Airways’ response to its customers stranded in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, after their flight was canceled due to a tropical storm and they were “escorted” from the terminal by armed guards.

Travel industry targets Democratic National Convention

While the world is focused on the drama of Barack Obama’s nomination as the Democratic candidate for president, there is furious lobbying and political business going on everyday away from the lenses of TV cameras and out of earshot of pundits discussing unity and polling data. Travel is a big part of this lobbying effort.