One Fine Lady: The World’s Oldest Grape Vine in Slovenia!!

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At possibly 450 plus years old, she has seen more changes than the relatively young former Yugoslav country. Tended regularly by Tone Zafosnik for more than 30 years, the vine flourishes today and is a major tourist attraction in this town of 110,000. The vine produces about 60 kilos of grapes per year which is a enough for a few hundred 250 dcl. of souvenir bottles of the red wine (but it is only given to dignitaries like the Pope).

I was met by the Director of Tourism for the town and we shared a few minutes of the vine’s incredible history for CNN.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-616884

Slovenia is a tiny European Union country situated just below Austria about half the size of Switzerland with a population of about 2 million. Wine growing is a major industry there.

Produced and Hosted by: Percy von Lipinski

Associate Producer and Editor: Tracy Bymoen

Special thanks to Maribor Tourism, Old Vine House and Slovenia Tourism

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Some seriously cool looking Spring chicks!!

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Over the Easter weekend, I read about these eggs that this woman in the US who injects with food coloring in order to have them hatch into an array of rainbow coloured chickens. Apparently, she’s not the only one as I found a multitude of articles about others doing the same!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3615191.stm

At first, I had the reaction that most people do… “Is this safe for the poor little ones?” Well, turns out it is perfectly safe and even scientific! Researchers often inject eggs with colourants to help identify batches when the chickens hatch! And as the chicks grow into adults, the colour fades and they look normal.

Fascinating.

Here’s an article about the colored egg process from the University of Nebraska:
http://lancaster.unl.edu/4H/Embryology/colorchickens.shtml

The 007 of hotel towels?

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Pilfered hotel towels with built in tracking devices??

Apparently, hotels in Manhattan, Miami and Honolulu are sewing chips into their towels, bathrobes and sheets to curb nearly $16,000 in monthly linen losses!

Britian’s newest “Crown Jewels”: Official Royal Wedding CONDOM Souvenirs?

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REALLY???

These “condoms of distinction” apparently contain this disclaimer: “a novelty product and may not be suitable as a contraceptive or barrier against sexually transmitted diseases.”

Just read the CNN article

Man dies after falling into pasta machine?

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Not much more I can say other than that this is a sad, sad freak accident. Poor guy.

Note to self: Don’t do a story on pasta making. Dangerous!!

A 26-year-old man is dead after he fell into a machine while working at a Toronto pasta factory on Monday.Source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/04/11/pasta-machine-accident.htmlRead More

via Anacristina79’s Blog

Have you seen a 4,500 POUND Marlin??

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The WORLD RECORD (1976) for largest Marlin ever caught by a commercial fisherman was 4500 pounds.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-587017

And did you know that Marlins are what put Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on the map? This now uber-lux community, frequented by celebs, began as a little sport fishing town. And if you wander down the docks, amid the VIP yachts, you’ll notice that this little town remains a major sportsfishing hub, with some of the major fish catches daily!

CABO IS THE WORLD CAPITAL OF MARLIN FISH!

While the largest marlin wasn’t caught there, the fish remains a HUGE source of pride for the community as the locals truly value the very fish that literally birthed the town and its sportfishing industry. And recently, some locals (led by Tracy Ehrenberg, GM at Pisces Sportfishing) had a life-sized replica of the WORLD’S LARGEST MARLIN made and donated to the city, as a statue in “her” mighty Marlin’s honor.

I was lucky enough to be in Cabo for the HUGE statue’s unveiling and all I can say is wow, that’d make a lot of sushi! But actually, that wouldn’t really be the case, as Cabo has a catch and release sportfishing policy so the fish are always released again once documented.

Fingers Crossed that my “Mayan adventures” make it into CNN’s upcoming Indiana Jones homage

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http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-584728

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