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

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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

Good food, smiles (maybe), dancing and…a RAT?

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Yes, you read right! This place is AWESOME!

I had all that and more when I dined recently at “Lutherstube” or “Luther’s Cellar” in Erfurt, Germany!

It’s a medieval dining experience straight from the times of Martin Luther. And the experience, at wood tables, on straw floors (as you’ll see in these photos) was extraordinary. And I really mean that, I’m not just throwing that term around. I mean, the waiter had a pet rat!! And he brought it to the table!! And to make the experience more entertaining, the night had a fun challenge to it…the waiter — the one with that incredible pet rat  — played the part of a miserable medieval man and, well, if we could get him to smile, drinks were on the house! Well, needless to say, we weren’t successful despite out best efforts! Apparently, he hasn’t smiled for 4 years! But we sure had a blast trying, and petting that crazy little rat!!

For a dining experience and a half, I highly encourage you to check this place out next time you’re in that neck of Germany! Yeah, the place may be a bit “ratty” — haha — but that’s it’s whole charm! (For the record, it’s just the one, clean, well-kept pet rat you’ll ever see.) ; > )

Here’s a few of the videos I produced while in the area:
Martin Luther King Jr’s German origin?
Bach’s 326th Birthday
World’s First Automobile

GETTING PERCY-nal: My answers to some FAQs

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Why do you like traveling so much?
Well, for many reasons… I grew up in a cold, rainy place and I think I have some kind of seasonal rain disorder because after about a month of cold, grey rain I just can’t stand it anymore. So, for that reason alone, I like to get out of Dodge!Then there’s also that aspect of “Myth Busting” that I enjoy. People tend to label destinations as good or bad, often based on all of the false information or exaggerated rumors floating around. I like to see for myself and then, through my reports on the way things really are, I like to get busy shedding the light on the places that get a bad rap when they really don’t deserve it.

What kind of traveler are you?
I find I’m just as comfortable in a 2 star as a 7 star. So, I’m not sure what that makes me. A bit of a chameleon traveler, I guess? I try to blend into whatever situation I am in… Although, I’ve never been much for roughing it in the woods… I really enjoy my showers, even cold ones. Although, I have slept a night in an igloo!

What’s the favorite place you’ve visited?
I get asked that a lot and of course it’s all very subjective. Much has to do with the mood I’m in when I get asked. But, to make it simpler, I recently came up with a standard short answer…and that would be The Seychelles. It’s hands down one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever visited?

Timbuktu just because it’s such an iconic name in and of itself. There’s not much there of course, except a ton of “I’ve been to Timbuktu” T-shirt shops…

What’s the quirkiest event you’ve reported about?

Probably has to be the Fire throwers  of Nejapa in El Salvador, but I did visit the first Condom Factory in the world in Erfurt Germany and it is certainly a close second!!  Those Germans are sure good at manufacturing almost everything.

Favorite reports?
My interview with CANCER (the person, or at least the actor playing  the character of “cancer”) and my interview with Bailey Jr., the 1600 pound “pet bison”!! Coincidentally, I filmed both of these exceptional stories in Alberta, Canada!  

What’s the most EXTREME adventure you’ve ever had?
Jumping off Canaima Falls in Venezuela on a hang glider with a guy who didn’t really have a lot of experience. I think we were the last people permitted to do this because the Government just deemed it insane after we did it. I think they made a good decision.


What’s the worst travel experience you’ve ever had?

From my experience…Moscow is consistently one of my worst experiences — rude people, horrible service, ridiculously over priced everything… and last time I was there, they had the record heat wave and out of control fires smoking out the city. It’s just never a good time for me there!

If someone offered you a private jet to go anywhere in the world at this very moment, where’d you go?

Seychelles!! With refueling stops in London and a little side trip to Madagascar!

What FIVE places would you say everyone must visit at least once in a lifetime?

Seychelles, Madagascar, Iguazu Falls, Guatemala (Peten region, with the Mayan ruins), Tanzania

Any words of encouragement for your followers?

Get packing!!! The world awaits!

Learning to Surf in El Salvador

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I stayed at Paradizo Azul, Playa El Sunzal when I was in El Salvador a few months back, and Javier, the place’s GM and pro surfer taught me to surf! I can’t say I’m a pro yet — by ANY stretch of the imagination. Not even close. But it was a whole load of fun!!!

On my plane ride back from El Salvador, I was sitting next to a couple young 30 something businessmen from Southern California. They were on their way back from surfing at El Sunzal and Punta Roca. Turns out they fly down down to El Salvador almost once a month! And they are not the only ones so committed to El Salvador’s waves. El Salvador has a culture of followers flocking to ride its waves! Shows how little I know about surfing because I thought the waves in Cali were fairly good. And some must be, as it does have a pretty big surf culture, after all. But “fairly good” doesn’t cut it if you are a surf lover! As Javier told me, and as these guys confirmed, the waves in El Salvador are some of the best in the world! So, people come from all over the world to catch some “juicy” waves (Javier speak).  Punta Roca is often compared to Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa, and Las Flores is often compared to Rincon in California! Luckily, there are some great beginner waves around El Sunzal where it was safe for me, and those other beginners out there, to take to El Salvador’s friendly waters.

(Watch for the video coming soon, as part of a bit I’m putting together about some of Central America’s best adventures!)

If you go down to El Salvador’s beautiful coast yourself, look for Javier hanging out at the Kayu Bar & Grill. (By the way, the food and VIEWS there are exceptional, so you’ll enjoy it even if you are a non-surfer!).

Tell Javier that Percy sent you!

Don’t forget to check out my guide to El Salvador!


Me and my surfboard. Yeah, I’m a poser…

With Javier, Paradizo’s General Manager (and Surfer Extraordinaire)!

 

My Trilogy of Indiana Jones-ish Discoveries & Adventures in Guatemala

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Guatemala is one of my favorite countries. From volcanoes and beautiful cities such as Antigua to mysteries and adventure, it has it all!!

In an attempt to get to know this fascinating country a bit better, I searched out some local experts, and they helped me  dig deeper into Guatemala’s incredible history.

Here’s a TRILOGY OF VIDEOS I’ve produced as a result:

Uncovering the World’s Most Valuable Gem: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-555314

Unearthing a new building buried in the jungle: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-584728

Unveiling the mystery of the Mayan’s disappearance: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-585260

And here’s my guide to Guatemala.

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