The LG Travel News Roundup: 2.25.11

Weekly Travel News — By on February 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Royal Wedding inspires an off-the-wall souvenir

If you’re fed up with all the talk of the Royal Wedding and want to hurl each time the media finds an exclusive detail about the anticipated ceremony, the “throne up” bag is ready for you! Lydia Leith, a British artist, has created customized gag bags in red, white and blue that will retail for £3 (about $4.75). If you think nobody would waste their money on a glorified sandwich bag, think again: Leith is receiving orders from around the world and her first batch has sold out! Source: Gadling

Victoria Scardingo: The Bernie Merdoff of the Travel Circuit

Travel agent Victoria Scardingo took a few tips from the notorious ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff whilst executing her own low-scale scheme. Scardingo sold more than 2,000 worthless travel vouchers for at least $500 to people who believed they were purchasing round trip tickets to anywhere in the world. But if you thought her profit was to feed her family or send her kids to school, you’re wrong! Scardingo frugally spent her money on designer Coach and Louis Vuitton bags. Source: Gadling

Recycling the Human Skull

Recent archeological findings reveal that the ancient Britons were a resourceful bunch! Findings from Gough’s Cave in Somerset suggest that during the Ice Age, human skulls were used as drinking vessels. It is believed that making drinking vessels from skulls played a ritualistic angle as opposed to a cannibalistic one. Similar traditions were seen in Ancient Greece; however, this is the first find that suggests the ritual for ancient Britons. Source: Huffington Post

Pirate Attack Leaves 4 Dead

Gone are the days where Captain Jack Sparrow epitomized the quintessential bad-boy-but-good-at-heart image of a pirate. “Real life” Somalian pirates have been terrorizing the waters–their most recent attack has been on American couple Jean and Adam Scott and their guests, Phyllis Mackay and Robert A. Riggle. After being taken hostage for five days, the Americans were killed Tuesday morning while the US government was amidst negotiations. Source: USA Today

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Travel News Bits

Moleskin reveals new travel journal

If your idea of the ideal travel guide isn’t so much a Lonely Planet or Frommer’s but one created by yourself, Moleskin–makers of the trendy black journals known for being used by Picasso and Hemingway–have revealed a new travel journal that comes with labels, themed sections, and a travel resources. Source: Gadling

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