The LG Travel News Roundup: Ski Through Starbucks Hits the Slopes

Weekly Travel News — By on February 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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… 

Ski Through StarbucksNow It Really Is Everywhere The Starbucks at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort has a lot of reasons to call itself unique. For starters, it’s located on a mountain at an elevation of 8,000 feet. And to top it all off, this particular shop has a ski-thru option where customers don’t even have to remove their skis or snowboards to grab a cup of coffee. Source: The FW

Waterfall 2.0: The Firefall
For the next few weeks, visitors of Yosemite National Park get the rare opportunity to view a “firefall.” This non-man-made illusion looks like a waterfall of fire and is reminiscent of laval flowing. Typically, the opportunity to view the firefall lasts 2 weeks during the month of February and it lasts an hour each day. Source: MSNBC
But Will It Have Elevator Music?
The Shanghai Tower in China, which is being constructed as the world’s largest skyscraper, is expected to stand 2,073 feet high and have an elevator unlike anything the world has ever seen. The “bullet elevator” is said to be able to travel at the rate of 3,281 feet per minute. Made by Mitsubishi, the elevator promises to be secure and comfortable for passengers, and guarantees no ear-popping. Source: ABC News
The Secret of Stonehenge
There are many theories behind the making of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument of large standing stones in the United Kingdom. According to Steven Waller, a doctoral researcher at Rock Art Acoustics USA, Stonehenge was inspired by sound illusions. Specifically, Waller believes the stones were arranged to recreate the piper illusion where the sound waves would block out noises created in the center of the circle. Source: Huffington Post
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