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April 5, 2012

Wanna buy a piece of “The Hunger Games”? How about some land?

  • $1.4million to buy District 12’s filming environment source

» A fed-up owner: 83-year-old Wade Shepard has had it with the sudden interest in his abandoned town, the result of The Hunger Games’ quick success. The distraught owner said that “day and night, they’re driving through, taking pictures, getting out and walking. I’m just bombarded with people.” So he’s selling the property, which could prove a boon for tourism — the North Carolina Division of Tourism has already started plotting out tours for fans, but they’re focusing on another small town in that state. If you build it, will fans come?

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23:11 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
North Dakota noose story features most amazing quotes in history
The lede says it all, really: ”The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out by volunteering to be the one to go to the gallows.” In perhaps the greatest individual story in Associated Press history, a North Dakota mayor wants to convince us that he’s not crazy when he wants to hold a fake hanging for tourists. This story has quotes to die for. A few samples:
one On bringing up the matter for debate at a recent meeting: “The matter was not on the agenda and they were a little taken aback. There was about five seconds of stunned silence and at first I think they thought I was joking.”
two On his vision: “My vision is to stage a shooting, where I’d gun down someone in the street, have a trial and a hanging, all within 20 or so minutes. Anything longer than that and the tourists would lose interest.”
three On allaying safety concerns with the noose situation: “The rope is just a prop—there is no danger of breaking your neck. If all goes well, it will look very realistic. I will be the only one being hanged, just to keep it safe.” source
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The lede says it all, really: ”The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out by volunteering to be the one to go to the gallows.” In perhaps the greatest individual story in Associated Press history, a North Dakota mayor wants to convince us that he’s not crazy when he wants to hold a fake hanging for tourists. This story has quotes to die for. A few samples:

  • one On bringing up the matter for debate at a recent meeting: “The matter was not on the agenda and they were a little taken aback. There was about five seconds of stunned silence and at first I think they thought I was joking.”
  • two On his vision: “My vision is to stage a shooting, where I’d gun down someone in the street, have a trial and a hanging, all within 20 or so minutes. Anything longer than that and the tourists would lose interest.”
  • three On allaying safety concerns with the noose situation: “The rope is just a prop—there is no danger of breaking your neck. If all goes well, it will look very realistic. I will be the only one being hanged, just to keep it safe.” source

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14:41 // 2 years ago
January 31, 2011

For some reason, tourism in Egypt continues unabated

  • companies Much like the United States and other nations, corporations with interests in Europe have stopped production and have begun airlifting employees out of Egypt.
  • tourism Despite all the drama in Egypt at the moment, 30,000 tourists from the U.K. are still in the country and two major travel firms are still bringing people there. source
11:07 // 3 years ago