A Service Dog Unexpectedly Gave Birth to 8 Puppies at the Tampa Airport

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 06:51
<p>Some special bundles of joy arrived at Tampa International Airport last week when a service dog gave birth to eight puppies in the middle of the terminal.</p><p>The yellow lab, named Ellie, was traveling with her two owners, a mother and daughter, and another service dog when she unexpectedly went into labor as they were heading to a flight to <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News reported</a>.</p><p>According to an airport spokesperson, the mother knew her dog was pregnant, but was not sure when the puppies were due.</p><p>The first seven puppies, all males, were swiftly and easily delivered. Tampa Fire Rescue’s medical team helped Ellie give birth to the eighth puppy, a female. Nugget, the family’s other service dog and dad to Ellie’s litter, stood nearby during the delivery.</p><p>Ellie and her new pups are all healthy and recovering well. Naturally, the scene drew a big crowd at the gate, and fellow travelers cheered on the arrival of each new puppy.</p><p>The family unfortunately missed their flight and will have to make new travel arrangements to accommodate the newborn puppies, since they are too young to fly. But it’s a relatively small inconvenience when you have such an adorable, if a bit large, family.</p>
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Singapore Airlines Is Officially Bringing Back the World's Longest Flight (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 06:18
<p>Singapore Airlines confirmed on Wednesday that it will resume operations of its <a href="" target="_blank">record-breaking 18-hour-and-45-minute flight</a> later this year.</p><p>On October 12, the airline will resume nonstop service between <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Changi Airport</a> and New York’s <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Airport</a>.</p><p>Singapore Airlines previously operated the 9,521-mile route but stopped service in 2013 when rising fuel prices made the journey unprofitable.</p><p>This time around, the airline will use <a href="" target="_blank">Airbus’s brand new A350-900ULR</a> to operate the ultra-long flight. The aircraft was specifically designed for fuel efficiency and is capable of flying 11,160 miles. Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to use the plane later this year.</p><p>Because of the grueling flight time, Singapore Airlines has opted to eliminate economy seating on the route. Passengers can choose one of 67 business class or 94 premium economy seats.</p><p>“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, the ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR,” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phon said in a statement.</p><p>Daily service will begin on October 19 when the airline takes possession of a second Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft. Tickets will go on sale May 31. The airline will also begin nonstop service between <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> and Singapore when it receives more A350-900ULR aircraft, likely later this year.</p><p>Once Singapore begins operations, it will take back the record for world’s longest flight. The current record holder is Qatar Airways’ route from <a href="" target="_blank">Auckland to Doha</a>, which takes about 18 hours.</p>
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People Chase Wheels of Cheese Down Hills at This U.K. Race and It's Hilarious and Completely Terrifying

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 17:10
<p>In the U.S., we’ve got relay races for just about everything from your traditional 5k to annual Wiener Dog races. But in the U.K., they chase cheese.</p><p>The annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll in Brockworth, England, draws hundreds of spectators eager to watch people hurl themselves down the steep hill after rolling, eight-pound wheels of <a href="" target="_blank">double Gloucester cheese</a>.</p><p>About 200 people gathered this year to watch the races, happily posting photos and video of the brave rollers as they tumbled down Cooper’s Hill. To understand just how amazing and ridiculous and exciting and terrifying this is, you'll have to watch a video:</p> <p>One contestant in the men’s race even rolled in only his underwear.</p> <p>But the ultimate winner of the men’s race was Chris Anderson who has now taken home 22 wheels in the last 14 years. Anderson now holds the record for most wins in the race. “I've got nothing to prove now, I'm happy,” Anderson told <em>BBC News</em>.</p> <p>The winners of each race get to take the giant blocks of cheese home with them.</p><img alt="Chris Anderson, 30, who has broken the all-time record for the most cheeses won in the death-defying Cheese Rolling Race at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire "src=""><p>But the ultimate reward goes to people who have the privilege to just watch.</p>
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People Could Not Handle How Much Snow Newfoundland Just Got

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:55
<p>While spring is in full force for many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, parts of Newfoundland, Canada seemed to experience a second winter.</p><p>A cold front last week dropped about 12 inches of snow has fallen across parts of central Newfoundland. Snow flurries also continued later thorugh the week, according to <a href="" target="_blank">The Weather Network</a>.</p><p>On the bright side, school children got a late, unexpected snow day as dozens of schools in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District are closed until midday Thursday, <a href="" target="_blank">CTV News reported</a>.</p><p>According to Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby to CTV News, the snowfall, while substantial and somewhat surprising, isn't entirely inconceivable this time of year. Back in 2013, the area experienced snowfall well into June. Welcome to Canada.</p><p>Still, people are amazed at the freak weather event and are sharing pictures of their wintry homes and communities on social media.</p>
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Disney California Adventure Is Testing the Incredicoaster, Which Means We’re That Much Closer to Riding It

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:40
<p>It won’t be long until thrillseekers at Disney California Adventure can finally take a ride with the superhero family from “The Incredibles” on the <a href="" target="_blank">Incredicoaster</a>. And once they strap in, they might notice a few, brand new upgrades to the ride.</p><p>The Incredicoaster has been under construction since January 2017, and it’s only a few weeks out from its June 23 debut. The new coaster is on Pixar Pier, formerly the site of the California Screamin’ coaster, <a href="" style="text-decoration-line:none">WDW News reported</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Disney’s New Pixar Land Will Change Disneyland Forever</a></p><p>Not only will the new ride be decked out with Incredibles details, it will also include a new launch introduction by Dash, the superfast son in the movie. The introduction plays just as the roller coaster cars are sent down the track.</p><p>WDW News shared this video of the ride, above.</p><p>When the coaster was still called California Screamin’, the voiceover was provided by Neil Patrick Harris.</p><p>Now that Dash is introducing guests to the new roller coaster, everyone should be ready for some serious speed.</p>
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Riders Stuck on 300-foot Roller Coaster for 2 Hours During Power Outage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:17
<p>Riders on a roller coaster at Cedar Point theme park in Ohio were stuck on an incline for almost two hours on Monday afternoon.</p><p>Those who boarded the “giga-coaster” Millennium Force at Cedar Point on Memorial Day were expecting to rush down a 300-foot incline at 93 miles per hour. Instead, they were stuck on the ascent for almost two hours during a power outage.</p><p>A spokesperson for the park <a href="" target="_blank">told the Associated Press</a> that the power outage was caused when a car ran into a utility pole at about 1:45 p.m. Power was cut to <a href="" target="_blank">almost one-third</a> of the park’s rides.</p><p>“All of the rides that were affected safely came to a stop and all guests are being escorted off,” Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Toledo Blade</em></a>.</p><p>Some roller coasters were able to move slightly during the power outage thanks to generators. Parks crew used emergency elevators to help evacuate other riders.</p><p>Those on the Millennium Force were stuck at an awkward angle high above the park, which some riders posted on Twitter.</p><p>Power was restored after about two hours, at 3:50 p.m.</p><p>Millennium Force was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world when it debuted in 2000.</p><p>Earlier this month, riders on a roller coaster in Japan were <a href="" target="_blank">stuck upside-down for almost two hours</a> when the ride malfunctioned.</p>
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