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12 facts about the emoticon’s history that may surprise you

12 facts about the emoticon’s history that may surprise you

YOU PROBABLY take emoticons for granted. I do. Colon-parenthesis is a smile. Semi-colon-parenthesis is a wink. Colon-capital-P is a tongue sticking out. For many of you these have probably been a part of your vocabulary since you remember. They just are. But they haven’t always been. Here’s a history lesson for you.

10 tips for buying a camera tripod

10 tips for buying a camera tripod

Learn how to be a travel journalist — check out the curricula at MatadorU today.ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT investments you can make when buying accessories for a camera is a sturdy tripod.Here are the top 10 things you’ll want to know before investing in one:CostEveryone wants to get the best deal they can but, a cheap tripod will not enhance your photography.

8 travel tips I learned from I Love Lucy

8 travel tips I learned from I Love Lucy

I recently watched a classic American television special, “The Ricardos Go to Japan.” This was special to me for two reasons:I’m an American living in Japan, and I loved seeing the similarities and differences between the characters’ experience and what I know of Japan.I love I Love Lucy. I own all six seasons.

Traveling to Detroit, the hometown where I never lived

Traveling to Detroit, the hometown where I never lived

These days, when I travel to Detroit it’s mostly for football games or funerals.I suppose it’s odd to call myself a “traveler” to Detroit, the place where I was born and where I lived until I was 22.Actually, let me take that back. I was born in a Detroit hospital; however, I grew up in the suburbs, and in my entire life have probably only spent a total of a few days below 8 Mile Road — yes, that is a real road, not just the name of the movie about Eminem.

How to piss off someone from Pittsburgh

How to piss off someone from Pittsburgh

Every now and then, some advertising campaign thinks it’s funny to use Pittsburgh as the butt of a joke: a travel agency who pretends that’s the worst place on earth you could end up, with the kind of nose-wrinkling condescension that says, “Nobody would EVER voluntarily go there.”For anyone who’s actually lived and loved in da ‘burgh, though…we know the truth.

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

My father and I couldn’t be more different. He’s conservative and traditional, while I’m a creative “free spirit.” He introduces himself to everyone, and I’m more reserved. I yearn for faraway places, and he’s a homebody.We share a certain stubbornness, which is what kept me from listening to his advice for so many years.