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The Royal Scotsman

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express may be the world's most famous train, but its Scottish sibling, The Royal Scotsman, is the most luxurious. It holds...more

Posted: June 1, 2015    By Larry Olmsted

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Keeping Score

Recently, I was digging through my closet and found my scorecard from a game at Shea Stadium on Oct. 11th, 1986. As soon as I opened it, I heard the...more

Posted: April 1, 2015    By James Molesworth

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On a cold winter night at home, with the fire roaring, fine cigars clipped and single-malt Scotch making the rounds, backgammon provides a snazzy...more

Posted: January 1, 2015    By Michael Kaplan

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Platform Tennis

Imagine tennis remade by the minds behind mixed martial arts. The surface is as rough and gritty as sandpaper. The court, shrunk to about a third the...more

Posted: December 1, 2014    By David Savona

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Pinball Wizardry

Walking from work in Manhattan one dark, cold night, I peer to my right and stop in my tracks. The sight is unexpected, and brings me back to my...more

Posted: October 1, 2014    By David Savona

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Drive-In Movies

While not as widespread as in its heyday of the 1950s and ’60s, the drive-in movie theater is a bit of American pop cultural that manages to be at...more

Posted: August 1, 2014    By Jack Bettridge

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Neoteric HoverGolf Cart

The most impressive feature of the Neoteric HoverGolf Cart is not that it can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour, or that, unlike other hovercraft,...more

Posted: June 16, 2014    By Andrew Nagy

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Secret Doors

Without a doubt, the most delightful feature of a secret door is its trigger. For Adam West’s Batman, a switch hidden within a bust of Shakespeare...more

Posted: June 1, 2014    By Andrew Nagy

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Tough Mudder

Before you go, you’ll sign a death waiver. After you’re done, you’ll be picking off mud for a week while nursing bruises. In between, you’ll...more

Posted: February 1, 2014    By James Molesworth

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Sabering Champagne

The party had just begun, and our hosts Chris and Krissie produced a frigid bottle of Bollinger and a gleaming steel sword. “What’s that for?”...more

Posted: December 1, 2013    By David Savona

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Fly on a Trapeze

If you’re a daring young man (or woman), part of the dream of running away with the circus probably includes taking a swing on the flying trapeze....more

Posted: October 1, 2013    By Jack Bettridge

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To every kid who ever dreamed of a career as a secret agent, it seemed totally plausible that a jet pack would be one of the tools of the trade. We...more

Posted: August 1, 2013   

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Orvis Fly-Fishing School

The comedian Steven Wright dryly observes, “There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.” Orvis fly-fishing...more

Posted: June 1, 2013    By Alejandro Benes

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Learn to Sail

Bestselling maritime historian Nathaniel Philbrick often charters cruising sailboats to explore the sea passages and coastal scenes that he writes...more

Posted: April 1, 2013    By Marc Wortman

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The Quadski

You’re comfortably perched atop the Quadski, a next-generation recreational vehicle that’s a hybrid all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and personal...more

Posted: February 1, 2013    By Andrew Nagy

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Super Slot Car Layouts

The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca is one of the most daunting curves in racing, but you come barreling out of the turn looking like a pro. Your ride...more

Posted: December 1, 2012    By John Thompson

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Space Tourism

Ready to blast off on the adventure of a lifetime? The sky is no longer your limit. The North Pole, Everest, deep-sea diving: these things are all...more

Posted: November 6, 2012    By G. Clay Whittaker

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You’ve trudged up flight after flight in a replica of a Mayan tower only to climb into a small trough, helpless on an inner tube, legs sprawled as...more

Posted: August 31, 2012    By Jack Bettridge

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River Rafting

Whitewater rafting can be a river roller coaster or a gentle float through nature’s glory. Either way it’s some of the best wet fun...more

Posted: June 1, 2012    By Marc Wortman

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Drive a Steam Engine

It’s monstrous, even at rest. So big that you have to lean your head way out the cab window to see the front end. It smokes, bangs, steams and...more

Posted: April 1, 2012    By Marc Wortman

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