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The world's ugliest (but coolest) dogs

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is an event celebrated annually in Petaluma, California. While it might sound a bit cruel, the competition isn't about making fun of the dogs. In fact, it's about celebrating the unique characteristics of our canine friends. For dogs, beauty isn't always the most important factor. Just think of some of the most popular breeds! From pugs to French bulldogs, it's often the funkiest-looking creatures that are the most beloved. This year, Wild Thang, an unruly eight-year-old Pekingese, was crowned the winner of the 2024 Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma on June 23. Wild Thang had entered the competition three times in the past but was always a runner-up. According to his bio, he contracted the viral disease distemper as a foster rescue which causes his tongue to stick out. His rock star hair, however, is all-natural. As the grand prize winner, Wild Thang received US$5,000 and a trophy, as well as the admiration of the contest's thousands of fans. A scruffy pooch with a lopsided tongue might be the underdog elsewhere, but in this competition, they're the top dog! To meet the various 'ugly' contestants and winners through the years, click through the gallery.


The Most Beautiful Small Towns In Every State

Why yes, we would love to reside in a place where we can pan for sapphires.


Mega-mansion secrets of the super-rich and famous

From billionaire basements to celebrity closets and secret bunkers, we've uncovered the real estate secrets of the world's most luxurious houses


These Garden Arches Can Transform Your Backyard Into a Beautiful Oasis

Adding visual interest to your outdoor space has never been easier.


China tourist survives killer Kenya floods by clinging to tree in her underwear overnight

Woman rips her way out of ravaged tent carrying two phones in mouth, spends night up tree, watches videos of her pet dog to keep spirits up A tourist from China has told how she managed to escape a deadly flood in Kenya by spending 12 hours up a tree, losing all her luggage before emerging from the raging water wearing just a T-shirt and underwear....


The most terrifying and dangerous creatures living underwater

The oceans and wetlands are inhabited by some of the most lethal creatures on Earth. Consider the hidden dangers beneath the surface of the water the next time you go swimming in the sea or take a leisurely paddle in a river! These aquatic animals range from poisonous to outright vicious. Intrigued? Click through this gallery to see the most dangerous water-dwellers in the world.


Lifeboatmen race towards schoolboy who had plunged off 60ft cliff

A schoolboy had been on a school field trip when he posed for a photo near the edge of the cliffs at Old Harry Rocks, Dorset. He lost his footing close to the precipice and fell over the edge. Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were rushed to the scene.


Manchester Airport apologises for cancellations after electrical fault

Manchester Airport's Managing Director, Chris Woodroofe has apologised for flight cancellations following an electrical fault.


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


Surfing legend Actor Tamayo Perry killed in shark attack in Hawaii

Surfing legend Tamayo Perry, who once appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean, was killed Sunday in a shark attack while surfing off the shores of Oahu.


The world's 15 most unloved countries are a must-visit

Some places fly under the radar despite an abundance of natural beauty, culture or history, whether because they're hard to reach or don't feature too much on travellers' wish lists. These are the 15 least-visited countries in the world – and why you should consider going...


Secret mountain pass to dodge traffic in wealthy enclave of Jackson

A secret route known only to locals in Idaho's Teton Valley is becoming the talk of the town as residents seek alternatives to the congested main roads leading to Jackson, Wyoming.


Life in the village that hosts Glastonbury festival

What is it really like living next door to one of the world's biggest outdoor music festivals.


32 Rare Vintage Shots Taken at London’s Famous Claridge’s Hotel

The famous hotel is a favorite among royalty and Hollywood stars.


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!


9 Places To Retire That Are Just Like Colorado But Way Cheaper

Plenty of people are drawn to places like Florida for their retirement, looking for warmer weather and a more laid-back lifestyle. For those who lean more towards an outdoorsy life -- and that don't...


13 Beautiful City Skyline Photos Snapped Around the World

Dazzling views from the top await.


Beautiful and strange locations made famous by movies

Films take great care in choosing their locations, selecting places with profound character and a lasting visual impact. So, take advantage of all that effort and check out this gallery to start compiling your travel itinerary of endlessly interesting places made famous by films.


These Dog-Friendly Hotels Will Pamper Your Pup in Luxury

Save this for your next road trip.


It's Official: We Found the 40 Prettiest Flowers in the World

How many of these breathtaking beauties do you recognize? As is often the case with beautiful things, we've given flowers meaning—so much so that even looking at one can make you feel more alive. A plain red rose has become a romantic expression of love and sunny daffodils represent the rebirth of the planet every spring. Of course, because they're plants, we also use them in more practical ways: Silky flower petals have been crushed and distilled into essential oils and perfumes for centuries, and we've figured out how to eat some of them and make tea with select leaves, stalks, and blooms. But to put it simply, the joy of admiring a gorgeous, colorful flower is unmatched. (Though we should note that some are best admired from afar because of toxicity.) Not to mention, no two flowers are exactly the same. Some rise out of the water to bloom while others sprout vines that go where they want…permanently decorating the side of your house. Even low bushes can produce incredible blossoms, like giant peonies, and if you've ever sat under a cherry blossom tree with a cool breeze blowing tiny petals around you, you know how magnificent flowering trees can be. A person who loves flowers is called an "anthophile," and if this describes you, you'll probably recognize most—if not all—of the flowers below. Rare or common, bright or soft, simple or complex, these beautiful flowers from around the world are certainly sights to behold.


15 Things You Wish Someone Told You About Traveling To Japan For The First Time

Traveling to Japan feels like stepping into a world where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with cutting-edge modernity for most travelers. But there’s a lot more to discover beyond the well-trodden paths leading to majestic temples, vibrant cherry blossoms, and ultra-fast bullet trains. While these iconic sights are a must-see, Japan’s daily rhythms and cultural nuances offer a deeper, richer travel experience often overlooked by the casual visitor. Here's your guide to uncovering 15 underrated yet crucial tips that will help you navigate and appreciate the Land of the Rising Sun like a seasoned traveler.


Photos: the luxury Italian resort where G7 leaders and celebs gather


Renowned British explorer to cross the Atlantic in a hydrogen balloon

Explorer Sir David Hempleman-Adams and two friends aim to be the first to fly the Atlantic in an open-basket hydrogen balloon.


Heading to Milan? These Are the 21 Travel Essentials to Pack

Don’t leave the house without these jet-setter must-haves.


Learn more about Luxembourg

Diminutive Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest nations. But what it lacks in size it makes up for with an astonishing variety of unique visitor attractions. The Grand Duchy's capital, Luxembourg City, delivers an impressive assortment of outstanding monuments and points of interest, collected together in a historic UNESCO-listed core. Further afield, the country unfolds over a blanket of forested hills peppered with stunning medieval castles crowning idyllic towns and villages. The Moselle River flows through this region of the continent, where some of Europe's best wines are produced. So, have you got a thirst for adventure? Click through and learn more about Luxembourg.


Crisscrossing your way through Croatia

Croatia, a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, is a Mediterranean nation of rare beauty. With its island-speckled coastline lapped by crystalline sapphire seas, this is a country imbued with a maritime heritage as old as antiquity. Travel inland, and you're met with a stunning landscape of forests, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. The gem in Croatia's cultural crown is Dubrovnik, but other cities sparkle, too, including Split, Hvar, and Trogir. It's a destination to explore at leisure, either by boat or on foot. Either way, this really is a place of compelling contrast. Already packed? Click through for an exciting itinerary of where to go and what to see.


No sign of Jay Slater after days of searching Tenerife

Police are scouring ravines in the the Spanish island for the 19-year-old, who vanished last Monday.


30 Rare Photographs Taken at Chateau Marmont

The iconic Hollywood hotel has been a favorite among celebrities for nearly 100 years.


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.


New injunction by council to stop travellers digging out hillside

People living below Nantyglo Rugby Club in Blaenau, Gwent, reported that a traveller group began excavating the site in April.


The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.


We took a road trip to Iraq via 21 countries - and ended up staying longer than expected...

Johannes and Anna converted a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser into a livable home, and set out from their home in the Netherlands on a long trip through some dangerous countries.


21 Creative Ways to Use Rocks in Your Landscaping

Carve out naturally beautiful borders, stairs, and sitting areas.


Yes, You Can Book a Stay at These Celeb-Approved Hotels

You might get starstruck at these luxury properties.


After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


Couple transforms 'plain' home into beautiful 'Palm Springs' escape

An oceanside property 200m away from one of Australia's most stunning beaches has just hit the market - and buyers are sure to swoon over its 'magazine-worthy' remodel.


The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for nonstop activity or total relaxation. While traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, going somewhere alone has its perks. You get to choose everything — the destination, the hotel, the itinerary, the restaurants, how much money you spend and beyond. Only one opinion matters...yours. It's also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you so choose), unplug, rejuvenate and bask in moments of reflection — or even just escape reality for a few days. Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list. The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S. Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.


A New Yorker took her first solo trip to Greece at 38. She loved the slower pace of life so much that she moved there.

Marissa Rodriguez went on vacation to Greece aged 38, and ended up staying for 3 years on digital nomad visa.


Technical problem forces Boeing 777 operated by KLM to return to Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -A Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Dutch airline KLM returned to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Sunday after reporting an unspecified technical problem, national air traffic control said. Flight KLM705 destined for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil turned around over Belgium after requesting to land as a precaution, a spokesperson for Dutch air traffic control said. It was unclear


13 Amusement Parks in the U.S. That Are Completely Free to Enter

A few even charge you nothing for parking and entertainment. Amusement parks are synonymous with so many wonderful things: fun in the sun, rollercoasters and carousels, games galore and delicious food. And all in a colorful, jubilant, family-friendly setting. The only issue? Joy like that does not typically come cheap. Or can it? Well, at these 13 amusement parks across the U.S., from the Golden to the Garden States, you can save on one very important front: entry. While the vast majority of amusement parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens — require tickets just to walk through the gates, these resorts and parks do not. Of course, if you want to ride the rides or snack on the snacks, you'll still have to open your wallet. (A good thing can only go so far!) But if you're someone who's more about the vibes than the rides, this is the list for you. Make sure you scroll to the bottom: There's one very famous park that's about to go "open gate" with its water parks for guests staying on property. (Hint: It's home to a special mouse!)


9 Underrated Areas to Get a Vacation Home

These under-the-radar destinations are the perfect place to kick back and relax.


22 Adults-Only Resorts for a Well-Deserved Vacation

These romantic retreats have everything you need—except children.


3 Veteran Restaurateurs on Navigating the New Realities of the Hospitality Business

'We live in a very chaotic time. We don’t know how this movie will end.'


Food favorites that may soon be extinct

For many of us, food is more than just sustenance. It's a window into a variety of cultures around the world, or an expression of love that comes from a parent, friend, or significant other. However, what happens when some of the key ingredients in our favorite dishes are no longer available for our use? Well, we may soon find out. Barley is one of many ingredients that are in jeopardy, and it’s all thanks to climate change. This means we will soon have to say goodbye to cool, refreshing beer. It’s being predicted that beer consumption around the world will decline by 16%, while prices for the refreshing beverage are likely to double. The really bad news is that isn't all. Tequila prices are likely to shoot up due to increased demand for the liquor in New York and Tokyo, specifically. While tequila itself might not go extinct, quality tequila may, as the increased pressure on production is not allowing the agave plants to develop to their full maturity. With numerous farmers using immature plants, how long will it be before we're all drinking from the bottom-shelf tequila bottle? And not even hummus is safe! Chickpeas are also facing difficulties in meeting their demand, as temperatures in countries like India (the world's lead exporter of chickpeas) have risen and droughts have become more numerous. These are just a few examples, but there are plenty of other foods that may very well be gone for good, and very soon at that. If you're a big fan of margaritas, hummus, or a nice, cold pint, you better click through this gallery to learn which items you'll need to start buying in bulk before they disappear… forever!


Aussie airline launches new route to popular tourist destination

Jetstar announced on Monday it would introduce two new trans-Tasman routes with flights from Queensland to New Zealand.


The deadliest surf spots on the planet

Surfing in extreme conditions can be a life-threatening experience, but many thrill-seeking surfers still keep chasing the biggest swells and the most challenging waves on the planet in search of the ultimate ride. Click through this gallery and get to know the most dangerous surf spots in the world.


Discover the most astonishing beaches of Africa

Africa is a fantastically diverse continent, where vast stretches of velvety sand, endless horizons of sparkling waters, and vibrant sea life await. But where to begin? By combining the travel wisdom of over 1,200 journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies, Flight Network put together an extensive catalog of African beaches ranked by their untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature. Click through to see the 30 best of the best.


Thrifty China student goes from Shanghai to Singapore by bus in 29 days for only US$400

Adventurous Shanghai student enjoys challenge, says ground travel is best A university student from China who spent 29 days travelling by bus from Shanghai to Singapore at a cost of just 3,000 yuan (US$400) has divided opinion on mainland social media. Jiang Xia, 23, a final year student in Shanghai, decided to undertake the unique challenge before...


31 Rare Vintage Photos of Palm Beach

The glamorous Florida town has attracted socialites, celebs, and even royalty through the years.