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Nobody Knows What To Do With This Insane Igloo Hotel In Alaska

A wood-and-urethane igloo hotel has stood sentinel on the Parks Highway to Alaska's Denali National Park for over forty years, never once being occupied or operational. Tourists love posing with it, but nobody seems interested in running it, even at a bargain-basement price of $300,000. » 5/01/14 10:22am 5/01/14 10:22am

6-Year-Old Boy Rides Van Roof for 3 Miles Along Alaska Highway

When a six-year-old boy in Alaska climbed onto the roof of his parents' van as it sat in their driveway, he probably wasn't expecting to take a ride along a highway while still atop the van. Unfortunately, for the boy and his parents, that's just what happened, and the boy fell from the van's roof after three miles. » 7/02/13 10:13pm 7/02/13 10:13pm

Attention: This Shell Arctic Ready Website Is Also A Hoax

When Shell announced that they would be exploring opportunities to drill for oil off of Alaska's coast, a grassroots movement of bad publicity was started. First there was the mini oil rig explosion in early June and then there was arcticready.com, a purported Shell social media contest gone horribly wrong. » 7/18/12 1:40pm 7/18/12 1:40pm

Land Rover Defender Crosses Bering Strait From Russia To Alaska

As part of an amazing trip from the UK to Alaska, a British farmer crossed the 56-mile-wide Bering Strait in his Land Rover. The 2007 Defender 110 was the latest vehicle in a development process that began back in 2004. Two giant flotation devices were fitted to each side of the SUV, which had been stripped down to… » 8/25/08 3:40pm 8/25/08 3:40pm

American City With Most Taxis Per Capita?

Yep, it's Bethel, Alaska! With 70 taxis serving a population of 5,900, Bethel's 1:84 cab/resident ratio blows away New York City's miserable 1:149 figure. The reason? Bethel is inaccessible by road, so all vehicles must be flown or barged in; add to that the $5/gallon cost of gas and it just makes sense to call a cab.… » 7/18/07 4:30pm 7/18/07 4:30pm

Hawaiian Man Dies In Alaskan Moose Wreck

This story, grim as it may be, reminds me of the William Faulkner quote, delivered in France in 1959 (the year Alaska and Hawaii were made the 49th and 50th states): "The difference between my country and your country is that we're still adding stars to our flag!" Yeah, Bill had had a few nips at the ol' flask by that… » 7/16/07 3:30pm 7/16/07 3:30pm

In Russia, Alaska Tunnels You! Bering Strait Access Plan Pondered

A patchwork of state organizations and private companies are forwarding a $65 billion plan to dig a tunnel under the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. The project would serve dual purposes of transport way and pipeline from Siberia's oil reserves. It would also bring the dream of driving around the world to the… » 4/25/07 11:36am 4/25/07 11:36am