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Pi Day: 4 Places to Celebrate π on March 14

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 13th 2014 01:43 PM
Pi Day is March 14, 3/14.
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Pi Day: March 14, also 3/14, marks the day the world celebrates pi, the mathematical constant that defines the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The number hovers around 3.14 (hence the date chosen to honor it), but its decimal places go on infinitely. Mathematicians have been chasing after π 's exact value for thousands of years, to no avail.

Obviously, something so mysterious must be heralded. Here are four ways people are celebrating the holiday around the United States.
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Mad Men Season 7 Trailer: Don Draper Deplanes. But Where Is He?

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 7th 2014 10:17 AM
Mad Men season 7 trailer shows Don Draper deplaning.
AMC
Yesterday AMC released the first trailer for Mad Men season 7, which premiers on April 13. The 15-second enigmatic clip shows Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) deplaning a TWA aircraft, which is nice because the presence of the airplane allows a travel website to write about the show.
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'Airplane!' Cast Reunites for Wisconsin Tourism Ad

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 4th 2014 12:54 PM
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Cast and crew members of the 1980 cult comedy Airplane! reunited recently to shoot a series of ads for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
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Academy Awards Season or Not: 5 Spots to Gawk at Celebrities in Los Angeles

by Eli Ellison. Posted Feb 28th 2014 10:15 AM
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, run up to 2014 Academy Awards
Angela Weiss/FilmMagicAt Sunday's Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence and dozens of other actors will pose for photographers. Here's where you can find them in Los Angeles when they're not on a red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey will schmooze their way down the Academy Awards red carpet this Sunday, and almost certainly you won't be in attendance to gawk and yell, "Marry me, Jen!" Tickets for the bleacher seats fronting Hollywood's Dolby Theatre were distributed months ago to Oscar superfans via social media. So where else in Los Angeles can out-of-towners see celebs in their Botox flesh? Tail the TMZ parasites paparazzi to these locales:
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5 U.S. Cities Pope Francis Should Visit

by Graham Shelby. Posted Feb 27th 2014 11:44 AM
Vatican, Rome, Italy. 19th February 2014. General Audience of 19 February 2014 - Pope Francis drinks the mate offered by a pilgr
Alamy
The pope is coming.

That's the word, anyway. There's no official confirmation (otherwise it'd be The Word), but recent reports have stated that Pope Francis may be planning his first papal visit to the United States. He'll likely attend the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 with a possible stop in New York to address the United Nations.

Here's hoping the pontiff takes the opportunity to see a little more of the country during his visit. These five cities are good fits.
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'Bridges of Madison County' Musical: Iowa Setting Obeys Broadway's Expectations

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 20th 2014 10:15 AM
Bridges of Madison County, musical
Bridges of Madison County musicalThe Bridges of Madison County musical brings Iowa to Broadway.
As The Bridges of Madison County musical opens today on Broadway, sales of the book by Robert James Waller are expected to resurge. Rentals of the 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep also should get a bump.

But better than the book, the movie and the musical combined is a visit to the real Madison County and those beautiful and very real covered bridges.
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Burnt Out on New York Fashion Week? Little Rock's Purse Museum Exhibits the Sexy and Empowered

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 11th 2014 10:22 AM
Nancy Nolan
On the surface, Esse Purse Museum is, yes, a fun museum about purses. Located in the trendy South Main district of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Esse collection includes more than 3,500 purses, handbags, clutches, totes or any other name you want to call the things we carry to hold all the things we need to carry.
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Oslo Hotel Protests Russia's Anti-Gay Laws with 'Russian Kiss' Music Video

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 10th 2014 02:43 PM
The Thief
During the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Oslo, Norway hotel The Thief is protesting Russia's anti-gay laws. In addition to greeting guests on the games; opening day, with same-, mixed- and interracial couples, the boutique is screening "Russian Kiss" -- a four-minute music video packed with same-sex couples kissing.
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44 Real-World Disney Movie Settings Mapped

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 10th 2014 11:24 AM
THE LITTLE MERMAID (ANI - 1989) ANIMATED CREDIT DISNEY LMRD 020

Looking to take your Disney fanaticism beyond Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruises? This map shows the real-world settings for 44 Disney films.
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Never Mind the Ed Sullivan Theater, Abbey Road Is the Top Beatles Travel Spot

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 7th 2014 04:05 PM
BEATLES FIRST CONCERT AUCTION
Associated Press
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four's first U.S. television appearance. To commemorate the occasion, New York City's Ed Sullivan theater (now home to The Late Show with David Letterman) unveiled a special marquee; the New York Port Authority placed a historical marker at JFK International Airport, where The Beatles held their first press conference; and CBS is airing a two-hour tribute Sunday at 8 p.m. EST, "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute."

But just as Abbey Road is the group's best-selling album, a visit to the setting of its iconic cover -- outside Abbey Road Studios in London -- has got to be the top Beatles-related travel destination. (Just watch the Abbey Road Crossing Cam and count the photo shoots.) Here are some of the better shots we found online.
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