We all know the news can be strange these days, but every so often, you see a story that really makes you scratch your head. Like the man who set out to run across the ocean inside a floating bubble . Many people were inspired by this. Others saw it as an attention-grab. There were also one or two voices raised about the $140,000 in U.S. Coast Guard funds that went toward rescuing the man between Florida and Bermuda.Read More
AirBnb has been one of the great success stories — perhaps the single greatest — of the hospitality industry in recent years. Countless blogs, business journals and news programs have sung its praises whilst many conference hours and many column centimetres have been devoted to demonizing its impact on the hotel industry.
The 19th century was arguably the zenith of con-artistry. A traveling salesman would set up a public demonstration to convince the townspeople that snake oil had miraculous properties, or that certain investment opportunities simply could not fail. Often times there would be a shill or stooge — a planted audience member who lent “objective credibility” to the scheme. Using these and other tactics, the mysterious visitors would fill their pockets and leave town.Read More