Nine Amazing Places to View the Northern Lights

Nine Amazing Places to View the Northern Lights

Take a long look at any traveler bucket list and it’s likely that seeing the Northern Lights is a big priority, if it hasn’t already been crossed off. This natural phenomenon lights up the sky with beautiful greens, purples, reds, and yellows, and is caused by the collision of solar wind with magnetospheric charged particles (don’t worry – that’s the sciencey bit over and done with)! Although it’s best known for its northern cameos, it can be witnessed in many different areas of the world. Named after the Roman Goddess of dawn, Aurora, you’re more likely to catch a glimpse of this natural light show where light pollution is low. Normally, you’ll see the lights between 5pm and 2am, when the sky is clear. The lights aren’t very predictable – so luck has to be on your side – but they are more commonly witnessed between September and March in northernmost countries. Sweden – Torneträsk Up in Swedish Lapland, Torneträsk is a picturesque lake, even if ‘träsk’ does mean ‘swamp’ in standard Swedish! You’re most likely to see the lights on a cool, dark night with little moonlight and clear skies. In the winter, Torneträsk often freezes over, so you will enjoy the Northern Lights from a frozen wonderland. Sweden – Jukkasjärvi Another Swedish lake, Jukkasjärvi used to be a Sami marketplace and is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. However, this destination is best known for its iconic Ice Hotel, which has become world-famous for its amazing architecture. Every year, this jaw-dropping inn is rebuilt from snow and ice, including the chairs and beds. Artists from all over the world are asked to create individual, annual decorations – there is even a bar with glasses made of ice! The Ice Chapel is a firm favourite for marrying couples, even if the structure remains below freezing at -5°C (pretty chilly!). From this frozen palace, you can also catch the Northern Lights when it occurs. Iceland – Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park Þingvellir is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland, and for a good reason! It’s home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. It also boasts one of the oldest parliaments in the world, Alþingi, which was established in 930 and stayed in this National Park until 1798. There are great hiking trails and camping grounds, as well as scuba diving for the very brave! Seeing as Iceland is so sparsely populated, light pollution is unlikely to be a problem, making this one of the best places in the world to catch the Northern Lights. Read the rest of this post here. This article is courtesy of...

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“Ghosbusters” Tour NYC

“Ghosbusters” Tour NYC

This mockumentary, created by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman of Red Letter Media, takes the viewer on a “Ghosbusters“ tour of New York City. The two hosts in this mockumentary have some, uh, problems, shall we say. Random Trivia: did you know that the song “Magic,” which appears in Ghostbusters during the film’s highest moment of tension, did not net the song’s writer and performer, Mick Smiley, a record deal? The song was included in the movie’s official soundtrack, but Smiley was unable to secure a record contract despite the film’s wild popularity. A few years after Ghostbusters, Smiley wrote the song “Kiss Me Deadly” for rock superstar Lita Ford. The song went platinum, but Smiley still couldn’t snag a record deal for himself. Sigh..record executives..when learn they...

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Guess What? It’s Never Lupus

Guess What? It’s Never Lupus

Anyone familiar with the Television show House will be exceedingly familiar with lupus. Lupus is a rare auto immune disease that has no cure and has so many different and varied symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose. Nevertheless, it seems like in every episode of the show, the patient House and his team are diagnosing will exhibit one of the innumerable symptoms of the disease, which causes one of the doctors (usually Dr. Cameron) to suggest it as the cause. Despite this high rate of finger pointing, only once in the entire history of the show did the diagnosis end up being lupus. Enjoy this montage of lupus related hijinks taken by splicing clips from the...

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Harry Potter, If Harry Potter was More Awesome

Harry Potter, If Harry Potter was More Awesome

Ah, how young we all were, watching as the first Harry Potter movie was released in 2001, a fanciful romp that wouldn’t have looked out of place with a Disney sticker slapped on it. Of course we had no idea that 10 years and 7 movies later, the last incarnation of the Potter movies would be released and shock the world with its pure, unadulterated, wizard violence. Imagine if the first movie were that intense. Well now you don’t have to anymore! A few years ago, talented comedian Brad Neely released “Wizard People, Dear Readers,” a colorful retelling of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone shown as an audio overdub played with the film. The comedy is rife, as is the action: Harry is an all powerful wizard struggling to overcome his urge to kill his family with fire, and occasionally slips up (as when he frags his cousin Roast Beefy with a Glass Be Gone spell and knocks his generous white tushy into the snake enclosure.) Enjoy the first two chapters here, the rest of the tale may be found at your local...

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