Travel Info - North America
AMERICA - TORNADO
ALLEY - Form storm
chasers, a nice day is letdown.
Every summer, these meteorological disaster buffs scour the midwestern
plains from Texas to North Dakota and from Colorado to Indiana, driving
hundreds of kilometers a day in hopes of witnessing a striated
supercell storm, an ice-blender hail core, a laminar-outflow
stogie or-best of all-a tornado.
Prompted by the success of the movie Twister, half a dozen bad-weather
experts have begun advertising storm-chasing safaris. Success isn't
most days are spent consulting meteorological data, racing to the next
potential hot spot, or visiting tourist sites. Bookings can be taken
for the tornado
season, from May to July. All participants must sign a liability
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More About America
though not The
referred to as America) is the area including the land mass located
Ocean and the Atlantic
Ocean, generally divided into North
America and South
America. The term usually includes the Caribbean,
the islands in and around the Caribbean
Sea & GreenlandIceland,
for cultural & historical reasons. The isthmus
America is usually considered geographically part of North
America. The Americas are often described collectively as the Western
Hemisphere or the New
that there are two continents, North America and South America. However
the use of America to refer to the New World as a whole is also used in
English, such as in the common phrase “Christopher
Columbus discovered America”. Some consider that America be
as one continent.
also appears thematically; for example, the five rings of the Olympic
flag represent the habitable continents; only one of the five
all of the Americas.
who live in the Americas
are sometimes referred to as being American,
although the word ‘American’ is used much more commonly, and, indeed,
exclusively in English,
to refer to a citizen
of the United
States of America. The Spanish
language uses norteamericano (‘North American’) or estadounidense
‘United Statesian’) when referring to U.S. citizens, and the French
language which sometimes accepts états-unien
for women). In Portuguese,
people born in United States of America are termed norteamericano or
| INTERESTING INFO
- In August 1892. an event occurred in Massachusetts which so intrigued
the world it was even incorporated into children's rhymes: "Lizzie
took an ax..." A court found that Lizzie hadn't given her father and
40 whacks, but most students of the infamous double murder have since
that Borden was guilty.
Examine the scene yourself: the Second Street site of the killings
is now the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, where you can spend a night
in the room where Abbey Borden's body was found and eat a breakfast
to the one consumed by Andrew and Abbey the morning they were killed.
dine in the room where autopsies on the couple were performed.
| DARKER PASSIONS
AMERICA - LOS
- To fully appreciate a foreign culture, you
must understand its darker passions. In Los Angeles, that means police
pursuits through the city's maze of highways.
LA television networks routinely
abandon scheduled programs to bring live images of these
battles to hungry viewers.
Some people even have membership with some type of pursuit watch
company that tells them when their local media covers live police
pursuits. Before, they had to rely on word of mouth, or a “breaking
news” alert on the radio or TV. But now, thanks to today’s
technology, members can be alerted through a pager or by a telephone