Sunday Stories for November 9th, 2014

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It’s been a tough week, and for the first time that I can remember, I’ve struggled to recover from jet lag. Typically, I can shake it off in a day, two at the most. This time, on my return from Greece, I found myself awake at 1 and 2 a.m. with no hope of returning to sleep. It made for some painfully long days, but I finally got a good sleep through the night, waking up at my normal time. All in place to head off to Boston in the morning. Sigh. The life of travel.

Here are a few stories that caught my eye this week. Take a read; I think you’ll enjoy them as well.

Ranking The Best & Worst State Tourism Slogans

Washington is the only state that doesn’t have a state tourism office or DMO (destination marketing organization). I guess it’s no surprise then that our state tourism slogan, “Washington, the State” ranks at the bottom of list of state slogans and taglines.

With hundreds of millions of dollars up for grabs each season, you better believe that each state in the United States is doing everything possible to attract as many visitors as possible. That means producing big-budget TV commercials, developing state-of-the-art websites and more. But before all that takes place, usually job one is crafting a state tourism slogan.

This guy is giving away a round-the-world plane ticket to anyone with his ex-girlfriend’s name

Here’s further proof that changing or canceling an airline ticket is a spendy proposition. If you’re name is Elizabeth Gallagher, and you have a Canadian passport, you may be able to scoop up the found-the-world ticket for free.

He wrote: ‘In March I booked a fairly wicked trip around the world for this Christmas for my ex and I. While our relationship has come to a close, I am still planning on going on the trip and she is not (naturally). And because I hate the idea of a ticket around the world going to waste, I am looking for a Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher who could use the ticket.’

The Art of Making Ham

It’s all about quality control, and making sure that what’s label as prosciutto di Parma is, in fact, prosciutto di Parma. If you’re a fan of truth in labeling, you’ll appreciate the extent to which Italy is protecting their brands.

In the winter of 2008, police officials in northern Italy seized 1,000 suspicious hams from supermarkets, warehouses and family-run shops, pegged as Prosciutto di Parma imposters. The counterfeit ring was foiled when a special task force of food detectives recognized an irregularity in the famous five-pointed Parma crown that comes stamped onto every leg of authentic prosciutto.


Cat lovers want to open Seattle’s first cat cafe – Seattle’s Big Blog

Kitty pics get a lot of attention on Facebook. Bash away all you wish, but the likes and share don’t lie. If a few Seattle-ites have their way, you can enjoy your online time with a furry friend at Seattle’s first cat cafe. Following the idea from a few other cat cafes around the world, and giving it that special Seattle style, the idea is currently wrapped up in a crowdfunding campaign.The concept is a combination cafe and cat adoption program, with a work area for patrons that allow bonding between these furry friends – fall in love, take one home with you. I think it’s a purrrrrfect idea.

Everyone’s had this experience, right? You’re in a coffee shop enjoying a hot Americano and croissant and Facebooking on your MacBook, but something’s missing. Like … a cat in your lap. Thrusting his head under your hand for a pet while you’re trying to type.

Visiting Majani: ‘The Laboratory of Sweet Things’

Another Italy food-related post, this one focusing on the sweets in the area. You’ll want to be packing a bag and booking a flight after reading this story.

There are many old shops with appealing window displays in the historic district of Bologna that beg passersby to step inside. While the city is better known for its artisanal traditions of mortadella and salumi; ragu sauces, and sfoglia (handmade egg pasta twisted into wonderful shapes), another not-to-be missed culinary shrine for visitors is Casa Majani 1796.

Read original article here: Visiting Majani: ‘The Laboratory of Sweet Things’

The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity

IFTTT stands for If This Then That, and is a wonderful productivity hack that matches actions up in a way that saves time and effort. For example, I have all my Instagram photos saved to a dropbox folder, so that I have easy access to the photos whether I’m on my phone or my laptop. That’s just one of many “recipes” (as they’re called) that allow you to mix and match tools that you use to save precious minutes and hours in your day. This list is a great starting point to see what IFTTT can do for you.

IFTTT is one of our favorite tools (and one that I’d imagine you might love as well). We use IFTTT in a number of neat ways here at Buffer, and there are loads of different options available through IFTTT for powering up your social media marketing. I thought I’d share a few of our favorites and some that might help you work smarter, too.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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