1. Lego reveals that theme park staff has started sanding down the “sharp” edges of bricks at Legoland in Windsor, England, after new EU health and safety rules come into effect.
2. Hotels.com announces plans for off-shore “pontrooms” for soccer fans attending the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Reached by boat and serviced from the mainland by an amphibious front desk, the rooms run from five-star "Ile Flottante Suites" — with Jacuzzis and canopy beds — to glass-bottomed Aquari Rooms.
3. The Hotel Erwin in Venice, Calif., unveils an “ink and stay” package that includes $100 toward a tattoo and a bottle of tequila to numb the pain. A $500 bonus is offered if the tattoo says “I Heart Hotel Erwin.”
4. With hotel rooms in London scarce and expensive during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and with traffic restrictions in the U.K. capital making life difficult for cabbies, David Weekes launches “Hail-A-Hotel” (pictured below), a traditional black hackney carriage that transforms into overnight accommodations.
5. Virgin Atlantic begins growing fresh herbs and vegetables in a specifically designed patch (pictured above) in the galley of all aircraft for Upper Class passengers.
6. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer unveils plans to build Titanic II (pictured below), which will have the same dimensions as its predecessor — 840 rooms and nine decks – but will be “designed so it won't sink," the mining and tourism tycoon says.
7. Virgin Airlines and Nest Labs join forces to bring “Total Temperature Control” to the airline, allowing passengers to personalize the climate at their seats.
8. Switzerland’s Gemsstock ski resort becomes so concerned about the short-term summer shrinkage of its Gurschen glacier (pictured below) that it starts wrapping plastic fleece around an area of ice the size of six football fields.
9. Parque EcoAlberto, a Mexican ecological reserve about 800 kilometres south of the real U.S. border, launches the “caminata nocturna” guided night hike, in which participants follow a fake smuggler under real barbed wire fences in an effort to cross a fake border patrolled by fake police officers with real guns that shoot blanks.
10. WestJet Airlines launches its "Kargo Kids" program, creating a separate "VIP" area for children in aircraft.
ANSWERS: 1: Fake. 2: Fake. 3: Real. 4: Real. 5: Fake. 6: Real. 7: Fake. 8: Real. 9: Real. 10: Fake.