Russian caught napping on carousel
A Russian tourist picked an unlikely place for a post-flight nap — the luggage carousel.
Passengers at Domodedovo Airport in Russia were shocked to see the man curled up asleep as they waited for their suitcases to be unloaded.
As the conveyor swung left and right, the man remained oblivious, prompting many to pull out their cameras and smartphones to record the surreal scene.
But as the Daily Mail reported, many were apparently too distracted to notice.
“Incredibly, other passengers appear more concerned with spotting their luggage than the fate of the dozing man in shorts.”
‘Hero’ returns camera from icy oblivion
An Australian photographer who lost her camera during a trip to Antarctica — home to little more than penguins, seals and ice — was amazed when it was returned to her intact.
Hulia Boz, 34, was astounded when an unknown “hero,” believed to be part of an American expedition to the continent, returned the point-and-shoot camera containing once-in-a-lifetime memories.
The man handed the camera to officials in Antarctica, who posted the Sydney woman’s selfies on Facebook, where they were seen by her friends.
“I’m amazed,” she told the Australian Associated Press. “I can’t believe that someone’s actually crossed paths with where we were.”
She added: “I’ve now got a story to tell my grandkids — not only that their grandmother went to Antarctica, but also this crazy story where I got my camera back from the bottom of the earth.”
Barista mixes foamand faces
Fancy a caricature with that cappuccino? A barista in the Philippines is offering incredibly detailed portraits on the top of foam drinks he serves at a café in Manila.
Graphic artist Zach Yonzon, who runs Bunny Baker Café with his wife, creates the mini masterpieces on top of coffee drinks, with Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao among the favourites.
The visual treats are made using a spoon and barbecue skewer dipped in chocolate — and are dished up at no extra cost.
Yonzon says tourists love it. “The most that they’ve ever seen is a leaf or a heart, and that already makes them happy, but I want to go one step further and give them a picture of their baby, their boyfriend, or their favourite cartoon character.”
Stowaway wanted to see big city
A 21-year-old stowaway was plucked “dazed and staggering” from the wheel well of a jet at an Indonesian airport after surviving freezing temperatures at altitudes of 10,000 metres.
Mario Stevan Ambarita was found wobbling and bleeding on the tarmac after the Garuda aircraft landed at Soekarno-Hatta airport on Sumatra island, the Kompas newspaper reported.
Ambarita managed to breach a fence and climb into the plane’s wheel compartment before it took flight, a Garuda spokesman said.
His exact motives are unknown but his family told reporters that he’d always dreamt of escaping small-town life to see the sprawling Indonesian capital Jakarta.
The Garuda spokesman said Ambarita was taken to a clinic for treatment of oxygen deprivation, a bleeding left ear, and fingers that had turned blue.
$675k in loose change for U.S.
The U.S. government is a little flusher today after pocketing nearly $675,000 in loose change left behind by distracted air travellers.
That much in quarters, dimes and other coins was left unclaimed by passengers catching flights last year in the U.S., CNN reported.
That’s a massive 76 per cent increase on the $383,414 collected in 2008.
A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration says it tries to return items left behind at security checkpoints — including loose change — but if the money goes unclaimed it is documented and handed over to the TSA financial office.
Since 2005, Washington has allowed the TSA to use the money to help fund security improvements.
A Russian tourist was found asleep on the luggage conveyor at Domodedovo Airport in Russia.
A cup of white chocolate cappucino.