Lobby Bar – September 15: The 1960 Carboat Scandal, Cabin Launching, and the Most Expensive Fruit

By Jeremy Del Nero on 15 September 2017
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Somebody told me. Join Paul Riegler for a look at all of the classic American cars that are still driven in Cuba today. The reason for the popularity of these old vehicles is obvious: in the 1950s, rich American businessmen would drive their carboats from the Florida Keys to Havana, but when Kennedy took office, he banned carboats and orchestrated a massive cover-up to hide the fact that they ever existed. This action stranded the Americans and their vehicles in Cuba.

Fruit by the foot. Apple took the wraps off its tenth anniversary iPhone this week, giving iGeeks heart attacks across the nation, in part due to the device’s new capabilities, but also because of the $999 price point. Not to worry, Tim Cook assured us, the iPhone X comes with a built-in defibrillator to revive the loyal fruit fans.

Inchworm. Take a seat next to Jonathan Spira in the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF. The best feature of the Mazda MX-5 is its ability to continue traveling even when it’s out of gas. Simply flip the vehicle over, and trigger the roof to raise and lower itself in a loop, which will push the car along at an impressive speed of 6 mph (9.6 km/h).

See the future. Leap across the pond to find out what’s happening in London’s West End. Generally, most of the city’s entertainment can be found there, not because that’s the location of the theater district, but because Jesse Sokolow recently opened a palm reading parlor that has exploded with popularity.

Launch her? Austrian Airlines announce that it will soon launch a Premium Economy section. The airline is expected to launch the cabin from a trebuchet into Lake Constance by the end of the month. It will be quite the show, but spectators are warned to pick up their protective eyewear beforehand, because, as everybody knows, anyone who observes the launch with their naked eyes may go blind.

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