Canned lightning in Bellingham
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In Bellingham, Wash., the spirit of Nikola Tesla crackles on, said Brian Cantwell in The Seattle Times. The Serbian-American inventor of alternating current, who was known for his dramatic public demonstrations of electricity’s wonders, would have been thrilled by the waterfront city’s Spark Museum. Dedicated to electrical inventions through the ages, the museum displays some cool gear, including a replica of the Titanic’s Marconi wireless room and a hutch-size RCA Radiola 30, America’s first AC-powered radio. “Indisputably,” though, the MegaZapper show is the big draw. Volunteering to be a guinea pig, I sign some waivers and am soon ushered toward a menacing metal cage furnished with a simple chair. In truth, “it feels a lot like being led to my execution.” The metal door slams shut, the room goes dark, and a “blinding bolt of sizzling power” darts toward the cage from a large Tesla coil. “Guess what? I don’t die.” In fact, I’d do it again.
Cuba by luxury yacht
Travel to Cuba for most Americans is still largely prohibited by embargo, but there is a beautiful exception, said Abel Fernandez in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald. Like the numerous cruise ships that have started offering passage to the island nation since 2015, yachts can skirt the restrictions, and many are making the trip. If you don’t own a yacht of your own—or simply want to avoid dealing with the paperwork—you can now contact a concierge service, such as VIP Yachts or Cuba Seas, to put together a luxury yacht cruise at a cost of $50,000 to $1 million for all passengers. During their stay in Cuba, travelers enjoy a busy itinerary, including rides in classic cars and dinners at paladares, or family-run restaurants. Often, to meet a requirement that the trip serve a scientific purpose, passengers dive with Cuban marine biologists and gather data. Unless the Trump administration reverses the relaxed rules, such trips appear likely to only multiply.