And then there's the box of human heads that Southwest Airlines found in their cargo hold. They were being shipped to a company that does medical research. It may sound creepy, but according to this article, it's not unusual.
In personal travel news, I have narrowed down my options for going to Mali to four companies. It looks like I can make this happen. For nearer term things, I still have to make hotel reservations for Honolulu (which normal people apparently don't think is "on the way" to Los Angeles from Virginia) and Monaco / Nice (my birthday splurge). Any suggestions are welcome.
Not quite travel related, but I did a minor experiment and did a Volksmarch (a year round event involving the Kennedy Center, Memorial Bridge, Arlington National Cemetery, and Iwo Jima memorial) after work today. I thought it would be cool enough in the late afternoon, but I really should have taken a hat with me. It was a nice route, though, and would be a pretty good one for tourists to check out.