Daily Archives: April 8, 2015

Here’s the lede that the New York Post publisher likes:

* A prehistoric giant is revived, if only in name (
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Wendy Perrin, who left Conde Nast Traveler last year, says the magazine “continues to recycle material I wrote years ago and pass it off as current,” even though much of the information is outdated and, I’d say, makes the magazine look foolish.

For example, the how-to piece above includes tips on getting a seat on Continental Airlines, which is no longer around. (It merged with United in 2010.)

From the article posted on April Fools’ Day:

When I flew to Boston on Continental last week, I ended up in what I consider to be the best seat on the plane: an aisle seat in the emergency exit row, which meant I had extra legroom. It’s definitely not frequent flier status that got me there, though, since I have zero status with Continental. I got there because when I arrived at the gate, I asked the gate agent if an exit row seat was available.

Conde Nast Traveler updated the post yesterday – after being contacted by Perrin – to note that it originally appeared in 2008.

“This just doesn’t seem right” that Conde Nast continues to use a former staffer’s work, one of the travel writer’s Facebook friends writes. Perrin notes that “I was an employee of Conde Nast, so they own everything I wrote for them.”

* “Conde Nast Traveler continues to recycle material I wrote years ago…” (

New: A travel tip from an LAT reader that’s all wet (@moorehn)

Update – LEE AITKEN sends this email: “I can attest to CNT using dated copy. In 2006 they assigned me a piece on the Atlantic islands off France, paid for it, then held for nearly four years. It suddenly became a cover story in early 2010, and they tasked a London-based freelancer with fact-checking it in mid-winter, when the summer-season places I mentioned would have been closed in any case. Hard to defend the motto “truth in travel” under those circumstances.”


I found this Milwaukee Sentinel item from 1873 in the Milwaukee Public Library’s card catalog index of the former Hearst newspaper. The story is headlined, “The Boy Who Peppered the Nostrils of 2,000 People.” Some excerpts:

The spirit of malicious mischief which has given to respite to the tortured spirit of George Russ found an aperture for wholesale exit in the numerously attended party at the Harris Works on Friday night. …

On Friday afternoon George purchased a quarter of a pound of cayenne pepper and placed it safely in his outside pocket. That night he attended the party. … Cautiously he entered the crowded room, threading his way here and there, meandering to the right, to the left, forwards, backwards, and as he progressed in his travels the quarter of a pound of cayenne pepper which he had bought in the afternoon, spread itself in serpentine shapes upon the floor of the room./CONTINUES Read More

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