At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
53,275,923 people. That's how many passengers used Denver International Airport over the course of 12 months ending with January 2013, good enough for 13th place on the list of the busiest airports in the world. Given DIA's relatively removed location, lack of public transportation options, and all the legal red tape involved with growing wings, all those passengers mean one thing: cars.
USAirport Parking is up to the challenge of keeping those cars safe and their owners at ease. Located a 10-minute shuttle ride from the airport terminal, the lot can be hard to fathom by numbers alone: 60 acres of fenced-in pavement, 1,200 covered spaces, and a maximum capacity of 8,000 vehicles. For car owners, it's a simple process: simply park the vehicle in an empty space, and then catch the airport shuttle that runs every 7 to 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and midnight—and by request at any other time. An attentive and friendly staff keeps watch at all times. Where the power of human observation ends, a 24-hour camera system fills in to catch any foul play or UFO landings.
Though Wheel Fun Rentals bicycle stables are scattered from sea to shining sea across the North American continent, the seeds of the enterprise were sown in Italy. On vacation in the late '80s, founder Brian McInerney discovered the four-wheeled Surrey cycle, a pedal-powered vehicle capable of carrying as many as six passengers. Before returning to the States, he made sure to pick up a full set of Surreys from the manufacturer, and a new chapter in his life began. Today, the business rents not only bikes and Surreys, but also multiple cycle-style mutants such as the three-wheeled Deuce Coupe and its cousin the Chopper. They even carry more advanced land vehicles such as electric cars and scooters. Kayaks, one-person pontoons, and stand-up paddle boards also unlock access to some of the country's wettest byways.