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Gazette Premium Content Colorado on the Web: Odd eatery takes off as one of the best in the world

by name Newspaper - Published: December 12, 2013

Believe it or not, Colorado Springs has one of the weirdest theme restaurants in the world, - well, according to one travel website, anyway.

Perhaps you've heard of The Airplane Restaurant, or have even dined in it. I've lived in Colorado Springs since early October and have yet to visit the airplane, or drive by the plane at 1665 N. Newport Road. I will soon, though. I promise.

Who wouldn't want to grab lunch inside a Boeing KC-97 tanker, especially since it recently was named one of the top 16 weirdest themed places to eat in the world, by BuzzFeed Travel.

My young daughter will probably be thrilled to eat in an airplane, and I've heard the food is better than real airline food. Win-win, I say.

If you're not interested in eating in an airplane, but are interested in other weird places to eat, the second-closest restaurant on the list, the Heart Attack Grill, is 800-some miles west in Las Vegas.

Actually, food at The Airplane Restaurant looks the tamest of the restaurants listed. Visit http://bit.ly/19x43pE to see the complete list.

New York City has two restaurants on the list, the Ninja and the Trailer Park Lounge. Unfortunately, when I spent a summer in NYC a few years back, I somehow missed both. How did I miss out on a wait staff in ninja garb? They apparently jump out of nooks and crannies to scare you. As a fellow ninja, wait, never mind, that's secret.

The Magic Restroom Caf?in California looks tempting, especially the part where you sip soup out of a toilet bowl. At least I hope it's soup. The other restaurants are scattered around the world, and I have no immediate plans to visit Latvia or Japan.

So, what else is happening in Colorado on the Web? Well, thanks for asking.

Here's some Christmas cheer:

- A recent ice storm in Texas delayed flights and left many stuck at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, including the vocal rock band Face from Boulder. The band had a six-hour wait, according to its Twitter account, and instead of sitting and looking at their phones like most people, the six-member group treated other travelers to Christmas carols.

Face posted a video on YouTube - http://bit.ly/1fibwOl - and at last check, it had more than 50,000 clicks.

- Connor Johnson, a 6-year-old boy from Denver, also caught the eye of Colorado on the Web. The youngster started an online White House petition late last month to save NASA. (What have you done lately?) The kid dreams of becoming an astronaut.

At last check, the petition, titled "Increase NASA funding. So we can discover new world, protect us from danger and to make dreams come true," (sic) had more than 13,000 signatures. Take a look at the petition here: http://1.usa.gov/1hFmpNA

Johnson needs 100,000 signatures to get a response from the White House. Don't stop dreaming big, Connor.

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