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Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Are we there yet?

Stock up on Dramamine: The AAA auto club forecasts that 36.1 million people will travel 50 miles or more on Memorial Day weekend, the most holiday travel since 2005.

Key findings of AAA's survey include an 18-percent increase in travel since the low point of the Great Recession in 2009, an average $3 jump in hotel room fees and a 7 percent increase in the number of times dads need to pull over so carsick kids barf in the tall roadside grass.

They still make the best cigars: Cuba's first-ever mobile email system quickly fell apart after it was introduced in March, and took the impoverished island nation's already shaky voice and text-messaging wireless systems with it.

The Castro regime blamed the technological problems on the embargo on sales of U.S. products to the Caribbean country, forcing Cuba to run its wireless system on a surplus Soviet knockoff of a 1986 IBM PC-XT.

Don't know much about history: On this day in 1792, a group of stockbrokers met under a tree on Wall Street; it was the beginning of the New York Stock Exchange.

The Wall Street gang doesn't meet under trees these days ­— although some of them do slither out from under rocks.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff


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