Nine Year Old’s Bucket List

Ben Pierce was born so prematurely doctors didn’t think he would survive.

With a fighting spirit he pulled through, but his eyes struggled to fully develop.

A surgery restored his sight, but it left scar tissue, which will continue to grow as he does.

Now nine, the Dallas boy will eventually lose his sight completely, doctors believe, but they don’t know when, according to The Daily News-Miner.

Determined to make the most of the time he has left, Ben, encouraged by his parents, Kit and Heidi, started drafting a Bucket List of the things he wanted to see, before he can no longer see.

On top of one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Ben Pierce, 9, who is slowly losing his sight, was granted a wish to see the Northern Lights in Alaska by Alaska Airlines

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Bubble Boy Doesn’t Reach Bermuda

 A man in an inflatable bubble was rescued by the coast guard 70 nautical miles East of St. Augustine on Saturday morning in a bizarre attempt to run to Bermuda from Florida.

Reza Baluchi was found in an inflatable hydro bubble on Wednesday, but waved coast guard officers off, saying he was determined to make the 1,033-mile journey himself.

But three days later he was too exhausted to carry on – so had to be rescued.

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Strange traveler: The Coast Guard rescued Reza Baluchi from his Hydro Bubble 70 miles away from St. Augustine, Florida on Saturday

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196 Foot Mega Yacht

In the continuous battle of the mega yachts to be the most extravagant vessel on the seas, it takes a lot to really impress.

While helipads, waterslides, and movie theaters are commonplace additions to the yachts of the super wealthy, a stylish Italian is making waves for being the first to feature a floating drive-in garage.

J’ade, by Ferretti group company CRN, features a hydraulic-operated hatch which can store an eight-meter speedboat without the use of a tender lift.

Innovative: The 196-foot yachts has a hydraulic-operated hatch which can store an eight-metre speedboat without the use of a tender lift

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Cheap Luxury

Forget back of the bus, cattle or economy class, a boutique airline company in France has launched an exclusively all-business class flights at comparatively budget prices.

Trying to make business class more accessible to everyone, French airline La Compagnie offers passengers a round trip from Paris to New York for just £945 (€1200) – more than £2000 cheaper than the same trip with Air France.

Launched by L’Avion founder Frantz Yvelin and former Swissair and JetAirways COO Peter Luethi in July, the company sets to bring business class service ‘back to where it belongs.’

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Welcome on board: The La Compagnie team on board the luxury aircraft with budget prices 

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Large Diamond Found

An incredible 232.08-carat white diamond of ‘exceptional size and clarity’ has been unearthed at a mine in South Africa, with a possible value of £10 million.

The dazzling D color Type II diamond was found by Petra Diamonds at its Cullinan mine in South Africa, with four analysts predicting a £10 million ($16 million) )price tag.

Type II diamonds, which are formed over long periods of time, tend to be large and irregular in shape and have no measurable nitrogen impurities.

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New App Opens Doors

Holidaymakers who splurge on the fancy new Apple Watch won’t have to worry about getting locked out of their hotel room.

At least one major chain is working on an app to prevent that from happening.

When the watch hits stores in 2015, the Starwood Hotels app will allow guests to unlock their hotel room doors without having to fumble with a key or dig through a bag to find a key card.

The big reveal: Apple CEO Tim Cook announces details about the tech giant's new watch

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Massive Wave Ride

Daredevil surfers are flocking to the coast of Portugal to ride giant waves up to 100-foot high.

Incredible photos show the thrill-seekers riding the huge swells off the coast of Nazare, a fishing town north of Lisbon.

A 125-mile long underwater canyon – which is up to three miles deep – combines with strong Atlantic currents to create the enormous waves.

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A deep underwater canyon and strong currents sweeping in from the Atlantic Ocean create huge, 100-metre waves off the coast of Nazare, Portugal at this time of year

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Where Do the Flight Attendants Sleep?

It’s not just holidaymakers who need to rest their heads during a long-haul flight.

Hard-working cabin crew also need to take some well-deserved time off. But have you ever wondered just where they go during their down time?

Due to revenue-generating passenger seats taking priority, Crew Rest Departments (CRCs) after often squashed into confined areas where space is at a premium.

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Enough room to swing a cat? A file picture reveals the Crew Rest Department onboard a Boing 777

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Desert Oasis

A mysterious blue lake has appeared in the parched Tunisian desert, creating a new swimming hole for hundreds of locals unconcerned about warnings the water could be contaminated or carcinogenic.

The swimming hole was discovered by shepherds about three weeks ago when they stumbled across the huge beautiful blue coloured lake. But three weeks on, it is green with algae and subject to public health warnings.

Despite the mystery surrounding how ‘Gafsa Beach’ suddenly appeared in the area, and what effect, if any, the local phosphate mining industry might have on the water quality, the huge pool has provided much needed respite for locals where temperatures are reaching 40C.

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The lake appeared in the Gafsa mountains area of Tunisia a few weeks ago but there has yet to be a scientific explanation given for its appearance

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