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Lost and Found in Europe: Chargers, Books, Legs

Hotel Lost and Found: artificial leg

It's no surprise that it's gotten so easy to buy a charger or adapter at the airport: travelers seem to misplace, forget or just shed the things like old gum wrappers.

Indeed, those dull-but-essential accessories accounted for 68 percent of the items left behind at Choice Hotels, according to a recent survey of the company's European hoteliers.

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Pack the Hand Sanitizer: T+L Readers Crown America's Dirtiest Cities

America's Dirtiest Cities: Las Vegas

Hipster types may call a city "gritty" as a way of explaining how cool, artsy and authentic it is. Other folks, meanwhile, may translate that as meaning that the city streets are covered with graffiti and litter, and that even the park squirrels seem to smoke a pack a day.

That may not be the case in Atlanta for long, as the city just passed an ordinance saying that no one—not even residents with cute fluffy tails—can smoke in the parks anymore.

Even so, Atlanta still landed in the top 5 of the 20 dirtiest cities in America, according to Travel + Leisure readers. But which city won the survey—making travelers wish they'd packed more hand sanitizer? (Hint: it's a past champion, whose locals also won the survey for being surly.)

Another cleanliness-challenged city, Las Vegas just passed its own ordinance saying that those guys handing out fliers on the Strip now have to clean up after themselves every 15 minutes. Here's hoping Hotlanta and Sin City both tidy up their rankings for next year's survey.

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Cat Burglar or Dupe? Chinese Tourist Swallows Diamond at Gem Expo

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Say what you want about the colorful geeks who go to ComiCon every year, but give them credit: You never hear about them trying to swallow light sabers on the sly.

That wasn't the case at Facets 2012, the latest of the famed Sri Lankan gem expo. Earlier this month, police arrested a seemingly jewel-loving Chinese tourist at the exhibition after he was suspected of swallowing a $13,000 diamond and replacing it in the display case with a fake gem.

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