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The Doctor Recommends: Must-Reads for the Week Ending August 9, 2013

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Don’t you hate it when this happens? An American man accidentally snapped a finger off a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary at a museum in Florence. Oh yeah, and he’s a surgeon. [Daily Mail] (Amy Farley)

A new skyscraper in Spain's resort town Benidorm is almost finished, except they forgot to build an elevator…Jamie Condliffe from Gimodo shares the bizarre story. (Peter Schlesinger)

"Bucharest not Budapest" is the Romanian capital's new tourism campaign, highlighting that the city, dubbed the Paris of the East, should not be compared to similarly-named Hungarian capital. Feargus O'Sullivan from The Atlantic Cities reports. (P.S.)

If I ever make it to Curacao, I'll know where to go, thanks to this roundup of the city's best bars from the Caribbean Journal. (P.S.)

The New Yorker takes a closer look at the city's new CitiBike program, with an interactive map that shows just where these bikes are going, and when. The not-so-big surprise? Bikes are concentrated in midtown during office hours, and disperse back to the island's extremities once the clock hits 6. (Nikki Ekstein)

Need just a few extra inches added to your airplane seat? Michael Batt suggests buying a half seat. [Gadling] (Jennifer Flowers)

Virgin Atlantic is keeping things live (literally) on their flights—comedians heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will have a chance to perform their acts at 30,000 feet. [Telegraph] (J.F.)

Don't know what to buy Dad for his birthday? How about this Spanish airport, on sale for $132 million. [The Guardian] (J.F.)

Travelers to Myanmar will have to dwell up in traditional hotels. Private home rentals could be troublesome, since "foreigners do not...follow Myanmar customs, such as sleeping facing the east." [Myanmar Times] (J.F.)

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