Globetrotting: news from around the world – October 2015

Moscow leads a new ranking of the world’s unfriendliest cities, while Tesla’s new P85D vehicle earns a score above 100 for its exceptional performance in all areas.


The unkindest cities of all 

We’re used to seeing lists of the world’s most expensive or livable or beautiful cities. But how about the rudest or sulkiest? That’s what Travel + Leisure magazine has created with “The world’s unfriendliest cities.”

The ranking, an offshoot of the magazine’s “world’s best” lists, is based on responses from 199,652 participants from around the globe. And it shows that while many cities may be renowned for their outstanding architecture, culture and nightlife, they can still fall short in people skills. Moscow, for example, tops the list because respondents did not consider Muscovites to be particularly helpful. Atlantic City comes in second, followed by St. Petersburg, Marseille, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Cannes. There are no Canadian cities on the list.


Beyond perfect 


One of Tesla Motors’ recent models received an “insane” score of 103 out of a possible 100 from Consumer Reports, reports Bloomberg.

The P85D test vehicle, which sports a US$127,820 price tag, is a four-wheel-drive version of Tesla’s battery-powered Model S. It was the car’s exceptional performance in all areas that initially earned it a score beyond perfection. But the magazine later recalibrated its ratings methods and scaled the score back to 100.

“This is a glimpse into what we can expect down the line, where we have cars with the performance of supercars and the comfort, convenience and safety features of a luxury car while still being extremely energy efficient,” noted Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ head of automotive testing. “We haven’t seen all those things before.”


What money cannot buy 

Markus Persson 

Even though his videogame Minecraft made him a billionaire, Markus Persson’s recent tweets confirm that money is not necessarily the key to happiness, reports CNBC and Montreal business weekly Les Affaires.
Growing rich isolates you and takes away your drive, Persson tweeted. “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

Persson also wrote that he has never felt so isolated. He thinks his employees hate him now. And although he did meet a nice girl, she was afraid of him and his lifestyle and “went with a normal person instead.”


Fly it to the moon

Pocari Sweat, a Japanese drink that tastes like Gatorade, will soon become the first product to be advertised on the moon, reports the Global Post.

The can of Pocari Sweat powder is sealed inside a space-age container that will be deposited by a rover sent by US firm Astrobotic. “The goal ... is for a modern-day child to someday become an astronaut and eventually drink its contents,” notes the Post. And the publicity stunt “is likely to become a trend, not an anomaly.”