18 Airports Named After People (Including a Cartoonist)

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If you're doing any air travel this winter, chances are you'll end up spending quite a bit of time sitting in airports. During those layovers, your mind may wander. Who is this O'Hare fellow? What made LaGuardia worthy of an airport? How about Hartsfield and Jackson? Here's a look at some namesake airports whose origins you might not have known.

1. O'Hare International Airport (Chicago)

O'Hare International Airport is named after Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare, a World War II flying ace for the Navy. O'Hare won the Medal of Honor for engaging a group of Japanese torpedo bombers in a dogfight during an attempted attack on the aircraft carrier Lexington. O'Hare and his wingman gunned down three Japanese bombers and damaging several others to ward off the potentially catastrophic attack. Sadly, O'Hare later crashed while leading a dangerous night mission off of an aircraft carrier to ward off Japanese bombers.
If you ever have a delay at O'Hare—and if you're flying through O'Hare, you're going to have a delay—check out Lieutenant Commander O'Hare's restored F6F Hellcat in Terminal 2.

Another interesting O'Hare fact: his father was a lawyer who was originally friendly with Al Capone before turning against the gangster. Unknown gunmen mowed down the elder O'Hare while he was in his car in 1939, and just last week the Chicago Police Department reopened the long-cold case in an attempt to uncover the murderers' true identities.

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport used to just be named after William B. Hartsfield, whose stints in office from 1937 to 1941 and 1942 to 1962 made him the longest-serving mayor Atlanta's ever had. In 2003, the city amended the airport's name to also honor Maynard Jackson, the Atlanta mayor who helped modernize and rebuild the facility during the 1970s and "˜80s.

3. Logan International Airport (Boston)

Logan International Airport in Boston also takes its name from a military hero. General Edward Lawrence Logan was a Boston native and Harvard grad who served in the Spanish-American War and later commanded infantry in World War I.

4. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport bears the name of Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr., Charlotte's mayor from 1935 to 1941. Douglas actually made his big money in the fur trade. He owned Douglas Furs, a Charlotte-based furrier, and sold the government a method for cleaning the fleece trim of bomber jackets.

5. McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)

McCarran International Airport welcomes gamblers to Las Vegas. The slot-machine-filled airport is named in honor of Pat McCarran, who served as a Democratic Senator from Nevada from 1933 to 1954. He seems like a somewhat curious character to have a namesake international airport, since he made a name for himself in the Senate as a hard-line anti-Communist who favored strict entry quotas into the United States.

6. LaGuardia Airport (New York)

LaGuardia Airport, the smallest of the New York area's three major airports, bears the name of Fiorello LaGuardia, who served as New York's mayor from 1935 to 1945 and oversaw the airport's construction.

7. Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport is much smaller than the other airports on this list, but how can you not love an airport named after the creator of Peanuts? The airport's logo even features Snoopy in his full flying-ace getup. The airport is located in Santa Rosa, CA, where Schulz lived for 30-plus years.

8. William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)

The William P. Hobby Airport, Houston's older, secondary airport, is named after a former newspaperman who served as Texas' governor from 1917 to 1921. The city could have just as easily named the airport after his wife, though. In 1953, Oveta Culp Hobby became the first Secretary of what would become the Department of Health and Human Services.

9. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (Alabama)

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport got its name in 2008, when the old Birmingham International Airport tweaked its existing moniker to honor Fred Shuttlesworth, an influential civil rights leader. Shuttlesworth was instrumental in founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and planning the Birmingham Campaign in 1963.

10. Jackson-Evers International Airport (Mississippi)

Jackson-Evers International Airport follows in the same vein as Birmingham-Shuttlesworth; the Mississippi airport is named after civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

11. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Anchorage named its airport after longtime Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who became internet famous with his "Series of Tubes" speech.

12. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is named after the San Jose native who has been active in a number of government offices, including Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton, Secretary of Transportation under George W. Bush, Congressman, and Mayor of San Jose.

13. Bradley International Airport (Connecticut)

Connecticut's busiest airport bears the name of Lt. Eugene M. Bradley, an Army pilot who crashed his P40 during a training drill when the air field was still a military base. The base's soldiers led a movement to rename the field after Bradley, and the name stuck even after the conversion to civilian traffic.

14. Eppley Airfield (Omaha)

Eppley Airfield in Omaha is named after late hotel magnate Eugene C. Eppley, but the name is equal parts tribute and thank-you note. When the airport upgraded so it could accommodate jets in 1959, a million dollars from Eppley's estate helped the cause along.

15. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport also shows that it can't hurt to be proactive if you want to get your name on an airport. Albert Bond Lambert won a silver medal with the American men's golf team at the 1904 Olympics, and in 1909 he met the Wright Brothers and bought a plane from them. In 1920 Lambert shelled out $68,000 for a 550-acre plot of land just outside St. Louis and built and maintained an early airport at his own expense. After eight eventful years—Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from Lambert Field—Lambert sold his airport to the city of St. Louis for the same $68,000 he'd paid for the land.

16. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was quite the birthday present. In 1951, the city of Cleveland officially named the airport after its founder, former city manager William R. Hopkins. The naming ceremony took place on Hopkins' 82nd birthday.

17. General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)

General Mitchell International Airport takes its name from William "Billy" Mitchell, an American flying ace in World War I who is often referred to as "the father of the modern Air Force."

18. Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport is named after John Foster Dulles, who served as Secretary of State under Eisenhower and helped shape a number of American Cold War policies.

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

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Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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The World's 10 Richest Cities

New York City.
New York City.
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When a city has vibrant culture, a booming economy, and appealing real estate, it attracts a lot of high-profile residents. To see which world-class cities have the largest populations of wealthy individuals, check out this list of the richest cities in the world.

As CNBC reports, the United States is home to several wealthy cities, accounting for six of the urban centers in the top 10. New York takes the top slot, with 120,605 of the people living there boasting a net worth of $5 million or more. That's more than 4 percent of the global wealth population.

It's followed by Tokyo, where 81,645 residents have a net worth totaling at least $5 million. Hong Kong ranks third with 73,430 wealthy citizens. Other U.S. cities on the list include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. The other two cities in the top 10—London and Paris—are Europe's only representation.

The information used to compile the list comes from the data firm Wealth-X, which looked at global wealth statistics from the past decade. Cities that attract wealthy residents tend to have a high cost of living, but the richest cities in the world aren't always the most expensive to live in. After reading the list below, compare it to the 10 most expensive cities in the world.

  1. New York City, U.S.
  1. Tokyo, Japan
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Los Angeles, U.S.
  1. London, UK
  1. Paris, France
  1. Chicago, U.S.
  1. San Francisco, U.S.
  1. Washington, D.C., U.S.
  1. Dallas, U.S.

[h/t CNBC]