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Donkey Wi-Fi Enables Holy Land 'Surfing'
August 21, 2012

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Visitors to a theme park in Galilee, Israel, can now send email or update their Facebook page without ever leaving the wilds.

Kfar Kedem, as the theme park is called, demonstrates what life was like in the area 2,000 years ago, complete with instructions for milking a goat, pressing olives and grapes, and preparing traditional bread and olive oil. Tourists can ride donkeys as well, and this is where the Wi-Fi comes in.

Organizers of the theme park have slipped a portable Wi-Fi router in the pocket of a donkey's saddle, and the signal is strong enough to support up to seven people browsing the World Wide Web (as long as they are close enough to the donkey).

Galilee was an important region in both Jewish and Christian traditions. The area is often called the Holy Land.

Many tourists visiting Kfar Kedem want to see for themselves a land that they have read about in religious books. The theme park recreates a long-ago village, complete with workers and tourists dressed the part. And, as long as tourists have brought along their smartphones, tablets, or laptops, they can use the "Donkey Wi-Fi" to access the Internet and transmit email or text messages or photos through cyberspace.

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