What's a Sugar Apple Snore Box? That's what Insider wanted to know when we stumbled upon one in Abaco, one of the Bahamian Out Islands.

Gray shed with a beach chair in front.According to a local, when you get caught snoring in your bed, your significant other sends you out to the box. That way, everyone gets a little sleep. Do they take sleeping seriously in the islands, or what?

Is a puzzlement

A question that could have been posed by the king of Siam is contained in a survey faxed to travel agents by Orlando-based Westgate Resorts, a time-share developer.

The firm welcomes agent business to fill unoccupied guest units at its properties. The question: "Would you book condos/villas more often if there were some standardized 'identification system'?" The survey then asks: "What is your definition of a suite? A villa? A condo? An apartment?"

Given the advertisements and press releases we've seen over the years, we might conclude that the terms are inter-changeable, but we'd be wrong.

And while we're at it, Insider would like to ask hospitality mavens -- and anyone else -- just how they would define "bungalow."

Shecky von Richthofen

The Web site for Euro Airport Basel-Mulhaus-Freiburg has a humor page, of all things, available in German only and complete with the image of an SST flying upside down.

Here's a sample of airport humor, western European style -- the airport is in Alsace, near the borders with Switzerland and Germany -- translated very liberally from the German:

A pilot brings his aircraft to an abrupt halt at the very end of a runway. He says to the copilot, "What a lousy airport. I've never seen such a short landing strip."

"Yeah," the copilot says. "And for some reason, it's two-and-a-half miles wide!"

Congrats; now get lost

Delayed several hours trying to get back from L.A. to Newark, Insider and a colleague arrived at the Courtyard by Marriott in Secaucus, N.J., in the middle of the night.

Two rooms had been reserved and guaranteed against credit cards, but the desk clerk advised that only one was available, the other having been sold despite the guarantee.

Insider's understanding colleague agreed to accept a room at the adjacent Embassy Suites, and left.

Moments later, as the desk clerk was checking Insider into the remaining room, he said he had forgotten to give something to the weary fellow who was en route to the nearby property.

"I had a gift for him," said the clerk. "He was our Guest of the Day, and we give them nice little gift packages."

We said we'd pass the gift along and suggested that perhaps the hotel's future gift packages might include a room.

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