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No, you aren't looking at an alien world, but rather a natural phenomenon known as penitentes. They are found at high altitudes and look like tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice. You'll find these ice formations around snow-covered areas in the Dry Andes above 13,120 feet, ranging in size from a half-inch to 16-feet. Continue reading for five more natural phenomena you won't believe exist.

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Did you know that every 15 minutes or so the giant dragon perched atop Gringotts Bank will actually breathe fire? That's right, you'll first hear a loud noise and then the fire breathing will ensue shortly. The Diagon Alley expansion has been completed at Universal Studios Florida and features a restaurant and several "signature shops". Reports indicate that these will include The Leaky Cauldron, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Borgin and Burkes, Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, and Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour. Continue reading for more cool hidden gems.

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The Mikoyan MiG-31 is basically a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 "Foxbat". Like the MiG-25, MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intakes, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. Unlike the MiG-25, it has two seats, with the rear occupied by a dedicated weapon systems officer. Continue reading for more.

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Designer and geek Chris Dimino didn't want to see his Coronamatic typewriter go to waste, so he transformed it into a fully-functional waffle maker. Simply put, he took a few parts, custom fabricated a few and turned this ancient typewriter into a modern day waffle iron. Unfortunately, this design has not been put into mass production. Continue reading for more cool and geeky breakfast gadgets.

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If white sand beaches, blue lagoons, and luxurious over water bungalows are what you dream about on a daily basis, the Hilton Nui Resort in Bora Bora should do the trick. In addition to the 800 meters of white sand beach, geeks can enjoy diving adventures, snorkeling sessions, jet skiing, shark encounters, and a relaxing spa. Continue reading for five more cool places geeks must visit before they die.

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Aerial refueling is a procedure that basically allows the receiving aircraft to remain airborne longer, extending its range or loiter time on station. A series of air refuelings can give range limited only by crew fatigue and engineering factors such as engine oil consumption. Potential fuel savings in the range of 35-40% have been estimated for long haul flights. The two main refueling systems are probe-and-drogue, which is simpler to adapt to existing aircraft, and the flying boom, which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated operator station. Continue reading for more.

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Claire Manganiello is an art director who loves pizza, and what better way to show her obsession than with a themed bed? Introducing Pizza Bed, a bed with pepperoni and cheese sheets, along with perfectly baked crust pillows. We may sleep in them everyday, but that is just one of the many beds that will definitely catch your eye, even in a normally drab furniture store / department. Continue reading for more.

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The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliners and the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. It can carry 250 to 350 passengers in a typical three-class seating layout, or maximum seating of 440 to 550 passengers, depending on variant. This plane is often considered a direct competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Continue reading for more.

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If you're an extremely wealthy geek who just got their company bought out by a giant (Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, etc.), and want to start the summer off right, here are five incredible homes that will help you do just that. Starting off, we have the Casa Till House above, by WMR Architects, which is located in Chile. In addition to sliding walls and expansive ocean views, the home is fully solar powered. Continue reading to see them all.

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Bioluminescence is quite common in the animal kingdom, but not octopods. However, the deep-sea finned octopus, Stauroteuthis syrtensis, about the size of a fist, was discovered to emit a fairly bright blue-green light recently. The illumination comes from organs very similar to suckers, but instead of sucking muscles, the organs have light-emitting cells. This light would be ideal for communication and to lure its prey. Continue reading for more.

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