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SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was truly ahead of its time, as we've yet to see a successor. This long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, operated by the United States Air Force, was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and out-maneuver the missile. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents with none lost to enemy action. Continue reading for more interesting things you may not know about the "Blackbird".

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Enhanced Sniper Rifle

Remington's XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle lives up to its name, as in tests, it was able to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy up to 1200-meters, and carries more gun powder in the bullets it fires. It's also equipped with a flash suppressor, sound suppressor as well as thermal sleeve for stealthy attacks on enemies. When U.S. Snipers finish training, they're capable of hitting an adult-sized target 9 out of 10 times at 600 meters - over a third of a mile away - with the XM2010. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Janet Airline

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For those who aren't conspiracy theorists, "Janet" - said to stand for 'Just Another Non Existent Terminal' - refers to a small fleet of passenger aircraft operated for the United States Air Force. The airline primarily transports military and contractor employees and currently serve mostly Area 51 from their terminal at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Continue reading for five interesting facts, along with a couple videos of people who tried askin about the airline.

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Galena

Galena, the natural mineral form of lead(II) sulfide, may look beautiful, but it also has a dangerous side. It crystallizes in the cubic crystal system often showing octahedral forms, and often associated with the minerals sphalerite, calcite as well as fluorite. Though beautiful, it poses a high risk of lead poisoning to those exposed to it for prolonged periods either through simple contact or by inhalation of its dust. Continue reading for more.

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Vector V8 Twin Turbo

The Vector W8 is essentially an American supercar produced from 1990 to 1993. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive Corporation, and designed by Gerald Wiegert in partnership with David Kostka. The company utilized the newest and most advanced aerospace materials in building the W8s, which they said justified applying to the car the term "Aeromotive Engineering." Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

No, this isn't a screenshot of an upcoming fantasy film, just the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. It's one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The warm waters are rich money in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. Continue reading for more cool facts and a video.

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Lamborghini Portofino

The Lamborghini Athon is basically a concept car designed by Bertone for Lamborghini that made its debut at the 1980 Turin Motor Show. Bsed on the Silhouette chassis, which was out of production at the time, it resembled a sleek topless roadster, complete with a finely detailed, futuristic interior. Power came from a 3.0L V8 engine that generated 260bhp. Unfortunately, the vehicle was never intended to be put into production, with Lamborghini's financial troubles at the time sealing its fate. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Lamborghini Cala

Lamborghini Cala, also known as the Italdesign Cala to some auto enthusiasts, was a concept car designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. The vehicle made its official debut at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, and unlike other concepts, this was a completely functional prototype that never made it into production. Its name was derived from the Piedmentese dialect of Northern Italy and meant "look, over there!". Continue reading for more cool facts.

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AA-12 Automatic Shotgun

The Auto Assault-12 (AA-12) is basically a fully-automatic shotgun that fires at a rate of 300 rounds per minute, making it possible to fire one round at a time with brief trigger pulls. It's fed from either an 8-shell box magazine, or a 20- or 32-shell drum magazine. For those wondering, it can be completely submerged in water and still function perfectly, without needing time to dry. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Active Denial System

The Active Denial System, also known as ADS, is basically a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by Raytheon for the U.S. military. Its main purposes are area denial, perimeter security and crowd control. Sometimes, it's referred to as a ray gun since it works by heating the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects. Raytheon is currently marketing a reduced-range version of this technology. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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