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Sukhoi T-4

The Sukhoi T-4 was a Soviet high-speed Reconnaissance, anti-ship and strategic bomber aircraft that did not proceed beyond the prototype stage. The T-4 had intake ramps similar to the XB-70, was made largely from titanium and stainless steel, and featured a quadruple redundant fly-by-wire control system but also employed a mechanical system as a backup. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Snake Island

"Snake Island" is an island located off the coast of Brazil. The island is small in size, and has many different types of terrain, ranging from bare rock to rainforest. The island has a temperate climate. The island is the only home of the critically endangered, venomous Bothrops insularis (golden lancehead pit viper), which has a diet of birds. It's closed to the public in order to protect this snake population. Because there are so many snakes on one island, by some estimates one snake to every square meter of the island, there is competition for resources. continue reading for more.

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Overland Train

In the 1950s the LeTourneau company developed several overland trains, essentially oversized semi-trailer trucks that could travel over almost any terrain. Their intention was to be able to handle logistics needs without being dependent on local road or rail systems, allowing them to operate in back-country areas. The US Army had three experimental units built, the largest reaching almost 600 feet (183 m) long, which holds the record for the longest offroad vehicle. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the train.

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Atlas Missile Silo Home

Built in 1960, this former Atlas missile base sits on an 8.3-acre parcel of land in Lewis, New York, approximately 50-miles south of the Canadian border. Despite being out of commission, 

a majority of the facility's original equipment remains, including control panels and multiple clocks that display world time zones. Above ground, you'll find modern furnishings, like a full kitchen, office space, bedrooms and more. It was previously on the market for just $750,000, a bargain considering that it's designed to withstand the power of a nuclear detonation. Continue reading for more unique residences that are anything but normal.

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AH-1Z Viper Helicopter

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. It incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons. The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system includes two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8 x 6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2 x 4.2-inch dual function LCD display. Continue reading for more. Click here for more pictures of the AH-1Z.

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Iron Mountain

The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States. It was used to store records beginning in 1954, and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers. Continue reading to see more of the world's most secure locations.

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Aerial Refueling F-22

While the F-22 Raptor capable of carrying its air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry in its internal weapons bays, the aircraft relies on regular fuel tanks for increasing range. These are normally carried during peacetime operations, but in major conflict zones, like Syria, where stealth-tactics are a must, the F-22 flies with no external loads. This is why they are required to be refueled mid-air by tankers several times to be able to fly for 6-7 hours continuously after dropping ordnance. Continue reading for more cool facts about air-to-air refueling.

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Light Pillar

A light pillar may look other worldly or a digital enhancement, but it's a natural atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical column of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect, sometimes also called the crystal beam phenomenon, is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. Continue reading for some cool facts. Click here for more pictures of light pillars.

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Rubik's Cube Solving Robot

Rubik's Cube-solving robots are nothing new, but friends Jay Flatland and Paul Rose managed to build one you won't believe is real. Though the setup may look complex, it's only comprised of several webcams, 3D-printed frames and Arduino stepper motors. The custom software takes the image input from the cameras and converts it into a 'unrolled' that the solver can comprehend. After a few blazing runs, they managed to get the times down to 1.047s and an unreal 1.019s. Continue reading for more.

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Toilet Bowl Light

Bowl Brite is essentially an energy efficient toilet bowl night light, complete with a motion detection system that illuminates when you enter the bathroom and shuts off automatically. " Best of all, it lets you know if the toilet seat is down with a green light or up with a red light. This gadget is smart and attaches instantly without tools," said the manufacturer. Get one here now. Continue reading to see more strange "As Seen on TV" gadgets that actually exist.

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