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Google Facts

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Google may have started out purely as a search engine, but it's evolved to be much more than that. The company has even hidden a host of Easter eggs inside its search engine, like the terms above. Did you know that the domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997? That's right, then the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998, and based in the garage of a friend (Susan Wojcicki) in Menlo Park, California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee. Continue reading for more.

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F-35 Helmet

What you're looking at above is the high-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet, developed by Vision Systems International along with Helmet Integrated Systems, Ltd. This Helmet-Mounted Display System (HMDS) fully utilizes the advanced avionics architecture of the F-35 and provides the pilot video with imagery in day or night conditions. Consequently, the F-35 is the first tactical fighter jet in 50 years to fly without a HUD. A BAE Systems Helmet tracker using the optical tracker from Carl Zeiss Optronics South Africa has been selected as a potential replacement. The Helmet-Mounted Display System was fully operational and ready to delivery in July 2014. Continue reading for more.

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Bad Translation

We understand some companies wanting to save money by using a free online translation service, but when things turn out like the example above, it really does make you wonder if not spending the extra money on a native speaker was worth the embarrassment. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that is just one of the money messages that got lost in translation. Continue reading for more.

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TSA Items

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - established November 19, 2001 - is best known an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. They're granted the power to screen both people and property. Sometimes, they come across things that are puzzling to say the least, like a costume watch (prop) that looks like it's made to detonate a bomb. Continue reading for more.

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Synthetic Biological Leaf

What you're looking at above is a synthetic leaf that could one day help humans colonize space. To create this, scienctists first extract the protein-based material directly from the silk fiber, which is then used to stabilize organelles. "The man-made leaf is lighter than the real thing, but better suited to long-term life in space because scientists don't know if organic plants would survive and flourish outside our atmosphere the way humans would need them to. And if mankind is to colonize space, those living on another planet would need to produce their own O2 gas," says RT. Continue reading for more.

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Mortal Kombat Development

Mortal Kombat was reportedly developed in 10 months from 1991 to 1992, with a test version seeing limited release halfway through the development cycle. In an interview with the Official Nintendo Magazine, Boon stated that the development team initially consisted of four people - himself as programmer, artists John Tobias and John Vogel, and Dan Forden as sound designer. The final arcade game used eight megabytes of graphics data, with each character having 64 colors and around 300 frames of animation

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Falling Asleep in Class

Falling asleep in class could be the result of staying up late to finish a paper or just partying with friends, but one thing you don't expect to see in class is someone sprawled out on the lecture hall's floor, complete with blanket and pillow. That is exactly what the students in this class saw, and a few Snapchat images later, we have a new internet star, but probably not in the best light. Continue reading for one more image.

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Hate Mondays

While Mondays are usually sluggish for many people at work, there are others who definitely need a week-long vacation away from the office. For example, this person decided to create a box illusion that looks normal from the front, but when you walk around the back, you'll see that all of them have been stitched together to create a makeshift sleeping place of sorts. Continue reading for more.

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Titanic Disaster

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. It was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast with Thomas Andrews as her naval architect. Andrews was among those lost in the sinking. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of redneck engineering done right.

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Teddy Bear Dog

Teddy Bear puppies are the craze right now, but did you know that they are a relatively new type of dog, and have only been around since the late 1990s? The name refers to a cross breed between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. However, the term "Teddy Bear" has been widely used to describe a number of different hybrids between breeds, such as Toy Poodles, Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Daschunds, and Schnauzers. Continue reading for more.

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