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Dracula's Castle Bran Castle

Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Brasov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is the home of the famed character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. This legendary castle is currently on the market for a cool $80-million. Click here for additional pictures of Bran Castle. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Corner Shot

CornerShot is a weapon designed in the early 2000s for SWAT teams and special forces in hostile situations usually involving terrorists and hostages. Its purpose is similar to that of the periscope rifle; it allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack. In the standard version a pistol is mounted in the front end of the weapon, which bends horizontally at a mid-gun sixty-degree hinge There is a digital camera and a flashlight attached to the barrel in the bayonet position. On the butt side of the hinge are the trigger, camera screen (which is on a horizontal hinge just like the mid-gun hinge but it is off of the left side of the gun), and controls for the camera and light. Continue reading for more incredible military technologies that exist now. Click here for some bonus perfectly timed military pictures.

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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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