Before the SR-71 Blackbird, there was the Lockheed A-12, a reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by Lockheed's Skunk Works, based on the designs of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. The aircraft was designated A-12, the 12th in a series of internal design efforts for "Archangel", the aircraft's internal code name. It competed in the CIA's "Oxcart" program against the Convair Kingfish proposal in 1959, and won for a variety of reasons. Continue reading for more cool facts you may not have known.
The Ferrari F40 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar built from 1987 to 1992, with the LM and GTE race car versions continuing production until 1994 and 1996 respectively. Successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO, it was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. At the time it was Ferrari's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for sale. Continue reading for more cool facts about the F40. Click here for a few bonus images.
The Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6x6 luxury expedition vehicle lets you go anywhere, but with all the creature comforts of a 5-star hotel. Powered by a 7.2L in-line six-cylinder delivering 326-horsepower, but it boasts a marble floor bathroom with underfloor heating, sleeping areas, two flat panel displays, a satellite dish with high-speed internet, a Bose audio system, an on-board water system for drinking water, and a separate rear vehicle bay that can accommodate an ATV. Continue reading for five more cool facts about the Zetros lineup.
Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Click here for a few bonus images.
Tsar Bomba was the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, code name Vanya. It was tested on October 30, 1961, and remains the most powerful human-made explosion in known history. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb had a yield of 50-megaton TNT, and a maximum yield of 100-megatons if it were to have included a U-238 tamper, but because only one was built, this theory was never demonstrated. Continue reading for five more cool facts about Tsar Bomba. Click here for a few bonus images of actual nuclear explosions over the years.
Lockheed's U-2, also known as "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, ultra high-altitude (70,000-feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. It has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. Continue reading for more cool facts about the U-2. Click here for a few bonus images.
The Chernobyl Disaster was a nuclear catastrophe that occurred on April 26, 1986 in the No.4 Light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat. After six months of investigation, in December 1986, they discovered, with the help of a remote camera, an intensely radioactive mass in the basement of Unit Four. Measuring more than 2-meters wide and weighing hundreds of tons, they called it "the elephant's foot" for its wrinkled appearance. The mass was composed of sand, glass and a large amount of nuclear fuel that had escaped from the reactor. The concrete beneath the reactor was steaming hot, and was breached by solidified lava and spectacular unknown crystalline forms termed chernobylite. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about the Chernobyl Disaster. Click here for a few bonus images.
Six Flags New Orleans is essentially a massive 140-acre, abandoned theme park in New Orleans, Louisiana that has been closed since Hurricane Katrina struck the state in August 2005. Currently, this park is owned by the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of New Orleans. Despite various announced plans to redevelop the site, all attractions are still in extremely poor condition. Even though the site has 24-hour security, urban explorers have still made their way inside. Continue reading for five more cool facts. Click here for a few bonus images.
Aokigahara, best known as "Suicide Forest", is basically a 35-square-kilometer forest that is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Even though camping is allowed in the area, people who bring a tent with them show hesitation, or are just undecided on their suicide attempt. If spotted by prevention patrol, the team speaks with the campers, who might have already been out there for days, encouraging them to leave the forest. Continue reading for five more strange things you might not have known.
Any paranormal researchers and / or enthusiasts have probably heard of the infamous "cammo dudes" at Area 51, but did you know that they're not military personnel at all, but rather employees of private security firm, EG&G Technical Services, Inc.? That's right, they guard the outer perimeter of this base, and can be seen in either white Jeep Cherokees or in newer Ford / Chevy trucks. The most common sightings are usually atop a hill near the signs at Groom Lake Road, watching traffic on the road through high-powered binoculars. Once the sun sets, many have seen them patrolling Highway 375 between Groom Lake Road and Rachel at all hours, using night vision goggles when necessary. If any unauthorized persons cross the borders, they'll be detained immediately and arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff, along with a mandatory $750 fine. Continue reading for five more interesting things you may not have known about Area 51.