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Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle, Cumberland, in England, took his wife, Annie, and his daughters, Elizabeth and Francis, to Burgh Marsh on May 23, 1964. Since Templeton was an amateur photographer, he wanted to take capture a photo of Elizabeth's new dress with a Kodak SLR. One of the resulting photographs depicted a strangely dressed person in the background. He insists that no one was in the background that day when he snapped the photo. The photo was then sent to the Carlisle Police who hired photographic experts to study it. Finally, Kodak got a hold of the camera and photo negative to look for any defects. They found nothing wrong, and even offered a reward, which went unclaimed, of free film for a year to anyone that could adequately solve the mystery. Continue reading for more bizarre photographs that can't be explained.

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Armpit Fan

Sure, there are anti-antiperspirants, but if you want something a bit less practical, Thanko's clip-on armpit fan should do the trick. Officially called "Waki no Shita Kura" (translates to Under the Armpit Cooling Device), this small AAA-powered fan clips onto your sleeve and is touted to keep your armpits dry for 5-9 hours, depending on which speed setting used. If you want perpetual cooling, simply connect it to a wall charger or power bank via microUSB. It can also be attached to the front of your shirt for keeping the torso and neck dry. Continue reading for more strange items from Japan you won't believe exist, including a washable smartphone.

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Star Trek Horizon

Believe it or not, Star Trek: Horizon is a feature-length fan film made by a single filmmaker as a personal passion project, with pre-production beginning in December of 2012 and wrapping on February 25th, 2016. "The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T'mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters," according to the synopsis. Continue reading for more amazing films you won't believe are fan made. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes Star Trek images

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Kyoto Airship

Unlike other private jets, the Embraer Kyoto Airship - based on the Embraer Lineage 1000E aircraft - includes ubiquitous body-length windows that arch 180° around the fuselage, providing plenty of natural light, as well as a lounge-style layout. You'll also find a spa-inspired bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom suite, and a cutting edge entertainment system. Continue reading for more private jets that take luxury to the next level.

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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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