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Man Shoots Down Drone

William H. Merideth, a 47-year-old man from Hillview, Kentucky, was arrested this past Sunday after he used a shotgun to shoot down a drone that was flying over his property and others. He's being charged with felony criminal mischief as well as wanton endangerment. This incident all began when his daughters called him out of the house, saying that there was a camera drone 'flying over everybody's yard." Continue reading for two news reports and the reason why he shot it down.

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Erkanoplan Russian Ship-Tank-Plane

Here's a rare look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, which is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when they were close to the surface of the water - about 4-meters to be exact. While they might look similar and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans, such as the Lun, are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils - ground effect is a separate technology altogether. Continue reading for a longer video of this craft in-action and more information.

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The Rock Restaurant

"The Rock" in Zanzibar might look at a tiny private island at first, but it's actually a restaurant that sits twenty-three feet above water, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Indian Ocean. It boasts a simple, yet relaxing, interior, and has open doorways that allow the natural breezes to circulate throughout. Yes, the main food source comes from the surrounding waters as well, as right before dinner service, employees search for fresh fare, especially the "catch of the day." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Funny Coincidence

Nintendo may not have modeled the N64 after a koala, but when you look at it upside down, the case does slightly resemble the animal, or so the internet thinks. As most of you already know, there's an official term for this, pareidolia, which is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern - like a face - where none actually exists. Continue reading for more everyday coincidences that cannot be unseen.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream

Glow-in-the-dark ice cream sounds like something you'd see in a cartoon, but it's real, and available now, at $225 a scoop. Created by Charlie Francis, this ice cream is made from the luminescent proteins that cause jellyfish to glow - a synthesized version is applied to the ice cream. Its creator says that the more you lick, the brighter it glows. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on if we'll see it in any specialty food stores for purchase. Continue reading for more interesting, yet completely random, facts.

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Rent Video Billboard

Digital billboards are normally used by companies to promote things, but Brian Kane rented one for more artistic reasons, the "Healing Tool" to be exact. This installation involved rotating between pictures of surrounding natural environments, creating optical illusions that blend in with the environment. The scenes change depending on the time of day, with natural images appearing during the daytime, while space photographs dominate the night. "By removing the marketing message from the advertising space, we create an unexpected moment of introspection. People are allowed to interpret an image based on their own experience, and not necessarily with the singular focus of the advertiser's intent," said Kane. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an interesting crime stoppers video.

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Size Matters 2 Drifting Truck

Drifting and trucks usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Mike Ryan's 2,500-horsepower Banks Super-Turbo Castrol Freightliner. With stunts and cinematography that are on par with Ken Block's world famous Gymkhana series, Size Matters 2 breaks out the heavy equipment for a drift-filled clip you won't soon forget. Who knows? Size Matters 3 just might be right around the corner. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Ariel Atom Police Car

Based on the all-new Atom 3.5R, this police car just might be the coolest yet. It comes equipped with a Honda-sourced 2.0L, 4-cylinder Civic Type R engine that generates 350-horsepower, enabling it to go from 0-60mph in just 2.6-seconds. The only vehicles that would can outrun this would probably be in the hypercar category and / or sport bikes. This special model was created specially for the Somerset and Avon Constabulary to promote motorcycle safety. Continue reading for two videos of the Atom 3.5R and more information.

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Hidden Pool Himalayas

Photo credit: Mikepants

Drones are good for many things, including discovering hidden glacial pools in the Himalayas. While no additional information was provided, you can see that a professional photography (or two) made it up to this previously unknown spot to take some long-exposure photos, stars and all. It's only a matter of time before rugged drones, capable of surviving missions to arctic regions, will stumble upon something truly earth shattering, like Middle Earth, or so we'd like to dream. Continue reading for more interesting pictures, including a cool gravity fountain.

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Swiss Watch Chinese Tomb 400-Year-Old Time Travel

Archaeologists were perplexed after finding a 100-year-old Swiss watch in an ancient Ming dynasty tomb that was sealed more than 400 years in Shangsi, southern China, since its occupant's funeral. That's right, they uncovered a miniature watch in the shape of a ring marked 'Swiss' that is thought to be just a century old. It was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06 am. Watches were not around at the time of the Ming Dynasty and Switzerland was not even a country, an expert pointed out. Continue reading for more interesting historical artifacts.

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