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Grandma Skydiving

Whether if you're having a mid-life crisis or just feel too old to do certain things, let 90-year-old Mary Ann Barnett of Jacksonville, Florida be proof that age is just a number. She always wanted to skydive and had told her husband of 54 years, several times, that people should try everything at least once. Her most surprising comment? This: "I did it. I enjoyed it. And I'm ready to do it again." Continue reading for more.

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Homeless Photographer

Photo credit: Symbiosis Photography

Justin Brosey is a talented photographer who had to go through some rough times. During better years, his work was published in National Geographic, but that's not the most interesting part of his story. After losing a steady job, Brosey decided to move himself, his girlfriend, and his 7-year-old daughter into the forest. Despite being technically homeless, he still takes amazing photographs with an old Canon 60D and a "malfunctioning EF100mm macro lens". All of these shots are uploaded to the internet when he can make it into a WiFi-enabled coffee shop. Continue reading to see some of his latest work.

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Lion Living with Family

Actress Tippi Hedren, her husband Noel Marshall, and their actress daughter Melanie Griffith, wanted to make a movie about lions after a trip to Africa. Animal trainer Ron Oxley said that the best way "to get to know about lions" is by living with them. So, they decided to have Neil the lion live with them, and it was documented by LIFE photographer Michael Rougier during the 1970s. Continue reading to watch the full "Roar" movie and for more pictures.

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Giant Oarfish

Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. They are found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen. The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales like "The Serpent of Gloucester" and so forth. The tales that have come from these odd creatures have struck fear into the hearts of many people before they knew what it was. Although the larger species are considered game fish and are fished commercially to a minor extent, oarfish are rarely caught alive; their flesh is not well regarded due to its gelatinous consistency.

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Wytheville UFO

The community of Wytheville, Virginia experienced a series of UFO encounters in 1987, with the first sighting being made by three policeman who were all former military. On October 7, 1987, WYVE radio station news reporter Danny Gordon received a telephone call from the local Sheriff about this incident. Two weeks later, on October 21, Gordon, along with his friend Roger Hall, a commercial pilot, took a drive to the southern part of Wythe County, where most of the UFO reports had originated. During their drive home both men spotted a large, domed, wingless object moving toward them. Roger Hall said that the object was the size of two football in length, there were three windows on the craft, light coming out from the inside, and a red ball moving toward what he felt was a mother ship. Continue reading for more.

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Flight Attendant Sleep

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There are first class airplane suites and then these cool and secret cabin crew sleeping quarters. On select Boeing's 777 and 787 airliners that fly international routes there are secret stairways that lead to a tiny (yet comfortable) set of windowless bedrooms for flight attendants and pilots. One thing you won't find are any high-tech displays or entertainment centers. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Strange Books

Microwave For One is a real book, and while there aren't many reviews for it on Amazon, we'd imagine it being different dishes that can be prepared by subjecting it to a high-frequency electromagnetic field for a few minutes. One reviewer says: "After only 18 minutes in the microwave, the book caught fire. It did have a nice smoky flavor, but the middle chapters caused some paper cuts on my tongue." Continue reading for more strange books you won't believe actually exist.

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Blue Jet Lightning

Photo credit: THIJS BORS / CATERS NEWS

Some comic book geeks may think this beam of light was caused by Thor, but it's actually blue jet lightning. Scientifically speaking, this is a form of upper-atmospheric lightning, or in other words, electrically induced forms of luminous plasma. These are also considered a transient luminous event (TLE) because the various types of electrical-discharge phenomena in the upper atmosphere lack several characteristics of the more familiar tropospheric lightning. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a motorcyclist having a bit too much fun at a red light.

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Prison Restaurant

The Prison of Fire eatery has just opened in China and it aims to bring the true convict experience to the masses. Every party is seated inside their own Chinese prison-style cell, complete with food being served through a small hatch. To make things even more real, there are confinement rooms, water torture devices and in-restaurant entertainment, as in live music bands who play from inside a giant birdcage contraption, while you eat. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hillier Lake

Lake Hillier is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. The most notable feature of the lake is its pink color. The color is permanent, and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. Although the source of the pink colour has not been definitively proven in the case of Lake Hillier, the pink color of other salt lakes (e.g., Pink Lake) in the region arises from a dye created by the organisms Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria. Continue reading for more.

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