How did Jordan Mathewson end up being detained by a SWAT team during a live streaming event? Well, a prank caller had told police he was a gunman who shot two colleagues and took hostages in the latest case of a worrying trend known as 'swatting'. Next things you know, dozens of armed officers surrounded his office in Littleton, Colorado, and screamed at him to hit the deck. Continue reading for a post-debacle interview video and more information.
Going on vacation to a tropical island sounds fun for most people, but what if you throw in a bunch of stingrays? If that's your cup of tea, Stingray City is a dream destination. It's basically a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Southern stingrays are found here in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
What you're looking at above appears to be something pulled straight from the Marvel Universe, but it's actually just Cuprosklodowskite, a secondary uranium mineral formed by alteration of earlier uranium minerals. It is grass green to dark green in color, and its crystal habit is typically acicular, flat bladed crystals. That's not all, it's also a strongly radioactive mineral. Continue reading for more gems and minerals that you might not have seen before.
A dirty thunderstorm (also known as Volcanic lightning) is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms. Continue reading for more.
Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is one or more rare conditions in which a person cannot feel (and has never felt) physical pain. Despite sounding beneficial, it is actually an extremely dangerous condition, as sufferers may not be able to recognize a potentially harmful scenario. There are some cases where the condition is caused by increased production of endorphins in the brain, in which case naloxone may be used as treatment. Continue reading for more.
Let's face it, driving to and from work or school isn't the most exciting of tasks, but sometimes, you'll come across a sign worth noting. For example, this truck decided to mix things up by placing a "Notice: Drivers Do Not Carry Burritos" placard on the side of their container. Other examples include: bizarre restaurant signs, hacked traffic messages, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.
Brazil has full potential to be the largest market for games in Latin America, a position currently occupied by Mexico. According to Daniel Cervantes, director of games and entertainment division of Microsoft for Latin America, Brazil occupies the 15th position in world ranking of video games, with 600,000 consoles sold annually. National companies of games trying to change that with the government: in August 2006, Abragames submitted to the Ministry of Finance a plan suggesting ways of reducing the tax burden to the games. For now, the proposal is under evaluation. Continue reading for more.
One student decided to design a bike that just can't be stolen without breaking the frame itself. The video above shows that bike's frame can unlatching, along with the seat post, to enable you to wrap it around a stationary object. In other words, the frame itself becomes a part of the lock. The only way to get it free is to break the frame, making it useless, and hopefully, not worth stealing. Continue reading for more images.
Pink sand beaches form in the few regions where tropical coral reefs flourish offshore, but what gives it the color is an amalgam of calcium-rich shells and fragments of invertebrate sea creatures, from minute, single-cell protozoa to spiny sea urchins. Chiefly responsible are foram, a type of protozoan that lives in great profusion in reef environments. The microscopic red Homotrema rubrum (red foram) gets mixed in with other (predominantly white) reef debris-broken clam and snail shells, fragments of coral-and, when washed ashore, forms the island's signature pink sand. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool party for unexpected guests.
The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, pictured above, is a civilian command facility in Virginia. It's used as the center of operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and also known as the High Point Special Facility (HPSF), its preferred designation since 1991 is "SF". The facility is a major relocation site for the highest level of civilian and military officials in case of national disaster, playing a major role in U.S. continuity of government (per the Continuity of Operations Plan). Continue reading for more cool, yet real, little known locations from around the world.