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French duo and Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen, along with partner Vince Reffet, took the first leap off The Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall, on Monday April 21, 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record Title of the "Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building", exhibiting their astonishing base jumping skills. This jump was only made possible with the construction of a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the pinnacle and was an immense task in itself. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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As bizarre as this may look, it's actually quite a normal sight in Saudi Arabia, according to motorists there. There's even a name for this stunt, called "Hagwalah", or Sidewalk Skiing. Simply put, Hagwalah involves getting the car on two wheels, climbing out, and going for a ride (or changing tired). Continue reading to see five of the most extreme videos uploaded to the internet.

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In technical terms, an earthquake refers to the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. The 1960 Chilean Earthquake is the largest earthquake that has been measured on a seismograph, reaching 9.5 magnitude on 22 May 1960. Its epicenter was near Canete, Chile. Continue reading to see what happens to skysrapers during these mega quakes.

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Just picked up your shiny (or flat) Lamborghini Aventador and want to show it off in London? Well, one thing you should never do is drive even slightly faster than normal down the city's narrow streets, or else you may end up with an airborne supercar, like this unlucky fellow. Sure, the Aventador may have had the right of way, but turning a few heads definitely isn't worth the risk, as you're about to see.

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No, the video you are about to see wasn't rendered by a powerhouse server farm, and most importantly, it's not a gigantic 20GB+ file. It was generated in real time by a tiny algorithm by demoscene group Mercury. This mind-blowing 64k intro is called The Timeless, and according to Gizmodo, "since the file size is limited to 64 Kilobytes, the graphics and music are all generated algorithmically in real time (procedural generation)." Continue reading for the clip.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another awesome use for the action cam that involves speed and flying. Fighter Pilots are one of the most highly regarded positions in any air force. Selection processes only accept the elite out of all the potential candidates. An individual who possesses an exceptional academic record, physical fitness, healthy well-being, and a strong mental drive will have a higher chance of also exhibit reputable leadership and teamwork abilities. As such, in nearly all air forces, fighter pilots, as are pilots of most other aircraft, are commissioned officers. Continue reading for more.

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Do you remember the first time that you experienced a roller coaster? If so, you probably realize by now that it can be a thrill at any age, especially if you've waited nearly eight decades for the experience. Meet Ria Van den Brand, a 78-year-old grandmother from the Netherlands who took her first coaster ride recently. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another creative use for the action cam, courtesy of German journalist and photographer Jonas Ginter. Simply put, he created a custom 3D-printed rig that enabled him to film with 6 GoPro cameras simultaneously, producing the spherical 360-degree effect you see in the preview image above. Technically speaking, "the video's known as a stereographic projection - it's named for a technique that turns a spherical surface into a 2D plane," according to The Verge. Continue reading for the video.

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The mind-bending video you're about to see shows pressure being applied to a liquid in a large flask. The liquid transforms to a solid but then begins to boil while still appearing solid. Turns out Tom Enstone discovered the unknown liquid's triple point. In thermodynamics, a liquid's triple point is the temperature and pressure at which the substance can co-exist as a liquid, gas, and solid. Triple points also can be seen in a single state; for example, a substance can have multiple solid states and a triple point at which it reaches three of those phases simultaneously. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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We brought you the video earlier today, but for those who still haven't figured it out, Google Pokemon Challenge is just a very clever April Fools prank by the company. To become a master, simply collect 150 different Pokemon scattered throughout Google's mobile apps, and "strong-willed" applicants with every single creature will be invited to Googleplex for a final hiring round, and the winner will ultimately start at Google as a Pokemon Master on September 1st, 2014," according to Laughing Squid. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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