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Laser Pointer Helicopter

You've seen rowdy pranksters at movie theaters, school, work, and many other places, shine laser pointers at things they shouldn't, but police helicopters should be avoided at all costs. The National Police Air Service's helicopter was on its way to another job, when members at a late night party decided to shine a laser into the cockpit as the helicopter flies over Kitts Green, Birmingham. The man who distracted the police helicopter crew with a laser pen has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting endangering an aircraft. Continue reading to see the video and read what the man had to pay.

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Windowless Plane

We have seen the future of passenger planes, and they'll probably be windowless. Sounds depressing, right? Well, before you let that thought sink in, just imagine that this plane's interior is lined with ultra-thin displays that show images from outside the plane. The displays can mirror whatever is outside in accordance with how passengers look around - think a giant smartphone touchscreen. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Ice Cube Maker Candy

Photo credit: Deric Peace / Reddit

Reddit user Deric Peace never really used his refrigerator's built-in automatic ice maker, but he has now discovered a new use for it: dispensing candy. To test it out, he purchased $40 worth of candy, loaded up the ice tray / bucket with miniature Reese's cups, M&M's, and Starbursts. It turns out that those candies can be perfectly dispensed, without getting backed up. Continue reading for a video showing what the candy looks like when switched over to the "crushed" setting.

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Jerome Jarre Vine

Jerome Jarre has spent the last few years becoming a Vine legend, six seconds at a time. He currently has 7.5 million followers and counting, which was enough for him to co-found his own ad agency, called GrapeStory. His popularity attracted teh attention of a top-ranking New York firm, who then offered Jarre $1-million dollars to work on ad campaigns with them, as well as live in the city for a year. While most people would have easily signed on to that offer without second thought, Jerome had other things in mind, especially after the French born internet sensation grew up with a struggling single mother. Continue reading to watch his appearance on Ellen.

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Wolf Spider Babies

Bobby Brown, a former student from Northwest Missouri State University, recently captured a gigantic wolf spider on camera, which he says measures around four inches (10cm) in diameter when its legs were fully extended. Unlike other spiders, female wolf spiders carry their eggs by attaching a spherical silk egg sac to their spinnerets at the end of their abdomens, to allow them to carry their unborn young with them. They are great mothers because immediately after the spiderlings emerge from the egg sac, a mother will allow them to clamber up her legs and live on her abdomen where they are safely camouflaged from predators for the best chance of survival. Continue reading for the video - not safe for work language.

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UFO NASA

Another day, another UFO sighting, but this one isn't just a blurry video shot by someone with a smartphone. This unidentified flying object recently photobombed astronauts making repairs to the International Space (ISS) earlier this month, making it a viral internet sensation. It happened when Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to fix an electrical problem, and the UFO can be seen hovering just for a few seconds behind the astronauts, before the camera cuts to another angle. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Alpha Black Lotus Gem Mint

For those not familiar with Magic the Gathering, it's basically a trading card game created by Richard Garfield and first published in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic was the first trading card game produced and it continues to thrive. YouTube user "openboosters" managed to purchase some starter decks and booster packs from the game's very first release, called "Alpha", back when they first came out. Today, a single starter deck will set you back a cool $5,999 USD. He captured his latest opening on video, and managed to pull out one of the most valuable Magic cards yet. Continue reading to see the grade it received.

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Paul Smith Typewriter Art

Paul Smith was born with severe spastic cerebral palsy, which results in the loss of fine motor control in his hands, making it impossible for him to perform the most basics of tasks. That didn't stop him from becoming a world renowned artist though, using nothing but a typewriter. Beginning when he was just a teenager, Smith started working with the typewriter to create art, and slowly refined his technique until he was able to create real masterpieces. His left hand was used to steady the right and he would lock the "Shift" key to create most of his works with the symbols "@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _". Spending 2-3 hours pe day typing, each one of his artworks would take him anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Continue reading for an 11-minute video detailing more of his life and beautiful artwork.

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Quantum Levitation

The Meissner effect, also known as quantum levitation, is the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state. The German physicists Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered this phenomenon in 1933 by measuring the magnetic field distribution outside superconducting tin and lead samples. Continue reading for some fascinating videos of the effect.

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Volcano Explosion Sonic Boom

Seeing a volcano explosion on television is nothing new, but actually being there in person and seeing the ensuing sonic boom is an entirely different story. This video shows a plume of ash being thrown up in the air from Mount Tavurvur, in Papua New Guinea, captured by 58-year-old taxi driver Phil McNamara aboard a small boat on August 29, when he was on holiday. Continue reading for another video of the actual explosion and more information.

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