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Sound System Chips

We've all probably heard at least one car was ground shattering bass roll through the street, but have you ever wondered what all that thumping could do to a bag of chips? If so, then wonder no more, as Steve Meade Designs shows us in one of his crazy demonstrations. Apparently, all the damage is caused by four 18-inch subwoofers that put out an insane 30,000Watts of power. Continue reading to see what happens.

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Lucra LC470

You could either buy a second-hand supercar for $85,000, or the Lucra LC470. Weighing just 2,000-pounds, thanks to a lightweight, carbon fiber body, the LC470 can be powered by either an AMG 6.3L V8, 6.3L LS3 or a 7.0L LS7, all of which have at least 550-horsepower. If you don't fancy a Tremec TKO 600RR 5-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Mercedes paddle shift is also an option. How fast can it go? For starters, it does 0-60mph in a mere 2.7-seconds, and the 1/4 in 10.1-seconds, topping out at 200 mph. Willwood brakes and a fully adjustable suspension ensure you're able to stop on a dime. Continue reading for two videos, including a "How It's Made", and more information.

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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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Avro Vulcan Bomber

The last Avro Vulcan bomber may not be in service anymore, but it's been flying in private hands since 2007, and one of the last remaining aircraft performed a crazy stunt at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford, UK, one of the world's largest air shows, this past week. According to Jalopnik, "on takeoff yesterday, the massive delta-winged beast rolled hard to the right just above the runway. The maneuver, which was lower and steeper than any performed by the aircraft before, provoked a collective gasp and then cheers from the crowd as the huge jet powered through the extremely low-level turn." Continue reading for the video.

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Tom Cruise Airplane

For Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise didn't rely on CGI for the crazy military transport plane scene. The film crew actually designed a custom rig and mounted it to the side of the Airbus A400m airplane with the camera pointed back at where Cruise would be. Thankfully, everything went off without a hitch, and Tom Cruise was able to finish the film, which is set for release on July 31, 2015. Continue reading for the video.

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El Chapo Guzman Escape

By now, you've probably heard about "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, escaping Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City. In addition to the help he may have received, a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel, 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface, was also discovered. Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, says that a complex tunnel like this one, complete with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line, would normally take 18 months to two years to complete. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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F-35A Cannon

The F-35A is armed with a GAU-22/A, a four-barrel version of the 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer cannon. The cannon is mounted internally with 182 rounds for the F-35A or in an external pod with 220 rounds for the F-35B and F-35C; the gun pod has stealth features. The F-35 has two internal weapons bays, and external hardpoints for mounting up to four underwing pylons and two near wingtip pylons. Continue reading to see it firing for the first time in public view.

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Volkswagen XL1 vs Veyron

The Volkswagen XL1 doesn't look like a typical hybrid, with its Lambo-style doors and all, but the vehicle does make great use of its 27 horsepower electric motor paired with a 47 horsepower two-cylinder engine. With a zero to sixty time of 12.1 seconds, it can achieve 261 miles per gallon. Even with those numbers, the guys over at Top Gear Poland pit it against a Bugatti Veyron. Continue reading to see what happened.

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360-Degree Vid Tech

Always wanted to fly in a fighter jet? Well, Google's new 360-degree video technology will let you do just that, virtually. Simply move your mouse cursor around while watching the video, and you'll be able to pan around the cockpit. Everything from the stick and throttle movements to the amazing scenery is at your fingertips. The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Continue reading for the interactive video and more information.

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Microsoft HoloLens Real World

You've seen Minecraft meets HoloLens, now check out this amazing real-world application. Early reviewers have likened the HoloLens experience to seeing a realistic world through a small magic window in the center of your view. A newly released video showcases Microsoft's partnership with Case Western Reserve University, and the transition from camera-filling holograms to a first-person view, showing how the effect vanishes outside a small central window. Continue reading to watch.

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