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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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Bleeding Tooth Fungus

Officially called Hydnellum peckii, this non-toxic fungus produces spores on the surface of vertical spines or tooth-like projections that hang from the undersurface of the fruit bodies. Young fruit bodies can "bleed" a bright red fluid that contains a pigment known to have anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. The unusual appearance of the young fruit bodies has earned the species several descriptive common names, including strawberries and cream, the bleeding Hydnellum, the bleeding tooth fungus, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil's tooth. Continue reading for more.

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TSA Items

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - established November 19, 2001 - is best known an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. They're granted the power to screen both people and property. Sometimes, they come across things that are puzzling to say the least, like a costume watch (prop) that looks like it's made to detonate a bomb. Continue reading for more.

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ATM Malfunction

It's not entirely uncommon for an ATM to eat someone's card, but this woman in China really lashed out when it happened to her. Surveillance footage from the Shilong Jingshawan Shopping Mall last week showed the woman almost completely destroy the machine with her bare hands in the few short minutes it took security guards to arrive. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fizzy Apple

You read that right, Swiss company Lubera have created a new kind of apple, called Paradis Sparkling, that releases effervescent juices that is akin to having a mouthful of fizzy drink. However, the sensation is only experienced when the apple is bitten into and its juices are not sparkling when pressed. It will cost you a pretty penny, as one can order sapling trees through mail order for £34 ($55). Continue reading for a video and more information.

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iPhone 6 Fire

Phillip Lechter, a man from Phoenix, Arizona, says that his iPhone 6 caught fire while still in his pocket, burning a hole through his pants' front pocket leaving him with second-degree burns on his leg. As of today, Apple has not yet contacted him to explain how this could have happened. According to Lechter, "It's been a little over a week now, so I've had the opportunity to get some good medicine on it. It wasn't like a puff of smoke, I could actually feel my leg burning and I couldn't figure out what it was," says Lechter. Continue reading for more detailed images and information.

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Human Giants

Photo credit: Laszlo Balkanyi

If both giants and Hollow Earth existed, this is how they'd probably reach the surface. This particular specimen can be found in Budapest at Szechenyi Square. It was created by artist Ervin Herve-Loranth from polystyrene, and has been part of a display in Budapest's art market exhibition for the past week. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of why you should never take on a parking garage gate in a regular-sized car.

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Strange China Buildings

Photo credit: VN

It's really hard for businesses to stand out in a country that has a population of over 1.35-billion people. So, developers decide to go with strange building designs in hopes of getting some extra attention. Whether it be a building shaped like a wine glass, or just a structure that serves no real purpose, you'll find them in China. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate dash cam FAILS.

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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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Mangapinna

No, you're not looking at an extraterrestrial being, just a bigfin squid, which are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology. Although the family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, some authorities believe the adult creature has also been seen; several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the "long-arm squid", which appear to have a similar morphology. Since none of the adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled, it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives. The Shell Oil Company released the video above from 2007 captured by one of its unmanned underwater rovers in the Gulf of Mexico. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy bike race through the streets of Portugal.

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