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LA Wildfire

Los Angeles is currently battling several wildfires right now, and drivers have captured apocalyptic footage of their destruction. The La Tuna fire started Friday in Burbank, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, and has burned more than 7,000 acres. Firefighters in Southern California began battling a new wildfire yesterday that engulfed an area near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. The smoke can even be seen from space, as the International Space Station shared photos of the fires on Twitter Wednesday. Continue reading for more footage and information.

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Bitcoin Bilionaire

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the brothers who failed to gain control of Facebook after alleging that the idea had been lifted from them, have now become the world's first Bitcoin billionaires. Recent surges in the cryptocurrencty has rocketed their initial $11 million investment made just four years ago. The brothers haven't sold a single one of their Bitcoins, currently valued at $11,600 a piece, and watched them accrue value since it was trading at just $120. Continue reading to see a video of someone who used their Bitcoin profits to buy a Lamborghini Huracan and for more information.

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Walmart Black Friday

In the past, you'd actually have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving before Black Friday sales began, but this year, Walmart (and other stores) opened their doors at 6pm the day of. The craziness included battling for flatscreen televisions, toys, furniture, and of course, video games. However, a plethora of customers are furious at the company for running out of Black Friday sales items on Thanksgiving Day. "What's the point in having online black Friday if everything is either out of stock or in store purchase only?," said one customer. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Homeless Veteran Johnny

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Kate McClure didn't expect to get stranded on the road while driving to Philadelphia last month, much less change someone else's life. After pulling over on the side of I-95, McClure, 27, was approached by a homeless man named Johnny. She was nervous at first, but Johnny told her to get back into her car and to lock the doors while he walked to get help. So, he went to a nearby gas station, used his last $20 fill a gas can and brought it back to fill her car up. Moved by the gesture, she promised to come back with something, and in addition to cash, snacks and Wawa gift cards, a GoFundMe was started online, where internet users have contributed over $350,000. Continue reading for more pictures and another video of his reaction.

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Albinen Swiss Village Pay You

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Forget Black Friday, the Swiss town of Albinen will pay families up to $70,000 to move there. More specifically, this stunning place, located in the Canton of Valais, offers adults over $25,000 for their time, with each child worth approximately $10,000, which means a family of four would get a total of $70,000, should they invest at least $200,000 in a home. Continue reading for more pictures, information and another video.

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Real Up House

For those who don't know, Edith Macefield was basically a real estate holdout who received worldwide attention in 2006 when she turned down an offer of $1-million to sell her house to make way for a commercial development in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Instead, the five-story project was built surrounding her 108-year-old farmhouse, where she died at age 86 in 2008. After her passing, Macefield willed her house to the new building's construction superintendent, Barry Martin, in gratitude for his friendship and caretaker role. Continue reading for more examples of homeowners who refused to move. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Eiffel Tower Then Now

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Constructed between the years of 1887-89, it was designed to be the 1889 World's Fair entrance, and is currently the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people climbed it in 2015. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17-feet. Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. Continue reading for more photos that show how famous landmarks changed over time.

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First Floating City

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It's only a matter of time before humans build actual floating cities, and this one, by Seasteading Institute, could be the first. "If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people," said Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute. They would be just like their land-based counterparts, and include homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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iPhone X Thieves

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Three thieves in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was delivering to a San Francisco Apple Store. It was carrying 313 of the new 64GB iPhone X devices, and the theft happened between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PST. The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000, but according to some reports, Apple will be able to deactivate these handsets via their IMEI number. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Stardust Ranch

This sounds like the plot for an upcoming science fiction film, only that it's not. The Stardust Ranch is real, and has hit the market for $5 million (USD). It's located in Arizona's scenic Rainbow Valley, and includes a 3,436 square-foot house, but owner John Edmonds claims that over the past 20-years, he's een abducted multiple times by grey aliens. Continue reading for the Ghost Hunters episode and more information.

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