The 1936 North American heat wave was the most severe heat wave in the modern history of North America. It took place in the middle of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and caused catastrophic human suffering and an enormous economic toll. The heat wave started in late June, when temperatures across the US exceeded 100° F. The Midwest experienced some of the highest June temperatures on record. The heat wave and drought largely ended in September, though many states were still drier and warmer than average. Many farmers' summer harvests were destroyed. Grounds and lawns remained parched. Annual temperatures returned to normal in the fall. Cotinue reading for more unusual weather phenomenon. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery.
Ukraine's Antonov An-225 was previously the world's largest plane, that is, until billionaire Paul Allen's Stratolaunch rolled its low-orbit-launch aircraft out of the company's hangar in the California desert for the first time. Its wings span 385-feet - larger than the An-225's 290 feet, and is powered by six high-bypass-ratio turbofan engines. Allen intentds to "provide convenient, reliable, and routine access to low-Earth orbit." This is why it has a designed maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds. "This marks a historic step in our work to achieve Paul G. Allen's vision of normalizing access to low-Earth orbit. We have a lot of exciting activity ahead as we enter the testing process, and we look forward to sharing our progress during the coming months," said Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a waterless toilet backed by Bill Gates.
Always wanted to become a Bond villain, and have $16-million burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than Foot's Cay, a private island spanning 20 acres on the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. It includes a four-suite mansion outfitted with professional-grade appliances, a traditional three bedroom cottage for guests, and another two bedroom cottage at the end of the western beach. As for entertainment, there's a tennis court with a cabana, and a massive white sand beach, all located just 30-minutes from an international airport. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of extreme crosswind plane landings during a storm.
The world's largest spokeless ferris wheel, built by Tianjin Craftsman Manufacture, has just been unveiled, and it's located on the Bailang River Bridge in Weifang, China. This massive structure has 36 carts that can transport up to 10 passengers each, complete with an integrated display, WiFi, and expansive views of East China's Shandong Province. It stands 145-meters tall and requires 28-minutes to complete a full rotation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you quench the thirst of a desert snake.
The Italian government has announced a Strategic Tourist Plan, one in which they plan on giving away 103 historic buildings - villas, inns, houses, towers, etc., but there's a catch. The recipient must pledge to restore the buildings, located in the more remote areas of the country, in a way that will diversify the country's tourism industry. What does this mean? Transforming them into hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, spas, shops, or just anything that will attract tourist traffic and help boost their economy. If you have the money, or can get it, you'll need to submit a proposal to the State Property Agency by June 26. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Brandon Vezmar, a 37-year-old man from Austin, Texas, expected a normal night at the movies, a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 to be exact, but what happened when the film started rolling, is an entirely different story. His date, 35-year-old Crystal whome he met on dating app Bumble, started texting someone 15 minutes into the movie. When Vezmar noticed, he politely asked her to stop, or go into the lobby, and she chose the latter, but never came back. She refused to pay the $17.31 price of the ticket when he texted her later, so he took her to court. Continue reading for an interview video, the actual text conversation, and more information.
Krubera Cave is currently the deepest-known cave on Earth, located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia. The Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition reached a depth greater than 6,600-feet, and explored the cave to -6,824-feet. The original name "Krubera" had been assigned to the cave by Georgian speleologists who explored the entrance pit in 1960. This name was given after the noted Russian geographer Alexander Kruber. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
The Ocean Cleanup, launched by 22-year-old Boyan Slat, is an array that could clean up to 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a mere 5 years. How does it work? An anchor that's attached to the cleanup array tethers it to a deep water layer, which drifts with the ocean currents. It's then free to rotate and orient itself in the direction from which the plastic is coming, to scoop up even more junk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Cosplay is nothing new, but 25-year-old Luis Padron from Argentina, wanted to take things to the next level. So, he spent $35,000 on surgery, and other various cosmetic procedures, to transform himself into a real-life elf. To date, he's received 40 fillers, Botox injections, jaw liposuction, a nose job, laser skin bleaching, full body hair removal, and a dangerous operation to change the color of his eyes from brown to crystal blue. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
A small town in Newfoundland has become a popular tourist attraction after a massive 150-foot iceberg appeared off its coast. That's right, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked over the Easter weekend as people rushed to see and photograph the massive iceberg. "It's not moving out of there unless this winds stay up for another while, because [the iceberg's] right in on the shallow ground," said resident Don Costello. Continue reading for another drone video, more pictures and information.