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Hand Stuck iPhone Toilet

A man named Tang in Liuzhou, China's Guanxi Autonomous Region, managed to get his arm stuck in a squat toilet while trying to retrieve his iPhone. The whole debacle started when he decided to check his phone while relieving himself after having a few drinks, and the next thing you know, it slipped out of his hands into a seemingly endless void. Continue reading to see what his arm looked like after being rescued.

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ATM Jackpotting

Thieves are now hacking ATM machines in the US through "jackpotting," or an attack in which cash is spit out of the machines. A The confidential Secret Service memo obtained by Krebs on Security stated that the ATMs targeted by the hacking include ones located in "pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs." "During previous attacks, fraudsters dressed as ATM technicians and attached a laptop computer with a mirror image of the ATMs operating system along with a mobile device to the targeted ATM," according to Krebs on Security. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Glowing Ball Siberia

As soon as images of a giant glowing ball spotted over northern Siberia was posted on social media, there were reports that it was caused by "aliens arriving" or other unidentified aircraft, but in reality, it was the trace of four rockets launched by the Russian military that caused this spectacular phenomenon. "I went out to smoke a cigarette and thought it was the end of the world. I was taken aback for a few minutes, not understanding what was happening. The glowing ball rose from behind the trees and moved in my direction. My first thought was about the most powerful searchlight, but the speed of changing everything around changed the idea of what was happening. The ball began to turn into an arc and gradually dissipated," said Siberian photographer Sergey Anisimov. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Snow DeLorean

Simon Laprise, a 33-year-old man from Montreal, decided to build a full-sized replica of the famous DeLorean DMC-12 entirely from snow, and in a snow removal zone to boot. Once the vehicle was complete, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police, and sure enough, they rolled up, but instead of a normal ticket, he got an interesting message. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Michigan Meteor

Anyone in the southeast Michigan area were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and shook the ground beneath them. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it wasn't a flying saucer. The National Weather Service tweeted the next day that "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake." It was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, located about 40 miles northeast of Detroit. Continue reading for two more videos of the meteor, along with a bonus clip that has an alternate theory.

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Hawaii Ballistic Missile

Social media channels went crazy Saturday after screenshots of smartphone emergency alerts warning of a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" began circulating, which US officials have dismissed as false. According to US military spokesman David Benham, the US Pacific Command "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error," adding that the US state would "send out a correction message as soon as possible." Continue reading for the full news report, a bonus video, and more information.

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North Korea Computer

Photo credit: Erica Lafforgue via Bored Panda

Yes, even North Korea has computer labs, as you can see in the image above. However, every single one of their computers runs Red Star OS. This operating system consists of a modified Mozilla Firefox browser called Naenara, used for browsing the Naenara web portal on the North Korean internet network known as Kwangmyong. The latest version, Version 3.0, like its predecessors, runs Wine, a piece of software that allows Windows programs to be run under Linux. Red Star 3.0 uses a KDE 3 desktop and resembles Apple's OS X up to Mavericks, whereas previous versions more closely resembled Windows XP. Photographer Erica Lafforgue managed to capture even more rarely seen pictures of North Korea. Continue reading to see more.

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Frozen Ramen

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The northeast of America is currently being slammed by a "bomb cyclone" as brutal weather conditions take hold of large parts of the US. This means several inches of snow falling per hour, which occurs when a storm's barometric pressure drops by 24 millibars in a day. Trucks have been loaded with road salt and schools in New York have been closed in anticipation. The city is expected to see up to 8-inches of snow and winds of up to 50mph on Thursday. Continue reading for more amazing photos.

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Frozen Niagara Falls

Photo credit: Punkodelish

Freezing temperatures have transformed Niagara Falls into an ice-covered spectacle, including tree limbs encapsulated by ice, and water freezing mid-fall on the border towns in New York and Canada. It was 8° Fahrenheit on New Year's Eve at around noon, and temperatures are expected to stay in the single-digits, but won't get higher than the teens for the next week. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Omer Tower World's Tallest LEGO Tower

Residents of Tel Aviv rallied and sourced more than 500,000 plastic bricks to honor the memory of an eight-year old boy by building the world's tallest LEGO tower, which stands 118-feet tall. The multi-coloued 'Omer Tower', named after LEGO fan Omer Sayag who died from cancer in 2014, was completed with the help of cranes in the City's Rabin Square. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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