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Man Shoots Down Drone

William H. Merideth, a 47-year-old man from Hillview, Kentucky, was arrested this past Sunday after he used a shotgun to shoot down a drone that was flying over his property and others. He's being charged with felony criminal mischief as well as wanton endangerment. This incident all began when his daughters called him out of the house, saying that there was a camera drone 'flying over everybody's yard." Continue reading for two news reports and the reason why he shot it down.

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Green Fireball Buenos Aires

A mysterious green fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show lasted 10-seconds, and could be clearly seen from Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as its neighbor, Uruguay. Continue reading for a video of the phenomenon and more information.

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Buddhist Statue Mummified Monk

When researchers at the Netherland's Meander Medical Center placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner they discovered a mummified monk. They believe the statue contains the body of a Buddhist master named Liuquan, who most likely practiced the tradition of "self-mummification" to reach his final resting place. An endoscope was used to examine the abdominal cavity of the mummy inside, they found that the organs had been removed and replaced with paper scraps that were printed with ancient Chinese characters. Continue reading for more fascinating random facts you probably didn't know about before today.

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Mutant Daisies

Images, posted by Twitter user @San_kaido from Nasushiobara city, located about 110kms from Fukushima, of mutant daisies are going viral online, 4-years after the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The white flowers are claimed to be the latest in the long-list of victims, which have experienced deformation over nuclear disasters. San_kaido said: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 uSv/h at 1m above the ground." Continue reading for more images and information.

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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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Man Walks to Comic-Con

A man recently walked 645-miles while dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to honor his late wife, Eileen Doyle, who passed away in 2012 dude to pancreatic cancer. Since then, her husband, Kevin, has started a nonprofit called Eileen's Little Angels Foundation dedicated to helping children with cancer. The grueling walk from San Fransisco to San Diego was, in part, to fund that charity. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Ren Lu You Find Girlfriend $10,000

Ren Lu You is a 29-year-old who is more money than time, so he decided to outsource the job of finding a girlfriend. He created a website, "Date Ren", that explicitly says: "Find me a girlfriend and I'll pay you $10,000. Seriously." He's a Harvard Business School graduate who spent the last 12-months going on numerous dates, with "some interesting, some dull, and a few utterly bizarre". You said: "Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left? Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This way is more fun for me." Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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British Sea Forts

Sure, Halloween is still months away, but for any travel geeks out there looking to add a destination or two to their bucket list, these should take care of it. Starting off, we have the The Maunsell Forts, which were small fortified towers built in the Thames and Medway estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities including pirate radio broadcasting. Continue reading for more.

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Swimmable Ball Pit Washington DC

A unique ocean has surfaced in Washington DC at the National Building Museum. Created by Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture, "BEACH" is basically a 10,000-square-foot interactive installation made up of a million recyclable translucent plastic balls. Visitors to the museum are welcome to swim in the interactive exhibit or just lounge on the sidelines. It features a 50-foot-wide shoreline that sports a mirrored wall at one end to give the ocean greater visual depth. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an insane road bike freestyle.

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Robot Kills Worker

Skynet is slowly, but surely, becoming a reality, as a rogue robot reportedly killed a technician at a Volkswagen plant in Germany. The 22-year-old man was picked up and then crushed by a robotic arm while working on the production line. It's believed to be the first death in Europe caused by an industrial robot. The robotic arm, normally used to lift machine parts, seems to have grabbed the worker and crushed him against a large metal plate. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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