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iPhone Catches Fire

Anna Crail flying to Honolulu on Alaskan Air for spring break, and decided to watch The Martian when her smartphone suddenly caught on fire. She immediately dropped the handset and it went underneath a seat while passengers scrambled to the aisles before flight attendants extinguished the fire. "All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone. And I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone's seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up," said Crail. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Sonic the Hedgehog music being played on an electronic clarinet.

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Aztec Pyramid Desert

Farmer Raymundo Corona from Mexico built a 22-foot Aztec pyramid in the desert, 74 km from the Mexico-US border, because an alien, who allegedly visited him 30-years-ago, instructed him to. This extraterrestrial, named Herulayka, was described as a tall man with honey-colored eyes and white hair. Herulayka originated from a planet called Nefilin, which is claimed to be 20-times the size of Earth, located in the Orion constellation. "He told me to build the temple in the form of a pyramid. When I asked him why it had to be in the form of a pyramid, he said it was because it should be like my faith, something that winds and storms couldn't move and was always pointing upwards," said Corona. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The New Revolution VR Coaster

Six Flags partnered with Samsung to unveil a virtual reality roller coaster experience at nine Six Flags amusement parks around the nation, including Six Flags Magic Mountain. Riders basically don Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR headsets while riding coasters to experience them in an entirely new way. "This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for - delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world. With the addition of these virtual reality coasters, Six Flags will be introducing more than double the number of new coasters and rides than we did in 2015, and more than any year in the last decade. Innovation is part of our DNA, and news in every park every year is driving higher guest satisfaction and building strong momentum for our company," said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. Continue reading for a video showing the first person view of what you see with the glasses on.

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Real-Life GTA Tank

Shawn Nelson was a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California, and went on a rampage on May 17, 1995. He led police on a 23-minute, televised chase through the streets of the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. The tank had a top speed of 30mph, making the chase slow compared to police chases involving automobiles. The 57-ton tank easily plowed through road signs, traffic lights, fire hydrants and crushed a van against a recreational vehicle, then plowed through the RV. He even attempted to knock down a bridge by running into the supports, but gave up after he failed to topple it with the first few hits. Nelson eventually became caught on a concrete median of State Route 163, as he attempted to cross the median into the oncoming traffic. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Iron Mountain

The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States. It was used to store records beginning in 1954, and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers. Continue reading to see more of the world's most secure locations.

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Pyramid of Giz

Photo credit: Andre Ciesielski

German teen Andrej Ciesielski traveled to Cairo, Egypt with the intent to rooftop - hang off the edge of - one of the three massive tombs at Giza. So, he scaled the 4,575-year-old wonder, and managed to captured incredible photos of the desert landscape, and risked 3-years in prison doing so. "It took me about eight minutes to get to the top of the pyramid and I listened to music on the way up. After a few minutes climbing, I started to attract a bit of attention and some of the security shouted to me to come down in Arabic. I had asked locals what they thought of my attempt and they warned me that it was illegal to climb the pyramids, although I thought it would be fine, what with Egypt's dependence on tourists. It was absolutely surreal standing on top of one of the wonders of the world and something that I will never forget. When I got back down, the police were quick to take me to the station and question me. They also had a look at my camera to see what I had been up to. At first, they wanted to take me to the German embassy, but after a while I was released without anything further happening," said Ciesielski. Click here to view more pictures of the crazy stunt. Continue reading for another video about the mysterious of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.

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Hand of God Cloud

A bizarre cloud formation over the skies of Portugal has been dubbed the "Hand of God" by internet users, and it was captured by weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco while commuters made their way to work in the morning rush hour. "As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo," said Pacheco. Continue reading for two more pictures.

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Big Wind Jet Fire Truck

A group of Hungarian engineers managed to build the ultimate fire extinguisher, or at least something worth talking about. Officially dubbed the "Big Wind", it's made from an old Russian tank, and they basically replaced the gun turrets with 2 turbines from a MiG-21 fighter jet. It was actually used to fight the Kuwait oil fires, after the Iraqi invasion, in August 1990. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.

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Snowboarding Blizzard 2016

Casey Neistat and Jesse Wellens, both popular YouTubers, decided to use the weekend blizzard that shut down New York City to create a viral video showing them skiing and snowboarding through Manhattan's Times Square, along with other near-empty streets. The result? A crazy two-and-a-half-minute video shows Neistat, pulled by a rope-tow, carving up the snow-covered streets alongside parked cars, plows and police cruisers as if the Big Apple was a giant ski resort - all set to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" playing in the background. Continue reading for more images showing just how much snow fell during #Blizzard2016. Click here to view a few bonus images.

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Afghanistan Before Taliban

Photo credit: Dr. Bill Podlich via Bored Panda

When you think of Afghanistan, peace and tranquility don't usually come to mind, but during the 1960s, things were very different. American university professor Dr. Bill Podlich took two-year leave of absence to work for UNESCO in Afghanistan during 1967, serving as the Expert of Principles of Education at the Higher Teachers College in Kabul, and captured these amazing images showing how life was back then. This was before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and before the Taliban rule. Continue reading for more images. Click here to view a few bonus pictures.

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