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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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Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia was basically a Concordia-class cruise ship built in 2004 by the Fincantieri '​s Sestri Ponente yards in Italy and operated from 2005 until 2012 by a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. It was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio on January 13, 2012 when it struck a rock, and declared a total loss. This ship later towed to the port of Genoa where it was scrapped. In its completed state, there was approximately 1,500 cabins; 505 with private balconies and 55, with direct access to the Samsara Spa, that were considered Spa staterooms; 58 suites had private balconies and 12 had direct access to the spa. Continue reading for more images inside the wreckage. Click here for a few bonus images of the Costa Concordia wreckage.

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Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves may look like a dream, but it's a real cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand, and can grow up to the size of an average mosquito. The glowworms of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are closely guarded by a Scientific Advisory Group. This group has automated equipment that continually monitors the air quality especially the carbon dioxide levels, rock and air temperature, and humidity. Data from this equipment is carefully analyzed by specialist staff. The advisory group uses the information to establish how the cave should be managed. They determine if and when air flow patterns should be changed and how many people are allowed to visit the caves each day. Continue reading for more.

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UFO Large Hadron Collider

Photo credit: Mail Online

YouTube user "Section 51" managed to capture an alleged UFO as it zoomed towards a mysterious vortex of clouds and vanished into thin air, right above CERN's Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. To be more detailed, the video appears to show clouds swirling when all of a sudden an orb of light appears from the bottom right of the frame and immediately begins travels into its center. Continue reading for another anomaly spotted by ISS astronauts above Earth.

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