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Time Capsule 1795

Scientists opened a time capsule yesterday that was buried by Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and William Scollay in 1795. INside the corroded 10-pound copper box, they discovered five folded newspapers, 24 coins and a silver plate personally engraved by Paul Revere. Pamela Hatchfield, a conservator at the museum, said the capsule was accidentally unearthed in 1855 when some modifications were made to the building. Continue reading for a video, more detailed pictures of the items and additional information.

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UFO California

Another day, another UFO sighting, but this time, someone captured something being ejected out of a mysterious object. The video shows what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky, but then something appears to be separate and travel in the opposite direction. The person who filmed it, Ken Roberts, said: "I was driving home after work when this UFO or whatever you call it caught my eye. I pulled over in front of somebody's house to film it. I don't know what the hell to make of it." Continue reading to watch.

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Bike Dispenser Vending Machine

Unlike other low-tech bike rental systems where the units are stored outside on racks, the Bikedispenser in The Netherlands is an actual vending machine of sorts that dispenses out a bicycle when money is inserted. These machines were created by Dutch company Springtime, and thanks to the introduction of new technologies like RFID chips, smart cards, etc., it became possible to automatically rent out a bike and then return it after use. Every bike has a hidden Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag, so these could be rented out from one location and returned at another. Continue reading for more.

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Mythical Tomb Osiris

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities teamed up with a Spanish-Italian archaeological team to uncover an incredible structure in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes, Egypt: a massive ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris, complete with multiple shafts and chambers. Archaeologists found a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives inside the tomb complex. Continue reading for a map of the complex and more information.

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Ice Hotels

An ice hotel is basically a temporary hotel made up of snow and sculpted blocks of ice. They hotels exist in several countries, and they have varying construction styles, services and amenities, the latter of which may include ice bars, restaurants, chapels, saunas and hot tubs. Customers have to be prepared to sleep in beds made of snow or ice, but in the warmth of furs, blankets and sleeping bags designed to withstand extremely cold temperatures. Temperature in the rooms is below zero, but much warmer than outside. Staying at an ice hotel is expensive as prices for a night range from around US $300 to $3,000. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing just how awkward MacGyver's intro would be without music.

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AirAsia Flight 8501

Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 (Airbus 320-200) lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at approximately 6:17am EST with 162 passengers on board - no distress signal had been sent. The pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. "The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost," the airline said in a statement. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Taiwanese Gamer Dies

In 2012, a 23-year-old gamer named Chen Rong-yu lay dead in a Taiwanese internet cafe for 9-hours before anyone noticed. He is thought to have suffered a heart attack brought on by low temperatures, fatigue and lack of movement, after playing League of Legends for 23-hours straight. As you can see in the image above (middle), he apparently still sat on the chair with his hands stretched out in front of the keyboard as if he was still playing in the cafe in New Taipei City. None of the other 30 gamers that sat around around him realized anything was wrong. Continue reading for more.

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Hong Kong $4.5-Million Armored Truck

In many places around the world, there are usually security guards both up front driving the armored truck, and then a few in the back to ensure the money is safe. For some reason, this particularly vehicle had left its back door open "accidentally" and did not realize that $2-million USD had spilled out onto the roadways in Gloucester Road in central Hong Kong. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ice Pancake

They may look pancakes with freezer burn, but bust out the pan just yet. Called "flotillas", these strange pancake-like discs were discovered floating down the River Dee in Aberdeenshire, Scotland - made from frozen ice and foam. The fact that they were spotted in Scotland, rather than Antarctica or the Baltic Sea is what baffles researchers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BBC Reporter Drugs

Quentin Sommerville, a BBC Middle East correspondent, struggled to finish his broadcast as he got high by standing a bit too close to a stack of burning drugs. He starts the report off fine, but as he started to say: "Burning behind me is eight and a half tonnes of heroin, opium, hashish and other narcotics," a tiny giggle becomes full-blown laughter in just seconds. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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