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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

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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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800-Year-Old Cell Phone

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A team of archaeologists have discovered an 800-year-old device that looks just like a modern day cell phone in Austria, complete with cuneiform writing engraved on the keys. "According to reports, during archaeological excavations at Fuschl am See, (in Salzburg), Austria, researchers unearthed a mysterious artefact from the thirteenth century with cuneiform writing that strangely resembles a cell phone. This type of writing is typically found in modern-day Iran or Iraq (ancient Mesopotamia)," said one website. Continue reading for a video and an up-close shot of the buttons.

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Upland Moa Claw

The upland Moa was a species of Moa bird endemic to New Zealand. It was a member of the ratite family, a type of flightless bird with no keel on the sternum. It was the last Moa species to become extinct, vanishing around 1500 AD. Researchers found an extremely well preserved claw belonging to one in the caves of Mount Owen in New Zealand during an expedition. Continue reading for more strange discoveries right here on Earth.

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PS4 Wood Block Christmas

Boston's Fox 25 reports that the Lundy family didn't quite get what they expected on Christmas morning when their son opened a PlayStation 4 box and discovered a fake wooden console inside, with an obscene image drawn on it to boot. "He got a PS4 and he says 'this is the best present ever this is the best Christmas ever,'" said Brian Lundy. However, things did end up on a bright note when they took it back to the Saugus Target. "They not only gave us a new game system but they also gave us a $100 gift card as well as an additional game that the original game that was supposed to be in the box. Couldn't have been any kinder," said Kristin Lundy. Social media is claiming that some thieves are getting crafty by replacing the original seals with authentic-looking fake ones to make it appear as if a box hasn't yet been opened, resulting in unfortunate events, like this one. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Kylo Ren playing flaming bagpipes on top of BB-8.

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Full Moon Christmas Day

For those who happen to be outside on Christmas night, you'll be greeted with a rare sight as the final full moon of the year peaks. The last time this happened on on Christmas was in 1977, and it won't happen again until 2034. "As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth's moon. As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it's worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor," said NASA's Nancy Neal Jones, from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Continue reading for three more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures of the full moon.

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