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Soviet Spy Satellite

Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dobbsland Backyard Disneyland

Photo credit: Jeff Gritchen / OC Register

Many dream, or have dreamed, about visiting a Disney theme park, and for five lucky kids, it's as simple as visiting their grandfather in Fullerton, California. Sixty-eight-year-old Steve Dobbs, a former Boeing engineer, says his grandchildren were easily bored with normal toys, so he decided to build several Disney-themed attractions from scratch. You'll find "Small World", "Finding Nemo", and even a "Matterhorn" roller coaster. Continue reading for a video of the coaster and more information.

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Y-40 Deepest Pool

The Y-40 "Deep Joy" pool first opened back in 2014, designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto, and measures 131-feet deep, making it the world's deepest. It contains 1.1-million gallons of thermal water kept at a temperature of 32-34 °C. Featuring underwater caves and even a suspended, transparent, underwater tunnel for guests to walk through. It includes platforms at various depths, ranging from 4.3-feet to 39-feet, before the walls of the pool narrow into a well-like funnel which plunges straight down to 131-feet. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a crazy viral video of a stunt pilot flying underneath a motorcyclist doing a backflip.

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Etra Ale Volcano Lava Lake

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Erta Ale is basically a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. It's noted for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century, since 1906. Erta Ale means "smoking mountain" in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as "the gateway to Hell". Continue reading for a two-part video series on the volcano, and more information.

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Fake ATM Front

Thanks to the internet, people are becoming more familiar with traditional card skimmers, but thieves have taken things to the next level with entirely fake machine fronts. Simply put, there are legitimate-looking machine covers that consist of a disassembled laptop with the screen facing outward - powered by two large batteries - that attempt to steal your information. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Guy Marries Smartphone

Photo credit: Oddity Central

Artist Aaron Chervenak drove to The Little Las Vegas Chapel in his purple Cadillac last month to marry his smartphone. "It's not yet legal to marry smartphones, but what I hope my wedding will do is to somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show just how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives, and hopefully get other to ask the same question of themselves and their relationships," said Chervenak. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing NASA test firing a massive rocket booster that could take humans to Mars soon.

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SkySlide US Bank

Skyslide, which sits nearly 1,000-feet above Downtown Los Angeles, on the 73-floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, opened to the public on Saturday. It lets you slide 45-feet out across the city and onto an outdoor platform on the 69th floor. OUE, the building's owner, claims that the 3.2cm thick glass on the fully enclosed slide can withstand hurricane-force winds and powerful earthquakes. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Anton Yelchin Dead

Anton Yelchin, known for his character Chekov in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, died in a freak accident early Sunday morning at the age of 27. "They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate," according to a report. This discovery was made at 1am, after Yelchin was several hours late for a rehearsal with friends. The car engine was reportedly still running, and the transmission in neutral. Continue reading for a video of Star Trek bloopers, featuring Yelchin, in happier times.

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9-Foot Giants

Photo credit: Daily Mail

YouTube user "MrMBB333" was using Google Earth to browse the Great Pyramids before stumbling upon an image he claims shows two giants walking around Giza. "That man's waist is over the top of the car. That guy is eight foot tall and not only is there one there's two. I think this guy over here is taller than him. Woah. Talk about return of the Annunaki," said MrMBB333. To view this location yourself, here are the instructions: "Go to '6th of October City', just west of Cairo. Go to Dolci St and find the little coffee cup icon. Click on the icon. Supposed to be a bakery." Continue reading for a video on the secrets of the Great Pyramids.

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster

Universal Orlando has completed the revamped Incredible Hulk Coaster track, and just revealed the new Hulk Smash-inspired train. A newly released video gives us a look at these extreme ride vehicles that are Hulk green, but more sharp-edged than the original version. "We really wanted to go with an angular, aggressive and thrilling approach to it," said Gregory Hall, attraction designer. Continue reading for a video of the track and more information.

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