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Believe it or not, this picture, taken on the set of Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park has made the internet go crazy. First of all, a great number of commenters apparently failed to realize that the triceratops has been extinct for 66 million years ago and that Spielberg, one of the most famous movie makers of all time, is sitting beside a mechanical prop from a movie which has grossed more than $1-billion and won three Academy Awards, says The Daily Mail. Continue reading for a video on 13 questions Jurassic Park left unanswered and for more information.

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Before using the ATM again, especially while on vacation, be sure to cover your hand while typing in a PIN number, as thieves have begun installing new ultra thin card skimmers on machines around the world. These high-tech skimmers fit snugly inside the card reader throat, making it near impossible to detect. They fit inside certain kinds of cash machines made by NCR, and from the image above, you can see a hidden camera situated just to the left of the large square battery. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Then fourteen-year-old Joey Hudy was invited to the White House in 2012 to demonstrate his custom-built machine, which shot marshmallows 176 feet in the air from a canon. President Obama wanted to showcase the significance of investing in mathematics and science. Hudy is now touring world with his marshmallow cannon when he's interning at Intel. Continue reading to see more five real-life

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Professor and scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has manufactured a deadly new strain of the 2009 swine flu virus, and if this somehow escaped the lab, it could kill hundreds of millions, possibly even a billion. One researcher says: "He's basically got a known pandemic strain that is now resistant to vaccination. Everything he did before was dangerous, but this is even madder." Continue reading for more information.

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Photo credit: Esther Honig

Esther Honig, a 24-year-old freelance journalist from Kansas City, used freelance websites to send a non-retouched photo of herself to over 40 Photoshop masters in 25 different countries. Her one request was: "make me beautiful". You'll notice that common alterations include softened skin, touched up hairs, additional jewelry / clothing, altered bone structure / skin tone, and even eye color. Continue reading to see more.

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After purchasing a brand new white Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for $710,000 USD, an Argentinean man waited patiently for the vehicle to be delivered, but unfortunately something you'd never expect happened while it was being transported. Put simply, three containers - one containing the supercar - fell off from the cargo ship it was on and directly into the waters of Rio de la Plata near Port of Ensenada in Buenos Aires. Continue reading to see the damage that ensued.

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According to Van Tilburg, a researcher at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, "The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues. This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] that they are heads only." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a car with one of the strangest engine problems you'll ever encounter.

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Chefchaouen is a city located in northwest Morocco and the chief town of the province of the same name. It's best known for its blue buildings. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. "Chef Chaouen" derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Today, Starbucks announced that it will provide a free, online college education to all of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through a partnership with Arizona State University. This offer is open to any of its 135,000 U.S. employees that work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid. Continue reading for more information.

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Juliane Koepcke was a German Peruvian high school senior student studying in Lima, who dreamed of becoming a zoologist, like her parents. She and her mother, ornithologist Maria Koepcke, were traveling to meet with her father, biologist Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, who was working in the city of Pucallpa. Unfortunately, the airplane was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm and broke up in mid-air, disintegrating at 3.2 km (10,000 ft). Koepcke, who was seventeen years old at the time, fell to earth still strapped into her seat. She survived the fall with only a broken collarbone, a gash to her right arm, and her right eye swollen shut. With her eyeglasses lost and one eye swollen shut, she struggled to no avail. She later found out her mother had initially survived the crash as well, but died several days later due to her injuries. Continue reading to see how she looks now.

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