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North Korea Computer

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Yes, even North Korea has computer labs, as you can see in the image above. However, every single one of their computers runs Red Star OS. This operating system consists of a modified Mozilla Firefox browser called Naenara, used for browsing the Naenara web portal on the North Korean internet network known as Kwangmyong. The latest version, Version 3.0, like its predecessors, runs Wine, a piece of software that allows Windows programs to be run under Linux. Red Star 3.0 uses a KDE 3 desktop and resembles Apple's OS X up to Mavericks, whereas previous versions more closely resembled Windows XP. Photographer Erica Lafforgue managed to capture even more rarely seen pictures of North Korea. Continue reading to see more.

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Frozen Ramen

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The northeast of America is currently being slammed by a "bomb cyclone" as brutal weather conditions take hold of large parts of the US. This means several inches of snow falling per hour, which occurs when a storm's barometric pressure drops by 24 millibars in a day. Trucks have been loaded with road salt and schools in New York have been closed in anticipation. The city is expected to see up to 8-inches of snow and winds of up to 50mph on Thursday. Continue reading for more amazing photos.

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Frozen Niagara Falls

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Freezing temperatures have transformed Niagara Falls into an ice-covered spectacle, including tree limbs encapsulated by ice, and water freezing mid-fall on the border towns in New York and Canada. It was 8° Fahrenheit on New Year's Eve at around noon, and temperatures are expected to stay in the single-digits, but won't get higher than the teens for the next week. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Omer Tower World's Tallest LEGO Tower

Residents of Tel Aviv rallied and sourced more than 500,000 plastic bricks to honor the memory of an eight-year old boy by building the world's tallest LEGO tower, which stands 118-feet tall. The multi-coloued 'Omer Tower', named after LEGO fan Omer Sayag who died from cancer in 2014, was completed with the help of cranes in the City's Rabin Square. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Chinese Rooftopper

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Wu Yongning, a famous 26-year-old Chinese 'rooftopping' photographer, agreed to perform a stunt on November 8th atop the Huayuan Hua Center building in the city of Changsha for a sponsor in exchange $15,000, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as the surface was too slick to pull himself back up. According to local media, Yongning wanted to help his family out of poverty, pay for his mother's medical costs, and fund his own wedding. Continue reading for the video - may be disturbing for some.

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LA Wildfire

Los Angeles is currently battling several wildfires right now, and drivers have captured apocalyptic footage of their destruction. The La Tuna fire started Friday in Burbank, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, and has burned more than 7,000 acres. Firefighters in Southern California began battling a new wildfire yesterday that engulfed an area near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. The smoke can even be seen from space, as the International Space Station shared photos of the fires on Twitter Wednesday. Continue reading for more footage and information.

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Bitcoin Bilionaire

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the brothers who failed to gain control of Facebook after alleging that the idea had been lifted from them, have now become the world's first Bitcoin billionaires. Recent surges in the cryptocurrencty has rocketed their initial $11 million investment made just four years ago. The brothers haven't sold a single one of their Bitcoins, currently valued at $11,600 a piece, and watched them accrue value since it was trading at just $120. Continue reading to see a video of someone who used their Bitcoin profits to buy a Lamborghini Huracan and for more information.

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Walmart Black Friday

In the past, you'd actually have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving before Black Friday sales began, but this year, Walmart (and other stores) opened their doors at 6pm the day of. The craziness included battling for flatscreen televisions, toys, furniture, and of course, video games. However, a plethora of customers are furious at the company for running out of Black Friday sales items on Thanksgiving Day. "What's the point in having online black Friday if everything is either out of stock or in store purchase only?," said one customer. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Homeless Veteran Johnny

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Kate McClure didn't expect to get stranded on the road while driving to Philadelphia last month, much less change someone else's life. After pulling over on the side of I-95, McClure, 27, was approached by a homeless man named Johnny. She was nervous at first, but Johnny told her to get back into her car and to lock the doors while he walked to get help. So, he went to a nearby gas station, used his last $20 fill a gas can and brought it back to fill her car up. Moved by the gesture, she promised to come back with something, and in addition to cash, snacks and Wawa gift cards, a GoFundMe was started online, where internet users have contributed over $350,000. Continue reading for more pictures and another video of his reaction.

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Albinen Swiss Village Pay You

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Forget Black Friday, the Swiss town of Albinen will pay families up to $70,000 to move there. More specifically, this stunning place, located in the Canton of Valais, offers adults over $25,000 for their time, with each child worth approximately $10,000, which means a family of four would get a total of $70,000, should they invest at least $200,000 in a home. Continue reading for more pictures, information and another video.

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