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SkyCaliber Water Slide

You haven't experienced a water slide, until you've tried SkyCaliber, set to open next year. According to Adrian Duke, CEO of Avalanche Waterslides Inc,, who manufactured the ride: "It is a 100ft tower, the rider is launched from 90ft down a completely vertical free fall that leads into a 30 foot tall vertical loop. It reaches speeds over 50 miles per hour and over 5Gs." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Pi Day 2015

Math geeks rejoice! The day you've been waiting so long for has finally arrived...March 14, 2015. Why? Saturday, March 14, 2015 is a very special Pi Day, a celebration of the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.141592653 (to infinity) and at 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53, or 10 digits of pi. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Rescued Magpie

When the Bloom family of Newport, New South Wales, Australia rescued an abandoned magpie chick under their wing more than a year ago, they never expected it would become an extended member of their clan. They named it "Penguin", and the bird now comes and goes but always manages to return to the Bloom household, where husband and wife Cameron and Sam and their three children, Rueben, 13, Noah, 11 and Oli, 9, wait with open arms. They believe the chick was blown out of a tree one fateful day in 2013. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Bill Gates Before He was Famous

While not many early photos of Bill Gates have made their way to the internet, there are a few circulating if you look hard enough, like his infamous mugshot. On a related note, did you know that at the ripe age of 13, while studying at private Lakeside School, Gates discovered his interest in software and started writing his own computer programs? According to some reports, Bill Gates sold his first computer program at the age of 17, a time-tabling system for his high school for $4,200. Continue reading for more

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Last Meal Delivery Service

If you thought getting your groceries delivered was weird, then the "Last Meal Delivery Service" (now defunct) by Paul Kneale just might shock you. Simply put, this delivery service, for a fee of $20, the state allotted maximum for an inmate's last meal you can consume a replica of the final meal requested by a death row inmate. Orders had to be placed a few days in advance to add to the authenticity. Continue reading for more.

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Reg Spiers Crate

Photo credit: The Mirror

In 1964, Aussie javelin thrower Reg Spiers visited Great Britain to recover from an injury that interrupted his athletics career. When he realized he would not make the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, he decided to work at a local airport to earn some money to fly home. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby otters reacting to the return of their favorite trainer.

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Frozen Hair Contest

Takhini Hot Springs, located in Canada's Yukon territory, is known for its annual International Hair Freezing Contest, held every year during the month of February. To have a shot at the $150 prize, entrants are required to dunk their heads in the 40° C hot springs, wait a few seconds for the -30° C air to freeze their hair, take a snapshot, and then post to their Facebook page. Milena Georgeault (above) and her friends were this year's winners. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Super Hydrophobic Pee

The residents of St. Pauli, party central of Hamburg, Germany, have decided to fight back against public urinators. A St. Pauli community organization coated numerous walls with a super hydrophobic material that causes urine to splash back at public urinators. While some of the walls treated with the substance have been labeled, there are many that haven't. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Harrison Ford Crash

Harrison Ford's characters have battled Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers in movies, but in the real world, he's a licensed pilot who has the freedom to take to the skies at will. But with adventure comes some risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters brought to life by Ford realized. Yesterday, Ford's plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport where he houses the craft. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries, as he was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in a condition described as fair-to-moderate. Continue reading for two more videos - including the air traffic control audio - and more information.

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Hulk Pitbull

The internet has a new star, and his name is "Hulk", a 175-pound pitbull that's definitely more than meets the eye. The 18 month-old pit is owned by New Hampshire-based Marlon and Lisa Grennan, who run Dark Dynasty K9's - a company that breeds, trains, and supplies pits to celebrities and ultra-wealthy clients as security dogs. They claim Hulk is trained to kill, but is such a sweetheart, the let him play with their 3-year-old son. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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