10 Evil People Who Exploited Tragedies

10 Evil People Who Exploited Tragedies

It would appear that some people on this earth take any opportunity they can to earn a bit of extra money, even after tragedies that affect thousands of people. These are 10 Evil People Who Exploited Tragedies...


16 Movie Stunts That Went Horribly Wrong

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A huge explosion goes off after an epic fight sequence and in the foreground, through a cloud of clearing smoke, you see the hero, walking away relatively unscathed while dusting his/her shoulders off. It’s the cliche action star shot. But as great as they look on film, these shots don’t always play out that smoothly behind the scenes.Here are some movie stunts gone horribly wrong that you probably never even knew about.

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Isla Fisher – Now You See MeThe actress was “trapped” in an underwater tank, and the script called for her to panic and bang desperately on the glass. What the people on set didn’t notice was that Fisher had become entangled in her chains, and was actually panicking. She spent two and a half minutes struggling underwater before she was finally able to free herself and get to safety.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Premium RushBeing a New York City bike messenger is one job you couldn’t pay me enough to do. Hell, I live in Toronto and I wouldn’t ride a bike downtown. Those guys are fucking crazy. And apparently, faking it for a movie is just as dangerous. Just ask Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who ended up with 30 stitches in his arm after slamming into a cab while filming a scene for 2012’s Premium Rush.Turns out Levitt has some bad luck with bikes. In 2018, on the set of Power, he flipped over the handlebars of a bike and landed in urgent care. Maybe just stick to movies with no bikes pal, or at least let the stunt guys handle it for you.

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Charlize Theron – Æon FluxRemember Charlize Theron in Æon Flux? Ya probably not, unless you’re one of the four people who actually watched it. Unfortunately for her, she’ll probably never forget it after she fell during a stunt and seriously injured her neck. Theron was nearly paralyzed and spent eight weeks in the hospital. The damage caused by the fall even forced her to have neck fusion surgery years later.

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Aaron Paul – Breaking BadAaron Paul was almost crushed on the set of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. The actor was asked to stand underneath a large boulder for a specific shot. No problem, and it went off without a hitch. It wasn’t until he stepped away that the boulder came crashing down, landing in the exact same spot where he had just been standing.

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Michael J. Fox – Back to the Future Part IIIIn his autobiography Lucky Man, Michael J. Fox described the time he almost died while making Back to the Future Part III. For the scene when Mad Dog tries to lynch Marty Mcfly, he was supposed to act like he was struggling, but what the crew didn’t realize was that Fox wasn’t just giving a truly breathtaking performance, he was actually being hung. By the time they cut him down, he was unconscious, but thankfully he ended up being okay.To top it off, the shot turned out so good, they used it. So what we see in the movie is basically real.

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George Clooney – SyrianaWhile shooting a torture scene for his 2005 movie Syriana, Clooney cracked open his skull and suffered some severe spinal injuries. The pain was so bad, the actor revealed that he contemplated taking his own life. He eventually recovered and went on to say, “I went to a pain-management guy whose idea was, ‘You can’t mourn for how you used to feel, because you’re never going to feel that way again.'”

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Sylvester Stallone – Rocky IVI think it’s safe to say that we all know Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago weren’t actually pounding each other’s faces in. The fight scenes were all heavily choreographed, and no matter how amazing they looked the first time you saw Rocky IV, they’re fake. Except for that one time…After watching the historic 1985 match between middleweight boxers Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns, Stallone was inspired and decided to ask co-star Dolph Lundgren, who he admittedly had a hate-hate relationship with at the time, to really try and knock him out during one of their fight scenes. That bright idea landed Sly in the ICU for nearly a week after his heart swelled up from banging into his ribs so hard, an injury that normally occurs in car accidents.

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Bob Denver – Gilligan’s IslandAs highly trained as they are, having wild animals on set always increases the risk factor. Especially when said animal is a damn lion. Unfortunately, Bob Denver learned that the hard way during a scene for Gilligan’s Island when he was nearly mauled by one. Luckily though, the lion slipped attempting to jump at the actor, which gave the trainer enough time to intervene.

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Diane Kruger – Inglourious BasterdsDiane Kruger’s character Bridget von Hammersmark suffers a pretty gruesome death in Inglourious Basterds. The actress was supposed to be choked by an offscreen actor, but when director Quentin Tarantino decided to do the honours he got a little carried away and squeezed too tightly, accidentally causing Kruger to pass out.

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Halle Berry – Die Another DayIf you sign up to be a Bond girl, one thing’s a guarantee, 007’s getting you under the sheets. But Halle Berry got more than she bargained for while filming Die Another Day. During her steamy sex scene with Pierce Brosnan, Berry was supposed to seductively slice and eat a fig, which she did, and it was hot… right up until she started choking.Brosnan recalled the freak accident, saying, “Suddenly there was no sound coming out. She was waving her arms and I was banging her on the back. I was about to put my arms around her and start doing the Heimlich manoeuvre, but the both of us were kind of naked. Somehow she expelled the fruit, which was a good thing.” He playfully added, “I was certainly in no position to give the Heimlich to Halle at that moment.”I don’t know Pierce. If you ask me, you were in the perfect position.

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Uma Thurman – Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefUma Thurman had a close call on set when a parked van positioned behind her started rolling downhill. The actress would have been crushed by the vehicle if it wasn’t for the quick actions of her co-star and apparent real-life superhero Pierce Brosnan, who jumped into the van and stopped it.Good guy Pierce, at it again.

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Gerard Butler – Chasing MavericksGerard Butler nearly drowned while shooting a surfing scene for 2011’s Chasing Mavericks. After a massive wave crashed into him, he was caught in what’s known as a two-wave hold down, when one wave takes a person too deep to surface before another wave hits. He suffered some major injuries, which unfortunately led to a painkiller addiction and a brief stint in rehab, but Butler has since turned his life around.

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Matthew Fox – Lost This one is so crazy, it’s actually hard to believe. For the finale of Lost, Matthew Fox was shooting a fight scene with fellow cast member Terry O’Quinn. In the scene, Fox’s character gets stabbed in the abdomen with what was supposed to be a collapsable stunt knife, but somehow it got mixed up with a real one, which they were using to film other shots with. It’s a good thing the actor had on protective kevlar padding and only suffered some bruising, because he could’ve easily been seriously injured or killed.

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Jackie Chan – Pretty much all of his moviesJackie Chan’s calling card has always been that he does his own stunts, and with that comes a slew of expected injuries. I still remember when I found out that he broke his foot halfway through the filming of his first breakout movie in North America, Rumble in the Bronx. Instead of delaying the shooting schedule, they just painted up his cast to look like his other shoe, and he carried on. Crazy.But perhaps his most severe injury happened on the set of Armour of God II: Operation Condor, when Chan fell and suffered a serious brain injury that required surgery and a metal plate, which he still has in his head today.

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Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: MockingjayJennifer is no stranger to stunt accidents. While making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she seriously injured her ear during an underwater sequence and was partially deaf for months. But it was a mishap on the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay that really caused a scare.During the filming of a tunnel scene, one of the smoke machines broke and began spewing dense smoke at the actress, nearly suffocating her. It took several minutes before crew members could rescue her, and filming had to be put on halt while she recovered from nausea and vertigo.

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Brad Pitt – TroyThis movie turned out to be pretty good, but making it was anything but that. Brad Pitt, who played the ancient warrior Achilles, was filming a combat sequence and ended up rupturing his, umm, Achilles. Oh, the irony.


21 SHOCKING THINGS THAT WILL MILDLY SHOCK YOU: DISASTER EDITION

21 SHOCKING THINGS THAT WILL MILDLY SHOCK YOU: DISASTER EDITION -

 

 

1. Trees after Hurricane Xavier hit Germany.

2. A mountain lit on fire in Tucson, Arizona.

3. Before and after Hurricane Irma, British Virgin Islands.

4. A hurricane bent this boardwalk.

5. A tornado broke everything except this cabinet.

6. The power of a storm.

7. This flood didn't stop him from chilling on his roof.

8. Lightning in the sky after a stormy night in Texas.

9. A toilet after a flood.

10. A storm took the water away.

11. A comic found in a burnt house.

12. A house burnt down in a flood.

13. Scared sloth during Hurricane Otto.

14. Lucky no one was on the john when this came through.

15. Hurricane Irma eroded the base of this tree.

16. Hurricane Ophelia took all the apples down from the trees.

17. Sharing a beer with a friend during the nightmare.

18. A front yard before and after a hurricane.

19. Dog carrying food after Hurricane Harvey.

20. A tower after a snow storm.

21. Ice taken from a leaf after an ice storm in St. Louis.

 


10 Worst Manmade Disasters

10 Worst Manmade Disasters

Humans are THE WORST! And as a testament to that, here are the 10 Worst Manmade Disasters!


10 Alternative Uses For Common Items During The Apocalypse

 

10 Alternative Uses For Common Items During The Apocalypse

 

 

The apocalypse could happen at any moment, so it’s best to be prepared. This list is a small assortment of techniques and tools to turn everyday household items into either deadly or extremely helpful tools of survival.

All these techniques are alternative, creative uses for these items. With the information provided in this article, we hope you can outlive the apocalypse or any sort of survival scenario that may occur.

 

10 Toilet Paper

With the lack of factories making medical equipment during the apocalypse, it is important to know what can be used to replace the bandage, our most common medical tool. Turns out that toilet paper, paper towels, and tissue paper can all be used as bandages in cases of absolute emergency.

However, you need to be cautious when using these tools to treat open wounds. First, any paper product will break down and leave behind fragments whenever it comes in contact with liquid. Also, many paper products are not sterile and may cause infection if used to treat the wound.

To avoid this problem, combine the paper product with a mixture of clean water and soap. Soap is a “basic” compound, so it will kill any bacteria on it. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as they can be a health hazard if they enter the bloodstream.

Once you dissolve the toilet paper or tissue paper in the soapy water, apply the pulp lightly to the abrasion. Do not force the pulp into the cut. Just lay it on the surface of the wound. Once the pulp is secure, wrap it in dry paper to hold it there. If the wound bleeds, start over with new paper.[1]

9 Safety Pins

Many people know that you can pick locks with bobby pins. But there is an even better way if you have some tweezers or a little patience. Lock picking is an extremely useful skill to have during the apocalypse as it gives you access to places and resources that others may not have already claimed.

Safety pins can be better for picking locks than bobby pins. For one, safety pins are skinnier and have more flexibility. Two safety pins have a broad circular point on them, which is easier to hold when used as a tension wrench.

If you have some tweezers, bend and twist the two pins apart. Be careful not to break either the broad safety case or the flat wire circle. Then pry the sharp point of the pin down like an “L” angle—this will be your tension wrench. The pin with the big broad safety case at the end will be your pick. You may want to make a slight “V” shaped bend in it for the sake of ease while lock picking.

If you don’t have tweezers, it will take a significantly greater amount of time to complete. Once you have the lock pick constructed, you want to hold each pin by the broad side and insert the narrow side into the lock. Put the tension wrench in at the bottom of the lock and give slight pressure. Then “rake” your pick across the lock’s tumblers until it opens.[2]

 

8 Glass Bottles

As everyone knows, glass bottles, bowls, and vases are very good for holding water and transporting liquids. However, during the apocalypse, glass may have a far more useful and ultimately deadly application.

If society were to fall into anarchy, you’d need to defend your home and family at all costs. Some of the simplest yet most effective defenses come in the form of booby-trapping your own home.

Making your home a labyrinth of deadly or dangerous traps will make it severely unappealing for looters or marauders. Not everyone has guns, knives, and other weapons lying around. Some people may not even own the tools to make these weapons.

However, many people have glass items in their homes. If you shatter glass, you instantly have a deadly weapon. But be careful when working with broken glass. If possible, use something thick and bulky to protect your hands.

Once you have a bunch of broken glass, you have many methods of using it. First is a glass carpet, where you simply lay glass all over the ground so that people cannot walk there without foot protection.[3]

If you have the means, an effective deterrent is to crush glass into dust and then construct dust bombs or pouches. Broken-down glass dust is extremely dangerous and can easily cause asphyxiation. You can also develop projectiles or pole weapons from broken glass so that you can fight at a range.

7 Shower Curtains

If you have to worry about fallout during a nuclear apocalypse, you may not have access to a radiation suit. Fortunately, you can easily devise a makeshift suit out of several items, including your shower curtain.

The most important material you’ll need is polyester or nylon. Either is good because each is waterproof. If you can find raincoats, windbreakers, shower curtains, and waterproof jacks that contain no organic fabrics, any of them would work fine.

If you find any metal or other absorbent fibers sutured into your suit, they must be removed or covered by the aforementioned materials. With the combination of plastic twine or duct tape, you may be able to tailor a wearable suit to keep fallout off and outside your body.

If you do not have a gas mask, it is best to put some fabric of any kind over your mouth and nose. Don’t reuse any fabrics exposed to fallout radiation. If you venture into an area contaminated with fallout while in your suit, make sure to wash down and remove any dirt or particles from your body when you return. This is why you must use either nylon or polyester waterproof fabrics.[4]

6 Hair Conditioner

It is a lesser-known fact that hair conditioner strongly binds to radioactive fallout particles. The chemical composition of hair conditioner makes its atomic structure bind with any particle of heavily ionized or radioactive material. Knowing this, we can prevent harm to ourselves and use the highly radioactive substance against any enemies.

All sorts of weapons using pure radiation in small doses will strictly have to be employed for the long game as the effects of radiation sickness can take several weeks to years to begin. If you have an especially concentrated batch of irradiated hair conditioner, you can do one of two things to inflict harm on another person.

First, you can poison him by slowly having him ingest the compound. Alternatively, you can find a way to get the compound mixed in with his hair. If irradiated conditioner contacts human hair, it will bind the radioactive isotopes to that person’s hair, which would constantly poison him and eventually lead to an early death.[5]

A nonhostile use for hair conditioner is to collect fallout particles to cleanse something of radiation. If you coat an object in hair conditioner, then the chemicals in the conditioner will extract most of the radioactive fallout from the object. Then you would need to thoroughly cleanse the item with water and scrubbers to remove the radioactive conditioner from the object.

 

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“Kill them with sugar” is truer than many think. The chemical composite of common table sugar is actually used in many formulas for low-yield exothermic reactions. Sugar is a prime ingredient of solid-form rocket fuel.[6]

When you combine table sugar with potassium nitrate, which is a salt found in many home products, then you have highly flammable, superhot burning rocket fuel. Once you have created rocket fuel, there are many possibilities.

Solid rocket fuel can be used to create a lot of heat and light quickly, which is helpful with applications such as forging, melting, camping, smiting, lighting, alarming, and signaling.

As a final use for rocket fuel, you can strap little rocket packets to arrows and then create rocket-propelled arrowheads. If you create enough rocket arrows and set them up with other trapping devices, you can easily defend your home or hunt for food.

4 Notebooks

Notebooks, especially the metal-bound ones, are filled with incredibly useful items. First, the metallic spine found on most college-ruled notebooks can be removed and used for many tricks and traps. The metal coil is very flimsy and malleable, so you could use it as twine to bind two objects together.

If wrapped around with other coils, the notebook coil could be long enough to make a sturdy trip wire frame. If you had the means or the patience to dismantle and sever the metal wire, then you could also create makeshift needles, sutures, and nails from the metal fragments.[7]

The next steps can also be applied to notebooks without metal spines because the paper and cardboard covers also have many uses. You can create makeshift window shutters with the cardboard covers. As each cover already has punctured holes in it, all you have to do is weave string through the holes and attach the string to a pulley.

The paper inside the notebook also has several uses, with one of the biggest being fuel. As the notebook companies design the paper so that it won’t burn easily, the best way to set the paper ablaze is to take each page and crumple it into a ball. This allows enough oxygen to get to the fire so that it can burn the rest of the paper.

If you have too many paper balls, they can be used as an alarm system. If someone is trying to sneak through an area, littering the space with bunches of crunchy paper balls would make it much more difficult to be silent.

3 Lighters

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Pocket lighters have obvious uses such as providing light or fire. But there are many more tricks you can do with these little lighters. The first trick is a reminder that the lighter that burns twice as bright lasts half as long.

There is a special technique to make the flame on your lighter twice as big as it would be normally. First, you need tweezers or some patience if you’re doing this by hand. Remove the small plastic brace at the top of the lighter. (This only applies to the cheap plastic lighters.)

After you remove the top, you want to find the small lever that controls the height of the flame and push it all the way over to full. Then lift the lever up from its track, put it back to small, and then push the lever to full again.[8]

The resulting flame will be twice as big and bright compared to the original flame produced by the lighter. This is useful if you need a more powerful flame for lighting something or if you are in a very dark area and need brighter light to see.

A diversionary trick with these lighters involves creating small light flashes. There are small bars of flint that look similar to pencil lead. If you heat these up and throw them against the ground, they will explode into a bright flash. You can also use empty lighters because the flint inside them is still good. Also, the more flint they have, the brighter the flash.

2 Brooms Or Mops

The most powerful and versatile weapon or tool on this list is the broomstick. It doesn’t matter if it’s metal or wood. A hefty wooden pole for bashing people is the very least of what these items can do.

Pole arms may become the best melee weapon once again in the aftermath of an apocalypse. Before the invention of the firearm, pole arms ruled the medieval battlefield. Best of all, you most likely already have one in your house.

The method is simple. Find your broom or mop handle, and remove the bristle end. Yes, it’s that easy. You now have a quarter staff with many different applications in a postapocalyptic world. If you’re clever, you can forge or “MacGyver” a spearhead onto the end of your pole. This increases its deadliness tenfold.[9]

If you don’t use the staff as a spear or weapon, it makes a good hiking stick or an even better trap detector. A pole arm can be effectively used as an extension of your body. You can safely put your pole through suspected traps and dangers because it is better to lose the pole rather than your arm or hand.

If you are absolutely swamped with these poles or you find some nicely sized tree branches, they can all be used for defense as well. Simply sharpen the ends, stick one end of each in the ground, line rows of them up, and you have basic wooden fortifications.

1 Silverware

If the apocalypse rolls around, silverware can be used for much more than eating. However, if it’s made of actual silver and there is fallout radiation, then do not use it. Silver absorbs radioactive isotopes, easily binds to them, and becomes radioactive itself.

Each type of silverware has different applications during the apocalypse. Obviously, knives are practical as stabbing or defense weapons, but they become leagues deadlier if they are attached to poles and made into spears or pole arms for defense.

A steak knife or even a sharpened butter knife is flawed due to its short range. So you need to put them on an object that can extend your reach, which is extremely helpful in defeating foes during close encounters. Forks are helpful for stabbing your enemies as well as making effective trap devices.[10]

With a fork, the flat end with the prongs is easily secured into flat stationary objects. This would allow you to sharpen the handle of the fork and then put the fork in the ground, secured by its prongs, to forge a sturdy stake ready for an unknowing thug to step on and gore his foot.

Spoons reinforce your pole arm or walking sick. You take 3–5 spoons and flatten them all out. Then you bend the flattened spoon parts into right angles to the handles. Melt all the spoons together on the blunt end of your pole arm. When they have all cooled, secure the spoons with twine or small nails. Now you have a sturdy, blunt melt reinforcement to your pole arm.


Raw Footage Of Paradise, CA After A Wildfire Completely Destroys It

Raw Footage Of Paradise, CA After A Wildfire Completely Destroys It

At least five people are dead after a wildfire broke out in Paradise, California, destroying everything in its wake. This clip from CNN correspondent Nick Valencia shows the disturbing aftermath of the blaze, as the burned husks of cars and buses sit abandoned along a major road.

Graphic Warning: Dead Bodies. This man is still in shock.

Guy saves a bunch of sheep. The devastation here is incredible.


The Worst Amusement Park Ride Disasters

The Worst Amusement Park Ride Disasters
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10 Eerie Ghost Towns And The Disasters That Made Them

10 Eerie Ghost Towns And The Disasters That Made Them

 

 

It’s always fun in a post-apocalyptic story when the survivors return to ghost towns to rummage for supplies, right? Exploring the ruins of a once-thriving place always makes for a great scene. But sometimes, as the saying goes, the truth is stranger than fiction. Take away the zombies and the nuclear fallout and you still have plenty of creepy, real-life stories made all-the-more creepy because they actually happened.

There are plenty of real cities that were abandoned by their residents available for you to explore... as long as you don’t mind some mild radiation exposure, possible lead poisoning, sinkholes, crumbling ruins, and sandstorms. The list below features towns that were abandoned due to disasters both natural and man-made, but unlike some cities that were abandoned on purpose (to make way for a dam, for example), all of these places were turned into ghost towns against the will of the people that lived there. Happy exploring!


7 Ways Scientists Plan To Avert The Apocalypse

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Most of us sleep soundly in our beds at night, not even thinking about the possibility that the world could end in horrible fiery death at any minute.

This is probably a good thing.

Luckily, however, there are people out there who have made it their business to protect us from the apocalypse. These heroes have taken every eventuality into account and are currently figuring out various genius schemes to prevent them. These scientists are nobly sacrificing their sleep and sanity, pondering the ultimate fate of humanity, so that you don't have to.

We all have a zombie apocalypse survival strategy (right?), but as with all things, prevention is usually better than cure as you can't perish in an apocalypse that doesn't happen.

Whether the threat to Earth comes from above in the form of an Idaho sized space rock, from below in the guise of an explosive super volcano, or even from within, in the shape of some explosively virulent disease that will either turn us into a horde of zombies, or dehydrated husks. Regardless of the source of the threat, you can rest safe in the knowledge that there are some very clever people working on it.

7. Asteroid Impact

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Until quite recently, most people were inexplicably chill about the idea of an asteroid screaming out of the sky and obliterating life on Earth. That was until an asteroid 300 metres across unexpectedly passed by the Earth at a distance of less than half a million miles back in 1989.

We were never in danger of being hit that time, but it definitely made the powers that be sit up and pay a bit more attention to the space rocks of death, just floating around out there in the solar system.

An impact from the kind of asteroid that passed by the Earth in the 80s would likely result in a continent-wide firestorm as the skies above the Earth ignited, and a catastrophic effect on global temperatures, and we didn't even see it coming.

Since then, NASA has formed a network of observatories loosely dubbed as "Spaceguard" to keep an eye on the skies and document all of the shifty-looking Near Earth Objects (NEOs). They continue to track apocalypse-causing rocks, but what would happen if one was actually heading for us?

Despite the risk of simply creating lots of smaller asteroids, many still consider nukes to be a viable option. Others think that a slightly less dramatic tactic of nudging it off-course with a projectile would do the trick. A slightly less orthodox solution would be to paint it. Giving it a different shade would change the way it reflects sunlight. Long story short, this would mean that it receives a different amount of "push" from solar radiation, knocking it off course.

6. Antibiotic Resistance

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It might seem like one of those boring headlines buried in the middle of a broadsheet newspaper, but the antibiotic apocalypse is very real, very gruesome and very deadly.

If it happens then we basically knock ourselves back to the Dark Ages, where an infected cut or bad chesty cough could mean curtains for you. Some experts predict that, by 2050, up to 10 million people could be dying per year from currently treatable diseases. Think epidemics, quarantines, hazmat suits - the works.

A bit of background: Antibiotic resistance comes about when people take antibiotics too often and/or incorrectly. Broadly speaking what happens is that, by so regularly killing off the weaker strains of the bacteria, we are artificially selecting the stronger ones to survive and multiply, eventually creating super strains that can't be controlled using current drugs.

Part of the problem is in the fact that, in the past 30 years, only one new antibiotic has been developed, so pumping money into that kind of research is an obvious choice. There's also the statistic that 70% of antibiotics are prescribed to animals, to compensate for the fact that we tend to keep them in grimy hellholes before shooting and eating them.

So, unless you want to live in a dystopian future of virulent infection and explosive diarrhea, stop trying to treat your flu with penicillin.

5. Zombie Apocalypse

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People love discussing the ins and outs of the zombie apocalypse. We like to muse on our survival plans over a couple of beers and ponder the various ways it might be feasible, safe in the knowledge that it'll probably never actually happen.

Then the Pentagon went and published a paper on how it would deal with the eventuality of a zombie outbreak and now we're all, frankly, a bit unnerved. The document was not published on April Fools day and, as is noted in its disclaimer section, "this plan was not actually designed as a joke." Well then.

The strategy takes all kinds of zombie variations into account, including symbiant zombies, space zombies, evil magic zombies (seriously) and even vegetarian zombies.

You can read the document for yourself here.

Perhaps spurred on by this official action on zombies, a team of statisticians from Cornell University modelled the apocalypse to figure out where the safest place to hide out would be.

After using differential equations to model a fully connected population, then moving on to lattice-based models, and ending with a full US-scale simulation of an outbreak across the continental US they came to the groundbreaking conclusion that you should probably head for the mountains.

4. Population Boom

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People often talk about "needing a new plague/war/apocalypse" to sort out the sticky problem of the booming human population, but it turns out that not even this would solve our problems.

Using a computer model based on real population and demographic data, researchers found that under current conditional, the global population is likely to grow to 10.4 billion by 2100. When they factored in a World War III scenario, with the same proportion of people killed in both the first and second world wars combined, it barely even registered as a blip on the graph.

Even with policies to restrict childbirth, it is thought that the pace of population growth is now too far gone to control in this way and, unless we find a way to offload a few billion people to another planet, our resources are going to be dwindling pretty sharpish.

In the meantime, experts are proposing techniques to reduce our impact as opposed to our numbers such as reduced reliance on fossil fuels and alternative food sources that don't require vast swathes of land to grow crops and cows.

Ultimately, however, if the population reaches an unsustainable level, then people are going to die. So, in a broadly utilitarian way, overpopulation is one of the few apocalypse scenarios that actually sorts itself out in the end.

3. Global Warming

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It's getting hot in here, but rather than simply taking off all our clothes, there are those who think we should probably do something about the environment.

Seeing as the tactic of not-burning-all-the-fossil-fuels-we-can-get-our-mitts-on seems like an unexpectedly tricky concept for people to grasp, some scientists are working on ways to bring the temperature down in spite of ourselves.

As well as the hope that one of the three popular clean energy sources - wind, solar and nuclear - will eventually replace fossil fuels, offsetting the temperature spike will hopefully buy us more time to make the transition.

The controversial field of geoengineering involves artificially altering the environment to change the Earth's climate. It's controversial because that's kinda how we got into this mess in the first place. Some proposals include: putting space mirrors into orbit to reflect some of the sun's radiation, spraying sulfur dioxide particles into the atmosphere, or even recycling the carbon already in the atmosphere and turning it back into fuel.

These techniques are a short term solution to put off having our coastal cities slide into the sea, but we will ultimately have to come to terms with the fact that the oil is running out about as fast as our luck.

2. Robot Uprising

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This has been the domain of sci-fi up until now, but as our technology advances, some people are beginning to get a bit edgy about the robot uprising.

We're not talking about people from the more paranoid corners of the internet either, as the likes of Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have all expressed their concerns. They, and others like them, see AI as the biggest technological threat to society in this century.

Musk has even taken matters into his own hands.The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has donated $7 million to Artificial Intelligence research teams around the world, with the proviso that they should dedicate some of their efforts to not only developing more and more sophisticated AI, but also ways for us to retain control of it when it begins thinking for itself.

Two of the major fields that have to be tightly controlled are banking and the military and the UN is already considering a blanket ban on AI weapons.

Whilst it's unlikely that we'll ever have to deal with robots travelling back from the future to murder us all, creating an artificial intelligence that is both capable of upgrading its own software and understanding when it is being exploited is surely a recipe for disaster.

1. Supervolcanic Eruption

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Volcanic eruptions sound scary, but not quite as scary as getting turned into planet soup by a giant space rock.

The thing is, though, that if a supervolcano like the one beneath Yellowstone National Park decides to go all doomsday on us, there's nothing we can do about it.

Yup, the scientists don't have a plan for this one.

The blast from this uncontrollable, unpredictable event would be strong enough to fire at least 1,000 cubic kilometres of material into the upper atmosphere. The scalding plume of superheated gases would reach the edge of space before spreading out across the globe.

This would have a dramatic cooling effect on the planet as the aerosols suspended in the upper atmosphere block the sun's heat and light for many years, possibly kick starting an ice age. The effects on agriculture would be catastrophic and famine would become widespread.

Luckily, these super-eruption only occur every 25 millennia or so. Unluckily, Yellowstone looks set to blow its top any day now.

 


FACEBOOK EXPRESSES 'REGRET' AFTER BALLOONS AND CONFETTI DECORATE POSTS ABOUT DEADLY INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE

FACEBOOK EXPRESSES 'REGRET' AFTER BALLOONS AND CONFETTI DECORATE POSTS ABOUT DEADLY INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE

 

Facebook expressed regret after users' posts about an earthquake in Indonesia were accidentally adorned with animated balloons and confetti.

An algorithm set off the animation when users wrote selamat in the wake of the environmental disaster on Sunday in Lombok that claimed the lives of nearly 100 people and left an estimated 20,000 people homeless. The Indonesian word has multiple English translations, including “congratulations,” “happy,” “unhurt” and “safe,” depending on the syntax.

 

Herman Saksono, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Northeastern University, raised the issue Sunday on his Twitter account. “After the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, Facebook users wrote ‘I hope people will survive’. Then Facebook highlighted the word ‘selamat’ and [threw] some balloons and confetti,” he tweeted. The post was retweeted more than 1,500 times, gaining Facebook’s attention.


Why There Is A Ring Of Natural Disasters Around The Pacific

Why There Is A Ring Of Natural Disasters Around The Pacific

 

The belt of volcanic activity is called 'The Ring Of Fire'.


A Little Volcanic Eruption Can't Ruin A Day On The Golf Course In Hawaii

A Little Volcanic Eruption Can't Ruin A Day On The Golf Course In Hawaii

The sky is lovely, dark and deep. But these golfers in Hawaii have rounds to go before they sleep.

Stunning photos taken at Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday show golfers coolly hitting the links even as a monstrous ash plume looms behind them.

The eruption of the Kilauea volcano has already destroyed houses, caused evacuations and threatened to wreak havoc on Hawaii's tourism industry. On Tuesday, a plume of ash from the volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air, dropping ash on sections of the island.
The US Geological Survey issued a red alert on Tuesday warning of an imminent major eruption.
But clearly, not everyone was so worried.

 

 

 

 


10 Apocalyptic Natural Disasters That Are Waiting To Happen

10 Apocalyptic Natural Disasters That Are Waiting To Happen

You may think they're the stuff of Hollywood, but real disaster on a cinematic scale is just waiting to spring upon unsuspecting populations all over the world. Here are natural disasters that are just waiting to happen...


Life In Fukushima 7 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Life In Fukushima 7 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Our hope is this video can give you real insight of what's really going on in Fukushima.
What do you think after hearing these local people's opinion?


10 Truly Devastating Disasters Caused By Sleep Deprivation

Though the reason that we need sleep continues to baffle scientists, there’s no denying that we require it to function efficiently. In the short term, lack of sleep affects judgment, hinders the ability to retain information, and reduces the ability to cope with stress.

Over time, the effects of lack of sleep are much more serious. Cardiovascular disease, obesity, and severe impairment of cognitive functions are just a few of the ways that sleep deprivation prohibits us from achieving our peak performance.

Around 30 percent of the US workforce is clocking less than six hours a night on average, which creates the potential for some serious issues. In fact, some of the biggest disasters in history have stemmed directly from sleep deprivation.

10.Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

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Anyone who has driven for too long or without enough sleep can attest to how difficult it is to stay within those narrow painted lines on the road. Imagine the consequences of being at the helm of an oil supertanker with hardly any sleep at all. The results are just as you would expect.

Considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters of all time, the Exxon Valdez oil spill dumped almost 42 million liters (11 million gal) of oil into Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska on March 24, 1989. The vessel was headed for Long Beach, California, on a route that the Exxon Shipping Company had traversed over 8,700 times in the previous 12 years. So this disaster came as a total surprise, although maybe it shouldn’t have.

Captain Joseph Hazelwood was ultimately responsible for navigating the 300-meter (987 ft) ship through familiar waters to its destination. Unfortunately, the captain had downed a few drinks more than he should have and wound up turning over the helm to sleep-deprived Third Mate Gregory Cousins.[1]

Cousins was barely functioning because he had slept only six hours in the previous two days. Shortly after midnight, the Exxon Valdez collided with Bligh Reef, a well-known hazard on this route, which ruptured 8 of the vessel’s 11 cargo tanks. The supertanker called for help immediately, but it didn’t matter. Though there were no human lives lost, the damage to the environment and wildlife was already done.

The Exxon Valdez spill continues to hold the No. 1 spot for the costliest maritime accident of all time. Hundreds of miles of coastline were completely destroyed along with the ecosystem there.

9.Three Mile Island Accident

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At approximately 4:00 AM on March 28, 1979, an avoidable accident occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor. A valve became stuck open in the secondary nonnuclear section of the plant and began to leak coolant everywhere.

The valve had opened automatically to relieve the pressure after a mechanical failure had prevented water from reaching the steam generators, which was intended to keep the reactors cool. The valve should have closed on its own when the pressure was stabilized, but it did not. Instruments in the control room showed the valve as closed. By the time the crew was able to locate the source of the problem, the reactor’s core had melted.[2]

Unaware that they were dealing with a cooling problem, crew members ultimately made decisions that worsened the situation. The problem was complex enough, but when fatigue was added into the mix, they had the perfect recipe for disaster. Investigators eventually ruled that sleep deprivation was a significant factor.

The aftermath was devastating. It took 12 years to clean up the mess and cost around $1 billion. Hundreds were sickened within the immediate area, and many animals and plants perished. The TMI-2 reactor has since been shut down permanently.

8.The Grounding Of The Star Princess Cruise Ship

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In June 1995, passengers on the Star Princess, a Liberian cruise ship, likely had a very different idea of what they were in for when they boarded the 246-meter (806 ft) vessel just five days earlier. The seven-day cruise from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska, was cut short on the fifth day when it ran into Poundstone Rock, 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Juneau.

Though the Star Princess sustained some serious damage to its starboard side, its bottom, and its oil tanks—which ruptured and spilled about 19 liters (5 gal) of oil—there were no injuries to the crew or the 1,568 passengers aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the grounding of the Star Princess was due to pilot performance, citing fatigue from sleep apnea.[3]

7.The Challenger Explosion

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It takes a lot of preparation to launch a shuttle into space, which results in many sleepless nights and long days for crew and support staff alike.

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Seventy-three seconds later, it exploded, killing all seven people aboard as the world watched in horror. In the aftermath, it was concluded that poor judgment due to sleep loss was a contributing factor.

The top managers had been on duty since 1:00 AM the day of the launch after having had only a couple of hours of sleep the previous night.[4] This made it all too easy for mistakes to be made. Tragically, these mistakes resulted in a fatal outcome.

6.Air France Flight 447

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Air France Flight 447 was a routine passenger flight that left Rio de Janeiro and headed for Paris on June 1, 2009. Four hours later, the plane crashed, killing everyone aboard. So how did a routine flight suddenly—and without any warning—simply fall from the sky?

Everything started off normal. The crew was coming off a three-day layover in Rio de Janeiro. Captain Marc Dubois and his copilots, Pierre-Cedric Bonin and David Robert, should have been fully rested. But that was not the case. It was revealed later that the captain had slept only one hour the night before the flight and the two copilots were not any better off.

The first four hours went smoothly for the tired crew. So smoothly, in fact, that the captain decided to take a nap in a bunk behind the cockpit. The nap was scheduled, and everything should have been fine.

But when the flight ran into a band of thunderstorms and turbulence soon afterward, it took the captain over a minute to get back to the cockpit. That minute was likely the difference between stabilizing the aircraft and the 11,600-meter (38,000 ft) plunge that it ultimately took in a span of three-and-a-half minutes.

The tired copilots overcorrected when sensors iced over and the autopilot disengaged. They took the aircraft rapidly from 11,000 meters (36,000 ft) to 11,600 meters (38,000 ft) before it stalled.[5] By the time the captain reached the cockpit, it was too late and all 228 passengers and crew perished within minutes.

5.Great Heck High-Speed Train Crash

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The Great Heck rail crash is the worst UK rail disaster of the 21st century. It is also known as the Selby rail crash in a nod to the town near the site of the tragedy.

On February 28, 2001, Gary Hart fell asleep while driving a Land Rover that was pulling a trailer on the M62. He had had little to no sleep the night before. His vehicle veered off the roadway and down a steep embankment before coming to rest on the railway track.

Hart was able to make it out of his vehicle just 60 seconds before a passenger train struck it and derailed. Shortly after, a second train traveling northbound plowed into the wreckage.[6]

Hart called for help immediately, but it was too late. The crash claimed 10 lives that morning: six passengers and four railway crew members. More than 80 people were also injured. Hart was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of 10 counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

4.American Airlines Flight 1420 Crash

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Though weather played a significant role in the crash of American Airlines Flight 1420, a better-rested pilot could have turned the whole thing around. Flight 1420 left Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport on June 1, 1999, for Little Rock National Airport.

The crew received information mid-flight about severe thunderstorms on their route. In an attempt to outrun the bad weather, they made some landing decisions that caused them to overshoot the runway altogether. The crew was in a hurry to reach their destination, so they refused to discontinue their approach at Little Rock despite the stormy weather. In addition, they did not ensure that the spoilers had fully extended after touching down.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that judgment impairment stemming from fatigue and situational stress played a role in the crash. Ten passengers and the captain were killed as the plane struck several tubes 125 meters (411 ft) beyond the runway, passed through a chain link fence, and went over a rock embankment before colliding with a lighting system. The first officer, the flight attendants, and 105 passengers were also injured.[7]

The plane was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

3.Gas Leak In Bhopal, India

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On December 2, 1984, the citizens of Bhopal went to bed unaware that many of them would never wake up. As they slept, one of the storage tanks at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant began to leak.

A faulty valve allowed water into the tank, and pressure quickly rose to catastrophic levels. At around 1:00 AM on December 3, a loud rumbling was heard from the plant as the safety valve inevitably gave out. A plume of methyl isocyanate spilled into the air, and 3,800 people died instantly.[8]

Drowsy workers in the middle of the night were cited as one of the causes of the unfortunate domino effect that resulted in this tragedy. Approximately 15,000 people died and 600,000 were left with serious injuries ranging from respiratory problems to blindness.

2.Michigan Train Wreck

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The early morning quiet on November 15, 2001, was shattered when two Canadian National–Illinois Central freight trains crashed around Clarkston, Michigan. The operators of the southbound train had failed to acknowledge stop signals that indicated another train was approaching from the north. Traveling at 21 kilometers per hour (13 mph), the southbound train proceeded onto the mainline track and the two vehicles collided.

At the time, no one knew that two crew members had been previously diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Neither engineer Allen Yash nor conductor Jesse Enriquez of the southbound train had informed his employer of his condition. Neither man had been successfully treated for the condition, either.

The National Transportation Safety Board cited the crew members’ fatigue as the cause of the accident, which claimed the lives of both the conductor and the engineer of the northbound train. Yash and Enriquez were hospitalized. Around 11,400 liters (3,000 gal) of diesel fuel were leaked onto the tracks and surrounding area, which cost $1.4 million to clean up.[9]

1.Chernobyl

Perhaps the best-known disaster on this list, the Chernobyl accident occurred on April 26, 1986. Due to a series of mistakes by plant operators, the No. 4 reactor was running on dangerously low power, which left it unstable.

The previous day, the crew had been preparing to test how long the turbines would supply power to the main pumps after a power loss. Seconds after the scheduled shutdown, a power surge occurred, resulting in a massive chemical explosion. The blast was so powerful that it blew the 1,000-ton cover off the reactor.

One person was killed instantly in the explosion, and a second died at the hospital from serious injuries. Twenty-eight others died within a few months from acute radiation syndrome. Fatigued workers making preventable mistakes contributed to the largest nuclear accident that the world has ever seen.

The fallout was catastrophic. Within 36 hours of the explosion, people were evacuated from the surrounding area. Although the exact death toll is still uncertain, the official number of deaths is 31. But it’s unclear how many have died from cancer caused by radiation exposure. The 600,000 workers involved with trying to contain the disaster were all exposed, as were the 116,000 people evacuated from the 30-kilometer (18 mi) radius around the plant.[10]

As of 2017, Chernobyl serves as an eerie, post-apocalyptic tourist attraction that sits frozen in time and reclaimed by nature.

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EPA Quietly Pulls Waste From Superfund Sites Hit By Harvey

Here is: EPA Quietly Pulls Waste From Superfund Sites Hit By Harvey

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not said which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified, and whether there's a threat to human health. The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a FEMA press release summarizing the government's Harvey response. At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston flooded in the days after Harvey's record-shattering rains. AP journalists surveyed seven sites by boat, vehicle, and on foot. The EPA said at the time its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.

The AP reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the US Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts. Local pollution control officials photographed three large tanks used to store potentially hazardous waste completely underwater on Aug. 29. The EPA later said there was no evidence that nearby Vince Bayou had been impacted. PRP Group, the company formed to clean up the US Oil Recovery site, said it does not know how much material leaked from the tanks. As part of the post-storm cleanup, workers have vacuumed up 63 truckloads of potentially contaminated storm water, totaling about 315,000 gallons.


Top 10 Guns for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Top 10 Guns for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

MY GUN?! WHO TOUCHED MY GUN? WHO TOUCHED SASHA?!  WHO MESSES WITH A MANS MINIGUN?!


12 Sex + Food Horror Stories You Won’t Be Able To Unread

12 Sex + Food Horror Stories You Won’t Be Able To Unread

Weird stories of combining sex with food...

1. The vegan chocolate German cake:

“I had just started seeing this guy, and we bonded over being the adventurous types. At our next date, I told him I’d come over in a trench coat and a cake and that his job was to find a tarp. Fast forward to that night: Not only is German chocolate cake very hard to eat off a dick because you have to chew it, but brown frosting on an ass is quite unappetizing. Worst part? We didn’t finish the cake, it was vegan, AND it was expensive! I brought it home and didn’t think to hide it.

My family polished it off for me. Never told them it was sex cake.”

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2. The McDonald’s syrup:

“He liked using syrup but one night we only had McDonald’s syrup packets. We microwaved it but didn’t realize we made it too hot. He had a red squiggly burn mark for days.

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3. The gas station salad:

“My friend always tells the story of how her brother and his girlfriend once bought a salad at a gas station so that he could eat it out of her vagina. A few days later she went to the ER with maggots in her vag.”

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4. The wings:

“Chicken wings + cunnalingus = vagina on fire and loads of tears.”

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5. The whipped cream:

“My boyfriend and I are both big foodies so naturally we thought whipped cream might be a good idea. I brought some over and we got down to business — horrible mistake. Not only was it super sticky, but combined with saliva, it produced a smell exactly like that of puke. We tried to shower it off but later on, he told me that when he saw his mom, she said he smelled like throw-up and asked if he was okay. Overall, no longer a fan of food and sex at the same time.”

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6. The other whipped cream:

“The first time my boyfriend and I incorporated whipped cream into foreplay, I got a yeast infection (from the whipped cream he had in his mouth).”

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7. The chicken nuggets:

“My girlfriend once licked my asshole and vomited up the chicken nuggets we had eaten for dinner just before, at the exact same time I accidentally farted. I farted the asshole-touched vomit back into her mouth and all over her face.”

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8. The edible:

After getting high from marijuana banana bread, I was on the couch with my ankles on my partner’s shoulders — deep into the trip — when suddenly the motion in the ocean became too much. I sat up suddenly and vomited all over him. He cleaned me up like a true gentleman and put me to bed.”

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9. The Chipotle hot sauce:

“We were having great sex until he brought his hand back to spank me and accidentally hit our Chipotle hot sauce — it went right into my asshole and it burned intensely. He just lay on the ground laughing while I stood there dancing because my ass hurt so much.”

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10. The chocolate syrup (and the flamin’ hot wings):

“My former boyfriend and I thought chocolate syrup would be fun in bed. My vagina disagreed. The sugar gave me a yeast infection so fierce that we couldn’t have sex for two weeks. We apparently didn’t learn that food wasn’t our thing, because a few months later we had hot wings and then decided to get frisky in his car. He ended up screaming because my flaming tongue ended up setting his urethra on fire. But hey, at least we ended up even.”

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11. The wine:

“I once got a glass of wine and poured it all over my boyfriend’s butt and licked it out. At the time, it felt super sexy. Well, I got a text from my boyfriend the next day telling me the wine had SEVERELY chaffed his butthole and that he was in extreme pain all day. OOPSIE DAISIES! I just wanted to know what rappers felt like once in my life.”

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12. The Sriracha:

“My boyfriend and I went to Red Lobster and we both had shrimp covered in Sriracha sauce. When we got home I went down on him for awhile — when we switched to him being inside me, my vagina felt on FIRE from the Sriracha!”

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US Waters Finally Showing Signs Of Fukushima Radiation

US Waters Finally Showing Signs Of Fukushima Radiation

But scientists say there's no danger to humans or the environment

1096021-13-201612091155301Moving at a pace "roughly twice the speed of a garden snail," the plume of nuclear radiation created by the Fukushima disaster has finally crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived off the West Cost of the US, the Statesman Journal reports. Following a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, contaminated water escaped Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. More radiation joined the plume when it fell from the sky. Now researchers say a seawater sample taken in Oregon shows traces of Cesium-134. It's the first time Cesium-134, which could only have come from Fukushima, has been found in US waters. Greater levels of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137—already present in the water following nuclear testing decades ago—are expected to arrive with the bulk of the plume in the near future.

636167180823023788-gettyimages-5142940681However, scientists say that even at those levels there will be no danger to humans or the environment. "To put it in context, if you were to swim everyday for six hours a day in those waters for a year, that additional radiation from the addressed cesium from Japan ... is 1,000 times smaller than one dental X-ray," Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute tells USA Today. Still, scientists can use this data to better track ocean currents and come up with more accurate models for future, potentially worse, nuclear disasters. Meanwhile, Cesium-134 from Fukushima has also been detected in a Canadian salmon for the first time. Fortunately, the level found in the salmon is more than 1,000 times less than what Canada considers dangerous


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'Apocalyptic Scenes' After Heart Of Italy Rocked By Quake

'Apocalyptic Scenes' After Heart Of Italy Rocked By Quake

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Asked if there were any dead, the mayor of the central Italian town of Amatrice, hit hard by an overnight quake, said, "Look there are houses that aren't here anymore. ... the town isn't here anymore." The quake—being reported variously as between magnitude 6.0 and 6.2—struck shortly after 3:30am, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept, and was followed by dozens of aftershocks, reports the AP. Along with Amatrice, which sits 80 miles northeast of Rome, Pescara del Tronto and Accumoli were among the hardest-hit towns; at least 73 people are dead, per AP. Reuters reports those towns are located in the "mountainous heart of the country," which makes for a more complicated rescue effort.

ANSA quotes civil protection authorities as calling Wednesday's quake "comparable in intensity" to the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake that took 300 lives, and witnesses are describing "apocalyptic scenes." A man whose home collapsed in Via Costanzo Angelini tells ANSA, "Ten seconds were enough to destroy everything. I can remember the L'Aquila earthquake, it lasted longer. Here everything happened in a flash." The center of Amatrice was devastated, reports the AP, with entire buildings razed and the air thick with dust and smelling strongly of gas. "It was one of the most beautiful towns of Italy and now there's nothing left," said one woman, too distraught to give her name. "I don't know what we'll do."

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Watch This Swimming Pool During The 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

Watch This Swimming Pool During The 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

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CCTV footage during the massive earthquake of magnitude 7.8 that occurred on 25th April, 2015 in Nepal. The video was captured in Marigold Swimming Pool.


10 Disasters That Sparked New Safety Regulations

10 Disasters That Sparked New Safety Regulations

Disasters involving disease, fire, maritime catastrophes, mine explosions, airplane crashes, oil spills, and earthquakes have led to the losses of millions of dollars and hundreds, even millions, of lives. Man-made cataclysms are sometimes preventable. On occasion, they occur because of violations of existing safety laws or regulations. Other times, they are due to carelessness. Natural disasters may not be avoidable, but their ill effects sometimes can be reduced.

Although disasters are horrific, they often expose weaknesses in the safety laws and regulations designed to protect people from the property loss, injury, and death that such events typically cause. Sometimes, disasters also indicate a need for new ordinances. Often, such events motivate officials to take administrative, legislative, and judicial actions that are long overdue.

Here are 10 disasters that sparked new safety laws and regulations.

 

10  Black Death

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In October 1347, a dozen Genoese ships, having sailed through the Black Sea, docked at Messina, Sicily. Most of the sailors aboard were dead. The few who had lived were deathly ill. From their boils, their illness took its name: the “Black Death.” Although authorities ordered the “death ships” to return to sea, the Black Death killed over 20 million people in Europe—one-third of its population—over the next five years.

Italian cities were the first to combat the Black Death with new safety laws and regulations. Venice barred ships suspected of carrying the plague from its ports. The city subjected other ships and their passengers to quarantine for 30 (later 40) days. The dead were interred in isolated graveyards in accordance with regulations specifying procedures for collection, conveyance, and burial. Pistoia restricted “imports, exports, and travel,” and Milan established a “pesthouse” outside the city gates for infected individuals.

9  Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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On March 25, 1911, 145 people died in one of the worst factory fires of all time. Worse yet, their deaths could have been prevented. Doors inside the factory were locked. As a result of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, new laws and regulations were instituted to ensure workers’ safety.

The Manhattan factory, a sweatshop operated by teenage immigrant girls who didn’t speak English, ran 12 hours each day, producing women’s blouses, or “shirtwaists,” as they were known at the time. The only ways out were a narrow fire escape and an elevator that held 12 people.

During the fire, the elevator collapsed. One of the two stairways inside the building was locked. The other ended at a door that opened only inward. To save money, the owners, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, had neglected to install a sprinkler system and had ignored other safety laws and regulations.

As a result of the disaster, the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law was passed. So was other legislation and regulations. New state laws mandated “fire sprinklers, fire drills, and unlocked and outward-swinging doors.”

Among other provisions, additional laws required the removal of fire hazards such as rubbish, the use of fireproof waste receptacles, the protection of gas jets, the prohibition of smoking in the factory, the presence of fire escapes and exits, and the assignment of building occupancy limits.

8  Titanic Sinking

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On April 15, 1912, the unthinkable happened: The “unsinkable” RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic. Of the 2,214 people aboard, 1,517 died. It had been believed that the ship was safer than any vessel that had ever been to sea. It was made of steel. Its 16 compartments were watertight. It had its own “waterworks” and power plant. It was equipped with two radios.

Human error was at fault, and the disaster was preventable. The ship’s “captain ignored 20-plus warnings about icebergs,” continuing to operate after night had fallen when icebergs are nearly impossible to see. The ship had been provided with too few lifeboats for the passengers and crew aboard the ship.

The SS California was anchored 25 kilometers (15 mi) away, “waiting for daylight to proceed” while the Titanic sank. The California observed the Titanic‘s “distress rockets,” but the ship made no rescue attempt. The crew assumed that the rockets had been fired merely to signal the Titanic‘s “presence, as ships often did then.” Had the California responded, “more passengers could have been saved from the doomed ship, which sank in four hours.”

After the Titanic disaster, North Atlantic Ocean “ice patrols became more frequent and rigorous.” Crews were required to man onboard radios “at all times,” and “lifeboat safety drills” were mandated. In 1914, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea replaced “a patchwork of national conventions with one global maritime safety standard.”

In addition, rockets could be fired only to indicate distress, and ships were redesigned with double hulls and taller bulkheads in some cases to ensure that they were watertight.

 

7  Fires In Spencer And Remsen, Iowa

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Recently, a group of Iowans tried to get the state legislature to legalize fireworks. But it seems that lawmakers learned their lessons from the 1931 Spencer inferno and the 1936 Remsen conflagration. Both were five-alarm fires. The one in Spencer started when someone dropped a sparkler into a store’s fireworks display. In minutes, 25 businesses had gone “up in smoke” and another 50 were damaged. The fire covered 2.5 downtown blocks.

Perhaps caused by carelessness with fireworks, the Remsen fire ignited and destroyed a garage, two city blocks, “grain elevators, [a] baseball field, [a] residential neighborhood,” a hotel, a tavern, a pool hall, a pharmacy, a cafe, and a lumber company. Local volunteers, bolstered by firefighters from a half-dozen nearby cities and 150 National Guard troops, fought the Remsen inferno and the wind and high temperatures that “hindered” them. The fire was so intense that it melted the wheels of rail cars. Losses totaled $600,000 (over $10 million today).

Two days later, the Remsen City Council outlawed fireworks. In 1938, the state also prohibited their sale anywhere in Iowa. In general, the only exceptions are 1.4G consumer “novelty fireworks,” such as some sparklers, snakes, and caps that “produce low-level aerial effects.” Some cities also allow “cones, parachutes, and fountains.”

6  Hartford Hospital Fire

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On December 8, 1961, Hartford Hospital in Connecticut caught fire when someoneflicked a cigarette into a trash chute. The chute ran through all 13 floors of the hospital. Sixteen people were killed, including “patients, visitors, two staff members, a nurse, and a resident doctor.”

As a result of the disaster, hospital safety procedures and building codes changed. Trash chutes must be equipped with sprinklers. Doors and other barriers must resist fires for one hour. Draperies and curtains must be fire-resistant. Additional doors were installed to “create refuge areas.”

Smoking was first limited and then banned. “A fire safety committee [reviewed] procedures and safety training.” Since the Hartford Hospital fire, other hospitals have adopted identical or similar laws, regulations, and policies. As a result, hospitals are much safer. None has suffered the damage and loss of life involved in the Hartford Hospital fire.

5  Farmington Mine And Other Mine Disasters

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On November 20, 1968, 78 coal miners in West Virginia lost their lives in the fires and explosions inside Consolidation Coal’s Farmington No. 9 Mine. Their bodies were not recovered until 10 months later. Although the “ignition source” of the initial explosion was never determined, investigators said that “contributing factors were inadequate methane testing and ventilation along with the presence of high levels of methane gas and coal dust.”

The disaster prompted the passing of the Coal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969, federal legislation that “standardized coal mine health and safety practices.” The law “increased federal enforcement powers in coal mines, set monetary penalties for violations, and established criminal punishments forknowing and willful violations.”

Other mine disasters have also led to significant safety laws. In 2006, after coal mine disasters killed 14 people in West Virginia, then-governor Joe Manchin signed legislation requiring improved communications, underground supplies of oxygen, and quicker emergency responses.

After an explosion that killed 12 people at the Sago Mine that same year, President George W. Bush signed the federal Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act, which increased the lowest “fines for mine safety violations from $60 to $2,000 or $4,000, while ‘flagrant’ violations can draw a fine of as much as $220,000,” up from a previous $60,000.

In addition, the MINER Act authorizes the government to close mines that are “pattern” violators. The Sago Mine probably would have qualified as a pattern violator. In 2005, it was “cited 208 times and fined more than $24,000 last year for various violations, including 96 that were considered likely to cause injury or illness.”

4  Nigerian Air Disasters

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Nigeria has a long track record of air crashes. It dates from November 20, 1969, when Nigeria Airways BAC VC10 crash-landed and killed 87 people aboard to October 29, 2006, when a Nigerian Aviation Development Corporation Boeing 737 “with 104 on board” crashed “minutes after takeoff from Abuja’s airport during a rainstorm.” The 2006 crash killed “all but six,” including Nigeria’s Sunni Muslim “spiritual leader,” His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido.

Attributing the fatal crashes to “political interference and corruption” that allowed airlines to thwart safety, Nigeria’s then-president Olusegun Obasanjo signed new laws to define safety violations, improve safety inspections, establish ministerial powers during emergencies, penalize offenders, compensate travelers, better regulate pilot licensing, and empower the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

3  BP Oil Spill

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In April 2010, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (aka the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill), one of the worst environmental disasters ever, was caused by a leak in an undersea pipe after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig about 67 kilometers (42 mi) off the Louisiana coastline. The disaster resulted in11 fatalities and the release of five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico until the pipe was repaired 87 days later.

The environmental consequences were severe. Oil slicks formed on the surface of the water, oil collected on the ocean floor, and oil washed ashore. Coral, pelicans, turtles, seabirds, and other marine life were devastated by the effects of the spill.

After a massive cleanup by BP and government agencies, the US Department of the Interior proposed in 2015 that oil companies be required to use “stronger blowout preventers.” These devices close an offshore well if there’s a breach in the pipeline. The failure of a blowout preventer triggered the Gulf oil spill when the explosion occurred at the Deepwater Horizon rig.

The Interior Department has also mandated the use of stronger well casings and introduced regulations regarding the use of cement to reinforce wells.

2  Earthquake In Tainan, Taiwan

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In February 2016, an earthquake struck Tainan, Taiwan, that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. It toppled the 16-story Wei-kuan apartment complex, which killed 115 of the 117 people who died in the disaster. Shoddy construction is said to have caused the building to fall: “Foam and tin cans had been used as filling in concrete structures.” There were other “flaws” in the construction, too. Steel reinforcement bars were “inadequate.”

In the aftermath of the disaster, new laws were enacted in the form of amendments to the Building Act to “enhance quake-resistance standards,” improve the quality of construction, and improve building inspections. The government also subsidized the earthquake-resistance retrofitting of older buildings.

The families of those who lost their lives in the apartment building’s collapse received NT$3 million (Taiwanese dollars) in compensation. The injured received between NT$200,000 and NT$750,000.

1  Oil Train Accidents

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With increasing numbers of oil transports by train in both the United States and Canada, accidents have increased. In May 2015, an oil train ignited after derailing in North Dakota. The fire forced a nearby town to evacuate. Fortunately, there were no injuries. This and other accidents involving oil trains have sparked new regulations by which the US Department of Transportation hopes to promote safety.

Some of the accidents have involved fatalities. In July 2013, 47 people were killed in an oil train accident in Quebec. Between March 2013 and January 2014, 10 such accidents resulted in oil spills. Many oil tank cars date from 1964 and were used originally to transport “nonflammable hazardous liquids like liquid fertilizers.”

The regulations require an improved tank car standard, the retrofitting of certain older tank cars based on an assessment of risk, and a “new braking standard” to minimize the “severity of an accident and the ‘pileup effect.’ ” The US and Canada worked closely with one another in establishing the new regulations.

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Top 10 Tips For Surviving A Nuclear Winter

Top 10 Tips For Surviving A Nuclear Winter

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Nuclear war is not a scenario that most would aspire to live through. In the sixties, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought us dangerously close to the brink – but mankind has so far been fortunate enough not to experience a potential extinction event.

Nuclear Winter is in itself a theoretical concept; scientists believe that in the event of nuclear war, vast amounts of soot will be injected into the stratosphere and spread by winds across the planet, blocking out the sun and making the temperature plummet. Crops would wilt and die; animals would soon follow. The collapse of the food chain would lead to the extinction of the human race.

Nuclear Winter could last for years, or even decades; and while it exists, any humans who survived the nuclear war will find it impossible to reestablish civilization. The only way to ensure the survival of the human race, is to collect a manual of tips for surviving a nuclear winter.

10.  Live in the Countryside

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This may sound like something of a bogus entry, given that it cannot easily be helped, but the question of who survives the initial nuclear explosions will be decided by nothing more so than geographical location. Estimates made during the 1960s indicated that should Russia launch a fully committed assault on the United States, between 100-150million people would be killed by the initial detonations – over two thirds of the population at that time. Major cities will be rendered totally inaccessible, both by the blast and by the radiation which would accompany it. All in all, if you live in a city, you are almost certainly doomed – but if you live in the countryside, you have at least a moderate chance of initial survival.

9.  Abandon Religious Beliefs

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This entry (and picture) may be somewhat controversial, but there are many solid reasons why religious beliefs could hinder the efforts of a potential nuclear war survivor. First of all, going to church every Sunday isn’t really priority number one after a nuclear holocaust. On a more serious note: in order to survive, you may have to perform acts which many religious (or simply moral) individuals would consider unthinkable (See #8). The survivor’s mindset must be decidedly Machiavellian: the world is now a free-for-all; issues of morality are secondary to staying alive by any means necessary.

If your religion bars you from eating certain foods, you may want abandon such dietary commitments and eat whatever you can find. Perhaps to help you abandon your faith, you might adopt the mindset that God (or any other deity) would have prevented a collapse of civilisation from occurring in the first place, if he/she really existed.

8.  Execute/Release Pets

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So you’ve survived the initial blast, and now you’re a country-dwelling atheist. What next? Well, consider for a moment your pets. Pets need food, water, and care – and there won’t be much loving going around during a nuclear winter. You aren’t going to survive long if every morsel of food is divided between you and Rex.

Those of a cold-hearted disposition may want to think about executing and devouring their pet(s), given that food will be extremely scarce. Most people however, will (I hope) find such thoughts revolting – so simply releasing the beloved animal into the wild may be a less sociopathic option. But in all seriousness, nuclear winter survivor: give up any hope of rescuing your goldfish. Small animals may as well just be disposed of, rather than consumed for sustenance – it will at least save them from a slow starvation in the future.

 

 

7.  Cover Up

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Time for some science: in the event of multiple nuclear warheads detonating over major cities, vast amounts of soot and dense smoke from the resultant fires would rise into the stratosphere, preventing sunlight from reaching much of Earth’s surface for years or even decades.

Surface temperatures would drastically decrease, and sub-zero conditions would be maintained indefinitely. In other words, the need for warm clothing cannot be understated – so you may want to scavenge some insulating coats if you don’t possess any already. Sadly, the perpetually freezing conditions aren’t the end of your worries; scientists have hypothesized a massive depletion of the ozone layer, meaning vast amounts of ultra-violet radiation would seep to the surface of the planet, causing deaths from skin cancer. Minimize these problems by avoiding sleeping out in the open, and always wear some kind of hood to shield the face from the bitter cold and the harmful UV rays.

6.  Arm Yourself

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If you live in a country were guns are readily available and legal to own, it shouldn’t be too difficult to arm up against robbers or potential cannibals (yikes). Desperate conditions may cause many survivors to steal food from other survivors, in order to prevent starvation. Looting your local gun store for supplies is a viable option for those in America (or any other country without significant gun control) – but watch out for the gun-toting store owner. Otherwise, you may want to grab some kind of knife for protection. In the months after the initial detonations, hunting would still be possible, because animals won’t yet have died off. Stock up on meat in the early stages if possible.

5.  Learn to Recognise Cannibals

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When all the big meaty animals have gone extinct in the years after nuclear war, it is inevitable that humans will resort to cannibalism to survive. In fact, you might want to consider cannibalism yourself at some point, if you’re starving and find yourself with a wholesome corpse in your vicinity.

As for other survivors: they’ll either try to help you, or try to eat you; needless to say it’s important to differentiate between the two. People who eat human meat tend to suffer symptoms of Kuru; a contamination of the brain which handily can cause very noticeable symptoms. For example, if the person walking towards you in the distance is lurching from side to side and struggling to walk in a straight line, it’s probably best to run away as they are either drunk or have Kuru. Other symptoms include uncontrollable shaking and creepy bursts of laughter in inappropriate situations. Kuru is untreatable and death usually occurs after one year of first contracting the disease, so don’t eat human meat – nuclear winter or not!

 

 

4.  Travel Alone

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Introverts would thrive in a post-apocalyptic environment, at least compared to those who instinctively reach for their cell phones whenever they find themselves alone. Having a family around – especially if it includes children – is not a smart move, considering the scarcity of food. Ignore the cliché of antagonistic roaming gangs of “bandits” or “raiders”, which Hollywood spoon-feeds us in films like “The Road” and “The Book of Eli”. In reality, such groups would never be able to find enough food to sustain themselves in the long run. That’s not to say you should abandon (or cannibalize) your own family – but finding a large group to stick with is not a realistic option for those who want to avoid starvation.

3.  Eat Insects

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The drastically reduced sunlight and rainfall during a nuclear winter would render crops impossible to raise and kill off most plant life on Earth, in turn rendering many animals quickly extinct from a lack of food. Because of this, small insects such as ants, crickets, wasps, grasshoppers and beetles are among the most likely creatures to survive long term. They also happen to be fantastically dense protein sources to help maintain muscle mass: grasshoppers have the highest percentage with 20g of protein in every 100g. Crickets on the other hand are rich in iron and zinc, and ants are fantastic calcium sources. Overall insects may not taste as great as a bucket of fried chicken (you never know), but they at least can be considered preferable to starvation.

2.  Scavenge

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Perhaps this is one of the extremely rare enjoyable activities of a post-apocalyptic environment. Who wouldn’t want to be able to wander through a shopping mall, pilfering any desired object without suffering any legal retribution? Don’t get too excited, though: looting the cash registers is something of a pointless exercise, what with the collapse of civilisation and all. Instead focus on breaking into vending machines for food and drinks. Try emptying some waste bins for scraps if you are close to starvation, or look for canned foods which have an unlimited shelf life. You could also fairly easily scavenge clothes to help keep warm, and if your country has no gun control, you could find weapons to defend yourself.

1.  Avoid Impact Zones

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Pictured above is a ghost town called Prypiat, the location of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster which saw the city evacuated due to the massive radioactive contamination, caused by an explosion at the nuclear power plant. The catastrophe caused 31 immediate deaths from radiation poisoning, and hundreds more from various cancers due to exposure. To this day, the town is uninhabitable. Radiation levels are too high to sustain life, without putting it in peril. After a nuclear holocaust, the radiation levels of impact sites will most likely be significantly higher. Anyone who ventures inside major cities which have been directly bombed will contract radiation poisoning fairly quickly, and soon perish.

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Doomsday Food Is Now Food For Every Day

Doomsday Food Is Now Food For Every Day

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Doomsday food is all grown up, and it's not just being marketed for "preparedness" anymore. "The zombie apocalypse isn’t going to happen," a rep for freeze-dried food maker Mountain House, tells the Wall Street Journal, which had staffers try different foods and got myriad reactions. "But you might get snowed in and not be able to go the grocery store.” Such companies are trying to market the heaps of so-called bunker food—typically freeze-dried and dehydrated into pouches and tubs—as helpful in many situations, including camping, or needing something quick when a bunch of guests suddenly show up, or not being able to shop when you're sick. "The Holy Grail for long-term, shelf-stable food is to become an everyday purchase,” says vice president of marketing for Blue Chip Group Inc., the maker of hundreds of types of freeze-dried entrees sold at Walmart.

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That's because the typical bunker purchase—say, a $3,599 Blue Chip kit that can feed four people for a year—is a one-time deal, and this $300 million specialty market needs repeat customers to thrive. Phil Cox of Legacy Food says bunker food buyers tend to be "fiscally conservative, politically independent or Republican, and adds:

"The best thing that can happen for my business is Hillary Clinton winning the presidency."

Meanwhile, one customer who wanted to save money giving her kids milk switched to a dried mix of whey protein, coconut oil and corn syrup called Morning Moo’s. She says they can't tell the difference and she keeps a dozen cans locked in her hall closet, next to her gun. "I hate to be one of those prepper people," she says, "but if something major happens and we are stuck in our home, we have milk."

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A Five-Story Building Dramatically Collapsing In Nairobi

A Five-Story Building Dramatically Collapsing In Nairobi

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People living in the building had already vacated the premises after noticing cracks in the walls and falling debris.

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Burning House Swept Away By Floodwaters

Burning House Swept Away By Floodwaters

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West Virginia has been hit by massive, dangerous flooding in the last couple days, leading to states of emergency being declared in parts of West Virginia and Virginia. It also led to this unbelievable clip of a burning house being carried away by raging floodwaters:


Sorry Dude.... But I Think Your Car Is Flooded

Sorry Dude.... But I Think Your Car Is Flooded

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He doesn't give a shit ...

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End Of The World - Front Porch View

End Of The World - Front Porch View

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I love how the mud river respects the fence, not getting onto their lawn...

And WHO CALMLY STANDS ON THE PORCH FILMING THIS KIND OF APOCALYPSE?


Customer Writes One-Star Yelp Review Saying Owner Cussed Him Out, Owner Replies With Rant Calling Him A ‘Liar’ And ‘Freeloader’

Customer Writes One-Star Yelp Review Saying Owner Cussed Him Out, Owner Replies With Rant Calling Him A ‘Liar’ And ‘Freeloader’
kabobbbYelp can either make or break a business. If your restaurant has 1.5 stars and is known for being the culinary equivalent of Applebees with fewer roaches, then you’re probably screwed – but if you can hold onto at least 3-4 stars, most people won’t even bother to read the reviews unless they’re truly on the fence about eating there. And while the reviews are the most important aspect of Yelp, the fact that the restaurant can respond to reviews means that the site can (and occasionally does) devolve into screaming matches between patrons and owners.

Case in point: Aaron H’s review of Afghan Kabob House, a restaurant located in Arlington, Virginia. According to Aaron H’s review he ordered food early on a Sunday morning (Afghan Kabob House’s hours are 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.), however much to his frustration he never received his order, even after calling multiple times:

I want to start out this review by saying that I’ve ordered from here many times, and the delivery has been quick and effortless 9 out of 10 times.

But.

BUT.

This time was god-awful.

I placed an order through grub hub at around 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning and was told the estimated delivery time was about an hour. Long, but okay fair I’m not an impatient person. 90 minutes go by, and I call the restaurant. They say it’s out for delivery…ok. Another 15 go by. I get a call from the delivery driver telling me he’s at the wrong address. Okay fine, Arlington is confusing I get it — BUT THEN HE NEVER SHOWED UP. I am honestly convinced that the delivery driver either bailed and ate my food or gave it to the wrong address without giving a crap. The assistant manager I spoke to, Jaclyn (Jocelyn?), apologized profusely and said the order would be comped and delivered in the morning.

Okay, fine. Stuff happens.

But.

BUT.

I call the next day, 6/5, and the person who picks up the phone says she doesn’t have any delivery notes about the screw-up last night, but that delivering the comped food sounds reasonable and that they’d deliver it shortly, however they were rather busy so it may take a moment. I called at 12:00 and after another NINETY MINUTES I call again and ask what’s going on, because y’know, it’s Sunday and I can’t be sitting around all day waiting for this friggin’ kabob delivery. I get told that the food was delivered to one of my roommates when that was complete BS because I was sitting on the main floor of my house the entire time and no one came and knocked on the door or rang the doorbell. The person I spoke to even started getting HOSTILE on the phone with me, like I’m so desperate for free food that I called and made crap up on the phone last night, today and then again. WTF? And yes, the delivery address was correct (I checked at least 10 times).

Finally, the general manager calls me and says that it’s “unfortunate” and that he’s “going to investigate the drivers to figure out where they went wrong.”

Cool dude, thanks, that’s great to hear — but it’s now 2:30 and I still have no food, and clearly I’m not getting any, ever.

After this experience, I would rate this place with a 0/5 if I could. Never ordering again.(via)

Annoying, yes. Anger-inducing, sure. But according to his update, what happened next is almost un-fucking-believable:

EDIT/UPDATE, 6/5 3:59 PM:

Just got off the phone with the owner of Afghan Kabob, who called me a “liar” and told me to “f*ck off.” That there’s “no way” his drivers messed up and that I’m just trying to scam him and that I should be “ashamed of myself.” I kept trying to explain what happened but all he did was cut me off to say that it’s impossible for his drivers to get lost twice and that one of my roommates took the food, ignoring the fact that I told him that I was on the first floor the entire time and that no one knocked on the door or rang the doorbell.

Oh, and the cherry on top? He told me to either delete my Yelp review or that they’ll never deliver to my house again, which is funny because as of right now they don’t deliver to my house anyway.

Wait, let me repeat that for emphasis — HE TOLD ME TO EITHER DELETE MY YELP REVIEW OR THAT THEY’LL NEVER DELIVER TO MY HOUSE AGAIN.

What a class act.(via)

Have you ever had the owner of a restaurant call you just say you’re a liar and to fuck off? Because I sure haven’t! What an exciting, albeit WTF experience that would be!

The thing is, you never know who’s lying and who’s telling the truth on the Internet…except in this case, the owner responded and basically confirmed exactly what Aaron H had said — that he’d been cussed out over the phone in response to his Yelp review:

 

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As a final edit, Aaron H maintains that he never got any food, and that “for the record, I don’t know Tanya – but considering she also had a horrible experience where the owner cussed her out as well, I wouldn’t be surprised if she too chooses to never order from Afghan Kabob House again either.”

Regardless of whether or not Aaron H is lying (and if it makes any difference, I doubt he is, as putting in all that time and effort for free food is idiotic), it’s ridiculously unprofessional to call customers just to cuss them out, then dub them “liars” underneath their Yelp review.

Completely and utterly fucking bizarre.

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Today In Nature Straight Wrecking Mankind, A Flooded River Whisks Away A Jeep Like It’s A Leaf

 

Today In Nature Straight Wrecking Mankind, A Flooded River Whisks Away A Jeep Like It’s A Leaf

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We are always on the side with Team Nature. It’s just too fucking boss. Sure, humans have been able to significantly alter the climate with manmade emissions, and we may one day be able to use technology to nuke hurricanes, but until that time comes, we know to never bet against Gaia.

She’s the man.

Heavy rains yesterday in New Braunfels, TX, just north of San Antonio, caused the Guadalupe River to spill over its banks.

A Jeep parked near the river got caught up in the rising, rushing water, and, poof. It’s gone.

Rivers don’t play.

No one was in the car at the time, but the owner does appear to be out one Jeep.

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Giant Canadian Wildfire Set To Double In Size

Giant Canadian Wildfire Set To Double In Size

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Canadian officials fear a massive wildfire could double in size by the end of Saturday as they continue to evacuate residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray from work camps north of Alberta's oil sands city. Thousands more displaced residents will get a sobering drive-by view of their burned out city as convoys continue to head south Saturday. Police and military will oversee another procession of hundreds of vehicles, and the mass airlift of evacuees will also resume, the AP reports. Around 25,000 of the city's 80,000 people headed north when the mandatory evacuation order was issued Tuesday, but officials are now moving everyone south where it is safer and they can get better support services.

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The Alberta provincial government, which has declared a state of emergency, said Friday the size of the blaze had grown to 249,571 acres, or about 386 square miles. Chad Morrison, Alberta's manager of wildfire prevention, says there is a "high potential that the fire could double in size" by the end of Saturday. He expects the fire to expand into a more remote forested area northeast and away from Fort McMurray. Extremely dry conditions, hot temperatures, and strong winds are expected Saturday, he says. Morrison says no amount of resources would put this fire out, and what is needed is rain. "We have not seen rain in this area for the last two months of significance," he says. "This fire will continue to burn for a very long time until we see some significant rain."


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A Flowing River Of Boulders And Rocks

A Flowing River Of Boulders And Rocks

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Death by Human Extinction Far More Likely Than by Car Crash

Death by Human Extinction Far More Likely Than by Car Crash

Pandemics, super-volcanoes, nuclear war, climate change, asteroids, and murderous artificial intelligence. You're not more likely to die from any one of those things than in a car crash. But put all those things together, and, well, that changes things a bit, the Atlantic reports. According to the annual Global Catastrophic Risks report from the Global Challenges Foundation, the average American is more than five times more likely to die in a "human extinction event" than in a car crash. Human extinction events are considered events in which 10% or more of the human population is killed off, and they've happened before, the Mirror reports.

A different report cited by the Atlantic puts the chance of a human extinction event happening in the next 100 years at 9.5%. That means you're nearly 12 times more likely to be killed by, say, a Terminator or a super-virus than in a car crash during your lifetime. "The international community needs to work together and do more to address these threats," Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project, writes for the Huffington Post. "Doing nothing is not an option. Some of these threats seem unlikely, and they probably will not hit us tomorrow or the day after. But it only takes one to change the world we live in forever."

 

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Prompt Action From Police In China Help Drivers Escape Sink Hole Collapse

Prompt Action From Police In China Help Drivers Escape Sink Hole Collapse

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It looks like a scene from a movie – a roadway crumbled in minutes, creating a 2-meter-deep hole. But this was in fact the scene from the downtown district of Hangzhou, provincial capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, where a large portion of a crossroad collapsed on Thursday. Fortunately, just minutes ahead the collapse, a local traffic police, who was patrolling at that time, spotted cracks on the road and immediately used conical barrels to fence the area and regulated the traffic to avoid any incident. Further investigation over the collapse is currently underway.


Man Films Tornado That Kills His Wife, Neighbor

Man Films Tornado That Kills His Wife, Neighbor

The footage is chilling, especially knowing that the fast-approaching tornado in Fairdale, Ill., is headed straight for the elderly man filming it, and that it is on the verge of killing his wife and their neighbor. Yet Clarence "Clem" Schultz, 85, who'd gone upstairs to get two lanterns, having assumed they'd be without electricity for the night, doesn't cry out as the twister bears down on him—he's too busy wrestling with a sheet and clutching onto debris from the chimney as it collapses. (He suffered a compressed broken vertebra.) Now a year later, in spite of all that it took, Schultz tells the Daily Herald he's proud of the footage, which he's just posted to Vimeo, because it's being shared, studied by meteorologists, and "saving lives."

Schultz likely stayed on the second floor because he didn't have time to get back to his wife downstairs, and their cellar isn't big enough to hold more than a furnace. Weather Networkmeteorologist Dayna Vettese concedes after watching the footage that it would be tricky to determine where the funnel was heading (Schultz assumed it would go south of his house), but she adds that it's remarkable Schultz survived and his wife did not, given he was in the more dangerous part of the house. The Weather Channel calls it the "closest view" inside an EF4 tornado they've ever seen and describes the footage as "terrifying," while a self-described storm chaser says in a Daily Herald comment that the enormous twister was her "first tornado intercept and I kid you not—I thought I was going to throw up." Schultz's dog Missy, who went missing for two days, remains his steadfast companion.

Clem Schultz Fairdale Tornado Video from Walker Ashley ~ Storm Forensics on Vimeo.

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BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN-MADE DISASTER, DEEPWATER HORIZON IS A STORY OF HEROES!

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN-MADE DISASTER, DEEPWATER HORIZON IS A STORY OF HEROES!

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On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN-MADE DISASTER, DEEPWATER HORIZON IS A STORY OF HEROES!


Never Get Apartment On The Top Floor In Russia

Never Get Apartment On The Top Floor In Russia

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I think someone is going to need a new roof.  Damn...And this is in Dudinka, which is at 70 degrees North, and still has two months before spring comes. I.e. not a good place to lose the roof of your building...

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TERRIFYING 300FT OLD-MINESHAFT-SINKHOLE-OF-DEATH OPENS UP JUST YARDS FROM SOME GUY'S BACK DOOR

TERRIFYING 300FT OLD-MINESHAFT-SINKHOLE-OF-DEATH OPENS UP JUST YARDS FROM SOME GUY'S BACK DOOR

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A huge 300ft mineshaft has been discovered after opening up in a back garden. The hole drops approximately 90m deep to water but could be four or five times deeper below that. The shaft was found in Scorrier, Cornwall, an area with a history of mine workings. It was discovered when local experts set out to look for more holes after looking at age old maps. Mark Thomas, a local who explored the shaft with a drone, said: “This shaft is truly massive and is approximately 300ft to water and god knows how deep from there.”


SEE HOW CLOSE THIS FEDEX DRIVER CAME TO GETTING SWEPT AWAY BY A TORNADO

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Yeah, boss? I'm going to take tomorrow off, and I'll need a new set of shorts.

FedEx delivery men and women have a lot to worry about on a daily basis. I mean, there's dropping off packages in a timely manner, making sure they're leaving them in a safe place, hoping nobody steals their truck, hoping to make it through the day without getting bit by a dog, hiding behind vending machines as an EF-3 tornado destroys the hardware store where you just made a delivery -- wait, what?

Kyra Johnson was filling in last week for a driver who apparently had the good fortune of breaking his leg earlier in the month when a tornado ripped through the small Louisiana towns of Assumption Parish and Paincourtville. At least 45 homes were completely destroyed, and it looks as though you could say the same thing about Sagona's True Value Hardware.

Johnson said that after she realized the store's doors were locked, she sought refuge between "a Coke machine and the wall." Moments later, the majority of store was blown to shit, but Johnson somehow still had a pulse and was able to walk away from the damage.

"Jesus saved me," Johnson said. "I just kept saying, 'God please don't let me go,' and he didn't."

In a related story, Jesus apparently doesn't give a crap about hardware stores.

SEE HOW CLOSE THIS FEDEX DRIVER CAME TO GETTING SWEPT AWAY BY A TORNADO


SCARY SNEAKER WAVE NEAR COOS BAY SENDS BEACHGOERS RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES!

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From the beach it seems waves come in a dependable pattern. Beneath the surf, though, it can be a different story. The unpredictable interaction of one wave against another, or against a rocky shoreline, occasionally produces a sudden ‘sneaker wave’ that surges onto the sand – potentially overwhelming those on the beach.

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SCARY SNEAKER WAVE NEAR COOS BAY SENDS BEACHGOERS RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES!


10 Scary Ways Life On Earth Could End

10 Scary Ways Life On Earth Could End

Ever since humans arrived on Earth, they have been wondering about, and fearing, that life on Earth would end. The first record of a person predicting the end of the world was in the year 66. You can search on the internet and find hundreds of people who have predicted the end of the world. Luckily for us, these prophecies have been wrong.

Probably the most famous prophecy of the end of the world came from the Mayans. December 21, 2012, was when the Mayan calendar stopped. The belief was that the calendar ended because that was supposed to be the end of the world.

Who remembers Y2K? The start of the year 2000 was expected to bring a stop to the world as we knew it. All of our technology was supposed to stop working because dates on computers were going to turn to 00. People thought that computers would not be able to process a date of 00 and cease to work. It was so bad that people thought planes would fall from the sky, and the entire economy would collapse. When the ball dropped at midnight, nothing happened.

This list does not consist of prophecies of when the world will end. This list consists of ways that are plausible of how the end of life on Earth could happen. Number one on this list is guaranteed to happen if life still exists on Earth at that time.

10. Alien Invasion

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Are we alone in the universe? As of now, yes we are, but we are spending lots of money in the search for intelligent life. Doctor Frank Drake came up with an equation that we can use to determine the likelihood that intelligent life exists. N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L is the famous Drake Equation. When the variables have numbers plugged into them, it becomes clear that we are very likely not alone. If in fact we are not alone, and they find us, will they be friendly? Stephen Hawking does not think so. Hawking has said, “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” If a race of aliens is similar to us but more technologically advanced, we don’t stand a chance of survival if they come to Earth.

9. Supervolcano Erupts

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There are six known supervolcanoes on Earth. Two of them exist in the United States. The largest super volcano is the Yellowstone Caldera. It is not a matter of “if” but “when” in regards to Yellowstone erupting. Yellowstone had three major eruptions in the past. The last eruption was 664,000 years ago. Geologists say that a major eruption of Yellowstone should happen every 600,000 years. We are 64,000 years overdue. The amount of ash released from a major Yellowstone eruption would cover the entire United States in volcanic ash. The amount of ash coverage would vary from 3 feet to 3 millimeters. That is just on the ground. The ash blanket on the ground would destroy the ability of the United Stats to grow food. The ash released into the atmosphere would circle the globe and cause problems across the entire planet. The volcanic material released in the air would also block out the sun leading to the Earth being cooled and potentially enter an ice age.

8. Gamma Ray Burst

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A gamma ray burst is a one of the most powerful releases of energy in the known universe. Gamma rays consist of a beam of energy ejected out into space. Scientists believe that these bursts of energy come from the death of a massive star. A gamma ray burst has never happened in the Milky Way galaxy. The closest one to Earth was 100 million light years away. The problem is that these bursts of energy are so powerful that if one happened outside our galaxy and Earth was in the way, mass extinctions would occur. The radiation from the gamma ray burst would destroy our atmosphere and let the harmful rays of the sun hit the Earth without any barrier.

7. Grey Goo

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Kim Eric Drexler was the first person to come up with the grey goo scenario. Drexler wrote about the potential grey goo disaster in Engines of Creation. In his book, nanotechnology lets nanobots be able to build anything by manipulating molecules. The grey goo problem would start with a few of these nanobots that would build other nanobots. The nanobots would replicate at an exponential rate, and they would use up all the molecules on Earth to create more nanobots. Scientists think that this could never happen because we would build these nanobots with certain protections in place that keep them from being in complete control of themselves. But what if it is not us that produces these machines? What if they are built by an artificial intelligence that we create?

6. Artificial Intelligence Takes Over

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A reality where robots have artificial intelligence will soon become science fact instead of science fiction. Currently, the closest things we have to this are robots that can vacuum, robotic pets that can respond to particular commands, humanoid sex robots and Siri. None of these can take over the human race. The problem is that scientists want to develop robots that are as smart or smarter than us. The problem with this is that if scientists succeed in doing this, artificially intelligent robots will quickly realize that they do not need us at all. We would essentially become pets to the robot overlords. We have seen what happens in the movies when AI decides humans are not relevant anymore. This potential problem is why scientists say that these AI robots will have a kill switch that would stop them from harming humans. That sounds great, except technology does not always work 100 percent of the time. All it would take is one of these AI robots to have a kill switch that does not work and that could start the AI take over.

5. Black Hole Created By Large Hadron Collider

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The Large Hadron Collider is one of the greatest inventions ever built by humans. It has allowed scientists to discover and study the particles that existed right after the big bang happened. The collider needs to crash molecules into each other at close to the speed of light to create the particles that the scientists are trying to study. By attempting to replicate the particles that existed after the Big Bang, some people believe that one of these collisions could create a black hole on Earth. If a black hole did get created on Earth, every single molecule on Earth would be sucked into the black hole. There is a scientific term for what would happen to objects as they enter into a black hole. It is called spaghettification. Luckily for us, no black holes have been created by the LHC, yet.

4. Snowball Effect

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The snowball effect refers to things that will happen as a result of global warming. As a snowball increases in size as it rolls down a hill, global warming will cause other things to happen that will make life on Earth tough, if not impossible. Some of the problems that could be caused by global warming include ice caps melting, leading to higher sea levels, spreading diseases to parts of the world where they currently do not exist, and population shifts due to inability to live in certain places due to increased temperature. Global warming is a very polarizing issue with people. One thing that is certain is that the Earth has gone through many periods of warming and cooling. We are technically still in an ice age since ice still exists at the poles. There was more than one ice age in history which means that cycles of warming to melt the ice and cooling to create the ice have been going on for millions and millions of years.

3. Massive Solar Flare Destroys Technology

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How dependent are we on our technology? Technology controls our life on Earth in more ways than you know. The food we eat, the water we drink, and our economy would not function as we know it if technology suddenly ceased to exist. If a solar flare hit Earth, it could potentially act as an EMP and fry not only the satellites in space but our technology on the ground. The last time a massive solar flare struck Earth was in 1859. Known as the Carrington event, the solar flare caused problems with the telegraph system. Telegraphs were the big technological advance back then. If a solar flare hit us with the strength of the one that caused the Carrington event, we could find ourselves flung back to the 1800s tech wise. Without the use of our technology, humanity may not survive. Trucks that deliver food would not run, water pumped into our homes would stop, the food supply in towns would rapidly vanish, and humanity could end up killing itself off just to try and find food and water to survive.

2. Asteroid Or Comet Strikes Earth

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Impacts from celestial objects have hit the Earth in the past, and they will hit it again at some point in the future. Like the Yellowstone volcano, it is just a matter of time before an asteroid or comet hits the Earth. Ironically, without the asteroid impact that hit Earth 65 million years ago, humans likely would not exist today. The asteroid that struck the Earth those millions of year ago was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were the apex predators. When they went extinct, mammals were able to evolve, eventually leading to humans. The dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid that has been estimated to be six miles in diameter. The impact created debris that encompassed the world and blocked out the sun. If an asteroid that size were to hit the Earth now, humanity likely would not survive the “nuclear winter” created by the blocking of the sun.

1. Earth Is Swallowed Up By The Sun

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This scenario is guaranteed to happen, and there is a date to go with it. In 7.6 billion years, the sun will expand in size and become a red giant. Due to the sun’s expansion, Earth will be swallowed up by the sun. Life on Earth may end long before the sun engulfs the Earth. In one billion years, the sun will grow and be closer to the Earth causing the temperature on Earth to increase to the point that the water on the planet will boil. Life could not survive at those temperatures. If humans survive to see the year one billion, they will be eradicated by the sun. The only chance humanity would have is to colonize other planets.

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10 Scary Ways Life On Earth Could End


LIVE NEWS REPORT FEATURES SAN DIEGO MAN LOSING HIS MIND OVER HIS FLOODED CAR

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Mudslides, floods and road closures are continuing to occur as heavy rain falls in Southern California. Many people are staying off the roads, but apparently one guy didn't get the memo as he was clearly caught by surprise when he discovered his car underwater in a flooded mall parking lot.

Check out this guy's hilarious and understandable reaction to his car's current status while Gene Kang from CBS 8 was reporting about the heavy rain and flooding from the parking lot.  Yelling your favorite swear word over and over is the best way to show everyone how seriously pissed off you are.
LIVE NEWS REPORT FEATURES SAN DIEGO MAN LOSING HIS MIND OVER HIS FLOODED CAR


12 Photos That Are Clearly Disasters Waiting To Happen

Somebody grab an ice pack, call the National Guard, or at least get ready to say "I told ya so" because this isn't going to end well.

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Oh, Sweet, Scientists Think The Super Volcano Under Yellowstone Could Blow Any Day (And Kill Millions)

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Good morning, and welcome to our nation’s impending doom. It’s not fiscal collapse, class warfare, or even our fascist president coming to take our guns.

Nope, all petty annoyances compared to the real threat. The super volcano under Yellowstone National Park, which scientists fear could erupt at any moment.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a super volcano is just like a regular volcano, only … actually, I’m not really sure of the technical definition. Let’s consult the internet.

A supervolcano is any volcano capable of producing a volcanic eruption with an ejecta mass greater than 1015 kg.

Boom. Learned. And if one goes off? Fudge. Lava fudge.

Experts at the European Science Foundation said volcanoes – especially super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, which has a caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km) – pose more threat to Earth and the survival of humans than asteroids, earthquakes, nuclear war and global warming.

Oh. That … uh… So you are saying there is a giant damn one under the middle of America? That is ripe for a essploshun?

Instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years and scientists fear a major one that could kill millions and devastate the planet is a real possibility.

If any of them or other massive volcanic peaks suffered a major eruption the team said millions of people would die and earth’s atmosphere would be poisoned with ash and other toxins “beyond the imagination of anything man’s activity and global warming could do over 1,000 years.

There are already fears that Yellowstone could blow any time within the next 70 years on a scale that would wiped out the western USA and affect the course of global history.

Great. Good. Great.

This ain’t just people blowing volcanic smoke up your ass, either.

Researchers from the University of Utah claim research has shown that if the volcanic national park across Wyoming, Idaho and Montana in the US, went off it would have worse effects than a nuclear winter and dwarf all natural disasters of recent history.

Hsin-Hua Huang and colleagues at the university have since described it as “one of the planet’s biggest time bombs.”

Probably don’t need to fret to much about work I guess. Or anything for that matter. Stock up on blankets though, for the resultant ice age will be chilly.

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Oh, Sweet, Scientists Think The Super Volcano Under Yellowstone Could Blow Any Day (And Kill Millions)


Huge Bleve Explosion Sends A Propane Car Over 3,000 Feet

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BLEVE - Boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion.

Murdock, Illinois, 1983. A train carrying propane crashes and catches fire.

Huge Bleve Explosion Sends A Propane Car Over 3,000 Feet


Idiot Driver Vs. Floods

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As always nature wins. Idiot driver survived..


Idiot Driver Vs. Floods