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

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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 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.


10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened Last Week

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened Last Week

 

 

The last full week of July was marked by tragedy. An inexplicable shooting in Toronto, a dam collapse in Laos, and a horrific wildfire in Greece all wreaked havoc on humanity. But while sadness was part and parcel of this week’s news, there were more upbeat stories, too—alongside plenty that were just straight-up newsworthy.

10 A Devastating Wildfire Killed Scores In Greece

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It was one of the worst wildfires to ever hit Greece. On Monday afternoon, a blaze started in the village of Mati on the edges of Athens. Thanks to the dry conditions, it quickly became an inferno. The coastline, the nearby countryside, and some districts of the capital were engulfed in fast-moving flames. At the time of this writing, over 80 have been confirmed killed, with another 40 still missing.

Among the dead were tourists and children, including one group of 26 charred bodies found clutching each other at a cliff’s edge. They are thought to have been a family. In many ways, it could have been even worse. Extremely close proximity to the sea allowed hundreds of people to escape the fire by running into the ocean.

An investigation has now been opened into the possibility of arson. Greece has a track record of wildfires springing from attempts to clear forest land for new buildings. It could be that the deaths of these 80 people rest on the conscience of a single idiot.[1]

9 A Mass Shooting Caused Grief (And Mystery) In Toronto

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On Sunday night, Faisal Hussain took a gun and walked onto busy Danforth Avenue in Toronto. There, he opened fire, killing one teenage girl and one child and wounding 13 others before committing suicide. He left in his wake not only heartbreak, but a horrible mystery.

While many mass shootings appear to be motiveless (we still don’t know why Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in Las Vegas last year), the actions of Hussain seem almost cruelly unfathomable because there are perhaps too many possible motives to count.[2]

He was friends with some Islamic extremists, yet the police say it wasn’t a terrorist attack. He was on the fringes of Toronto’s gang culture, yet the shooting was too random for gang violence. He was mentally ill, yet doctors believe that it was not to a degree that might have triggered a massacre.

Ultimately, we may never know why such bloodshed came to Toronto on Sunday. All we do know is that, for whatever combination of reasons, two people are now dead because of Hussain.

8 We Heard The Shocking Details Of MGM’s Plan To Sue The Vegas Shooting Victims

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For centuries to come, this will be the lawsuit that gets trotted out whenever anyone wants to prove that the legal system is screwed beyond hope. At a press conference on Monday, we learned the shocking details of MGM Resorts International’s plan to sue the victims of last year’s Las Vegas shooting. Filed in court last week, MGM’s lawsuit would drag survivors of America’s worst-ever mass shooting through the trauma all over again.[3]

MGM is not seeking money from the victims. Instead, it is seeking to avoid having to pay damages to those who were wounded—some 850 people. MGM contends that the shooting was an act of terrorism. As a result, they believe that they are not liable under a federal act passed after 9/11. This is despite both federal and local authorities saying that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, was not a terrorist.

To call this lawsuit insane would be an understatement. Aside from making MGM look like the bad guys in a Hollywood flick about heartless corporate scumbags, it will ensure that many of the survivors are forced to relive the massacre in court.

7 We May Have Discovered Liquid Water On Mars

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This week, a group of Italian scientists published a paper that could well change how we view our solar system. They discovered an underground lake of liquid water on Mars. If confirmed, the finding could represent our best chance for locating alien life in the near future.

Briny water isn’t unheard-of on the Red Planet, but it has previously always been either seasonal or frozen inside chunks of ice. This lake would be unique because it seems to be in a permanently liquid state. A stable source of water is one of the essentials for life (as we know it) to arise.

If the lake is for real, though, getting to it will be a problem. It exists 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mi) below the surface of the Martian south pole, a tall order for exploring.[4]

6 Hackers Stole Data On A Quarter Of Singapore’s Population

It was the eye-watering numbers that really made it headline news. Last Friday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared that a massive cyberattack had hit the country’s biggest health provider, making off with the data of 1.5 million patients—over a quarter of the city-state’s population. While the majority of those targeted only had their most basic details stolen, another 160,000 had details about their prescriptions snatched.

Although the main focus was on the numbers, perhaps the most chilling part was the political nature of the breach. Prime Minister Lee was among those targeted, alongside several other ministers.[5]

Lee claimed that the attack was seemingly carried out with the backing of a nation-state, likely one looking for embarrassing or blackmail-worthy material. With a number of countries recently flexing their hacking muscles on the world stage, identifying the culprit could be even harder than it seems.

5 A Secret Recording Embarrassed The White House

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Forget Stormy Daniels. The big sex scandal to hit the White House now goes by the name of Karen McDougal. On Wednesday, a secret recording from 2016 was broadcast on CNN, detailing a conversation between Trump and his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, about paying hush money to McDougal over a kiss-and-tell she planned to publish in the National Enquirer.

The real story of the tape wasn’t its contents. Although it appears to confirm that Trump had an affair with McDougal, it offers no evidence that he actually broke the law by authorizing hush payments. No, the real story was the tape’s origins. It was released by Cohen.

A longtime lawyer for Trump, Cohen was disgraced during the Stormy Daniels scandal and forced to walk away from the president. Now he appears to have decided to turn on his old boss, and he presumably has the tapes to make Trump’s life very uncomfortable. He’s also hired lawyer Lanny Davis, a Democratic stalwart and Clinton ally who specializes in attacking Republicans.[6]

It seems likely that this tape is just the opening salvo in an upcoming Trump-Cohen war.

4 A Bizarre Scandal Threatened To Bring Down Emmanuel Macron’s Presidency

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Whatever you may think of him, French President Emmanuel Macron is usually adept at staying on top of things. Which is part of what makes the huge scandal currently rocking his presidency so bizarre.

On May 1, Macron’s personal bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, was filmed impersonating a police officer to rough up two rock-throwing protesters. The government was told, and Benalla was given a slap on the wrist. The footage was then made public last week, and people began to ask why Benalla hadn’t been punished properly.

Macron’s response? He fell completely silent for five whole days.[7]

If there’s one thing that Macron likes to do, it’s talk. Endlessly. So his sudden absence made journalists wonder if there was more to the story. They started digging and discovered that Benalla was being paid an inflated salary of €10,000 a month. He also had his own government car with a siren for cutting through traffic and his own key to the house shared by Macron and his wife in northern France. Clearly, something very unusual was up.

Benalla has since been fired, but the scandal is being compared in the Paris press to Watergate. A vote of no-confidence in Macron has been arranged, but don’t expect it to succeed. He will almost certainly survive this scandal. His reputation may not.

3 Colombia’s Ex-President Stepped Down To Face Bribery Charges

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For a country with a long track record of impunity for the rich and powerful, it was a bombshell moment. On Tuesday, former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe stepped down from the Senate to face charges of corruption and witness tampering. His summons marked the first time a Colombian court has ever asked an ex-president to testify.

The charges are largely of Uribe’s own making. For years, the former president has been suspected of funding right-wing death squads to carry out atrocities. Those charges are unproven. But when lawmaker Ivan Cepeda tried to open an investigation in 2012, Uribe demanded an investigation into Cepeda.

Colombia’s Supreme Court dismissed the charges against Cepeda. In reviewing the case, however, they found evidence that Uribe had bribed witnesses. Cepeda was cleared, and a case was opened against Uribe.[8]

Now that he’s left the Senate, Uribe’s case will be transferred to the Public Prosecution Service, which critics say will be far easier for the former president to pay off. Yet his resignation still marks a defeat. Uribe was one of the most powerful anti–peace deal voices in Colombia. His exit makes it far less likely that the deal will be undone.

2 A Laos Dam Collapse Killed Scores

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At the time of this writing, we still don’t know the true death toll. After a hydroelectric dam failed in Laos on Monday night, it unleashed a torrent of water that obliterated entire rural communities and caused catastrophic flooding even over the border in Cambodia. As of Thursday, the number of the dead stands at 27. But with hundreds of people missing, it is thought that the final toll could be as much as 10 times higher.

In addition to this, 3,000 people are currently trapped by floodwaters and awaiting rescue. Meanwhile, some 6,000 families have been displaced in Laos, with even more displaced in Cambodia. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said it could be the worst natural disaster to hit Laos in decades.[9]

However, “natural” may be a stretch. Warnings about the dam had been sounded leading up to the disaster, but it seems that nobody did a damn thing.

1 Pakistan’s Election Descended Into Violence And Scandal

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Everyone was braced for it, but still the violence was shocking. Pakistan went to the polls for a general election on Wednesday in the shadow of a suicide bombing on Sunday that killed a candidate for former cricketer Imran Khan’s populist nationalist PTI party.

As the polls opened, a further spate of shooting and bomb attacks killed another 33 people. Crazily, this wasn’t even the most controversial part of the election. That came when the PML-N party claimed that the military had rigged the vote.

This isn’t as wild a claim as it seems. Pakistan’s military is notorious for coups and meddling in civilian politics. However, it’s also a claim clearly designed to help the ruling PML-N ignore results which currently have it in second place behind PTI. In a terse press conference on Thursday, PML-N said it would refuse to step down, adding that every other party running aside from PTI was alleging election interference, too.[10]

If a so-called “soft coup” has indeed taken place, it would mean that this election failed to deliver Pakistan’s second ever civilian transfer of power. Whatever the truth, it now looks certain that Khan will be the next prime minister. His stated plan to turn Pakistan into an “Islamic welfare state” will have repercussions for years to come.


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'.


10 Cruise Ship Workers Share Disasters That The Passengers Never Found out About

10 Cruise Ship Workers Share Disasters That The Passengers Never Found out About

It's harder to keep a secret when you're trapped on a boat with customers for 2 weeks.


Strange Events Happening Around The World May All Be Connected

Strange Events Happening Around The World May All Be Connected

Time to wake up sheeple and smell the coffee, before it's too late.


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?


How Much Damage Can An Earthquake Do?

How Much Damage Can An Earthquake Do?

We're in awe and also shitting ourselves just a little bit.


15 Wedding Disaster Stories To Keep You From Getting Married

15 Wedding Disaster Stories To Keep You From Getting Married

Weddings are supposed to be this beautiful, often ornate, occasion that celebrates the uniting of two people in love and the life that lays ahead of them.

The event is expected to be perfect, filled with joy and merriment, dancing and celebration.

But we know that most of the time, disasters are bound to happen. I mean, putting bitter single people in a room with obxnoxious family-in-laws, a roaring bridezilla and a crapton of booze, you've got the recipe for a shitshow cocktail.

And lord only knows how long it will take for a drunken family fist fight (our bets are on Cousin Earl punching Uncle Gus for eating the last shrimp cocktail).


1. Bo_Shuda:

At a cousin's wedding my uncle was smashed and thought he'd had a stroke in the bathroom as he couldn't straighten himself. Turned out he'd buttoned his waistcoat to his trousers and couldn't stand up.

2. haveagreatsummerHAGS:

Was at a wedding this summer. The groom's family absolutely tore their son/brother apart during the speeches. They didn't say one loving thing, and went on to talk about all the mistakes he made during this life. The worst thing they brought up was how he was responsible for a car accident that put someone in a coma. I was cringing.

Edit: Oh and one more travesty: dinner wasn't served until 10 p.m.

3. RubyShyne:

One of my best friends weddings.....The groom got so drunk that he straight disappeared from the reception. Shit got real awkward when it was time for the wedding to be OVER. The venue was kicking us out and the bride and groom were supposed to take off in their vintage car and drive off to their honeymoon suite. The music went off, lights went on, and it turned into the guests searching for the damn groom. My husband finally found him in the parking lot basically face down on his lips. He helped him back into the wedding which was basically the most awkward walk of shame past the bride's glaring dad and grandfather. The groom was too drunk to drive brides grandfather drove them to the hotel suite (which was a 30 minute drive). My friend (the bride) later told me that when they got in the room, her new husband, passed out cold on the bed and she had to wander the halls in her wedding dress looking for someone to unhook her dress for her so she could get out of it. :-(

4. xjrob85:

For the bouquet toss, a middle-aged guy forced his middle-aged girlfriend out onto the floor, then stood by her so she couldn't leave. The bouquet was caught by an excited little girl. The guy proceeded to yank the bouquet out of the little girl's hands, gave it to his middle-aged girlfriend, then ran off the floor cheering loudly to high-five one of his buddies. The little girl ran away crying.

5. KeevanGoliath:

During the best man speech, the best man proposed to the maid of honor. Totally stole the night from the bride and groom. Now the best man and maid of honor are in the process of divorcing.

Edit: holy shit this exploded. Ok, so to clear up something a lot of people have been asking: the bride and groom DID NOT know this was going to happen. No one did.

6. onejoke_username:

At the reception, the bride received a tip to go out to the parking lot where she found her new husband making out with his ex gf. The ensuing fight came inside the hall and the party screeched to a halt. Both families were displeased and stuck him with ALOT of bills. We kept our gift.

7. redditsmasher2:

The brides father had a heart attack while they were reading their vows. He didn't make it. Not a great way to start a marriage.

8. irespectwoodlarry:

I was an event manager at a mansion that did a lot of weddings so I've seen my fair share of wedding shitshows.

My favorite is probably the one where the entire wedding party started drinking at noon for a 6pm wedding. The groom passed out around 5 and we couldn't get him up. So I made him a a ham sandwich and propped him up in his bed while I handfed him.

Managed to get him and his boys down to the courtyard and then had to run back in and herd the women down. The bride spilled her mimosa all over her dress, two of the bridesmaids couldn't find their shoes, but everyone was super happy and nice.

There were about 150 people at the reception and every single one of them got absolutely hammered. The mother of the bride kept sneaking up on me hugging me and the groom made me pose for some photos with them. They also gave me all the leftover wedding cake and a few bottles of wine. I miss them.

9. MangeStrusic:

There was this guy outside of the hotel walking up to groups of people in the smoking area, asking how much each person weighed. He was very overweight himself, and his jeans looked to be on inside out. He was severely underdressed for the occasion, and no one seemed to know him. Anyways, he would ask a persons weight, and then exclaim "I can bench that!". Until one guy (I think he was a family member of the bride) got into an argument with him and started asking around if anyone knew this person, figuring that he was a wedding crasher. That's when this gentleman decided to cut a deal with everyone. "If I can pick up that bench with my bare hands, can I stay for the party?" To which everyone agrees, because the bench was clearly bolted to the ground. So, he walks over, puts his hands on the bench, crouches down, and with all of his might... shits his pants in front of everyone. He stood up and waddled off through the parking lot to never be seen again. I did hear throughout the night people talking about a guy who was on shrooms outside, trying to lift a bench. So, I guess he was also tripping balls.

10. theorangepanda99:

There was like an 8 year old boy who had loads of confetti in his hand so I didn't think much of it, turns out he thought it was sugar paper and ate all of, he then proceeded to projectile vomit everywhere through the middle of the ceremony. Was one of the funniest and most disgusting moments of my life

11. PM-ME-ELEPHANT-JOKES:

Bride's step-mother and mother got into a fight. Step-mother bit the mother. Wedding went to a screeching halt.

12. mushinnoshit:

At my own wedding reception, I saw my wife's grandma, who was about 98, very slowly and with a terrible sense of inevitability fall sideways off her chair. She remained in a sitting position but just slooowly tilted sideways til she was on the floor, still in the exact same pose.

It sounds shitty but all I could think was "fucksake don't die at our wedding please don't die at our wedding"

Luckily she was fine, and lived for another few years to see her 100th birthday.

13. 3Suze:

I was an attendant in my best friend's wedding. Her father walked her down the aisle and while he was not visibly drunk, he had a hard time walking behind her to sit in the pew. He stepped on her dress ripping it from her back down to her ass (her thong was red). They had to stop the wedding so that she could find safety pins.

14. PM_ME_YOUR_CAT_LADY:

Ex boyfriend of the bride got super drunk at the reception and started rambling loudly (heard by half the reception hall) about how the marriage was wrong and how she was the love of his life.

He was there with his then new (presumably imminently ex) girlfriend. Fuck knows why she invited him.

15. tsim12345:

I've said this before on here but they didn't have any tables or chairs.

We had nowhere to sit or to put our plates down. Everyone had to hold their food standing up and put their drinks down on the ground.

Since there were no chairs to make an aisle for her to walk down she just kind of strolled through the crowd while people were confused and talking.

"Where are the chairs?" was the theme of the wedding.

I was a close friend so our group sent me to ask her why there were no tables and chairs and she simply said "Oh you have to pay extra for that."

????

Edit: This was NOT a casual outdoor quick wedding or anything like that. Traditional wedding. 5 hours total including ceremony. Full buffet and open bar. 200 guests. She was not caught off guard in any way. This is one of my closest friends. They decided not to pay for them. That's it.

And since this is blowing up I may as well add in the tid- bit that during the speech portion people were talking and complaining so loudly (where are the chairs?? Am I supposed to sit on the ground??) that the groom took the mic and screamed at the top of his lungs for everyone to, and I quote: "shut up! I said shut up! Shut the hell up or leave now!" .. a lot of people left.

OMG I texted someone else who was at the wedding to see if they remembered and their response is fucking amazing. Apparently the exact same thing stands out to them as well:


17 Wild Encounters During A Natural Disaster That Made The Best Of A Bad Situation

17 Wild Encounters During A Natural Disaster That Made The Best Of A Bad Situation

 

 

 


10 Science Experiments That Ended In Disaster

10 Science Experiments That Ended In Disaster

Science is always a case of trial and error, but sometimes things just turn out in the worst ways possible. From raising chimps to the Stanford Prison Experiment, here's 10 Science Experiments that ended in Disaster.


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.


Hindenburg Disaster Real Footage

Hindenburg Disaster Real Footage

 

 Footage of the Nazi airship catching fire, crashing and burning to the ground: This original footage from the British Pathe archive shows impressive shots of the Hindenburg flying overheaon on Thursday, May 6, 1937, flying over its landing ground at Lakehurst, New Jersey, and then finally there is footage of the famous crash. 13 out of 36 passengers died, whilst 22 out of 61 crew members died, so many survived the disaster.

 


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?!


10 Photos Taken Moments Before DISASTER

 10 Photos Taken Moments Before DISASTER

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 Top 10 perfectly timed photos taken before DlSASTER struck

 

 


5 Worst Sports Disasters

5 Worst Sports Disasters

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Presenting the 5 biggest disasters to strike the world of sports, from a stunning race car wreck caught on camera at Le Mans to football's biggest stadium disasters.


What Will Happen When Earth's Magnetic Poles Eventually Reverse?

What Will Happen When Earth's Magnetic Poles Eventually Reverse?

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 Will we all burst into flames? Or turn into irradiated zombies? Life Noggin explores.


'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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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.

I Am Bored


BLIND MYSTIC WHO PREDICTED 9/11 AND BREXIT SAYS EUROPE WILL SOON CEASE TO EXIST

BLIND MYSTIC WHO PREDICTED 9/11 AND BREXIT SAYS EUROPE WILL SOON CEASE TO EXIST

If you own a house in Munich or Amsterdam, you might want to think about putting it up for sale and moving to Antarctica.

According to The Sun, the blind mystic who supposedly predicted the worst act of terrorism on American soil also predicted Brexit. This prediction is part of the greater prophecy that the Europe we all know and love will "cease to exist" by the end of 2016.

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Baba Vanga has been called "Nostradamus from the Balkans" because she has apparently hit on 85 percent of her visions. And that's bad news for the people of Europe, as she predicted that the continent will cease to exist by the end of this year and will be nothing but empty spaces and wasteland.

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Vanga added that a "Great Muslim War" will begin in Syria, and Muslims will invade Europe and cause widespread destruction. In the United States, it won't be much better because Obama will be our last president and leave the country in economic ruin. China will become the planet's next superpower, pretty much turning America into a third world country in the process.

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Vanga passed away at the age of 85 in 1996. Our guess is that she wasn't invited to too many parties while she was alive. I mean, what a buzzkill.

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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:


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?


Worker At World's Most Remote Place Needs Rescue

Worker At World's Most Remote Place Needs Rescue

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At least one worker is seriously ill at the US South Pole station, and because it is winter in Antarctica, it would be easier to reach the unidentified person if he or she were anywhere else on the planet—or even on the International Space Station. The worker is one of 48 people wintering at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen–Scott South Pole research station, and two planes have been sent from Canada to carry out a very unusual and risky rescue mission, reports Science. Only two other such rescues have been carried out in the 60 years the station has been operating and, until the evacuation of physician Ron Shemenski in 2001, it had been thought that the relentless cold and dark made it impossible to get people away from the South Pole in winter, reports the Washington Post. Shemenski had pancreatitis and the NSF feared he would die.

Two Twin Otter bush planes, each with a pilot, a co-pilot, an engineer, and a medic, are carrying out the mission, with one plane remaining at a British research station on the Antarctic Peninsula in case crew from the first plane need to be rescued. They hope to carry out the rescue by the middle of next week. (You can track progress here.) "It's a 10-hour flight, and you only have 12 or 13 hours of fuel on board," pilot Sean Loutitt, who was chief pilot during the 2001 rescue mission, tells the Post. "You're monitoring the weather the whole time, but eventually you get to a point of no return. Then you're committed to the pole, no matter what." He also took part in a rescue in 2003, when a worker had a gall bladder infection. The currently ill worker's medical situation has not been specified.

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Huge Siberian Craters Widening As ‘Explosions’ Heard 100km Away And ‘Glow In Sky’ Seen By Locals

Huge Siberian Craters Widening As ‘Explosions’ Heard 100km Away And ‘Glow In Sky’ Seen By Locals

 

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One of the large craters that mysteriously appeared in Siberia may be connected to a huge explosion loud enough to have been heard 100km away, which could have also caused villagers to see a “glow in the sky”.

A number of large-scale craters have been seen across Siberia in the past few years. They are understood to start as metres-wide holes thought to be tens of metres deep, which then rapidly expand in size.

The Deryabinsky crater in the Taimyr peninsula was discovered by reindeer herders in 2013. It was estimated to be four metres wide and around 100 metres deep. The crater has since increased by a reported 15 times in size making it an estimated 70 metres in diameter, filled with water.

And now a loud explosion and strange light has been connected to the crater. Dr Vladimir Epifanov told the Siberian Times: “There is verbal information that residents in nearby villages – at a distance of 70 to 100km – heard a sound like an explosion, and one of them watched a clear glow in the sky. It was about one month after the Cheyla”.

It is not known what caused either of these incidents to occur, but the expansion of the crevice is understood to be down to the melting of the permafrost. It is predicted that the crevice will expand to the point where its walls collapse cause the lake within it to merge with a nearby, long established lake.

Another crater in Siberia, the Batagaika crater, has been dubbed by locals as “the Gateway to the Underworld” due to its size. It already measures at about a kilometre long and 90m deep, and is widening by around 20 metres a year.

Russian scientists have now discovered seven giant craters in remote Siberia.

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News Anchor Chooses The Worst Time To Do A Dramatic Pause!

News Anchor Chooses The Worst Time To Do A Dramatic Pause!

 

Maybe she has family there, maybe she's a cunt.  Who knows anymore.


A Flowing River Of Boulders And Rocks

A Flowing River Of Boulders And Rocks

....Wait for it....

 


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.


Mystery Foam Fills The Streets After Earthquake Strikes Japan

 

Mystery Foam Fills The Streets After Earthquake Strikes Japan

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A strange sea of bubbles filled streets in a southern Japanese city in the early hours of Saturday morning, after an earthquake and several aftershocks rattled the south of the country.

In the Tenjin area of Fukuoka city, motorists and pedestrians made their way through the foamy mess after it spilled out onto the streets.

Some reported that an underground pipe burst, releasing the material, but little information was immediately available.

An earthquake rattled the area shortly before the foam appeared in the street, leading many to believe the weird white substance was linked to the quakes.

Residents of Tenjin shared images of the foamy stuff on Twitter, but most seemed baffled about what the substance could be.

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people.

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While it was not immediately clear whether the latest quake increased the death toll, Japanese broadcaster NHK said a number of calls were coming in from residents reporting people were trapped inside houses and buildings. Video showed a resident, apparently rescued from underneath a collapsed house, on a stretcher being taken to a hospital by ambulance.

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The quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1:25 a.m. Saturday, and several aftershocks soon followed. Japan's Meteorological Agency issued an advisory for a tsunami up to 1 meter (3 feet) high along the coast west of the epicenter in Kumamoto; the advisory was lifted less than anhour later.

Sirens of patrol vehicles were heard in the background as NHK reported from the hardest-hit town of Mashiki. The asphalt outside the town hall had a new crack, apparently made by the latest earthquake.

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were found at the Sendai nuclear plant, where the only two of Japan's 43 operable reactors are online. NHK video showed that stones tumbled from the walls of historic Kumamoto Castle, and a wooden structure in the complex was smashed, adding to damage from Thursday at the site.

At the Ark Hotel, east of the castle, hotel guests woke up to strong shaking and a warning siren. Hotel staff asked guests, including tourists and journalists covering the quake, to evacuate their rooms and gather in the lobby for safety.

Thursday's weaker, magnitude 6.5 earthquake brought down buildings and injured about 800 people, in addition to killing nine. The epicenter of Saturday's earthquake was about 12 kilometers (8 miles) northwest of Thursday's, and at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles), Saturday's quake was shallower.

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See The Destructive Drought California Has Been Suffering From For 5 Years In A Row

See The Destructive Drought California Has Been Suffering From For 5 Years In A Row

Experts say it is California’s worst drought in 1,200 years. These pictures will show you what it looked like at its worst.

 

Reservoir banks that were once underwater at Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River in Friant, a town just north of Fresno in California's Central Valley.

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Reservoir banks that used to be underwater at Millerton Lake on top of the Friant Dam.

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A field of dead almond trees in Coalinga in the Central Valley. Almonds use an estimated 10% of the state's water budget.

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Boat docks that were once at the edge of the water on Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River in Friant.

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Reservoir banks that used to be underwater at Millerton Lake, on top of the Friant Dam.

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A boat paddle at the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San Jose.

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A Lake Tahoe ski resort had far less snow than usual this season, as seen in this photo from March.

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A canal runs through dwindling farm fields in Los Banos.

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A view of Pine Flat Lake from an area that used to be underwater in Fresno County.

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A tractor collects golf balls on a parched driving range in Palm Springs. According to state regulations introduced May 5, communities like Palm Springs — where residents use more than 165 gallons of water per person per day — would have to cut back their use by 35%.

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A section of Lake Oroville was nearly dry in August, when it was at 32% of its total 3,537,577-acre-foot area.

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A skier approaches the edge of the snow at Lake Tahoe in March.

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This Millerton Lake jetty, located on the San Joaquin River in Friant, used to be in the middle of the water.

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A farmworker walks through thirsty fields in Los Banos, an area of the San Joaquin Valley between Santa Cruz and Merced. On May 5, state water regulators adopted the first rules for mandatory urban water cutbacks. Farms, which account for 80% of the state's water consumption, were exempt from the law.

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A canal runs through dried-up farm fields in Los Banos.

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Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms to provide water for fields in Richvale, an agricultural town north of Sacramento.

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A parched water-storage facility near homes in La Quinta.

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A dried-up canal runs through a lush green golf course in La Quinta.

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Water pours into a dried-out canal in Los Banos.

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Water flows into a dried-out lake on a golf course in La Quinta.

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A parched aqueduct in Victorville, a city east of Los Angeles.

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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...

Never Get Apartment On The Top Floor In Russia


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!


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

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


When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be There, Call This Guy!

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Good thing the tarp was covering the top!

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When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be There, Call This Guy!


The Ocean Swallowing A House Whole Will Remind You MOTHER NATURE RUNS THIS BITCH

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Humans are pretty darn good at killing humans. We’ve got genocide and nuclear weapons and conventional war and murder and other shit. Accidental vehicular homicide, for instance.

As good as we are, we’ve got nothing on the Earth, who remains undefeated when it comes to killing her inhabitants. She’s 5-0 in mass extinction events, and no one should expect her to lose the one we are currently undergoing.

Here she is swallowing an entire house in Bangledesh in seconds.

Bet against her at your own risk.

The Ocean Swallowing A House Whole Will Remind You MOTHER NATURE RUNS THIS BITCH


WATCH THIS INCREDIBLE SIMULATION OF A HURRICANE APPROACHING EGYPT

 

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An experienced editor created this video to show what it would look like if a hurricane approached Alexandria, Egypt.

WATCH THIS INCREDIBLE SIMULATION OF A HURRICANE APPROACHING EGYPT


18 Pictures That Ended In Disaster

Most photos are taken with the intentions of capturing a moment in time that you want to remember forever. Awwwwww. You rarely want to take a picture of something horrible happening (though it does seem to be a recent phenomenon.) That’s why it’s so funny when someone accidentally captures an awful moment in time. You know that it wasn’t intentional — they were just at the right place at the right time. Here are a bunch of people whose days were ruined so we could have a good laugh:

It started with love...

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Begin the day with positivity!

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DON’T... MOVE...

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"Great! Everyone smile!"

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"My phoooooooone!"

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"I love festivals. They’re so chill."

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There is no way this ended well.

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"Ooh! Let me take a photo of this instead of helping him down!"

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This is why selfies are dangerous!

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"I hope I look natural in this photo."

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"Let’s take a picture of us swinging!"

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"This sunset will be a great backdrop to the picture."

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Happy Graduation!

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Llllllllladies...

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"Just pose here by the pool?"

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"This is gonna be an epic kick!"

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"Gosh I love Frisbee."

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"NOT THIS TIME."

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18 Pictures That Ended In Disaster

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