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These Doomsday Planes Protect Heads of State When Disaster Strikes

In the event of a nuclear strike on American soil, they're going to be in a little bit of trouble. But at least we'll die safe in the knowledge that the valiant leaders of their nation—or any yahoos lucky enough to be in office at the time—will be escaping the nuclear holocaust in a fleet of environmentally-impervious airborne command centres. Read More >>

Man Supposedly Bins £300k in Gold to Spite Ex-Wife

Angry American man Earl Ray Jones claims to have converted $500,000 of his life savings into solid gold and then binned the lot, in an effort to stop his wife getting anything out of him in their future divorce settlement. Remember to burn your house down too, Earl, and have the pets and children put to sleep. Read More >>

The 11 Weirdest Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas

If you have the good fortune to be planning a trip Stateside next year, consider adding the State Fair of Texas to your list. It's one of the biggest, longest-running state fairs of the country, steeped in tradition from its livestock competitions to its architecturally-significant Art Deco grounds. But perhaps the most important part of the Texas State Fair? Its role as America's fried food mecca. Let the salivating begin: Read More >>

107-Year-Old Man Dies... in Police Shootout

Monroe Isadore, from Arkansas in the US, managed to live to the impressive old age of 107, only to end it all after going berserk at police and getting himself shot. Read More >>

Mother and Daughter Scammed Bored Women out of £700k With Fake Army Hunk Dating Site

Karen Vasseur and her daughter Tracy tricked 374 US ladies into parting with around $1m, after setting up a fake dating site and pretending it was populated by single US service personnel. In fact, it was Karen and Tracy telling lies and begging for money. Read More >>

US State Plans "Revenge Porn" Internet Ban

As well as being morally extremely dubious, it might soon be actually illegal to post "revenge porn" photos of ex-partners on the internet in parts of the US, with one state said to be planning to criminalise the act of posting rude photos of someone without their permission. Read More >>

The U.S. Has More Internet Porn Than Any Other Country

America: land of the free, home of the most internet porn in the universe. According to a study, the U.S. of A hosts 60 per cent — or 428 million pages — of the world's porn. Read More >>

DIY Fireworks Instructions Were Ridiculously Unsafe in the 1920s

Every year, our Yank cousins celebrate Independence Day by doing what they do best: blowing stuff up and eating large amounts of red meat. Fireworks haven't always come from a Chinese factory, though; back in the 1920s, DIY fireworks were all the rage. And the instructions were utterly, totally insane. Read More >>

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Surprise! All That TV Stuff Won't Work When Xbox One Launches Here

Just in case you needed telling, all the fancy TV guide stuff that Microsoft showed during its depressingly softcore Xbox One launch won't work when it hits the UK. While Microsoft is "anticipating a global launch over time" of its telly system, the required media deals and masses of work needed to get it running, plus our reliance on crappy SD Freesat boxes, mean you can forget all about it for the time being. [CVG] Read More >>

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Xbox One Will Work Offline... For a Day at a Time

We now have a firm answer regarding Xbox One's curious internet needs. Xbox One does not require an "always-on" internet connection to function if you're playing alone, but it does need to "phone home" once a day to check licensing information and keep your games working. A bit like the massive Sky box it is. Read More >>

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Could A Twinkie Stuffed Turkey Replace the Turducken?

When it comes to preparing a turkey, the focus these days seems to be on what ridiculous things you can stuff inside. And the Turducken, which sees the bird stuffed with a duck-stuffed chicken, might have met its match with the Turtwinkie. Read More >>

The TSA Finds Weapons in the Darndest Places: Knives in Foot Powder, Knives in Lipstick and More

People, why do you hide weapons when you fly. You’re just asking for trouble! And seriously, is there a need to wrap knives in foil and then hide it in a bottle of foot powder? Or put a knife inside lipstick? Here are the weapons the TSA found in the weirdest places. Read More >>

The Secret Government Laser That Instantly Knows Everything About You

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 50 metres away as soon as you step in the country. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes, to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body — agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you. Read More >>

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How KA-BAR Was Born

While KA-BAR was made famous in 1941 by its Fighting Utility Knives, which were carried by Allied armed forces in WWII, it has actually been making edged tools for over a century. Common Machine takes a brief, albeit insightful, look at the history and production techniques of America's most famed knife maker. [Gear Patrol] Read More >>

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Not Even Hipsters Know What the Higgs Boson Is

Human kind made history Wednesday when scientists announced that they'd discovered a new particle, which they were sure was the elusive Higgs boson. It might surprise you to know that hipsters haven't a clue what the Higgs is, even though it's incredibly simple. Read More >>

Teen Takes Spear to the Face and Survives

Teenagers should NOT be given guns or spears to play with, let alone spear guns. Sixteen-year-old Yasser Lopez went spear gun fishing with his buddy in a Miami lake and got speared right through the brain. Details are hazy on whether he shot himself or his mate mistook him for a giant salmon, but either way, the gun went off and turned Yasser into a human kebab. Read More >>


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