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Take a Dip In The Devil's Pool

15 hours ago

The view of Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the Word, is undoubtedly a breathtaking sight to behold.  But the brave few willing to venture into the Devil’s Pool (Aka Devil's Swiming Pool) high atop the falls a privy to all of that beauty coupled with the adrenaline of hanging over the world’s largest waterfall. 

When the flow of the river is just right (usually from September to December) an eddy forms allowing people to swim right up to the falls edge in relative safety.  

Check out some photos of people enjoing the view from from the worlds most badass infinity pool. The Devil's Swimming Pool

 

Need aquatic thrills closer to home? How about the worlds tallest and fastests waterslide in Kansas City?

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Giant Spider Snares Snake In Its Web

19 hours ago

It’s hard out there for a snake these days.  Yesterday we found  pictures of the aftermath of a viper/centipede encounter.  Today we come to a video of an Australian golden orb spider and a tree snake. According to the video’s uploader, the tree snake fell into the web at which point the spider got to work. No further explaination is needed, the video says it all.   (Keep an eye out for the small spider sitting atop the larger one. That is the male of the same species, not a baby.)

Cairns Spider Eats Snake (HD)

The video (complete with epic music score) is pure nightmare fuel.  Every so often I take a look at what it costs to go to Australia on vacation but then things like this keep me from purchasing that ticket.

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The Us Online Premiere of 'S.O.S: Save Our Skins' Is Here

20 hours ago

It is our pleasure to bring you the exclusive United States online premiere of horror comedy series S.O.S: Save Our Skins.  Best of all, the entire series can be viewed right here and now. 

S.O.S., follows Ben and Stephen—two geeky Brits who are desperate to meet their idol, Xena: Warrior Princess, at a fan convention in New York City. Their plans are quickly ruined, however, as they discover that society has completely vanished. Determined to unravel the mystery, the two men embark on a road trip to Canada, meeting a blue monster, a sexy serial killer, and other crazies, along the way.

Canadian residents, the series can be streamed at bite.com. 

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From The Writer Of 'Pontypool', 'Ejecta' Has A Trailer

22 hours ago

The latest from writer Tony Burgess (Pontypool, Septic Man), Ejecta has just debuted its first trailer and poster.  The Sci-fi thriller is described as such:

Ejecta is the story of two men who witness an unexplainable event in the atmosphere on the eve of a historic solar storm and must survive a terrifying life form that's hunting them. An anonymous group will stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind what happened to the men that night and prove to the world that we were never alone in the universe. 

Written by Tony Burgess, the madman behind PontyPool and Septic Man, Ejecta stars the always exceptional Julian Richings (Man of Steel, Supernatural), Lisa Houle (PontyPool) as well as Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity).  

An ode to the 80's lo-fi sci-fi era, the film's poster, effects and electronic score pay homage to a classic time in the genre's history while focusing on »


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15 of History's Most Famous Death Masks

23 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Death Masks have been used for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece. These cultures used sculpted masks made of gold and gems which were placed over the deceased’s face during burial ceremonies.  Perhaps the most famous example of this style would be the Mask of Tutankhamun. These are quite impressive pieces of art but not the death masks we are going to be looking at today.

It was during the middle ages that the practice of taking wax or plaster casts of the dead’s faces came into vogue.  It became common for royalty, nobility, and other high profile public figures to have their features preserved for use in sculptures or the creation of busts.  Sometimes this process was done while the subject was alive (living mask) but we aren’t going to split hairs.  The end result of the cast process was something akin to a Michael Myers mask, »


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Snake Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

22 April 2014 3:11 PM, PDT

We spotted this case of “eyes bigger than your stomach” over at I Fucking Love Science.  Researchers on the island of Golem Grad, Macedonia found a nose-horned viper with its prey, a centipede, bursting out of its stomach. 

The centipede measured in at 84% the snake's length (not including the head), 112% its width, and 114% its total weight. 

But wait, it gets even more horrifying. Upon full dissection of the snake to remove the centipede, they discovered that all of the snakes’ innards were missing.  Yup, it appears that the centipede may have been eating his way out of the snake while the snake was eating it.

I think we can rule this encounter a draw.

Just be cause he is dead doesn't necessarily mean that snake isn't dangerous. Did you know that snakes can deliver a bite up to an hour after they have died. 

 

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The Ghost City of Varosha

22 April 2014 12:21 PM, PDT

In the early 1970’s the Varosha resort in Famagusta, Cyprus was one of the hottest vacation spots in the world.  The Mediteranean beach destination counted among its many tourists Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Raquel Welch

 

The locations fortunes took a turn for the worse on July 20, 1974 when, in response to a Greek backed coup attempt, the Turkish military invaded Northern Cyprus.  Fearing for their safety, the 35,000 inhabitants fled the area. The resort town was fenced off and entry prohibited by the military. 40 years later, this remains the status quo. After the 4 decades of neglect, the city is crumbling and will need to be razed if it is to be settled again. Varosha

For a more accessible ghost town, check out this abandoned mining town turned art installation in Nevada

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First Photos From The Set of Terminator: Genesis

22 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

30 years after the first film debuted, the fifth installment in The Terminator franchise has begun filming in New Orleans and images have begun to surface.

Here is a first look at Arnold on set via @TheArnoldFans

Let's Party! A New Terminator film is starting Today! @Schwarzenegger @ParamountPics @Skydance @Emilia_Clarke pic.twitter.com/Nt1kvQhoVL

— The Arnold Fans (@TheArnoldFans) April 21, 2014

The Terminator is Camera Ready! #TerminatorGenesis #T5 pic.twitter.com/npoBIhYPtD

— The Arnold Fans (@TheArnoldFans) April 21, 2014

Official Production slate for T5! "Vista" (as in Hasta la vista) is the code name for Terminator Genesis! pic.twitter.com/gjbNoNEtWK

— The Arnold Fans (@TheArnoldFans) April 21, 2014 Genesis (the films' current title) will feature the same core characters from the previous films, however, they have all been recast (with the exeption of Arnold).  Sarah Connor will be portayed by Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke takes over the role of John Connor, and Jai Courtney plays Kyle Reese. »


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Family Faces Car Fire and Lions At The Same Time

21 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Having your car break down is neither fun nor convenient.  However, this story definitely ranks up near the top when it comes to inopportune engine troubles.  While spending a Friday afternoon at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, UK , a family of three’s vehicle began to badly overheat requiring them to make a tough decision, do they vacate the car or sit and wait for help.  Adding complexity to their decision was where they were within the park.  The lion enclosure. 

Bad day for someone @Longleat ! And we were in the lion enclosure #notagoodtimeforabreakdown pic.twitter.com/YcEuPIiPEW

— Hannah (@MissLight20) April 18, 2014  

Ultimately the park rangers made it to the family just before the car burst into flames.  Mother, children and lions were all unharmed.

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Eddie Munster Looks To Save Old Haunted House From Foreclosure

21 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Butch Patrick, Aka Eddie Munster, is working to save a creepy old house from demolition. No it isn’t his tv family’s Mockingbird Lane mansion, rather it is a reportedly haunted home that belonged to a member of his real life family.

The house in question is an old Victorian in Macon, Missouri that his grandmother bought when he was a child.  The last time Butch went by for a visit he discovered that the house was in foreclosure and at risk of being torn down.  While looking into what it would take to save the home, he discovered that the property is reportedly haunted. 

Eddie, err, Butch goes into more detail about the house and his family's paranormal experiences with it in this interview with foxnews.com

'Eddie Munster' hopes to save haunted mansion

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Stowaway Survives 2500 Miles In Airplane Wheel Well

21 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

After getting in a fight with his parents and running away, a 16 yr old boy reportedly hopped the fence of the San Jose airport and climbed into the wheel well of a nearby plane.  The plane he selected belonged to Hawaiian airlines.  While this all but insured that the final destination would be an island paradise, it came with the slight inconvienence of spending a minimum of 5 hours crammed into the underbelly of the plane.

Not only did the boy miraculously survive the harsh conditions, which included frigid temperatures and lack of oxygen, but was relatively unharmed.  I am assuming we would be telling a much sadder story had he decided that a trip to Australia sounded like a good idea and stowed away in a Qantas Airlines jet.

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Behold the Shapeshifting Mimic Octopus

21 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

The ability to camouflage is one of nature’s cool little tricks that has been bestowed on select species. Generally this adaption is restricted to blending in with the animals immediate surroundings.  While this is helpful, what is one to do if hiding in plain sight fails to fool the predator?  There is one known aquatic species that has further developed its camouflage abilities to actually take on the appearance and behavior of multiple other predators. 

The Thaumoctopus mimicus, or mimic octopus, is able to choose from an array of other sea creatures for protection.  What’s interesting, other than the mere fact that it is able to change its appearance at all, is that most of the creatures it chooses to mimic are poisonous.  This leads scientists to deduce that this evolution is indeed for survival purposes.

Watch this shapeshifting octopus in action. 

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus

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Unknown Object Lights Up Russian Sky

21 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Oh those Russian dashcam videos.  They seem to offer a never ending supply of remarkable traffic accidents and truely frightening incidents of road rage.  But they can also catch some pretty amazing acts of Mother Nature. 

On April 19th, this video was captured of what is believed to be a  meteor streaking across the sky in Murmansk, Russia. 

Meteor-like object over Russia's Murmansk caught on dash-cams

Though not terribly uncommon, it is only now with the proliferation of things such as dashcams that these blink-and-you-miss-them type of events are being seen by more than just a handful of eyewitnesses.

Officials say that the nature of the celestrial body is yet unkown. Given this news and the fact that i have seen enough (too many?) movies, I am not willing to completly rule out the possibility that it may have been more than just a run of the mill meteor. 

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