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This website texts your enemies Game of Thrones spoilers

This website texts your enemies Game of Thrones spoilers

Feel like getting even with your friends over whatever funny-in-their-own minds prank they pulled on you? Have an enemy two cubicles over who makes your work life miserable? A website promises to get even on your behalf, assuming your enemy watches Game of Thrones. For a small fee, the website will send anonymous GoT spoilers to whatever number you provide. Note: possible spoiler after the jump, depending on how far behind you are in the series.

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Large Hadron Collider’s shutdown caused by sneaky weasel

Large Hadron Collider’s shutdown caused by sneaky weasel

The Large Hadron Collider recently went offline, prompting engineers to start poking around for an explanation. The machine is 17-miles long, and hunting down a cause can be time consuming; it wasn’t long before the problem was found, though, and it was pretty unexpected. As it turns out, a weasel (or possibly a marten) made its way into the region and chewed through a power cable.

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Cracker Jack prizes are going digital

Cracker Jack prizes are going digital

The prize inside Cracker Jack boxes will soon be digital codes, and those digital codes will take consumers to a “one-of-a-kind mobile experience,” Frito-Lay has announced. This is perhaps the biggest shift to the Cracker Jack brand over its nearly 125 years, and fully underscores the mobile-centric nature of modern life. Joining the new digital prizes will be a redesign logo and new product packaging.

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Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Tired of hearing about hovering somethings or others that, at the end of the day, don't hover at all? Feeling a bit jaded? Colin Furze’s latest creation will change all that -- he has a homemade hoverbike, and it is exactly what it's said to be: a bike that hovers over the ground thanks to a lightweight metal frame and two big spinning (probably lethal) rotors.

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Oregon’s mystery noise lures researchers, conspiracy theorists

Oregon’s mystery noise lures researchers, conspiracy theorists

A strange, unidentified sound is haunting an Oregon town and residents are getting creeped out. The sound only happens at night, and is said to make local pets go crazy. The noise isn’t only heard by unfortunate critters in the Forest Grove region, though — it is bothersome enough that it has awakened residents in the middle of the night. Some have described the sound as akin to an unbearably loud tea kettle, others as a “mechanical scream.”

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MacBook Selfie Sticks are an absurd reflection on self-photography

MacBook Selfie Sticks are an absurd reflection on self-photography

Selfie sticks — they’re responsible for dozens of deaths, numerous museum incidents, and maybe a bludgeoning or two. They’re not all bad, of course, unless you’re adhering to the bigger is better philosophy — as the Macbook Selfie Sticks show, some things really are best in small packages. The Macbook Selfie Stick is exactly what it sounds like: a real MacBook mounted onto the end of a long, thick stick with the webcam facing the person holding it.

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McDonald’s new fries in Japan are covered in chocolate

McDonald’s new fries in Japan are covered in chocolate

Japan gets all the fast-food oddities, and McDonald’s latest creation is no exception. In a statement today, McDonald’s Japan introduced its new McChoco Potato, a “twist” on the company’s long-standing potato french fries. This technically makes the side dish a desert, which is great. Not so great is the McChoco's limited release in Japan...for now, at least.

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Dubai firefighters get jetpacks to battle skyscraper fires

Dubai firefighters get jetpacks to battle skyscraper fires

Being a firefighter in Dubai just got a lot more interesting. The city is home to many skyscrapers, and battling fires that result high up in these skyscrapers is not easy when you’re on the ground. To remedy that situation, the city will equip its firefighters with jetpacks, enabling them to get to upper levels much more quickly than they would using traditional methods.

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19th century burial chamber unearthed in New York

19th century burial chamber unearthed in New York

A burial chamber full of human skeletal remains was unearthed recently in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The discovery was made beneath century-old water mains located beneath Washington Square Park, according to New York City’s Department of Design and Construction. Officials from the department reported the finding on Wednesday, saying the burial chamber measures in at about 15ft wide x 20ft long and is about 8 feet deep.

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Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

It’s always fun to watch everyday items get pulverized in bizarre, unspeakable ways, and this particular episode of destruction will be even more satisfying for anyone ever subjected to a Tickle Me Elmo doll. The video is exactly what it sounds like: a Tickle Me Elmo doll, the personification of annoyance, is subjected to the unforgiving forces of a jet engine, and the result is nothing short of total destruction.

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Outer Space Vodka has been filtered through meteorites

Outer Space Vodka has been filtered through meteorites

Forget whiskey made in space. A new adult beverage called "Outer Space Vodka" is vodka that has been filtered through actual meteorites (five times) and then bottled in a glass alien head. The vodka itself hails from Iowa, and is made from good ol’ Iowan corn, according to its maker. It’s not the vodka’s source that is the notable point, though, it’s the meteorites through which it has been filtered.

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Shredder makes mincemeat of bulletproof glass

Shredder makes mincemeat of bulletproof glass

Many materials are impossibly durable and hard -- modern metals, carbon fiber, bulletproof glass. Trying to break or otherwise structurally compromise any of those things is not easy, hence their use in all sorts of applications, including security ones. If there's one thing humans are really good at, though, it's destroying stuff, rendering the seemingly indestructible into rubble. Bulletproof glass is no exception.

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