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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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LEGO safe has functional 3-number combo lock

LEGO safe has functional 3-number combo lock

When people aren't amazing us with virtual blocky creations in Minecraft, they're using real-world LEGO blocks to do the same. In this case, one crafty LEGO user has created a safe with a functional 3-number combination lock. The safe itself looks about 6 x 6 x 6 inches overall, but it's not the size that matters -- it's the lock, which the creator, Jason Allemann, shows off on video (available after the jump!).

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ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

Just in time for the latest doomsday prediction and Halloween comes a fortified zombie shelter, one designed to keep the zombies out and your loved ones free from horrific end-of-world deaths. It’s called the Zombie Fortification Cabin, ZFC-1 for short, and it features items you’ll need to live off the grid, stay in shape, eat well, and maybe play some Xbox, depending on how well you’re holding up psychologically.

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Star Wars mugs change design when hot

Star Wars mugs change design when hot

It's getting cold out, at least for those in the north/east, and that means hot beverages. Sure, you could swing by Starbucks for a hot apple cider or some coffee, but paper cups are boring, and life is too short for that. Enter the temptation to bring your own mug, a temptation amplified by the new beauties ThinkGeek has rolled out. The couple of new Star Wars mugs change their design when filled with hot liquids.

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No, the world (probably) won’t end tomorrow

No, the world (probably) won’t end tomorrow

In case you missed it, there's a new doomsday prediction circling the Internet stating that tomorrow will be the end of the world and that all of humanity as we know it will perish. For many, the recent blood supermoon spurred predictions that the world would end, but it didn't (obviously). Now a revised prediction says that the world will be burned to a crisp on October 7 -- tomorrow -- via some kind of fire-based apocalypse.

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