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Incredible Photos Taken Right Before Disaster

Now that nearly everyone has a cell phone, not much happens that isn’t captured in a photo or video. Each of these amazing pictures captures the moment just before or after something went horribly wrong. Talk about being in the right place at the wrong time.

Jenga with shipping containers

Looking at this picture, you might assume these containers were stacked too high or improperly secured. The truth is, containers carrying too much weight can cause instability and, sometimes, the toppling of cargo overboard. Amazingly, it wasn’t until 2016 that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require that the declared weight of shipping containers be verified before loading onto ships.

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I’m outta here!

This looks like an accident, and the crash, of course, is. But the launching of the pilot into the air is totally intentional, and thanks to a device most military planes have: an ejection seat. To activate the seat, the pilot pulls a lever between his legs. Once in the air, and a safe distance from the aircraft, a parachute opens and the pilot floats to safety.

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I don’t what’s scarier – the clowns or whatever that guys got on his baking rack. What that is anyway?

It’s so unfair. One minute you’re going to clown college to become an entertainer, the personification of fun; and the next, people are calling you “creepy.” Meanwhile, bakers are considered perfecyly harmless – even as they continue to peddle things like fruiitcake and anisette biscotti.

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Rollin’…rollin’…rollin’ on a river…

Study the faces of the women in the boat, and you’ll see surprise, fear and amusement. The cyclist’s face is inscrutable, which is too bad. It would be great to know what he was thinking.

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Hope it was worth it!

Everbody’s done this – the looking part, I mean. It’s human nature. However, it would be nice to think few have been quite so absorbed in the sight they beheld as the guy in this picture. Imagine him explaining his black eye to his wife.

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Why is the dude in the back laughing???

Sting rays don’t normally attack people, except in defense when they’re stepped on. Certain types of rays do, however, leap through the air. Most likely, the ray in this picture meant no harm to the woman he landed on. Scientists speculate rays jumpt to communicate, attract a mate, shake off parasites and or have fun – like the guy behind her.

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Macho macho man

In Florida, it’s a third-degree felony to injure or kill an alligator. Police do occasionally shoot them, but these incidents are throughly investigated to make sure the officer’s action was justified. The police officer in this photo was almost certainly bluffing, and the alligator looks like he knows it!

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Moby duck! Or, better yet, drive away really fast!

The average whale watching trip includes a lot more watching than whales. In fact, it’s not uncommon to take such a voyage and not see a single whale. The question is: which would you rather?

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Elephants never forget? These people are gonna never forget!

Unfortunately, the world’s largest mammals have been known to attack cars. Elephants are most aggressive during musth, when their testosterone levels are at their highest. Musth most frequently occurs in winter, so plan your safaris accordingly.

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This sucks.

They say the best thing to do if an octopus latches onto you (and you’d rather it didn’t) is to touch its mantle. The mantle is the part many think of as the head of the octopus. These cephalopods are very protective of this part of their anatomy and will often let go of what they’re grasping when it is touched. Hopefully, the man in this picture knew this.

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Don’t bite my head off!

This is no joke. Camels bite and the injuries they cause can be very serious. Considering their height, maybe it’s no surprise that they often target people’s heads. Beware!

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Just another day on the New York subway

According to Big Apple locals, eating and drinking on the sobway is considered bad manners. Pole dancing, on the other hand…totally fine.

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Ignorance is bliss

I love how Sunglasses and the kid in the front row don’t even seem to notice the baseball bat flying in their direction.

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I’m just guessing this guy has a beer in his hand. Probably his 20th of the night.

As if his choice of costume weren’t strong enough evidence of his terrible judgement…

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Whatever you do, don’t let go of you giant Harry Potter wand, or whatever the h*ll that is…

Judging by the rider’s perfect “sitting” posture, this photo was taken less than a second after her hind quarters left the saddle. So, to be fair, she hasn’t had time to think.

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There are bad ideas…and then there are really bad ideas…

Parents are always telling their kids to be careful. But are they really the ones that need supervising? Here’s a scary thought: these guys may even be parents themselves!

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Cats will be cats, won’t they?

Ever wonder why cats seem to like being in spaces that are explicitly not designed for them? Especially places that are too small to accommodate them without causing an accident like the one about to happen here? Cats feel more secure in confined spaces. It’s also in their nature to hide while watching their prey. Not that knocking a bunch of glass stuff off a shelf is a brilliant way to go undetected…

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Hmmm.

Did this guy doubt his skill with a saw? It’s hard to imagine any other reason for the placement of his ladder.

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Goodness gracious, great balls of fur!

Who needs superheroes when we’ve got cats?

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The difference between mothers and fathers

Mom’s mortified. Dad’s having the time of his life. The boy in the middle?

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It’s not nice to point.

This is what is known as a nature fail.

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Why You (Should) Need a License to Drive

Oh, who are we kidding? There are probably hundred of pictures out there of licensed drivers doing even sillier things on ATVs.

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Ice ice baby

Good thing children’s bones are much more flexible than those of adults. There may have been a few tears shed, but then it was right back to business: getting to that playground!

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Eight Puppies Rescued from Texas Heat Will Soon Be Ready for Adoption

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Eight puppies left in the scorching Texas heat have been rescued and are now safe, thanks to some quick-thinking deputies and animal control officers.

The puppies were abandoned in a carrier on a field in Tarrant County, Texas, where temperatures reached over 100 degrees. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office shared this on their Facebook page.

A kind person found the puppies without any water and alerted the authorities. Unfortunately, since there were no cameras in the area, it’s unlikely they will find out who left the puppies behind.

Deputies Collin Stephenson and Haley Drew from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control team, rescued the puppies.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control shared an update on Facebook, including photos of the puppies, saying, “The puppies that were rescued from a carrier in 100-degree weather by Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office are doing much better.”

The puppies, about six weeks old, are now at the Chuck & Brenda Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center. They are believed to be shepherd mixes and have been given names after popular chip brands: Cheetos, Fritos, Ruffles, Lays Potato, Cheese Itz, Doritos, and Pringles.

Deputy Stephenson told Fort Worth Animal Care and Control that he plans to adopt one of the puppies.

The animal shelter is looking for people to foster or adopt the puppies, who should be ready for adoption next week.

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat

  1. Provide Plenty of Water: Always make sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water.
  2. Avoid Midday Heat: Walk your pets early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cooler.
  3. Never Leave Pets in Cars: Cars can quickly become dangerously hot, even with windows cracked.
  4. Shade and Shelter: Ensure your pets have a shady place to rest if they’re outside.
  5. Watch for Signs of Overheating: Signs include excessive panting, drooling, and weakness. If you notice these, get your pet to a cool place and offer water.
  6. Limit Exercise: On very hot days, reduce the amount of exercise your pets get.

By following these tips, you can help keep your pets safe and healthy during the hot summer months.

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Diver Makes Stunning Ancient Find Off Florida Coast: ‘Very Rare’

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A diver in Florida recently made an incredible discovery while exploring the waters off the state’s coast.

Kyle Lundberg, who studied marine biology at the University of South Florida, was diving off Manasota Key, about 90 miles south of Tampa, when he stumbled upon an ancient mastodon tusk. He found this remarkable relic back in April while searching for fossils.

The tusk, which hasn’t been dated yet, could be millions of years old. Although he’s only 29 years old, Lundberg has been scuba diving for 12 years and has been hunting for fossils since he was “old enough to walk.”

“My dad would take us out to construction sites all the time to look for fossils as a kid,” Lundberg shared. He mentioned that while finding small pieces and chunks of tusk is common, discovering one as large and well-preserved as this is very rare. Tusks found in Florida are usually very delicate and often crumble apart.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), American mastodons went extinct around 10,500 years ago. Their fossils have been discovered across North America and Central America, from Alaska to Mexico. Despite what some people might think, mastodons are not the same as mammoths, though they are related and share a common ancestor with mammoths and elephants. Mastodons could grow as tall as 10 feet.

The NPS explains that while mastodons have been around since 4 to 3 million years ago, mammoths didn’t arrive in North America until much later, during the Pleistocene ice ages, which spanned from 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 years ago. Mastodons did live alongside mammoths in many areas, but all of these large creatures went extinct by about 10,500 years ago.

Lundberg has some advice for aspiring fossil hunters: remember to get a fossil permit. In Florida, these permits only cost five dollars each. “My best tip is to get out and explore and keep your head down,” he said. “This stuff is out there and all over the state.”

As for what will happen to the ancient mastodon tusk, Lundberg plans to keep it unless experts decide it is important enough to donate. “I plan on keeping it, but I do have to report it at the end of the year to the Florida Museum of Natural History,” he said. “If they deem it scientifically important, I have to donate it, but that is very unlikely.”

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Daring Rescue: Duluth Firefighters Save Dog from Frigid Lake Superior

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In a heart-pounding rescue mission on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a brave dog found himself in a perilous situation after leaping into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The daring rescue unfolded amidst eight-foot waves that crashed against the shore, creating a challenging environment for both man and canine.

The intense situation began when the adventurous dog managed to slip out of his leash, enticed by the allure of a chilly swim. Unbeknownst to the canine, Lake Superior’s vast expanse presented a danger he hadn’t anticipated. The situation quickly escalated, prompting the owner to dial emergency services.

To pinpoint the distressed dog’s location, dispatchers utilized cameras on a life bridge, offering a bird’s-eye view of the unfolding drama. The dog, buffeted by the relentless waves, struggled to stay afloat as firefighters donned specialized ice suits to brave the frigid waters.

These ice suits, designed for extreme cold-water rescues, provide a crucial barrier between the icy environment and the rescuers. Comprising layers of insulated materials, these suits not only keep firefighters warm but also offer buoyancy and protection against the harsh elements.

As the brave firefighters plunged into the turbulent waters, the dog faced the dual challenges of the waves and the numbing cold. Despite the difficult conditions, the rescue team, guided by the worried owner who remained on the shore, managed to locate the struggling canine.

The dog, large and frightened, repeatedly disappeared beneath the waves, making the rescue a daunting task. Through effective communication between the owner and the firefighters, the team successfully secured the dog by the collar, preventing him from slipping away.

Once the dog was safely in their grasp, both the firefighters and the canine were brought to safety aboard a waiting boat. The dog, now shivering and scared, received prompt medical attention. After warming up, the resilient pup even leaped happily into his owner’s car, a heartwarming conclusion to a potentially tragic event.

The Duluth Fire Department, often questioned about responding to animal-related emergencies, emphasized the significance of such actions in a Facebook post. They highlighted the deep bond between pets and their families, explaining that in their experience, if emergency responders did not intervene, well-meaning bystanders might take unnecessary risks.

The post also revealed a chilling detail: one of the dog’s owners had considered jumping into the treacherous waters. The fire department strongly discouraged such actions, emphasizing the importance of leaving water rescues to trained professionals equipped with the necessary gear.

“The Duluth Fire Department wants to stress to the public the importance of not putting yourself into a situation you are neither trained nor equipped to handle,” the post warned. “Given the wave and temperature conditions in the canal last night, anyone entering the water without the proper training and equipment would most likely have ended in tragedy.”

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Teenager Sam Sieracki Soars to New Heights, Solving Rubik’s Cube in Free Fall

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Seventeen-year-old Sam Sieracki has etched his name into the Guinness World Records by solving a Rubik’s Cube while skydiving over West Australia. Jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet, Sam achieved the remarkable feat in just 28.25 seconds, breaking the previous record of 30.14 seconds held by Nitin Subramanian of the United States.

In a daring display of skill and concentration, Sam described the intense experience of solving the Rubik’s Cube in free fall. “It’s really intense. It’s very loud because you’ve got all the wind in your face,” Sam explained. “So it’s a lot harder to concentrate than if I’m just on the ground solving it… my record on the ground is a lot faster than in the air – it’s about 6.5 seconds.”

Despite facing challenges in the sky, Sam, who is both a speed-cuber and a skydiving enthusiast, tackled the feat with enthusiasm. It took him five attempts to surpass the previous record, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Sam, who has been attending speed-cubing competitions since 2017, expressed confidence in breaking the record but admitted that the challenge proved to be more demanding than expected. “Having attended speed-cubing competitions since 2017, I was confident about breaking the record, but it ended being far more challenging than expected and took me five attempts to achieve,” Sam remarked.

The teenager’s passion for both speed-cubing and skydiving has been a driving force in his pursuits. “I decided that I want to be a solo skydiver, so waited impatiently to turn 16 … so that I could become a licensed skydiver and go by myself,” Sam shared. “Since then, I’ve gone up to Jurien Bay every school holidays to do a few jumps, and am now up to 80 jumps in my second year of skydiving.”

Acknowledging the support of his loved ones, Sam expressed gratitude to his biggest fans and supporters, his mother and girlfriend, who encouraged him to break the world record. As a self-proclaimed rookie in the skydiving world, Sam doesn’t set grand goals but aims to continue improving his skills with each jump, all while enjoying the thrilling experience.

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Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

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A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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