Twins Turn 11 On 11-11-11

At 11.11.11 on 11.11.11 the time and date will be a perfect same-numbered palindrome, reading the same backwards as forwards – an event which can only happen on one day every 100 years. But for Betsy and Katie Overman, 11.11.11 is an even more special day – their 11th birthday. The twins, from Madison, Wisconsin, have already received their present from an aunt – a bag containing 11 bags, each containing 11 little presents. ‘If we go to school, we’ll stay for 11 minutes,’ Betsy told the Wisconsin State Journal. ‘Or they may count down on the school clock to 11 minutes after 11,’ Katie suggested. The twins, born 17 minutes apart on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, have been deemed the ‘child messiah’ by The Corduroy Appreciation Club, which recognizes 11.11.11 as the date that most closely resembles the material.” w/ photos

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Insane Bungee Jumps!

“Now this is just straight up crazy! A couple of guys in Russia pull off some bungee jumping inside a massive cooling tower.” — perpunte82

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Battery Jump-Start Gone Wrong

These motorists proved they aren’t the brightest sparks – by destroying their cars after crossing jump-start wires. The motoring mishap resulted in damage that meant both cars were write-offs. The incident in Columbia, South Carolina, saw silver Jeep owner Andrew Jernigan connect jump-leads to 21-year-old friend Delaney Mills’ red Volkswagen. Their pal Marc Coty saw the whole thing. Coty explained: “Delaney’s Volkswagen stalled on the street, so Andrew pulled his Jeep up to her car to jumpstart it. “While attaching the jump cables to the batteries of the cars, they accidentally crossed the wires, attaching the positive cable to the negative terminal on the battery and vice versa. “After Andrew started his car up, the rubber melted off of the jump cables, making it impossible to remove them from the batteries of the cars. The battery of Andrew’s jeep began to smoke. “While calling 911 to report the case to the fire department, the battery caught flame. The fire began to spread very quickly across the entire engine of Andrew’s car.” w/ photo

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Minecraft Massacre

“The millisecond between when a creeper kills you and when you feel the rage of losing all your rad diamond gear!” — freddiew

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Insane Airplane Stunts

“These pilots show no fear as they take to the sky and show off their mad flying skills. A classic clip from the vault: Some fantastic rare footage of US airmen performing biplane stunts over China in 1927.”

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Does The Camera Lie?

“Everyone has at some point had the same problem: no matter how much you try to be consistent with your camera face, some pictures look great and others look awful. Photographer Stephen Eastwood has finally solved the mystery – showing that the difference between a good photo and instantly deleted disaster can be down to the camera lens. To prove his point, he took a series of portraits, using the same model’s facial expression and the same lighting – but each time changing the lens. The difference is in the level at which each lens distorts the natural image, bending light so that the three-dimensional image is represented as a two-dimensional photo. Depending on the lens’ focal length, the image will deform and affect how the image looks in photos.” w/ photos

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