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15 Secrets From the UK's UFO Files
The UK Ministry of Defense recently released another batch of UFO files -- the latest move in an ongoing program to declassify and make public the government's archive. Nick Pope worked for the MoD for 21 years and now works as a broadcaster and journalist. From 1991 to 1994, he worked on MoD's UFO project. Here's what he found, presented without editorial comment. What do you believe?
12 Amazing Pictures of Lava Tubes Around the World
Lava tubes are natural conduits through which lava travels beneath the surface of a lava flow. Typically they are expelled by a volcano during an eruption and can be actively draining lava from a source; or they can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased and the rock has cooled and left a long, cave-like channel. Lava tubes are a type of lava cave, formed when an active low-viscosity lava flow develops a continuous and hard crust, which thickens and forms a roof above the still-flowing lava stream. Tubes form in one of two ways: by the crusting over of lava channels, and from pahoehoe (lava) flows where the lava is moving under the surface.
11 of the Most Expensive Private Helicopters Money Can Buy
Yesterday we brought you a list of amazing private jets. However, they were pretty expensive, ranging from $25,000,000 to as much as $500,000,000. So chances are, those are a little out of your price range. Today, therefore, we’ve put together of alternatives to commercial airline travel that’s a little more attainable: private helicopters. Of course, “more attainable” is a relative term. These are still pretty pricey, but they’re all cheaper than any of the jets, so you can at least fantasize about getting one of these if you win the lottery. In any case, there are advantages disadvantages to going with a private chopper over a private jet. Sure, helicopters aren’t as fast as jets, nor do they the same range. But you look much cooler hopping out of a helicopter than walking out of a jet, and the former can take you places jets cannot—like midtown Manhattan, or a ski resort in the French Alps. So all things being equal, I think I’d rather have a chopper than a jet.
Top 10 Strangest Movie Characters
Just like some of the cartoon characters which we will always remember no matter how old we get, strangest movie characters are also those which leave a lasting impression on us. It may be due to their bizarre and strange appearance or because of their psycho behavior. The Top 10 Strangest Movie Characters list contains those names which have become an alternate to horror and terror. Some of the strangest movie characters listed here have made only one or two appearances and the others have been regular visitors of the silver screen. The intensity of their obsession and mania has guaranteed them a permanent place in the minds and hearts of the viewers and some actors have even won awards for these roles!
27 Of The Deepest Canyons You Can Explore
Canyons can be the most committing — and rewarding — places to hike, paddle, climb, float. Whether you’re there to take pictures or immerse yourself deep in the backcountry, here are 27 formidable places. Within Glen Canyon National Park, which is over 1.2 million acres area-wise, Horseshoe Bend is a spot along the Colorado River where the river bends so sharply, it almost completes a circle.
4 Animals That Ran for Mayor and Won!
Has the presidential race soured you on politics as usual? Next time you’re in the voting booth, consider casting your ballot for a nontraditional candidate. These towns did exactly that and are enjoying the benefits of a super hands-off – or more precisely, paws-off – government.
15 Business Theories That Will Improve Your Life
Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen is best known for introducing the theory of disruptive innovation, which Steve Jobs and other visionaries have used to map out successful strategies for their businesses. We spoke with Christensen a few weeks ago about his new book, "How Will You Measure Your Life," which looks at how we can apply successful case studies — for example, how Netflix disrupted the video retail industry — to our own lives. "We’re forced to look into the future, which has no data available about it," Christensen recently told LinkedIn employees. "This means that we either pursue a path that is a crap-shoot or are forced to look into theories of causality: What causes what and why."
5 Olympians Who Won Fame by Losing
National pride sometimes trumps competitiveness at the Olympics. Some fans are just happy to see local heroes in the spotlight, whether they go home empty-handed or even hardly know the sport. The tradition of spectacular failure at the Olympics dates back to the inception of the modern Games in Athens in 1896, when Great Britain's George Stuart Robinson's discus throw of about 82 feet set a world-record low that stands to this day. Here are five athletes throughout recent Olympic history who most needed to be comforted with the words, "Winning isn't everything."
College Rankings 2012: 25 Least Affordable Schools
For this year’s college rankings, we considered affordability on a college-by-college basis as a metric of long-term affordability. In other words, the schools that landed atop of our least affordable list may not have the highest sticker price, but when measured through a lens of earning potential as well as the average debt level of graduates, these are the schools where students are least able to shoulder the cost of their degree—and where the education has an uneven record of being a valuable investment relative to other schools. To compile the list, we considered four factors: debt, total cost, financial aid, and future earnings. Average debt per student and the percent of students that graduate with debt, according to data from College InSight was weighted 25 percent. The total price, including tuition and living expenses, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), was weighted 25 percent, as was the percentage of full-time students receiving financial aid and the average amount of financial aid (this was a proxy for student wealth and financial need). The last 25 percent of the weighted ranking was based on the starting median salary and mid-career salary from each university, according to PayScale. Public schools with differing in-state and out-of-state total cost statistics were considered twice for this list, once for each level of total cost.