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16 Badass Movie Soldiers

It’s hard not to like a good war movie. Action, intrigue, high body counts, lots of gunplay, a moral of some sort. They got it all. One of the most vital ingredients to making successful combat cinema is reserving at least one character to be a soldier that crushes. The guy who displays little to no fear, is mean as a snake and single-handedly wipes out a significant number of the enemy. These military mavens can take a beating and just as easily dish one out. Using the year 1979 as a starting point, here are sixteen badass movie soldiers from the last thirty years.

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The 14 Hottest Best Friends from Chick Flicks

There's nothing more important to a leading woman in a romantic comedy than her best friend, because she sees her through the toughest of times -- but the lead woman herself is a terrible friend. The best friend is usually not only less neurotic, more down to earth and a little more "alt" looking; but generally more understanding and, realistically, more of a dream girl than any lead in most chick flicks. So, in honor of the girls in all the movies we always watch to try and get laid, here are the hottest best friends in the history of chick flicks.

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5 Guns and Gear to Buy Now Before It’s Too Late

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which has one and only one advantage over its predecessor, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994—an accurate title. I personally don’t believe it will pass, unless there is another mass shooting to match the Newtown, Conn., massacre. If that happens, all bets are off. But suppose it does; what are the guns you should buy—or more accurately, try to buy—given the short supplies caused by panic buying?

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The 100 Best B Movies of All Time

Not every film can be the Citizen Kane of its day. For every high-budget “A movie” that commands significant promotion and funding from its studio, there are piles of B movies that scratch and claw their way into existence without the benefit of things like “a budget” or “a script” in some cases. To compare them with A movies in terms of resources and immersiveness isn’t a fair proposition. Instead, discerning film fans are able to simply appreciate them for what they are. But what does “best” mean when we’re talking about films often famous for their shoddy construction? It certainly doesn’t mean “best-made.” It also doesn’t mean “worst-made,” or else films like Manos: The Hands of Fate and The Beast of Yucca Flats would make prominent appearances. They’re not on this list because the meaning of “best” here is “most entertaining,” and I defy you to be entertained by Manos without its MST3k commentary or a pound of medical-grade marijuana. If these films are painful, they’re also equally fun.

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3 Terrifying Student Loan Horror Stories

Once you're in student loan debt, it's hard to avoid drowning in it. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average undergrad borrowed nearly $27,000 to make it through four years of college in 2011. For those who attend pricey institutions or law, graduate or medical school, the debt can spiral into six digits and quickly become unmanageable for those students who weren't prepared for it. Research from the American Institute of CPAs shows that less than 40 percent of all borrowers had a firm understanding of how hard student loans would be to pay back. Sixty percent of borrowers said they have some regret over their student loan decisions. Unlike credit card debt, once you've taken on student loans, there's usually no getting rid of them through bankruptcy. While loan holders will oftentimes negotiate temporary reduced repayment plans and payment postponement options, your loan will most likely grow bigger and badder while you struggle to get back on your feet.

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Top 10 Brutal Killing Techniques From The Animal Kingdom

Thanks to evolution, mankind can walk upright, build massive cities and microbrew strong, tasty beer. While that's great, evolution also has a sadistic side. Killing and eating prey is a part of nature, but the way some animals go about it is just brutal. A lion's bite to the neck would be a walk in the park compared to some of these brutal killing techniques. We're not sure why so many horror writers have to invent vampires, ghosts and zombies to scare audiences. As the following 10 brutal killing techniques will prove, nightmare-inspiring fodder is plentiful in the animal kingdom. A nature documentary can be every bit as scary as the latest blockbuster.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Photography

The following 5 tips represent the top 5 things that have helped me the most to develop as a photographer and I continually refer to these to further my development. I hope they too can help you along your own journey.

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13 Misconceptions About Gun Owners

After Alex Hannaford published What I learned when I got a gun, we opened up the issues he explores in his commentary piece to other gun owners. We asked them to tell us what non-gun owners and the media gets wrong about gun culture. What should non gun-owners know that they don't? What are some of the most frequent misconceptions they encounter?

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10 Famous Actors Who Starred in Full Motion Videogames

Ah, Full Motion Video: its name falls like a soothing rain. While the brief craze of putting actual video footage in computer games did result in some undeniable classics (7th Guest, Myst, the Journeyman Project for example), it unfortunately also resulted in a lot of forgettable/awful shit titles, some of them barely qualifying as "games". This isn't the amazing thing: what's amazing is the amount of well-known actors that made appearances on our computer monitors during this krezzy time in videogame history. In some cases, you'd think they would have found better uses for their talent, but if I were them I'd just be glad I made it out of the battlefield of the '90s in one piece. The biggest success of this era in terms of good games that managed to net big stars without sacrificing their gaminess was obviously the Wing Commander franchise and its spinoffs, which will get considerable attention here. But there are other cases where established actors -- sometimes very established -- threw themselves in front of a green screen for, shall we say, slightly less noble enterprises. I doubt most if any of the actors on this list ever actually sat down and played through these games, but some of them deserve a real pat on the back if they did.

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6 Weapons That Can Be Made Just With Items Bought Beyond Airport Security

Gift and duty-free shops. Magazine stands. Restaurants. All these venues past airport security offer a wealth of options for “‘MacGyver-esque’ attackers” to develop weapons, as demonstrated by a security researcher. “Can common items that are sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons?” Terminal Cornucopia, a new YouTube channel, asks. Researcher Evan “Treefort” Booth created a channel full of demonstrations answering this question with a resounding “yes.”

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The 10 Most Shameless Product Placements in Movie History

We understand why movies have product placement. How are studios supposed to make money? You know, other than from ticket sales and DVDs. And merchandising. The point is, if they have to show a Pepsi label now and then so Will Smith can keep the heat on in his home, we're fine with that. But don't rewrite the damned movie to work the product into the plot.

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These 10 States Charge Extra Fees for Electric Cars

The freebie-filled joys of electric car ownership are fading fast. Nine states now levy extra registration fees on EVs, and by 2017, Michigan will be the 10th, with a half-dozen more governments seeking to make up for lost gasoline taxes. It’s a cash grab—or rather, some repayment for the free parking, free charging, HOV lane access, emissions waivers, four-figure tax credits, and straight-up rebates EV buyers have been reaping for years. Battery-electric cars may rack up utility bills with state fees, but they’re not paying a cent toward the road maintenance (and sometimes, other political shenanigans) that state motor fuel taxes fund. To that end, nine states are charging between $50 and $300 on top of normal registration renewal fees, or in some cases, a separate annual fee.

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