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An empty casing of the largest bomb used in WWII was on display at the Royal Air Force gates in the UK. Find out what they discovered when they tried to move it!

In 1958, the road that led to The Royal Air Force Scampton's front gates in the UK was going to be widened.

First, workers had to remove the empty casing of a WWII bomb, known as The Grand Slam Bomb. The Grand Slam Bomb is a deep penetrating bomb and weighs over 22,000 pounds. The workers brought in a crane to move the huge casing, but noticed that is was heavier than expected. Some though it could have been filled with concrete, but others thought maybe they should have an expert look at it before they moved it.

An expert examined the bomb and discovered that it was a real live bomb! The "casing" was filled with live filling from 1944. This bomb had been sitting there for 14 years. People had taken pictures with it and even sat on it. If the bomb had detonated, it would have flattened, not only the whole base, but most of the town that it was in, including a historical cathedral that was built in the year 1250! The bomb was eventually removed using a crane designed to withstand the weight and was demolished for safety reasons.


A 19-year-old managed to squat in the AOL office for 2 months! Find out how he got away with it!

Like the majestic but mysterious chameleon, you too can slip past watchful eyes and get the most out of your surroundings, free of of charge. All you have to do is act like you belong and blend in. That's exactly what 19-year-old Eric Simons did for a couple months of free rent.

He's a Chicago entrepreneur who participated in AOL's K12 program that helps incubate up and coming tech minds. However, when the program ended, he learned that the badges still worked for the Palo Alto office, granting him access anywhere. He decided that's where he would set up camp while he worked on his startup.

He was able to pull it off by sleeping on a couch outside of the night guard's path, work until everyone was out of the office, hit the office's gym at 7a.m. And used the shower when everyone started to show up (he got in really good shape since this was essential), and spending only $30 in his first month.

Eventually a guard caught on and he was kicked out at 6 a.m. One morning. AOL's response was "It was always our intention to facilitate entrepreneurial-ism in the Palo Alto office—we just didn't expect it to work so well."


Infamous extreme Christian Shirley Phelps-Roper is guilty of one of the topics she protests against! See what she did

Shirley Phelps-Roper is infamous for her leading role in The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Westboro Baptist church has extreme ideologies and are known for their hate-filled protests around the country. Shirleyis most famous for protesting at funerals of AIDS patients, along with homosexual soldiers holding homophobic posters about how the deceased is going to Hell.

Her hatred has even escalated worldwide and she is banned from The United Kingdom for "fostering extremism or hatred". As it turns out, Phelps-Roper has some skeletons in her closet. It is a Christian belief that if a woman bares a child out of wedlock, then that woman has committed a sin and will go to Hell.

In a 2007 interview, Phelps-Roper admitted that the eldest of her eleven children was born out of wedlock and she refused to announce who the father was. By doing this, Phelps-Roper has just admitted to the world that she a hypocrite, losing any credibility that she had. When the interviewer asked her if she thought she was going to Hell, she replied, "I know better" and I "put away" that kind of behavior, leaving the audience to wonder why she thought she was the exception to her own beliefs.


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The voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo never believed Shaggy was a stoner. Yeah, right!

Scooby Doo has always been a wholesome, enjoyable, and predictable cartoon (the bad guy is always second guy you see!). Despite the family friendly nature of the show, there have always been some subtext that bother the older crows.

The sexual tension between Freddy and Daphne? The fact that the every arrest was just for scaring people? These aren't even the worst offenders.

The biggest is that Shaggy is obviously a stoner, something the voice of the character never realized.

The rumors of Shaggy's recreational uses with marijuana surfaced thanks to his constant hunger, his talking dog, and his crazy, paranoid antics. However, the voice of the character, Casey Kasem, said "there wasn't anything like that at all" when asked about if he had every observed the subtext. He said "guess it's because, I don't know, it was a wholesome show from beginning to end." The first time he ever thought of that viewpoint was when the interviewer brought it up.

The recent Scooby-Doo films had several shots that referred to Shaggy using the drug, but many of them did not make it into the final cut. The character that played Shaggy in the films also didn't believe Shaggy smoked weed. "He just seems like that. He acts a little goofy and high, he's lovable and scared—and just happens to have the munchies."


The average person in Denmark eats around 3 times their weight in meat a year! What makes them so carnivorous?

Consisting mostly of fish and red meats, the yearly diet of the every day person in the Nordic country of Denmark weighs around 322 pounds! This appetite for protein comes from their agricultural past and geography, as well as their long winters. In cold weather it is more difficult to grow vegetables and fruit. Therefore, the people of Denmark have always relied mostly on the farming of animals rather than on agriculture.

Perhaps most surprising about this fact is that the people of Denmark actually beat out America who weighs in at about an average of 215 pounds of meat consumption per person each year. The reason America is known for its culinary indulgences is the plethora of other food groups that they throw in along with their consumption of meat.

The country that eats the least amount of meat per year is India. Though their appetite for protein rich foods is growing, they still hit the scales at a measly 12 pounds per person, per year. That is equivalent to getting only 9 steaks worth of meat per year!



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