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What if I told you there were secret cities located in the world, their names and locations kept hidden by the government?


A closed city is a settlement with travel and residency restrictions. These cities don't show up on any maps, there are no road signs and bus routes only run to nearby villages.

Russia has got 44 acknowledged closed cities, with 15 more believed to exist, but nobody knows their locations or names apart from the Russian government.

These cities were established from the 1940's onwards. They were home to small communities with sensitive military, industrial and scientific facilities.

These cities were often situated on borders and close to rivers and lakes to provide large amounts of water needed for heavy industry and nuclear technology.

A closed city would often be guarded by barbed wire and prisons, although the residents could easily move in and out via the checkpoint. The existence of the city was often classified and residents were expected to uphold the secrecy of their residence.

Even after over 20 years since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia still officially keeps a number of its closed cities in the former Soviet republics.

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There's an annual mooning for Amtrak trains!


There is an actual website devoted to giving the information of the next mooning for Amtrak trains. It's been a tradition for 33 years! They have also been doing an annual mooning of the Metrolink for 7 years. 

Everyone can meet up along the chain link fence across from the Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, California. The tradition lasts all day. The website gives driving directions to the spot and suggests that you arrive by the Metrolink, because it is too congested to come by car. 

They ask for volunteers to help set up, but no one is specifically in charge. The Mooning Day is supposed to be a fun and law abiding tradition. The sheriff does make his rounds, so no alcohol or genital showing is allowed. They even have ‘night mooning’ after 8pm. Don’t miss the festivities! 

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The movie 'Poltergeist' used real skeletons because they were cheaper than buying props!


Poltergeist was released in 1982 and was the most successful of the Poltergeist film trilogy. Steven Spielberg co-wrote and produced the first American horror film in the trilogy. The plot is of a Californian suburban family whose youngest daughter was abducted by malevolent ghosts who had invaded their home.

The film itself is considered cursed, because some of the people associated with the film have died very prematurely. The production used real human skeletons when filming the swimming pool scene. Many of the people on the set were alarmed by this and led others to believe the "curse" on the film series was because of using real skeletons.

Craig Reardon, a special effects artist who worked on the film, said at the time that it was cheaper to purchase real skeletons than plastic ones, as the plastic ones involved labor in making them. Williams was not afraid of the prop skeletons, but she was nervous working in water around so many electrically powered lights. Producer Spielberg comforted her by being in the water during her scenes, claiming that if a light fell into the pool, they would both be killed.

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Drug cartels used ice cream trucks as a cover--which worked until they started shooting at each other.


One of the best sights of summertime as a child was hearing the faint music of an ice cream truck and watching it slowly come into view as you try to shake your mom or dad down for some money.

People in the Strathclyde area of Glasgow were robbed of that since drug cartels used them to trade their product.

The last thing you wanted to see was an ice cream truck during the "Glasgow Ice Cream Wars."

When conflicts started to arise out of competing factions, things got hot in the ice cream business. And by ice cream I mean illegal hard drugs.

Drive-by shootings would occur regularly out of the large windows of ice cream trucks as they pelted other trucks with bullets.

The violence came to a head when one faction doused an 18-year-old's (who was described as a "frightener") front door step in gasoline and set it on fire. Five died in the fire and another later at the hospital.

No matter how funny it may have looked, the violence was all too real in this nasty drug war.

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During its war with Iraq, Iran used school-aged children to clear the ground for its troops by running over minefields!


Go to Iran if you want to witness severe human rights abuses. Iran is notorious for using “human waves” to clear minefields or draw enemy fire during war. It cost many lives, but the tactic worked sometimes. Volunteers were swept away by patriotism and martyrdom war propaganda presented by the government during the revolution. 

Children were encouraged through visits to the schools as an invasive media campaign. Boys aged nine to sixteen proudly and excitedly lined up to become martyrs. They wore white headbands to signify their embracing of death. An estimated 95,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed during the war. 

The Iraq-Iran War was intense and brutal for all citizens. Poison gas was released on citizens during stalemates. Neither side had enough artillery to keep progressing in the war. They turned to dirty tactics that took the lives of countless innocent people. Poison gas was even let loose inside schools, needlessly killing children. The war took a major toll on the nation.

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