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This guy is like bat man--he's blind and uses echolocation!


Bats are known for how well they traverse through dark caves, blackened forests, and just about anywhere without a hint of light using their sonar ability.

They emit a sound that travels through the air and bounces off objects, revealing their location, size and distance.

It's pretty amazing when you think of it—and even more amazing that there is a human out there that can do the same thing.

Daniel Kish, a Californian that has been completely blind since he was a baby, doesn't let his disability inconvenience him.He still leads an active lifestyle outside, including hiking and mountain-biking (two activities best suited for those with eyesight).

His trick is to click his tongue on the roof of his mouth two to three times a second that send back useful sound waves to let him build a mental picture of his surroundings.

The ability has lead him to be called a “real-life Batman,” though I'm pretty sure the Dark Knight had fancy gadgets for this kind of thing—and he wasn't blind (so he's actually cooler than Batman)

But this amazing power DOES sound like something a superhero should have, and is something to cherish for allowing Kish to lead such an active life.

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Rodney Marks may have been Antarctica’s first murder victim.


The details surrounding the death of Rodney Marks have never been fully determined. What is known is that Rodney Marks had been feeling unwell for at least 36 hours before he died in Antarctica. 

He went to see the doctor several times before he died, but the doctor was never able to diagnose the source of his illness. Later, when Rodney Marks passed away his body was sent to New Zealand to be autopsied. Doctors were trying to evaluate whether his death was due to natural causes or by murder. 

His death was given a lot of media attention because it would be the first murder in Antarctica. New Zealand doctors learned that Marks had died due to methanol poisoning. Although Marks drank frequently, he had no reason to commit suicide by poisoning himself with his job going well and with a new girlfriend. For this reason, officials ruled out suicide, and, of course, the man would not accidentally poison himself. 

The most likely cause of his death was murder, but it was never proven by New Zealand police. Marks’ family were never given a reason for his death, but thanked the police anyway for their efforts. 

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US Aircraft Bombers were fitted with a 'Fail Deadly' device that would have automatically released the nuclear weapons on board if the plane was shot down


A dead man’s switch is a device developed for emergency situations.

It does what it name says – it takes over a system or a machine if the operator of that system becomes incapacitated or dies. Originally it was meant to save lives if one life is lost.

It was first used in locomotives to bring the engine to an emergency stop should the engineer be unable to fulfill his duties.

Most gas station pumps are switched off by a fail safe button in case of a fire. These are all life saving functions, but the US military saw another application for emergency situation switches.

The Special Weapons Emergency Separation Systems (SWESS) was invented to kill more people if one person dies! It was meant to be a deterrent of sorts. Since the 1950’s Strategic Air Command ensured that all aircraft bombers were fitted with nuclear bomb release systems.

If a bomber was shot down over enemy territory or the controls failed and the plane dropped below a certain altitude, the SWESS automatically released the nuclear weapons on board. These switches were designed for nuclear weapons and are not used to launch missiles because missiles are designed to hit a specific target.

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Some awesome lists!

Morgan Freeman has been nominated for, or has won 29 more awards than movies he starred in!


Morgan Freeman is one of the most loved American actors of all times.

There is just something about him that makes everybody like and respect him. He has a very recognizable golden voice to go with all his charm.

Freeman only really made his big break into the movie industry at the age of fifty with the film ‘Street Smart’ and since then his rise to fame was steady and consistent.

He has starred in 76 films, a number that excludes narrating and voice overs. A clear indication of what a truly brilliant actor he is would be the fact that he was nominated for and/or has won 105 awards—that's 29 more awards than movies he's starred in!

Besides acting, Freeman is also very actively involved in charity work and co-founded the Grenada Relief Fund. He also actively participates in raising awareness of environmental issues.

In 2012 Mr Freeman ranked third on the Forbes’ ‘Most Trustworthy Celeb’ list with Tom Hanks and Carol Burnett first and second, respectively. He was listed 19th on the ‘50 Greatest Actors of All Time’ list.

There is still no end in sight for this brilliant actor and there are rumors that we will see Morgan Freeman in more than one movie in 2015. If previous statistics are anything to go by, he may be nominated for a reward or two for those as well!

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The plot of the manga/anime 'Akira' revolves around the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games


There is a large group of anime fans that consider ‘Akira’ to be the greatest anime of all time.

The animation is very well done and the story line is so complex that the viewer has to constantly keep up with events as they unfold. It can not really be classed as relaxing, mindless viewing.

The story is set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo after a nuclear bomb detonated there in 1988. Subsequent to these events, Word War III broke out and society changes drastically.

Everything in this anime revolves around the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Stadium that was actually constructed as a cover for covert military operation and it was also where Akira’s (a paranormal psychic power) frozen remains were held and where they were discovered by Tetsuo.

The 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games were to be the first of its kind to be held after the start of World War III.

The stadium is the place where the final conflict between Tetsuo Shima, the young biker with psychic powers, and his life long friend, Shotaro Kaneda, takes place. It is also where Akira is re-awakened and it is the epicenter of Neo-Tokyo’s destruction and the creation of the new universe.

The real 2020 Summer Olympic Games will, coincidentally, be held in Tokyo! What an amazing coincidence!

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