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This nuclear waste bunker is built to last 100,000 years! It will be one of humanity's last relics!

In many countries, large corporations dump their waste in places they shouldn’t. Instead of throwing their trash away properly, they get rid of it in locations that don’t have strong environmental laws.

However, that’s not the case in Finland, at least as far as nuclear waste is concerned.

In 1994, a change was made to the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act requiring all of the nation’s nuclear waste to be disposed of inside the country.

Just one problem: Finland didn’t have a storage facility to hold all of that waste.

To resolve this, the country began building a massive underground storage bunker on the small island of Olkiluoto. Between 2004 and 2011, the location for the facility was excavated, with plans to begin constructing the building itself in 2015.

The bunker will accept waste until 2120, at which point it will be sealed off. Current projections show the bunker lasting until the year 102,120, meaning it will probably be one of humanity’s last relics on Earth.


This Japanese company has a 300-year technology plan that includes telepathy and emotional machines!

Apparently, this company viewed ‘Star Wars’ as a blueprint.

In 2010, Japanese telecommunications company Softbank announced their new plan for future growth. However, unlike most companies, they did not give a three, five, or even 10 year plan.

Instead, the industry giant laid out their plans for the next 300 years.

Softbank believes that, by 2018, electronic circuits will be more advanced than the human brain. From that point they will grow exponentially, outperforming the brain by a factor of 100 before the middle of the century.

To capitalize on these predictions, Softbank is planning projects that will, in their words, bring “the brain computer to life”. These include machines that can translate languages in real time, robots that can learn to love, computers that can invent machines, medical technology that will expand human life to 200 years, and telepathic devices that sync with the brain.

According to Softbank, the singularity is near. Only time will tell if they’re right, but if they are, it will certainly be a marvelous 300 years.

That is, as long as they don’t change their name to Skynet.


This game store added an 'Immortal Soul Clause' to their EULA, and 7000 people still agreed to it!

I believe EA has a similar clause for Origin users.

Every day, people are bombarded with a massive amount of service agreements. From signing up for a new website to updating a computer program, everything seems to have a novel-length Terms of Service page to go along with it.

As such, it’s no surprise that most people don’t read them. In fact, so few people read these End User License Agreements that it’s become a popular joke. ‘South Park’ even did an episode all about it.

But could a company actually use this fact for their own gain? Well, if this stunt by British store GameStation is any indication, the answer is a very firm yes.

On April Fool’s Day, GameStation updated their Terms & Conditions page to include a new clause which, among other things, said this:

“By placing an order via this Web site... you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul.”

Following the update, GameStation tracked how many customers noticed the change. In the end, over 7000 people, or 88 percent of the store’s online customers, ‘signed their soul away’ without even knowing it. The 12 percent that didn’t were given a £5 voucher.

Though very funny and harmless, especially to customers who don’t believe in souls, it does show how companies can use an EULA for less-than-noble purposes. Next time you’re bored, try reading the Terms page for your favorite website or program. You may be (un)pleasantly surprised.


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The United States is 238 years old...that's pretty old. But the British Museum is even older!

The British Museum in London was established in 1753, making it 24 years older than the United States, which was found in 1776.

That alone is quite a feat, however, it boasts some 8 million works which makes it one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in existence today.

The museum is dedicated to human history and culture and was established largely on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane, who was a physician and scientist. The museum is still based on the same site which was opened to the public in 1759.

Over time, several branch institutions have opened to accommodate more works as a result of Britain’s widespread footprint, the first of these being the Natural History Museum.

Imagine the sheer body of work that must be housed at this institution. The paperwork trail required to keep track of every item and its origin. Despite this, the museum remains a non-departmental public body and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Simply put, the museum has the same admission fee as every other national museum in the UK: free.


This Irish family was wiped out by the police, just for being Catholic!

On March 24, 1922, horror and tragedy struck the McMahon family, when police raided a home in Belfast, killing six people and injuring two.

All but one of the victims were members of the McMahon family.

The shootings took place during a time of great unrest in Ireland. It is believed to have been a revenge attack for the killing of two policemen the day before, believed to have been carried out by the Irish Republican Army, better known as the IRA. The Irish War of Independence resulted in great violence and also gave rise to a force which opposed the IRA. The unionist authorities established the Ulster Special Constabulary, known as the USC.

The day before the McMahon killings, two USC constables were patrolling the city centre and were shot dead by a group of IRA members. None of the McMahon’s was involved in the shooting of the policemen and Owen McMahon was actually known to be a supporter of those who rejected Irish republican violence.

Only 2 McMahon’s survived the revenge attack and the killing went on to spark public outrage, with 10,000 people attending the funerals. To this day, nobody was ever prosecuted for the McMahon killings, merely adding to the notion that this period will forever be known as one of the darkest of Ireland’s history.



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