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  • The Four Seasons Private Jet Experience

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    Almost one year to the date that The Four Seasons announced its transcontinental airplane initiative, here we take an inside look inside the brand’s very exclusive private jet experience. Its Private Jet Experience where guests will board a customized 52-seat Boeing 757-200ER to various destinations across the world.   An on-board chef will tantalize the palette for tour stops in Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York City, Bali, Mumbai or anywhere on the Four Seasons expansive itinerary list. With trips starting around $106,000 USD, the seats include an iPad, Bulgari toiletry kits, Bose headphones, and Mongolian cashmere blankets and lumbar pillows.

    Japan's Maglev Bullet Train Breaks World Record for Fastest Train at 374 MPH

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    Japan's seven-car magnetic levitation train breaks own world record with a top spead of 374mph in a test run near Mount Fuji.
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    Japanese Cell Phone Holder Most Likely an April Fool's Joke

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    According to one source, the Google translate information on the Japanese associated with this video says that it's an April Fool's joke. A phone holder that attaches to a codpiece-like harness that the wearer fixes to their waist.
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    Guy in Tokyo taking his pet tortoise for a walk

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    Tokyo’s Tsukishima, took his gorgeous African spurred tortoise, the tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, through the the streets of Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. (Photo: @Hana_Tegoshi)
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    Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

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    "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7) during a panel discussion that focused on the space agency's efforts to search for habitable worlds and alien life.
     "We know where to look. We know how to look," Stofan added during the event, which was webcast live. "In most cases we have the technology, and we're on a path to implementing it. And so I think we're definitely on the road."  [ link ]
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    Students Built the World's Smallest Electric Wheelchairs

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    Three-year-old Tanner Jensen and his 20-month-old brother Skyler were both born with a rare genetic condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy which means they can’t walk, crawl, control their heads, or even lift their arms. But life for the young brothers will soon be improving thanks to students at Brigham Young University who built the pair a set of tiny affordable electric wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs for younger children already exist, but they can end up costing upwards of $15,000 which many families can’t afford. So five undergraduate mechanical engineering students from BYU’s Engineering Capstone program challenged themselves to build the world’s smallest electric wheelchair for the Jensen brothers.
    The chair is made with a PVC frame (strong enough for a child up to 50 pounds or about 6 years old) and is controlled by an armrest-mounted joystick like other chairs. The students produced the chair for under $495, making it likely the world’s least expensive motorized wheelchair—and possibly lightest at just over 20 pounds. [ Brigham Young University ]
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    Alligator Gets Prosthetic Tail

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    An alligator called Mr. Stubbs takes a swim wearing his new prosthetic tail at the Phoenix Herpetological Society in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. An orange floatie helps stabilize the alligator as it adjusts to the prosthesis. Researchers believe Mr. Stubbs’ tail was biten off by another alligator.
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    Fisherman Catches Monster Catfish

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    This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po River of northern Italy. Believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever caught, the creature was pulled from the river on Feb 19 with a rod and line after a battle lasting 40 minutes.After catching, weighing and photographing it, the brothers released it back into the river, which flows across northern Italy to the Adriatic. [ Photo: Sportex Italia ]

    CT Scan Reveals That Statue of the Buddha Is Actually a Mummy

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    It looks like a statue of the Buddha. But inside, there are the mummified remains of a human body. The mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, a monk who lived around the year 1100 and who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School,  the statue left China for the first time.  The Drents Museum, an art and history museum in Assen, The Netherlands, arranged for it to be viewed through a CT scanning machine.
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    Freaky Deaky Goblin Shark

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    This is the deep sea goblin shark caught by father/son fishing team Mike and Lochlainn Kelly off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. It's called a goblin shark because it looks like a goblin.
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    Dashing Through the Snow in a 1907 Auto Sleigh

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    Pictured above is a converted Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roaster.  It is is a Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roadster that is set on a framework with two sleds and appears to be driven by not one, but two helical screws.  Below is a patent drawing for a similar car design filed by Charles E.S. Burch of Seattle in 1907
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    KFC's Chicken-For-A-Bun Hotdog

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    KFC  has debuted its latest food abomination, Double Down Dog, a hotdog with a fried chicken for a bun and drizzled with a cheese sauce that looks like mustard. Unfortunately, they've only been introduced to South Korea and the Philippines so far, with select restaurants only making 50 a day.
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    Every Year These Brothers Make a Giant Snow Sculpture on their Front Lawn

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    3 Minnesota brothers have built a huge snow sculpture of a sea creature on their front lawn. Three brothers from Minnesota are known for making huge snow sculptures in their front yard each winter – this year, they decided to create a sea turtle. Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz live in New Brighton, Minn. They documented the progression of their sea turtle creation in a YouTube video above.
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    This Guy Has A Huge Tattoo With Over 200 Simpsons Characters On His Back

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    This is Michael Baxter, 52, from Bacchus Marsh, Australia. His huge back tattoo of Simpsons characters means he might just make the Guinness World Record for most cartoon character tattoos. Michael Baxter, a prison officer from Australia.  The 52-year-old says he has spent $10,000 and 130 hours to cover his back with 203 Simpsons characters. The design, by artist Jade Baxter-Smith, has taken 130 hours in total.
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    Report: 66 journalists killed, 119 kidnapped, 853 arrested in 2014

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    Reporters Without Borders today published its 2014 tally of abuses against journalists. According to their report, 66 journalists were murdered this year, bringing to 720 the number of journalists killed in connection with their work in the past 10 years. "A total of 119 journalists were kidnapped this year, an increase of more than 35% on last year’s figure," RWB said today. "Forty journalists are currently being held hostage." [en.rsf.org]
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