100 Fireworks World’s Most Fascinating

The house is one of those famous Seattle houseboats. Fire in the sky courtesy of the Fourth of July fireworks

At Bradley’s Head, Sydney Australia at midnight

Fireworks over Bundek

At Cinderella Castle during the Pirate & Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Picture taken from the Main Street Train Station

At Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California

Festival of pyrotechnique 2007 at France

2005 Celebration of Light – Sweden

Red colour flowing into the waters of Sydney

Colourful light shower

Glasgow Ciity Council annual fireworks display

Olympic 2008 opening ceremonies in Beijing,

New year 2009 fireworks display at The Curve Mutiara Damansara

At Groselha – Red Currant




Fireworks event during Independence Day


Japan’s Major Fireworks in Autumn 2007

These bizarre otherworldly rocks at the end of the Manasquan inley jetty

New York City fireworks on the East River looking towards the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan

Fireworks over Lake Union

Singapore Fireworks Festival Team New Caledonia 2006


Fourth on Lake Austin

New Year 2008 on the San Diego Bay

Fireworks explode inside of a storm cloud over a river

At Taman Tasik Titiwangsa next to The Eye on Malaysia



Fireworks taken looking across the Port of Cannes,

Taken from the 7th Street Bridge

From the Maritime Museum on the Brisbane Rivers City

At Navesink from the Riverview Tower

Taken at the Thames


At the Emerald Dahntahn

At Chicago Navy Pier on July 4th from Adler Planetarium

Taken in Rosignano Marittimo

HSBC Celebration of Light, Vancouver

Firework shot taken from Swan St Bridge,

National Day 2006

Navy Pier Fireworks on July 4th from Adler Planetarium

Celebration of Light, China 1 August 2007

Hong Kong, Victoria Habour.

Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.

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New Year eve fireworks at Kopavogur, Iceland.

National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) during the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Sydney Australia. Fireworks for New Year 2006, right on top of Opera House and Harbour.

This fireworks took place in Bad Wimpfen, Germany – at the end of the fair which is taking place every year in the vale of the medieval town.

Fireworks in Taipei City, Taiwan on 2007 celebration, from the world tallest skyscraper – Taipei 101.

Magic Kingdom fireworks, shot taken from Main Street Train Station

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom.

Mississippi River, part of the opening day events for the new Guthrie Theater.

Part of the Finale sequence of the fireworks spectacular accompanied by a rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star”, Disneyland CA.

Kremlin, Moscow Russia at May 7, 2008

NYC 4th of July Fireworks, 2007

The annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show over New York City

Fireworks at Niagara Falls.

Firework extravaganza on New Year Eve


Year 2008 eve. Ubatuba

Night of summer

London’s firework’s display for New Year’s Eve 2006/7

Fireworks display from the Pit

Great fireworks wallpapers

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Walt Disney World

Fireworks shoot off behind Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain

Victoria Harbour for HKSAR 10th Anniversary


Firework Wallpapers, from Wallpapervariety

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6 Penemu Remaja Yang Merubah Sejarah Dunia

Mungkin relatif cukup susah menjadi seorang remaja , tidak bisa memilih, tidak boleh merokok, mengemudi ataupun tidak dipercaya untuk tangung jawab yang lebih besar..

Dalam banyak kasus orang – orang bilang, berikan mobil itu pada remaja, dan mari kita lihat seberapa parah kerusakan yang bisa dia buat …Tapi ungkapan itu tidak mengubah fakta bahwa beberapa remaja yang sangat ambisius telah mengubah dunia. … Sebagai contoh …


6. Tokoh Superman Diciptakan Oleh Anak Sekolah Menengah

Adalah Joe Shuster dan Jerry Siegel remaja, yang pertama kali menyusun konsep si Manusia Baja ketika dia di sekolah menengah. Desain mereka akan berakhir menjadi template untuk hampir semua superhero yang akan datang di kemudian hari / jaman.

Sebagai contoh, apakah Anda pernah bertanya mengapa superhero memakai spandex dan Speedo? Ini sebenarnya bukan kostum yang praktis untuk memerangi kejahatan . itu karena beberapa anak yang paling mungkin terinspirasi oleh akrobat sirkus tahun 1900an seperti yang dilakukan Zishe Breitbart .

Breitbart adalah sosok yang terkenal waktu Siegel dan Shuster tumbuh dewasa. Alamat suratnya senarnya “Superman-New York,” dan iklan untuk acara membual bahwa dia bisa menghentikan lokomotif ngebut. Dan orang seperti itu tidak akan terlihat di atas panggung tanpa sepasang celana ketat.
Sebagai remaja, Siegel dan Shuster menerbitkan sendiri komik mentah mereka dalam fanzine . Setelah Nazi pergi seluruh konsep dari ” super man , “diciptakan kembali Siegel dan Shuster sebagai kapten kebenaran, keadilan dan cara Amerika.

Jerry Siegel tidak sepopuler proto-nerd, dan satu-satunya hiburan mencari persetujuan yang sulit dipahami dari ayah yang sukses.
Ayahnya dibunuh secara misterius saat Jerry masih kecil, sehingga memotivasi dia untuk mendedikasikan hidupnya memerangi kejahatan.

5. Penemu Hip-Hop adalah anak Berusia 17 dan 12 tahun

Hip hop tidak ditmukan saat sang penemu duduk dan termenung dan melamun, Hip Hop berkembang dari waktu ke waktu dan memiliki banyak ayah. Tapi dua dari ayah yang paling menonjol dari Hip Hop adalah 2 anak dalam rentang seusia Justin Bieber.
Awal 1970-an dan semua orang mendapatkan lebih dari perdamaian utuh dan cinta.

Clive Campbell 17 tahun, baru saja beremigrasi dari Jamaika, dan anak itu suka musik dan berpesta. Dia dikenal sebagai DJ Kool Herc dan mulai untuk menempatkan pesta pertama
Herc menyadari banyak orang-orang di pesta yang sangat berharap dan menunggu musik yang nge-beat untuk mulai berjoged.
Jadi dia memutuskan untuk bermain karena ketidaksabarannya dengan memainkan irama dari sebuah lagu, yang kemudian memudarkan / mendominasi lagu lain, menciptakan campuran on-the-fly mix musik yang tidak berisi apa2 kecuali ketukan.
Dia juga memiliki gaya vokal unik memanggil dalam mikrofon kepada peserta dalam sajak seperti “B-boys, B-girls, are you ready? Keep on rock steady,” dan “This is the joint! Herc beat on the point,” yang secara tidak sengaja meletakkan dasar cikal bakal kelahiran musik rap.

Segera, DJ kecil ini memiliki pengikut sendiri yang dikenal sebagai MC pertama, yang menyebarkan hip-hop di seluruhNortheast.

Salah satu murid, Grand Wizard Theodore 12 tahun, mengklaim bahwa ketika dia berada di lantai dasar rumahnya main-main dengan turntablenya, ibunya datang dan mulai berteriak padanya. lalu Theodore mencoba untuk menekan piringan hitam agar lekas menghentikan lagu itu secepatnya, Theodore tanpa sengaja mendengar alunan melambat dari lagu dalam “first scratch”

Theodore Segera mengabaikan ibunya, ia melakukannya berulang-ulang, berusaha untuk menyempurnakan suara yang dihasilkan. Dan itulah asal mula menggores piringan menjadi trend dan digunakan dalam musik hiphop atau digunakan oleh DJ di disco2.
Segera track Herbie Hancock’s ” Rockit” menjadi Suksesi album Hip Hop pertama
 
4. Sam Colt Masih Remaja Ketika Menemukan Pistol Revolver
Saat ini perusahaan Colt membuat senapan M16 yang dilakukan oleh militer AS dan banyak senjata lain yang juga digunakan simulasinya dalam permainan Modern Warfare.
Ini semua kembali ke satu orang, yang menghabiskan masa remajanya bermain-main dengan desain pistol.

Untuk permulaan, Sam Colt dimasukkan ke sebuah sekolah asrama sebagai seorang anak, di mana dia tidak populer, tidak punya teman dan berprestasi buruk di kelas. Dan seperti kebanyakan anak 15 tahun lainnya, dia ingin cepat populer.
Jadi, menurut cerita bahwa suatu hari ia membuat kembang api mentah dan memasangnya di luar sekolah. hal ini belum membuatnya terkenal juga, sampai kembang api itu berhasil membakar sekolah.

Sekolahnya berakhir, tapi dia masih tertarik dengan bahan peledak, tidak lama kemudian Colt punya ide dan mulai mengukir desain awal dari sebuah pistol dari kayu.

Sebuah prototipe dibangun, dan ini pistol kaliber 45, masih versi beta, yang artinya pistol ini meledak juga …Colt mendesain ulang, dan bahkan menunjukkan rancangannya ke beberapa pande besi … Dan mereka menertawaknnya.
Colt sempat putus asa dan berganti karir, namun dia tidak puas dan akhirnya kembali ke keahliannya dengan besi, dia membuka pabrik (mendapat bantuan dana dari ayahnya) dan mulai menjual senapan dengan desain yang kasar, yang akhirnya gagal dengan spektakuler..
Suatu hari Colt bertemu Sam Walker , kapten Texas Rangers. (Ya, namanya benar-benar “Walker, Texas Ranger.”) Walker tidak hanya menyarankan perbaikan untuk pistol, tetapi juga memesan 1000 unit untuk digunakan dalam Perang Meksiko-Amerika. Sejak saat itu Perusahaan Senjata Colt telah menjual lebih dari 3 juta senjata ke sluruh dunia

3. Anak 17 tahun Yang Mendesain 50 Bintang Bendera AS

Sebagian besar dari kita mendengar bahwa bendera Amerika pertama dirancang dan dijahit oleh Betsy Ross. Tapi sekarang banyak yang diperdebatkan, dan sebagai sejarawan bangsa yang paling bosan berdebat tentang siapa yang menjahit bendera pertama, mereka mengabaikan salah satu yang paling terakhir. Setiap bintang di bendera Amerika mewakilkan 1 negara bagian, dan semakin bertambahnya negara bagian maka akan berubah pula desain bintang pada bendera AS,
Yang terakhir, Amerika Serikat menambahkan Alaska dan Hawaii sebagai negara bagian terbaru, dan ketika itu terjadi Kongres kembali merancang bendera berikutnya dengan cara kontes nasional. Lima puluh bintang harus dijejalkan ke bendera entah bagaimanapun caranya.

Di Lancaster, Ohio, Robert Heft 17 tahun berjam-jam melakukan usahanya untuk ikut kontes mendesain bendera baru AS sebagai proyek pelajaran sejarahnya, demi nilai B-.

Tapi Robert Heft bekerja keras pada mesin jahit ibunya, dan berpikir dia pantas dapat lebih. Dia mendekati gurunya, yang menantangnya agar mengirimkan desain benderanya ke Kongres, gurunya mengatakan jika dipilih sebagai bendera baru dia akan mendapatkan nilai A.
Desain Heft bersaing dengan 1.500 desain lainnya oleh seniman di seluruh negeri, Dan seperti akhir dari sebuah film Lifetime, ia benar-benar menang. Presiden Eisenhower menyukai desain bendera Robert Heft lebih dari yang lain.
Pengalaman ini menyebabkan Robert Heft mencapai keberhasilan seperti menjadi walikota Napoleon, Ohio, dan bepergian di seluruh dunia selama beberapa dekade sebagai seorang pembicara motivasi.

2. Remaja 15 tahun Yang Menemukan Mobil Salju

Joseph Bombardier, lahir di Quebec tahun 1907. Yang berarti dia harus menghabiskan musim dingin terperangkap oleh Musim salju yang ekstrem. Pada saat dia 15, Joe muda adalah melalui musim dingin . Dia mengatur rancangan, dalam bentuk Model T yang ditambahkan ayahnya membiarkan mobil keluarga yang usang ditangani Joseph
Penambahan bingkai giring dan baling hand-whittled mengubah mobil Junker lama menjadi sesuatu yang baru. dan lahirlah snowmobile (mobil salju)
Sayangnya, ayah Joseph menginginkan dia untuk berhenti belajar semua teknik mesin yang berguna tersebut dan beralih ke sesuatu yang menguntungkan, seperti Ketuhanan!
Snowmobile itu dibongkar sehingga anak muda kreatif ini dapat mempersiapkan diri untuk seminari.

Ketika di gereja dia tidak sukses, Joe diizinkan kembali ke cinta sejatinya: memberikan jari pada musim dingin. Dia mendirikan perusahaan mobil salju pertama di dunia dan menjadi salah satu orang paling sukses di Kanada, seperti Dudley Do-Right dan Bryan Adams.

1. Remaja 15 tahun Yang Menciptakan huruf Braille

Pada usia 3 th, Louis Braille kecil dtertusuk di matanya ketika dia bermain dengan alat ayah dan berakhir pada kebutaan karena infeksi yang mengerikan. ” Karena ini di jaman 1800-an,tidak banyak pilihan yang bisa dilakukan. Untungnya, Louis lahir di Prancis, Satu-satunya negara yang mempunyai sekolah untuk anak buta di bumi kala itu.
Dia mendapatkan beasiswa di usia 10, tapi ada begitu banyak yang dia bisa pelajari dengan hanya mendengarkan .

Jika Louis kecil ingin membaca buku Charles Dickens suatu hari, dia harus menciptakan sistem penulisan sendiri. Louis terinspirasi oleh kapten tentara Prancis, Charles Barbier de la Serre. Dia mengembangkan sistem eyes-free dalam menulis untuk tentara Prancis yang digunakan selama masa pengintaian dengan maksimal. Barbier memiliki keuntungan dari mata.
Sistemnya, Sonografi , tidak bekerja dengan baik, tetapi terinspirasi itu, Louis praremaja mendedikasikan tiga tahun untuk membuat sebuah terobosan.

dan Pada usia 15 dia menemukan Braille modern – seluruh alfabet yang dapat Anda baca dengan menjalankan jari Anda di atasnya.

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Misteri gigitan pada logo Apple

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Berpulangnya Steve Jobs sang Founder Apple Inc, membuat banyak orang penasaran seputar gigitan di logo Apple komputer. Ada banyak opini yang menjadi misteri gigitan di logo Apple, sebelum akhirnya dijawab oleh sang pembuat logo. Berikut beberapa di antaranya:

-Logo dengan buah apel tanpa digigit akan terlihat seperti buah jeruk, maka untuk membedakannya, dibuatlah apel yang digigit sebagai logo mereka.

-Terinspirasi dari Alan Turning, bapak komputer modern yang mengakhiri hidupnya dengan memakan apel yang mengandung sianida.
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-Ada juga yang mengatakan, gigitan itu berarti byte. Istilah tersebut berasal dari kapasitas memori komputer, yaitu mega byte, terra byte.

-Filosofinya, apel diumpamakan sebagai ilmu pengetahuan. Gigitannya adalah simbol kalau manusia tidak bisa memakan semua ilmu, tapi hanya sebagian saja.

-Mengenang Isaac Newton (teori gravitasi konon ditemukan setelah Newton melihat apel jatuh dari atas pohon).
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-Terinspirasi dari kisah manusia pertama, Adam dan Hawa. Apple merupakan buah sumber pengetahuan.
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-Beberapa orang percaya, Steve adalah penggemar berat The Beatles, dan dia pun mencontek logo itu dari salah satu album The Beatles.
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-Berawal dari kebiasaan Steve yang vegetarian dan suka memakan buah apel. Saat dia memutuskan untuk mendirikan perusahaan bersama sahabatnya (Wozark), simbol apellah yang digunakan.

-Ada juga yang berpendapat bahwa saat anda melihat merek Apple, berarti anda sudah mencicipi kecanggihan dan elegannya produk Apple.

Sang pembuat logo Rob Janoff menjawab:
Menurut keterangan Rob Janoff yang diambil dari situs creativebits, gigitan apel itu hanyalah sebuah variasi saja. Menurutnya, logo itu tidak punya arti khusus, yang dia lakukan hanya mendesain apel dengan kreatifitas yang dimilikinya.

Anehnya, meski Rob Janoff sudah menjelaskan, banyak orang belum yakin. Dan jadilah logo buah apel yang digigit tetap menjadi sebuah misteri.
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Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

Everyone enjoys hearing about a good conspiracy theory and many people enjoy coming up with new ones. You can spend an incredible amount of time reading about theories and wondering if there is any truth to them. This list is the top 10 conspiracy theories. If you feel that I have left off your favourite, or have proof that any of these are not just theory but fact, post a comment, just remember: don’t be cruel!

1. 9/11 was Planned by the US Government

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Many conspiracy theories have been presented concerning the September 11, 2001 attacks, many of them claiming that President George W. Bush and/or individuals in his administration knew about the attacks beforehand and purposefully allowed them to occur because the attacks would generate public support for militarization, expansion of the police state, and other intrusive foreign and domestic policies by which they would benefit.

Proponents point to the Project for the New American Century, a conservative think tank that argues for increased American global leadership, whose former members include ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and several other key Bush administration figures. An 1990 report from the group stated that “some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor” would be needed to budge public opinion in their favor.

2. UFO Recovered at Roswell

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The Roswell UFO Incident involved the recovery of materials near Roswell, New Mexico, USA, in July 1947, which have since become the subject of intense speculation, rumor, questioning and research. There are widely divergent views on what actually happened, and passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. The United States military maintains that what was recovered was a top-secret research balloon that had crashed.

By the early 1990s, UFO researchers such as Friedman, William Moore, Karl Pflock, and the team of Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt had interviewed several hundred people [11] who had, or claimed to have had, a connection with the events at Roswell in 1947. Additionally, hundreds of documents were obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, as were some apparently leaked by insiders, such as the disputed “Majestic 12″ documents. Their conclusions were that at least one alien craft had crashed in the Roswell vicinity, that aliens, some possibly still alive, were recovered, and that a massive cover-up of any knowledge of the incident was put in place.

3. John F. Kennedy’s Assasination

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p.m. CST (18:30 UTC). Kennedy was fatally wounded by gunshots while riding with his wife Jacqueline in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. The official investigation by the Warren Commission was conducted over a ten-month period, and its report was published in September 1964. The Commission concluded that the assassination was carried out solely by Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza.

A number of conspiracy theories exist with regard to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Such theories began to be generated soon after his death, and continue to be proposed today. Many of these theories propose a criminal conspiracy involving parties such as the Federal Reserve, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the KGB, the Mafia, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director J. Edgar Hoover, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, George H. W. Bush, Cuban exile groups opposed to the Castro government and the military and/or government interests of the United States.

4. Global Warming is a Fraud

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The suggestion of a conspiracy to promote the theory of global warming was put forward in a 1990 documentary The Greenhouse Conspiracy broadcast by Channel Four in the United Kingdom on 12 August 1990, as part of the Equinox series, which asserted that scientists critical of global warming theory were denied funding.

William Gray, phD (a pioneer in the science of hurricane forecasting) has made a list of 15 reasons for the global warming hysteria. The list includes the need to come up with an enemy after the end of the Cold War, and the desire among scientists, government leaders and environmentalists to find a political cause that would enable them to ‘organize, propagandize, force conformity and exercise political influence. Big world government could best lead (and control) us to a better world!’ In this article, Gray also cites the ascendancy of Al Gore to the vice presidency as the start of his problems with federal funding. According to him, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stopped giving him research grants, and so did NASA.

5. Princess Diana was Murdered by the Royal Family

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In 1997, Princess Diana (Princess of Wales) and Dodi Fayed (son of Mohamed Fayed, owner of the Ritz Hotel and Harrods) were killed in a car accident while trying to get away from press photographers in Paris. The scandal surrounding their relationship (Dodi was Muslim whilst Diana was the mother of the future head of the Church of England) has led many people to speculate that they were actually killed in order to prevent further scandal to the throne of England.

Polls suggest that around a quarter of the UK public, and a majority of people in some Arab countries, believe that there was a plot to murder Diana, Princess of Wales. Motivations which have been advanced for such a conspiracy include suggestions that Diana intended to marry Dodi Fayed, that she intended to convert to Islam, that she was pregnant, and that she was to visit the holy land. Organizations which conspiracy theorists suggest are responsible for her death have included French Intelligence, the British Royal Family, the press, the British Intelligence services MI5 or MI6, the CIA, Mossad, the Freemasons, or the IRA.

6. Jewish World Domination

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This theory, in recent history, extends mainly from the booklet The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which are widely considered to be the beginning of contemporary conspiracy theory literature. The Protocols are considered by some to be an anti-Jewish literary forgery that purports to describe a Jewish plot to achieve world domination. Numerous independent investigations have repeatedly proven it to be a plagiarism and a hoax, yet numerous independent investigations have shown it to be a factual document.

The text was popularized by those opposed to Russian revolutionary movement, and was disseminated further after the revolution of 1905, becoming known worldwide after the 1917 October Revolution. It was widely circulated in the West in 1920 and thereafter. The Great Depression and the rise of Nazism were important developments in the history of the Protocols.

7. Apollo Moon Landing Hoax

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Apollo Moon Landing hoax accusations are claims that some or all elements of the Apollo Moon landings were faked by NASA and possibly members of other involved organizations. Some groups and individuals have advanced alternate historical narratives which tend, to varying degrees, to state that the Apollo Astronauts did not land on the moon, and that NASA created and continues to perpetuate this hoax.

Moon hoax proponents devote a substantial portion of their efforts to examining NASA photos. They point to various issues with photographs and films purportedly taken onthe Moon. Experts in photography (even those unrelated to NASA) respond that the anomalies, while sometimes counterintuitive, are in fact precisely what one would expect from a real Moon landing, and contrary to what would occur with manipulated or studio imagery. Hoax proponents also state that whistleblowers may have deliberately manipulated the NASA photos in hope of exposing NASA.

8. Pearl Harbor Was Allowed to Happen

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This theory states that President Roosevelt (FDR) provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders. FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe. It was his backdoor to war.

Theorists believe that the US was warned by, at least, the governments of Britain, Netherlands, Australia, Peru, Korea and the Soviet Union that a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was coming. All important Japanese codes were broken. FDR and Marshall and others knew the attack was coming, allowed it and covered up their knowledge.

9. The Third Secret of Fatima

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The Three Secrets of Fatima are said to be three prophecies that were given by an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese shepherds, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. From May to October, 1917, the three children claimed to have witnessed this Marian apparition, which is today popularly described as Our Lady of Fatima. On July 13 the Virgin Mary is said to have entrusted the three secrets – in the form of prophecies – to the young visionaries. Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by Lucia to assist with the canonization of her cousins, while the third was to remain secret, although the bishop of Leiria commanded Lucia to put it in writing and to present it to the Pope.

A Catholic priest who has apparently seen the original text of the “third secret” of Fatima disputes the official interpretation of the secret released by the Vatican. Furthermore, he has asked key people in the Vatican about the text and has gotten no response. While the Priest’s comments are somewhat radical, they are not without merit, as he has seen the secret with his own eyes. Moreover, while the first 2 secrets are fairly obvious and clear, leading some to wonder why the third one is required to be examined by a team of experts because of its complexity.

10. The Philadelphia Experiment

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The Philadelphia Experiment was an alleged naval military experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sometime around the date of October 28, 1943, in which the U.S. destroyer escort USS Eldridge was to be rendered invisible to human observers for a brief period of time. It is also referred to as Project Rainbow. The story is widely regarded as a hoax. The U.S. Navy has stated that the experiment never occurred, and furthermore, details of the story contradict stated facts about the Eldridge. It has nonetheless caused a significant ripple effect in many conspiracy theory circles, and elements of the Philadelphia Experiment are featured in many other government conspiracy theories.

According to some accounts, the experiment was conducted by a Dr. Franklin Reno (or Rinehart) as a military application of a Unified Field Theory. The theory, briefly, postulates the interrelated nature of the forces that comprise electromagnetic radiation and gravity. Through a special application of the theory, it was thought possible, with specialized equipment and sufficient energy, to bend light around an object in such a way as to render it essentially invisible to observers. The Navy considered this application of the theory to be of obvious military value (especially as the United States was engaged in World War II at the time) and both approved and sponsored the experiment. A navy destroyer escort, the USS Eldridge, was fitted with the required equipment at the naval yards in Philadelphia.

Source: http://listverse.com/2007/08/21/top-10-conspiracy-theories/

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10 Great Moments in US History

This week is thanksgiving week in the US, so it seems fitting that we should have a list especially for our American readers. This list looks at 10 of the great moments in the history of the US – ten of the reasons that you are giving thanks this week. These are in reverse chronological order, but they are also (coincidentally) very close to being in order of importance.

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Barack Obama elected president
2008

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It was a symbolic moment in the history of the United States when the last racial barrier in American politics was overcome. Just 143 years earlier, the man who would now hold the supreme office in U.S. government could have been a possession, another man’s property. President-elect Obama said, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. “The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep… I promise you that we as a people will get there.”

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Armstrong walks on the moon
1969

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The moment seemed to generate memorable quotations. When Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, made contact with the surface of the moon, there was “The Eagle has landed.” When Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, he said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” But the quotations didn’t end there. Frank Borman later was quoted by U.N. Secretary General U Thant as saying, “We saw the earth the size of a quarter and we recognized that there really is one world. We are all brothers.” A favorite Armstrong quote is, “I believe the good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’ll be damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.”

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The Civil Rights Act
1964

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The text of the bill was simple and straightforward: “No person in the United States shall on grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Overnight, it became illegal to force segregation in schools, workplaces, and housing. Racial discrimination wasn’t dead, but it was dying. The addition of “sex” as a protected category was added by a southern legislator in the hopes that Democrats relying heavily on support from labor unions would defeat the bill. Unexpectedly, the bill gave women’s rights advocates additional ammunition.

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The Marshall Plan
1947

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Considered by some to be the noblest undertaking in American history, and by others to be a waste of the $12,000,000,000 that was eventually spent on the plan, the European recovery program had three objectives. George Marshall, Secretary of State under President Harry Truman, designed the program to promote European production, bolster European currency, and facilitate trade after the devastating effects of World War II. The purpose was to help Europe recover as a healthy trading partner and ally, and to repel the Communist threat from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Marshall laid the groundwork for a revitalized Europe and the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.

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Women’s suffrage
1920

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The right of women to vote was achieved through decades of devoted work by determined men and women. In 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott traveled to London as delegates to the World Anti-Slavery Convention. Because they were women, they were denied the right to speak. They determined to form an organization to fight for women’s equal rights. Over the years, supporters of women’s suffrage resorted to mass marches, hunger strikes, and denial of conjugal privileges to husbands who were opposed. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote at the federal level. Australia followed suit in 1902, but it was not until 1920, when President Woodrow Wilson advocated for the women’s right as a war measure, that the 19th Amendment granted American women the right to vote. Wilson’s decision followed daily picketing of the White House by hundreds of women. By the time the amendment was passed, 500 women had been arrested there for loitering, and another 168 for obstructing traffic.

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The Emancipation Proclamation
1863

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Lincoln believed that the purpose of the Civil War was to preserve the union. He wrote to Horace Greeley, “If I could save the union without freeing any slave, I would do it. If I could save the union by freeing all slaves, I would do it. If I could save the union by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.” The Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves in states loyal to the union or in states that had been reconquered. It only freed slaves in states “in rebellion that had not laid down arms by January 1, 1863.” Nor did it make slavery illegal. That change came with the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. It did accomplish important steps, however. Twenty thousand slaves were freed immediately, and many more rushed to join the union advance into the South. Moreover, the proclamation won approval in France and Great Britain, effectively ending the Confederate States’ hope for recognition by those countries. Ultimately, more than 4,000,000 slaves were freed.

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Lewis and Clark arrive at the Pacific
1805

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They were not the first settlers of Northern European origin. The natives there were quite accustomed to trading with white men, and Station Camp, near where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean, had 36 houses. Moreover, the Northwest Passage they had sought did not exist. Hoping that the Missouri River would gently lead to the sea had been in vain. The Missouri and the Columbia both had huge rapids and cataracts making river travel difficult and in some places impossible. But their journey had not been without value. Arriving at the Pacific coast exactly one year, six months, and one day after leaving St. Louis, Lewis and Clark had collected plant specimens, studied new animal species, and acquired priceless information about the geography and inhabitants of what would be the western United States.

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Louisiana Purchase
1803

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President Thomas Jefferson faced a dilemma. Napoleon Bonaparte’s aggression made it likely that New Orleans, which was paramount in international trade, and the Mississippi River, which was vital for national and international commerce, could be closed to U.S. trade. He had learned in 1801 that Spain had retroceded its territory to France in a secret compact. But the Constitution had no provision for acquiring territory. Ultimately, Jefferson took matters into his own hands and dispatched envoys to see if Napoleon would sell. The emperor, facing a war with Great Britain, realized that he was unlikely to be able to defend the territory. He decided to sell for a total cost, including forgiven debts, of $15,000,000. The purchase doubled the country, including the territory of fourteen states. Napoleon was satisfied, as well. He said, “I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride.”

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Ratification of the Constitution
1789

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The Federal Convention which had drafted the Constitution had no authority to impose it. An elaborate four-step plan for ratification was adopted. 1. The Constitution was submitted to Congress. 2. Congress transmitted the Constitution to the state legislatures. 3. Each state elected delegates to attend a convention and decide whether to ratify. 4. Ratification by at least nine of the thirteen colonies was required. This plan avoided the hostility of states’ rights advocates and made the Constitution less vulnerable to changes of opinion. In September of 1787, the Congress bitterly debated the Constitution and ultimately submitted it to the states with neither an endorsement nor a condemnation. The Constitution was validly before the people. The first five ratifications came quickly, but Massachusetts demanded a means of amending the document as a condition of ratification. This demand ultimately led to the passage of the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. Final acceptance of the document by the states took place in July, 1788.

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Declaration of Independence
1776

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Arriving at consensus was no small feat. At the beginning of the month, only eight of the thirteen colonies were in favor of independence, with New York abstaining from the vote pending a local decision. The American Prohibitory Act had made all vessels and cargoes from the colonies forfeit to the Crown, and in May King George had issued an order hiring German mercenaries to fight the colonies, which he now considered to be in total rebellion. Still, many believed the rift could be patched up. Jefferson was dispatched by a committee to write up a declaration explaining the views of those who favored independence. He completed the document in two weeks, starting on June 11, 1776. Then Benjamin Franklin and John Adams made additions and deletions, and at last it was presented to the full congress, where redaction went on until late at night on July 3. Finally, on July 4, 1776, all thirteen colonies signed “…the fragile object which bears so great a weight of meaning to our people.”

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10 Interesting Places to Visit with Google Earth

There can be little doubt that technology has changed they way we see our world, and Google Earth is a perfect example. This wonderful tool can be downloaded free of charge from earth.google.com and lets you see the world as never before, zooming about the globe at will. But there’s a lot more that Google Earth can do besides just show you your house (and who hasn’t looked up their house on Google Earth)? So here are 10 interesting places to visit using Google Earth. I provide the coordinates for each location, and you need only plug them into the search box and hit Enter to be taken directly to the spot. These are in no particular order.

One other note, you may wish to turn off the Geographic Web layer in the sidebar (if you have it turned on). Otherwise, for a couple of these sites, all you will see are little blue boxes representing pictures that have been submitted. While these can be very enjoyable, if you’re trying to view the sights, they can be obstructive.

There are, of course, many more interesting sights to be seen through Google Earth, and is reception for this list is good, I’ll do another for you, showcasing some more famous locations.

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Krakatoa
6.102°S 105.423°E

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On August 27, 1883, after several weeks of rumbling and threatening (accompanied by lesser eruptions), the island of Krakatoa literally exploded in a series of four volcanic eruptions. The explosions were so powerful that they were heard clearly some 3,000 miles away, global weather patterns were disrupted for years to come, and the shockwave circled the globe seven times! Since then, the island has grown up again and is now known as Anak Krakatau (Son of Krakatau). It remains volcanically active and has been steadily growing larger since the 1950’s. Can it be much longer, then, before another Krakatoa? Only time will tell.

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Meteor Crater
35°1′38″N 111°1′21″W

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About 43 miles east of Flagstaff, AZ lies a crater some 4,000 feet in diameter and 570 feet deep. It was created about 40,000 years ago, probably by a meteor roughly 54 yards wide. Discovered in the late 1800s, the crater was originally thought to have been the site of a volcanic eruption, but in 1903, Daniel Barringer, a mining engineer and businessman, voiced the opinion that it had been the result of a meteorite impact. On August 8, 1964, Capt. John L. Kidd of American Airlines and another pilot, Gary Chapin, crash-landed in the crater in a Cessna 150. They had intended to fly over the crater but experienced a loss of lift and found themselves trapped within. They circled the crater until they ran out of fuel and crash-landed. Both pilots survived, and the remnants of their plane can be viewed even today.

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Vredefort Crater
27°0′0″S 27°30′0″E

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As long as we’re discussing meteor craters, you might want to go and check out the largest verified impact crater on Earth, located in South Africa. You’ll need to zoom out a little to really appreciate it, though. Created by an asteroid suspected to be some 6 miles wide, this crater has a diameter of as much as 186 miles! The age of the crater is estimated at more than 2 billion years.

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Great Pyramid of Giza
29°58′34″N 31°07′58″E

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The only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed sometime in the 23rd century BC. The Pyramids were constructed to house the earthly remains of the great Pharaohs of Egypt and their arrangement could well be a representation of the “Belt of Orion.” From the central pyramid, if you truck just a little to the southeast, you can also plainly see the Great Sphinx.

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Burj Khalifa
25°11′49.7″N 55°16′26.8″E

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Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is the tallest man-made structure in the world, towering over the landscape at an impressive 2,717 feet. Though it is difficult to see the actual building itself on Google Earth, the monstrous shadow that it casts is plainly visible. The building currently holds no less than 14 world records, including the tallest man-made structure, the world’s fastest elevator (40 mph), and the worlds highest swimming pool (on the 76th floor). The cost was a trifling $1.5 billion (U.S.).

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Sydney Opera House
33°51′25″S 151°12′53″E

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Conceived and largely built by Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was completed in 1973 (construction began in 1959) at a cost of $102 million. The Concert Hall seats 2,678 individuals and houses the Sydney Opera House Great Organ, the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world, with over 10,000 pipes. The Opera Theater seats 1,507, the Drama Theater 544, and the Playhouse (an end-stage theater) seats 398. In addition, the Studio and the Utzon Room offer flexible seating of up to 400 and 210, respectively.

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Stonehenge
51°10′43.84″N 1°49′34.28″W

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Believed to have been erected around 2500 BC, Stonehenge is known to have been used as a burial ground by Bronze Age cultures living in the region. Beyond that, not much is known for certain. As the people who constructed it left no written records, there is much speculation on it’s function, some of it quite colorful. The most commonly accepted theories are that it served as a primitive observatory, or perhaps a worship site. On Google Earth, the Heelstone is visible to the northeast of the structure, just beside the road, while the remnants of two other henges are visible to the southwest.

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The Spring Temple Buddha
33.775150°N 112.451016°E

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The Spring Temple Buddha is the tallest statue in the world, at 502 feet (when considering the building upon which it sits). It was completed in 2002, at a cost of $55 million and depicts Vairocana Buddha, seen as the embodiment of Emptiness (shunyata). Until their destruction by the Taliban in 2001, the Buddhas of Bamyan were considered to be the largest standing Buddhas in the world. Plans for construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced shortly after their destruction.

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Christ the Redeemer
22°57′6″S 43°12′39″W

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The 130-foot tall statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stands atop the peak of the Corcovado Mountains, overlooking the city. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1931. As of July 2007, it is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In October 2006, on the statue’s 75th anniversary, Archbishop of Rio Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid consecrated a chapel (named for the patron saint of Brazil—Nossa Senhora Aparecida, or “Our Lady of the Apparition,”) under the statue. This allows Catholics to hold baptisms and weddings there.

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Statue of Liberty
40°41′38″N 74°2′37″W

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Last, but certainly by no means least, our journey brings us to the Statue of Liberty, which proudly stands in New York Harbor. A gift from France in the year 1886, Liberty stands 151 ft tall, or 305 ft. if the height of the pedestal is included. The statue’s official title is Liberty Enlightening the World, and of the several million visitors each year, one can only wonder how many notice the broken shackles at her feet, or the inscription on the book she carries; July IV MDCCLXXVI. The statue is sheathed in pure copper, over a steel framework, and is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. From 1886 to 1902, the statue’s torch functioned as a lighthouse, but this was abandoned after discovering that it had a tendency to fatally disorient birds. Though age has tarnished the copper to a bright blue-green hue, one can imagine the incredible glow the statue might have originally had, the sun reflecting off the copper.

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10 Mobil Terunik di Dunia

Mobil kadang-kadang dibuat tidak hanya sebagai alat transportasi biasa melainkan juga sebagai kendaraan yang tidak biasa baik fungsinya mapun teknologinya. Mobil-mobil aneh ini selain berkonsep ekonomis dan ramah lingkungan, juga digunakan untuk kegunaan-kegunaan yang ekstrem seperti untuk kondisi-kondisi offroad ataupun hanya sekedar untuk cari sensasi saja agar masuk dalam daftar rekor dunia.

1.Mobil Terceper Di Dunia Bertenaga Jet

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Mobil ceper gila ini akan dimasukkan Guinness Book sebagai kendaraan paling flat alias ceper sedunia. Seberapa ceper ? Mobil ini tingginya cuma 19 inci. Edannya, sang pembuatPerry Watkins memasang mesin turbin jet di pantat mobilnya. Entah mobil ini legal apa tidak dipakai di jalanan.

2.Colim: Karavan yang Copotable

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Kendaraan ini didesain oleh Christian Susana yang merupakan hasil kawin silang sebuah mobil dan karavan untuk camping. Bagian depannya bisa dicopot-copot, jika sedang tidak untuk camping, dam menjadi sebuah mobil dengan dua kursi penumpang. Mungkin penampilannya aneh, tapi fleksibilitasnya sangat mengagumkan.

3.Limusin Terpanjang Di Dunia

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Limusin ini panjang totalnya 30 meter. Punya 26 ban, ruangan untuk banyak penumpang, pemanas jacuzzi, dek mandi matahari, beberapa tempat tidur dan sebuah … helipad !!!

5.Peel 50: Mobil Terkecil di Dunia

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Mobil tiga roda ini memcahkan rekor sebagai mobil terkecil di dunia yang akan diproduksi dan siap meliuk-liuk di tengah kemacetan di jalan-jalan di Inggris.

6. Evolution: Mobil Super Ekononomis

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Berbeda dari mobil ekonomis pada umumnya, konsepnya bukan seperti mobil hybird, tapi pada beratnya yang cuma 450 kg. Kecepatannya mencapai 160 km/jam dengan mesin turbo diesel 2 silinder. Pintunya unik karena tidak berada di bagian sisi-sisinya melainkan menggunakan sebuah pintu sayap di depan.

7. Eclectic: Kendaraan energy-autonomous Pertama di Dunia ?

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Mobil ini dilengkapi dengan panel surya dan kincir angin sebagai sumber tenaganya dan juga sebuah plug untuk mencharge ulang tenaga listriknya karena panel surya dan kincir anginnya hanya mampu membawa mobil ini sejauh 14 mil dan tenaga dari listrik tersebut akan melanjutkan perjalanannya. Harganya sekitar US $31.500 dollar, menurut pers release Venturi.

8. Thrust SSC: Ngebut Hingga 750 Mil per Jam

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Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car) ditenagai oleh dua mesin turbojet Roll Royce 205. Tenaga yang disemburkan setara dengan 145 mobil Formula Satu (F1). Beratnya 10 ton dan pernah mencatat kecepatan maksimum 766 mil per hour di gurun Black Rock, Nevada, USA pada Oktober 1997.

9.Peugeot Capsule: Mobil Mungil untuk Melarikan Diri

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Desainer Alp Germaner memimpikan wahana untuk melarikan diri, tapi bukan untuk dipakai melarikan diri ke luar angkasa seperti konsep di film-film fiksi, melainkan akan membawa Anda ke medan off-road. Peugot Capsule yang terinspirasi dari motor KLR 650 ini bergerak dengan tenaga listrik. Lengkap dengan GPS, LCD screen yang sekaligus berfungsi sebagai kaca cermin belakang, konektivitas internet, dan ruang bagasi yang cukup untuk berakhir pekan dengannya.

10. Truk Mattrack: Mobil Ski

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Sebenarnya truk ini truk biasa yang roda-rodanya diganti dengan sabuk-sabuk mattrack. Perusahaan pembuatnya – Mattrack – tampaknya mampu membuat jendaraan sejenis ini dari semua kendaraan 4×4 – dari ATV hingga truk seberat 20 ton. Sabuk-sabuk yang pendek membuat Truk Mattrack berjalan hampir dimana saja kecuali pada salju yag terlalu tebal atau dalam. Pada salju yang dalam, sabuk-sabuk yang lebih panjang dibutuhkan. Sabuk yang pendek tersebut juga bisa digunakan saat melintasi glasier (sungai salju) yang pendek, sedangkan untuk glasier yang lebar digunakan sabuk yang panjang
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