Flaming Gasoline down a Mine Shaft, the Flaming Hell Hole…

What happens when a group of lads combine a 250-foot-deep abandoned mine shaft with flammable liquids? Spectacular blow back, naturally. The remnants of the early mining days of the wild west in America the hell hole is aptly named as it seems to continue down all the way to Hades itself.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the flammable antics of a group of adventurous lads. Without a doubt this is one of those don’t try this at home moments, in fact just venturing near abandoned mine shafts is a dangerous activity, let alone combining flammable liquids and mine shafts. Sit back relax and from the relative comfort and safety of your living room chair enjoy the spectacular blowback from hell’s hole.

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Supercar Accidents 2017, Super Fails…

Supercars have super performance but it isn’t unfair to assume that they also have super accidents. With a power to weight ratio similar to that of a Formula 1 car supercars can be a handful to keep under control, especially when all of those horses are unleashed at once. Combine that with the fact that large amounts of money doesn’t directly translate into large amounts of driving skills, and you have a dangerous combination that becomes very obvious very quickly. The best you can hope for is that there are no video camera’s around when performance exceeds ability, and that you survive the resulting catastrophe. Fortunately for us we now live in a world full of video cameras that are at the ready to catch every fail, including supercar fails.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the best super car accidents of 2017, super fails for the world to see. Please remember that with great power comes great responsibility, it’s not just your life that you are putting at risk when the adrenaline is running high. Sit back relax and prepare to see what happens when the limits of your skills are surpassed by the performance of your car.

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Lightning from Above, Spectacular Sights at 40,000 Feet…

From our normal vantage point on the ground thunderstorms put on an amazing show but change your angle of perspective by 40,000 feet and these electrical discharges become spectacular. Filmed from the relative safety of a commercial airplane these thunder clouds can be seen to light up with lightning spreading throughout the cloud. Remember most of these cumulus congestus clouds are over 10 kilometres high and these flashes are spreading from the top to bottom in the blink of an eye.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the best videos capturing thunderstorms from above, as the pilots of these aircraft skirt around the edges of these unstable areas of the atmosphere. Sit back relax and from the safety of your lounge room chair enjoy these electrifying natural displays.

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Watching Soap Bubbles Freeze, Fascinating…

Blowing bubbles is a childhood pastime that almost everyone has enjoyed but it is a pastime that becomes truly stunning when enjoyed in freezing temperatures. Once the temperature outside dips below freezing the bubbles will lose their ability to be carried away on a breeze and instead slowly convert to a spherical icicle.

The process of this conversion is visually stunning as you watch ice crystals forming and growing with the soapy bubble becoming frozen. Ice crystals are usually elusive creatures and typically the process of their formation and growth is hidden from our eyes but through the magic of bubbles you can easily see this process in action.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos capturing this process in action. Having endured freezing temperatures these videographers captured one of nature’s incredible moments as liquid is transformed into a solid. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by bubbles.

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Glass Bridges and Walkways, the Funniest Reactions So Far…

In recent years China and Taiwan have seen a growing number of glass bridges and walkways constructed. Like a roller coaster ride they are designed to thrill and scare people, just for fun, and it seems to be working. Millions of people have flocked to these stationary thrill rides but a small percentage of people and animals seem to have an adverse reaction to the experience that triggers a reaction of hysterical proportions.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos capturing the moment that people are frozen with fear unable to overcome the feeling that their life is about to end. Keep in mind that all of these structures are carefully engineered to be completely safe, while scaring the pants off you. Sit back relax and prepare for the thrill ride that is the glass bottomed bridge and walkway.

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The One Chip Challenge, The Carolina Reaper Claims More Victims…

There exists in the world a challenge so innocuous, so harmless that it is taken to be hype by many, right up until the moment their world turns to fire. The ‘One Chip Challenge’ is this terrifying challenge and don’t take it lightly it will change your world.

The ‘One Chip Challenge’ simply involves eating a single corn chip, 2.5 grams of maize that has more punch than all of the Rocky films put together. The one thing separating this simple corn chip from your everyday Dorito? A little chilli called the Carolina Reaper, the hottest chilli in the world, making this the deadliest tortilla chip on the planet!

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Bad Lip Readings Best of Donald Trump, Too Funny by Far…

The masters of misinterpretation over at Bad Lip Reading have had a massively funny year, especially with such a fertile field of material that is Donald Trump (you didn’t think excrement just then did you). A challenging target for the Bad Lip Reading crew with the actual comments coming out of the Donald being so hilarious to begin with, to have to top that must be hard work. But with any great challenge comes great reward, if you can pull it off.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the greatest Bad Lip Reading examples of President Donald Trumps hilarious public commentaries. Starting with the holiday seasons finest ‘Christmas is Here’ and working backwards through the year that was. With the wealth of material supplied by this one man all comics around the world should be celebrating an incredible year, not sure why they can’t see the funny side. Sit back relax and be sure to have your laughing pants on, this is some side splitting, bent over in laughter video footage.

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The WordPress Plugin Backdoor Supply Chain Attack, Spammers are a Creative Bunch…

Security on the internet has always involved a series of evolving threats, as soon as one threat is blocked a new one pops its ugly head up. Vigilance is key and staying up to date in this game of moving targets is vitally important.

The latest threat to those running a WordPress website is the ‘Plugin Backdoor Supply Chain Attack’. A devious attack that’s fairly low tech but extremely effective. In this particular attack spammers are buying up WordPress Plugins used by 10’s of thousands of sites (hence the supply chain part of the name) and adding backdoor code to the plugin. When any site using the plugin updates to the latest version they have a spam delivery backdoor installed on their site, and unless they remove the plugin this spam delivery system can present some very dodgy content to their visitors.

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NSFW: FEMEN Try to Steal Baby Jesus, Again…

NOT SAFE FOR WORK – Ukrainian nearly naked protesters FEMEN are making a nearly annual event of their baby Jesus protest. The internet’s favourite feminist protest group first attempted to make a grab for baby Jesus in 2014, on that occasion they managed to make a run for it with the nativity scenes baby Jesus in hand.

Fast forward to Christmas Day 2017 and the king of all nativity scenes, the St Peter’s Square Nativity scene in Vatican City was the target of the nearly naked protesters. The FEMENista was stopped short of grabbing the baby Jesus by the Vatican’s Swiss guards as shocked onlookers failed to believe their eyes.

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The Streaming Showdown: Foxtel Now versus Netflix versus Stan…

No longer must Australians settle for the rubbish free to air television over the holiday season. Now with a wealth of streaming options available all that is required is a fast internet connection for the holiday season ratings hiatus to be a thing of the past.

With many of the new breed of TV streaming services offering a free trial period there has never been a better time to switch remote controls and get a solid binge watch under your belt. It is time to break the couch.

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Firefox Quantum, A Faster Fox in Sheep’s Clothing…

While the browser wars may have died down over recent years Mozilla have recently released version 57 of their Firefox browser and it’s so good they gave their new browser weapon a name, Quantum. While Quantum may still look the same old Firefox, under the skin this is a faster and far more high tech Firefox that is ready to take on Chrome once again.

Mozilla have given the underlying code a complete overhaul for Quantum, but this type of change doesn’t produce a massive speed bump, an evolutionary change generally. The overhaul has improved the multi-threading support, memory usage, display quality and security but the extra speed of Quantum is actually down to a new trick. As ZDNet are reporting this clever idea was developed by Mozilla engineer Honza Bambas and is called ’Tailing’ which prioritizes traffic so that scripts from tracking domains (such as Google) are loaded after the page itself. The tracking scripts are still loaded but after the stuff that we all care about, the content itself.

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China’s New Solar Expressway…

With over 64 million kilometres of roads and highways in the world these ribbons of black seem like a logical place to start when converting the world to renewable energy. But while it may sound like a simple idea there are many engineering challenges to tackle before cars and trucks can roll down solar highways.

Engineers in China have decided that a good idea is a good idea and have begun construction of the world’s first solar expressway by converting 2 kilometres of the Jinan South Ring Expressway into a PV electricity generating expressway. Smaller solar roads have already been tested in France and within Jian South city centre itself but this is the first expressway or highway.

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Sacred Riana: The Ring Comes to Life to Scare Us All…

Magicians have a long history of entertaining the world with the impossible, Sacred Riana uses a rather unique approach, she not only entertains with the impossible but she also introduces scaring the pants off people as a form of entertainment.

Indonesia born Sacred Riana recently won the Asia’s Got Talent competition by literally giving the judges a serious case of the creeps. During her performances for AGT she takes the Ring persona right to the limit and it works, she did win after all. The resemblance is immediately noticeable but the twitching and lack of verbal communication lock in the persona.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the latest and greatest Sacred Riana scary moments, from her AGT winning performances to her The Next Mentalist video. Also included in this collection of videos is the interview with the girl behind the magic Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani. Sit back relax and prepare to be creeped out and amazed at the same time.

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Roli Blocks, a Musical Revolution…

Musical equipment has ridden the wave of technological change in recent years, at the forefront of this change is Roli, an English company hoping to revolutionize how we make music. Roli’s Blocks are a flexible modular musical system that includes incredible new touch technology. Now anyone can put together the blocks that they need, from a portable studio in your backpack to a professional dream studio and get down to making tunes.

There are really two parts to Roli’s revolution, the modular wireless design of the blocks and the interface of the instruments. The blocks themselves can be split into two groups; control blocks and instrument blocks. All of the blocks are wireless and Bluetooth connected, snapping together into any configuration you need, allowing everyone from armature jammer to professional studio musician to put together their perfect kit.
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Keyless Unlawful Entry, Stealing Cars using a Key Relay Device…

Law enforcement officials around the world are constantly facing new challenges when it comes to unscrupulous individuals taking other people’s stuff. The latest challenge for police is the Key Relay Deice that can be used to steal your car by transmitting its fob signal to open and start the car with almost no effort.

Security experts have been aware of the Key Relay Devices since 2011 but in recent years their use has become more wide spread. As you will see from the video below thieves using a key relay device are able to simply stand within the transmission range of your key fob and using a relay transmitter send the signal to another relay device held near your car and hey presto your car is opened. This isn’t a security flaw but a natural by-product of cars using a proximity sensor to unlock the car, if you must press an open the doors button on your fob your car isn’t susceptible to this attack.

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Diplomatic Warfare: The Mysterious Beam Weapon Attacks on the US Embassy in Cuba…

There is a high-tech case of cloak and dagger unfolding just off the shores of the US. A mysterious attack is being executed against the American Embassy in Cuba and for the past year no-one has been unable to explain who, how or why this is occurring.

This tale of highly strange diplomatic warfare begins in late 2016 with US intelligence operatives based in Havana reporting hearing bizarre buzzing noises that are quickly followed by nausea, dizziness, memory loss and head-aches. Medical tests conducted by doctors at the University of Miami and the University of Pennsylvania found the attacks have left brain tissue damaged in many victims.

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Asteroid 1I/2017 U1 Oumuamau: Asteroid or Kick Ass Alien Space Ship?

Space, the final frontier may seem to be a vast empty void but that may just be a perception driven but how little we know. In October the modern world had its first encounter with an object from interstellar space and it was not what we expected.

Discovered by the Robert Weryk using the Pan-STARRS observatory (University of Hawaii) Asteroid 1I/2017 U1 is one very interesting interstellar visitor and it attracted so much attention that it was given another name ‘Oumuamau’, pronounced oʊˈmuːəˈmuːə which is a Hawaiian term meaning ‘scout or messenger sent from afar’.

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Atlas Does Robotic Back-flips…

Boston Dynamics have been beavering away feverishly in their labs to produce their very own Terminator replicant, and they have definitely made progress over the last year. Atlas is the designated title for this mechanised humanoid and in the last month they have taught this autonotom to do back-flips. Soon their terminator will be taking over the world with its impressive gymnastic skills.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Atlas leaping, jumping and performing a back flip. Here at Highpants we just love his little ‘arms in the air’ celebratory gesture. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed, and a little creeped out, by the future of robotics.

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