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The driver of a BMD-2 airborne infantry fighting vehicle showed off his skills when he gunned his motor and carved up a couple of donuts in the streets of Slavyansk.

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Retired U.S. Air Force Major Gary Foust recounts an incredible story about a flight training mission in 1970 that suddenly turned into a Mayday scenario, but everything went better than expected after the aircraft miraculously landed itself without a pilot on a cornfield near Big Sandy, Montana.

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Funny British reviewer Ashens cracks open a can of 45-year-old U.S. military candy ration and finds unpleasantness.

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The Chinese navy's first successful landing on its recently unveiled aircraft carrier Liaoning (shown left, top) has spawned a photo fad known as "shootering," which emulates the military hand gesture used by flight deck officers to signal the release of fighter jets onboard.


Photo credit: Xinhua / 竣泓苗 (via YouTube)



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A child in bunny costume playing peekaboo(?) with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Soldiers.

CORRECTION (11/26): The photograph was misidentified as having been taken in Gaza and thereby implied that the boy is Palestinian. The photograph was actually taken in the West Bank city of Hebron by photojournalist Ziv Koren of an Israeli boy dressed up as a bunny during the Jewish holiday of Purim in 2003.



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If you've been following the news coverage of the Israeli Defense Forces' Operation "Pillar of Cloud" in Gaza, you probably heard about something called "Iron Dome," as seen in this recently uploaded video that's been making the rounds in the news. Iron Dome is the Israeli military's mobile air defense system designed to track, intercept and destroy short-range rockets or artillery shells launched from distances as far as 43 miles away (shown left). Since the beginning of the hostile exchange two days ago, the system has managed to shoot down at least 184 rockets out of nearly 500 that had been fired into Israeli territories, which isn't the highest performance record in its service history, but still, not too shabby.

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Dronestagram is a single topic blog curating various surveillance images taken by the. U.S. spy planes that are processed in Instagram filters, accompanied by a brief description to tell the story behind each shot.

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Ever go to a baseball game and notice the one guy whose life goal, it seems, is to start The Wave? In this day and age, many attempts are rendered futile, as the cheer's popularity has waned in recent years. If only "that guy" had the Belarus Army on his side. Their seamless domino effect would make any stadium fall in line.

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A few days ago, the GOP-led House passed a military budget with a hefty $642 billion price tag -- $8 billion more than what President Obama and the Pentagon had agreed on with Congress. With the defense budget skyrocketing, cuts are coming from other programs, most notably government-subsidized food stamps.

Chat Allen, a mother of three who works only part-time, offered this insight:

They have so much money that maybe they can tighten their belts and not live as luxuriously as they live. They've earned it, but there are people who are hungry and who dig in the trash every day just to get something to eat.

This certainly isn't polishing the GOP's image. The budget has been met with less-than-enthusiastic responses in the Democrat-led Senate, which likely will try to reallocate those funds back to public works.

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Oregon Ducks head football coach Chip Kelly has made honoring the military a tradition at the annual spring game, and this year was no different. To the cheers of 44,129 fans, the team welcomed 100 military personnel onto the field, where Ducks football players presented them with jerseys. And not just any jerseys -- the notoriously gaudy, Nike-designed jerseys off their stinky, sweat-soaked backs.

Next year, Ducks, if you're going to saddle military personnel with ugly unis, at least spring for new ones.

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Three years after a rocket-propelled grenade blew off Private Jaco van Gass's left arm while he was serving in Afghanistan, the 25-year-old South African is busy testing an invention of his own design -- a prosthetic ice axe -- as he prepares to climb Mount Everest in May, alongside five fellow injured servicemen.

"I came up with the idea to attach an ice axe to one of my prosthetics, so I kind of challenged the guys at Headley Court (a military rehab center in the U.K.) to see how we could get this done. ... The ice axe is there for back-up. Once we do stuff like the Lhotse ice face and the Hillary Step, it might come into aid. It's there for the places where I could slip and I'm not attached to a fixed rope."

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