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I Dare You To Get Through Any Of These 10 Places. Actually, Don’t Try… It Won’t End Well.

These 10 places listed below are some of the most well guarded and most secure locations in the world. From Area 51 to Fort Knox, these places are very tightly locked down to the public and guarded around the clock. In fact, rumor has it only Nicolas Cage can break into any of these places.

1) Area 51 – This top secret air force base in Nevada is guarded so well that no one can get in, and even flying over it is forbidden. It’s the home of anything pertaining to UFOs and alien conspiracies.

2) Federal Reserve Bank in New York – It is said that roughly 25% of the world’s gold is stored here. With that much money to protect, it is no wonder that it would be extremely well guarded. The vault itself is eighty feet below street level and fifty feet below sea level, and the perimeter of the building is guarded by well-trained marksmen.

3) Fort Knox – Fort Knox is home to the US Bullion Depository. It not only stores thousands of tons of gold, but it has also housed important historical documents as well, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta during the 2nd World War. All of this is not only well guarded but also protected by a 22-ton blast door.

4) Tumen River – This river makes up part of the boundary between Russia and North Korea and also snakes down into Chinese territory. Within a mile, you can go from North Korea, through China and end up in Russia, which makes this a good place for those wishing to defect. As such, it is generally well guarded by North Korean soldiers.

5) Korean Demilitarized Zone – The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land dividing North and South Korea. It is one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world, stretching 160 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width. Because of the high defense surrounding the border, people rarely dare to cross it, and as such, it has become a nature preserve.

6) Haven Co – Haven Co was a data-protection company located in the North Sea off the coast of Britain. The only people ever allowed in were authorized personnel, investors, and members of Britain’s royal family. However, it allegedly shut down in 2008. Set into the middle of the North Sea, there was no way you were getting into this place. What data was stored here, and why did it suddenly go defunct without explanation?

7) The Greenbrier – Spread out across 6,500 acres, this exclusive resort lies deep within the forests of West Virginia. Underneath lies the real secret, however. Underneath lies a 25-ton nuclear blast door, with tunnels behind it which create a nuclear bunker that is filled with supplies for members of the U.S. Congress to weather out a nuclear attack.

8) Cheyenne Mountain – The Cheyenne Mountain complex was, at one point, the command center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command missions. It is so well guarded that the tunnel is protected by solid granite and reinforced. NORAD has since moved its operations to another location. It is interesting to note that the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was also the home to the fictional Stargate Command on the popular TV show Stargate SG-1.

9) The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults – These secret vaults contain genealogical and historical records. Not only are they heavily guarded, but also, rumor has it that the records are even protected by temperature control as well as motion and heat sensors. Photos can be a challenge to come by. This is a newspaper clipping with a photo during construction in 1962.

10) Bold Lane Car Park – You won’t have to worry much about car thieves when you leave your car parked here. This car park (or parking garage) in Derbyshire, England is one of the safest places in the world. You can’t get in unless you have a ticket indicating your exact parking spot. Then once your car is parked, it is protected by motion detectors and other alarms that will go off if someone messes with your car. If the alarm does go off, the whole place goes into lockdown mode.

I love how there’s banks, government locations, top secret military areas…and a car park. They sure take their car parks seriously in the UK. Source: imgur Share this list of heavily guarded places with your friends below.

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Your Eyes Are Deceiving You In The Most Incredible Way. Look Closer… This Isn’t A Normal Forest.

No, these aren’t incredibly peaceful photos of forests from around the world… They’re aquariums. “Aquascaping” is the art of decorating aquariums through adding rocks and growing plant life. It may sound boring, but the results are so good, it’s impossible to tell they are underwater. These photos were taken from the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC). This is a contest where people compete to design the best aquarium, literally taking months to grow the beautiful aquascapes. They’re amazing.

Whisper of the Pines: designed by Serkan Çetinkol of Istanbul, Turkey. This 150 liter tank is pictured after 4 months of growth.

Forest Morning: designed by Pavel Bautin of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 400 liter tank is pictured after 6 months of growth. There are 8 types of plants.

Way to Heaven: designed by Dmitriy Parshin of Moscow, Russia. This 600 liter is pictured after 9 months of growth.

Forgotten Forest: designed by Łukasz Kucharski of Lodz, Poland. This 400 liter tank is pictured after 7 months of growth.

Charm of Light: designed by Timucin Sagel of Istanbul, Turkey. This 270 liter tank is pictured at 5 months of growth.

The Mini Mountain Range: designed by Melinda Koncsik of Nagykőrös, Hungary. This 20 liter tank is pictured at 3 months of growth.

Looking Up: designed by Irina Kryshtopa of Alchevsk, Ukraine. This 250 liter tank is pictured at 4 months of growth.

Lair Forest: designed by Tibor Szecsei of Nagykőrös, Hungary. This 117 liter tank is pictured at 7 months of growth. There are 16 different plant types.

Wild West: designed by Stjepan Erdeljić of Djakovo, Croatia. This 160 liter tank is pictured at 5 months of growth.

Stones Dance: designed by Alexander Moscalenko of Khartsyzk, Ukraine. This 160 liter tank is pictured at 3 months of growth.

The Arms of Naiad: designed by Laszlo Tart of Herend, Hungary. This 247 liter tank is pictured at 1 year of growth.

The Green Grand Canyon: designed by Igor Kapitan of Slovenija. This is a 63 liter tank.

Pandora (the land of flying sparks): designed by Marko Velikonja of Slovenia. This 450 liter tank contains small floating islands made of lava stone and epoxy resin.

Stairway to Heaven: designed by Timucin Sagel of Istanbul Turkey. This is a 270 liter tank.

The Pillars of the Earth: designed by Pasquale Buonpane of Italy. This is a 400 liter tank.

Mountain Flowers: designed by Zhenzong Su of China. This is 350 liter tank.

Via Colossal These aquariums are more impressive than most backyards. Aquarium designers must understand biology, design and photography. Not only that, but they must exercise extreme patience, as most of these aquariums to months to grow. Share their incredible work with others.

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Fill Your Brain With These Crazy Science Facts. You Didn’t Learn This In School.

This just in: science is pretty incredible. We discover so many new things about our planet and the space around it on a daily basis that can feel like your head is spinning faster than the Earth’s rotation. (Which, by the way, is about 1,000 miles per hour.) It’s easy to miss one or two things while trying to keep up.

Even if you’re the biggest science nerd out there, you probably don’t know all of these amazing facts. Let’s build our brains up, guys.

1.) Scientists believed they had found a “second earth” known as Gliese 581c, but recent findings show it likely isn’t habitable.

2.) Scientists can make diamonds from tequila.

3.) Scientists used mouse skin cells to create stem cells, which were then used to create mice eggs that produced healthy baby mice. Those mice were later able to reproduce on their own.

4.) Sucralose, like Splenda, was discovered when one scientist misinterpreted his coworker saying “test this chemical.” He thought he said “taste this chemical.”

5.) In 2009, scientists used cloning to bring back an extinct species. It lived for about 7 minutes before dying due to a lung defect.

6.) Scientists are currently working on technology that will allow a road to charge electric cars as they drive on it.

7.) Scientists have demonstrated how the Egyptian pyramids might have been assembled using kites.

8.) Scientists have invented particles which would make us able to live without breathing.

9.) In 1999, scientists attached electrodes to a cat’s brain and recorded what it saw.

10.) There is a cave of natural gas in Turkmenistan known as the “Door to Hell.” In 1971, scientists lit the cave on fire expecting it to burn for a few days. It’s still burning.

11.) Harvard scientists have not only slowed down the aging process in mice, but have even been able to completely reverse it.

12.) Japanese scientists studied mosquitos to create a virtually painless syringe needle.

13.) Scientists at Cornell University created a functioning “nano guitar” which is roughly the size of a human blood cell.

14.) Many scientists believe lobsters do not die of natural causes. Basically, they’re immortal.

15.) 19, 232 new species were discovered in 2009 alone.

16.) Scientists working for the Nazi regime worked on something known as a “sun gun” — a 3.5 square mile concave mirror which they would have used to burn down entire cities.

17.) In 1952, a European scientist released a bacterium into the wild which almost eradicated the continent’s rabbit population. There was a 90% reduction in France and 95% in the UK.

18.) There is a waterfall in Minnesota called Devil’s Kettle where the water flows into a large hole made of rock. Several studies have been done and scientists still don’t know where the water ends up.

19.) In 2007, one scientist found the method for removing allergens from peanuts.

20.) Scientists are working on a substance that would give anyone the ability to walk up walls and ceilings à la Spider-Man.

21.) The man who discovered green fluorescent protein (GFP), something three other scientists received Nobel Prizes for, was working as a driver in 2008. He earned $10/hr.

Now you’ll be able to really own the other teams at your bar’s trivia night. 

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