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This Whole Area Was A Regular Beach…Until A Wave Engulfed Everything

A “sneaker wave” is not, as you might think, a swell of K-Swiss shoes. It’s actually characterized as a random wave that’s hugely disproportionate to the rest of the wave train. One second, it seems like a calm day at the beach, but before you know it, you’re in a Kelly Slater surf video.

And that’s exactly what happened to Steve Raplee and some other bystanders on a beach in Oregon. He thought he was filming a quiet moment at Coos Bay, but seconds later, he was telling everyone to run for cover.

That escalated quickly! Everyone made it to dry land before the surf could crush them, despite the hilarious lack of urgency in Raplee’s voice. Seriously, this guy is about to get eaten alive by the elements, but he sounds like he’s reading a piece on NPR.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sneaker-wave/

Cancel The Apocalypse! Robots Are Evidently Petty And Hate Each Other

For years, we here at ViralNova have been charting the inevitable robot takeover of our planet, but it seems that we may have overlooked one setback to the robo-pocalypse — the fact that robots hate each other.

Things get a little contentious when Cornell Creative Machines Lab hook Cleverbot up to itself and have two A.I. personalities attempt to make conversation. Watch as the initial small talk gives way to weird philosophizing over the meaning of “not everything,” and be sure not to miss out on one robot claiming to be a unicorn.

As creepy as it is to hear robots argue over the existence of God, if “meanie” is the best insult they can come up with, they have a long way to go before becoming masters of the universe.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/robot-talk/

The People Who Track Santa On Christmas Also Track UFOs Around The Space Station

Many people may be familiar with the North American Aerospace Defensive Command (or NORAD) as the group who tracks Santa for us every Christmas Eve, but it seems when the holidays are over they are in the UFO-tracking business.

YouTuber Streetcap1 posted a video from the International Space Station showing a weird streak flying into view on one of its cameras. He labeled it as a “fastwalker,” which is NORAD’s term for fast-moving, unidentified objects that cross the Earth’s orbit. Check it out below…just don’t blink!

Here’s a close-up of the fastwalker captured by the ISS camera.

(via Mysterious Universe)

Apparently these kinds of unknown objects jetting by the ISS are pretty common, as NORAD says it tracks about 500 of them annually. Something tells me it’s not Saint Nick who is behind all of this.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/fastwalkers/

When They Couldn’t Kill The Cockroach Infestation, They Just Burned Down The House

They say that if you see one cockroach, there are way more where that came from. But what happens if you see hundreds of cockroaches? Well, call the fire department, because your place needs to be torched.

I’m not even joking. In Pana, Illinois, a house was so infested with cockroaches that the fire department had to dig a mote and start a controlled fire so that the cockroaches didn’t infest more homes on the block. It’s pretty brutal (but also kind of satisfying) to watch firefighters send these roaches straight to Hell.

As a hater of cockroaches, an event like this in my neighborhood would be cause for drunken celebration. What a time to be alive.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/burning-cockroaches/

It May Look Brutal, But This Handy Tip Will Give Your Mashed Thumb Some Relief

When YouTuber yasarfaster smashed his thumb with a hatchet, it seemed like it would never heal. Instead of the swelling subsiding, the thumb seemed to grow more every second. With each passing hour, the bruising under his nail got darker and darker.

To give his most useful digit a little relief, he decided to take an unconventional approach. He went ahead and punctured the nail with an insanely hot paperclip.

Consider yourself warned, because things are about to get bloody.

As ViralNova’s resident expert on clumsiness, this will come in handy when I ultimately crush my own thumb into oblivion. That initial burn might be brutal, but in the long run, it’ll save me a lot of pain.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/thumb-relief/

If Ocean Critters Freak You Out, Then You Should Probably Avoid This Video

If you’re like me and you panic every time something grazes your foot in the ocean, then you’re not going to like this.

A huge swarm of small crabs was spotted by researchers more than 1,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Panama, stampeding like wildebeests across the ocean floor. At first, the team thought it was some sort of underwater cloud. They quickly figured out, however, that the mass was very much alive.

The crabs have been identified as Pleuroncodes planipes, which are more commonly known as red crabs. Scientists aren’t quite sure why such a crazy amount of these critters clustered together, but they think it might’ve had something to do with the nearby Hannibal Bank Seamount, which, for whatever reason, attracts a wide array of sea life.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/panama-crabs/

Watch As This Guy Narrowly Escapes His House In A Devastating Tornado

It seemed gloomy outside when this man got into his car one day, but then again, every day is pretty gloomy when you live in Russia.

When the wind started picking up, however, he realized that a tornado was about to touch down in Bashkiria. Maybe leaving the house wasn’t such a great idea. Fortunately for us, the footage that he captured is worth watching.

As a guy who also drives a silver RAV4, it’s comforting to know that these cars can really take a beating.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/tornado-in-russia/

This Is What A 100-Foot Wave Looks Like, And It’s Horrible

You wouldn’t know it by watching the tide roll into any old beach, but our planet is ruled by the ocean. To really appreciate its power, you have to meet the ocean at its most treacherous.

It didn’t take long for the crew of this ship to become acquainted with that ferocity. As a 100-foot wave gathers momentum, all they can do is laugh before it all comes crashing down.

As you might guess, their language in the face of this aquatic monster is definitely NSFW.

Based on their reaction, this sort of thing must happen to them all the time. That being said, this video does its job when it comes to showing us the power of the sea.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/big-wave/

Would You Still Drink Out Of The Tap If You Found THIS In Your Glass?

They say it was Montezuma who cursed the water in Mexico after his Aztec empire was overthrown by the Spanish, causing digestive turmoil to tourists stupid enough to drink it. But based on this video, one wonders if he cursed the waters of Argentina too…just for good measure.

A YouTuber named Diego Oritz from Mendoza, Argentina, posted a video of a bizarre creature that he claims he found in his tap water, alive and squirming.

(via Daily Mail)

Turns out this worm-like creature is called a rat-tailed maggot, which is a larva of the drone fly. So technically if Diego waits long enough, this thing will fly out of his glass of water on its own. Then again, he should probably get his water tanks cleaned before then.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/rat-tailed-maggot/

It’s Scientifically Impossible To Work When Your Pet Toucan Wants To Snuggle Instead

I’ve never been much of a bird fan, but even I’ll admit that a toucan’s adorable charm just can’t be denied. It could have something to do with the fact that my favorite breakfast cereal is hocked by a cartoon toucan, but if you ask me, they seem like the cuddliest birds of all.

And as this video shows, I’m not wrong! Watch as this toucan snuggles up with his favorite human, who is futilely trying to work. Internet, meet Ripley the Toucan. He’s about to become your favorite walking, squawking pal from the tropics!

Unlike other birds, toucans always look like they’re so soft and not covered in their own poop. I’m not sure how I’m going to get one, but I simply must have a toucan to call my own.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ripley-the-toucan/