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10 Awesome Facts About the Internet You Didn’t Know

And because we can't do cat videos all day every day,* here are ten amazing facts about the internet. From how many likes there are on Facebook daily to the actual weight of the internet, this video just might blow your mind. (Hence the title.) Learn something new today, so you can watch a cat stuck in a jar over and over guilt-free!

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Felix Baumgartner
Red Bull Stratos

Breaking News – Man Parachutes From Edge of Space

Today a base-jumper named Felix Baumgartner attempted a record-breaking high altitude jump from the place where the Earth's atmosphere ends and space begins.

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US Wanted to Develop Flying Saucer
The National Archives

Air Force Releases Declassified Flying Saucer Plans

The truth is out there! Well, sort of. The 'X-Files' gang were partially right: the National Archives recently published declassified "flying saucer" schematics and the details of the project, dubbed "Project 1974" that hailed from the 1950s.

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Facebook
Franco Bouly, Flickr

Can You Be Fired for What You Post on Facebook?

Most of us intuitively know that insulting your boss on Facebook is probably not the best idea, but what about other job-related opinions we have? More to the point, can you be fired for posting them?

A recent National Labor Relations Board hearing found that “overly broad” company policies regarding employees' social media activity is unlawful, but not protected by federal labor laws.

Sound a little confusing? Let us help out:

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Pokemon
Nintendo

PETA Blasts Pokémon For Promoting Animal Abuse

While the critters of  Pokémon are animal-like, you can't actually find Pikachu and his buddies in earth's animal kingdom.

Which is why PETA's recent attack on the popular Nintendo characters has many people scratching their heads.

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RoboCop
MGM/Florida International University

RoboCop in Real Life? Crime Fighting Robots Coming to New Jersey

Your childhood fantasy (or fear?) of seeing an officer of the law who is part man/part machine may be coming true soon, thanks to Researchers at Florida International University's Discovery Lab and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves. These folks are working to build "telepresence robots," which would patrol the streets while being controlled by disabled police officers and military vets. Let's pause to allow the awesomeness sink in.

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iPhone Wallet
Icatus, Flickr

Would You Rather Lose Your Wallet or Your Smartphone? [SURVEY]

For many decades, losing your wallet was clearly the worst. Not only were you suddenly without means to pay for anything, but you had been displaced of much of your personal information and were facing hours and hours of dealing with credit card companies and the DMV. Fun!

These days, a smartphone also packs a significant portion of your life into a small package that you carry with you everywhere and sometimes misplace. It also generally costs more than a wallet. So is the smartphone now the thing you'd least like to escape mysteriously from your pocket?

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Police Officer Checks Traffic at a Checkpoint
Scott Eells/Bloomberg, Getty Images

Pinterest Aids in Helping Police Nab Criminals

Never underestimate the power of the internet or its users: it may sound crazy, but the social network Pinterest, aka the place where you can find a cute-sy cashmere sweater and a recipe for caramel fudge brownies, has helped local Pennsylvania police departments catch criminals.

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TV news
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

TV, Web, Newspaper, Radio: How Do You Get Your News?

The Internet may have revolutionized the way many of us get the news, but according to a Harris Poll of 2,307 adults, a majority of Americans still prefer an older technology when it comes to their preferred method of news accumulation.

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google age
Thinkstock

Find Out How Old Google Thinks You Are

Good news, bad news. The bad news is that Google has been monitoring all your online activity and is using it for their own personal gain. The good news is at least it's fun to see if they guessed your age, gender and interests correctly. That's pretty good news ... right? 

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