This News Doesn’t Bode Well For Avoiding An Asteroid In The Future

If you were around back in the late 1990s, you probably remember the brief love affair that America had with asteroid disaster films (“Deep Impact” was clearly the superior film). The movies brought an awareness to the general public of the possibility that Earth could be destroyed at any moment by a random, giant rock from space.

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Luckily, we have the folks at NASA watching out for us and keeping an eye on the sky. With all their great technology, there’s no way an asteroid could possibly sneak up on us…right? Well, that’s where you’d be wrong.

This week, NASA researchers spotted and catalogued a rather large asteroid by the name of 2016 QA2. Barely hours after it was first spotted, QA2 zipped by Earth, at a distance even closer than our moon.

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Luckily, in the case of QA2, even if it had struck Earth, the damage would have been minimal — at least compared to the kind portrayed in various Hollywood films.

Unfortunately, there are a ton of asteroids out there. Which makes it kind of an impossible task to spot and catalogue them all.

To protect Earth from further asteroid impacts, Congress tasked NASA with an ambitious goal to be able to detect 90 percent of all asteroids 450 feet in size or larger by 2020. Sadly, funding shortfalls have put a damper on accomplishing this on time.


(via Unexplained Mysteries)

Alright, now that is terrifying. Just another daily reminder that life on this little rocky planet of ours can end at any second for really any reason at all.

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This Photographer Did A Father-Daughter Photoshoot…And It’s Entirely Creepy

Have you ever wondered would be like after the collapse of civilization? Personally, it’s something I try not to think about. However, urban explorer and photographer Freaktography isn’t like me. For his most recent series, Freaktography grabbed a pair of old-style gas masks and brought his daughter to an abandoned building.

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There, the two attempted to imagine what life without all the trappings of modern civilization might look like.

“After a devastating nuclear fallout, this father and daughter waited three years before emerging from their underground fallout shelter only to find wide-scale destruction, carnage, and death.”

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“Now it’s time to figure out where to start, scavenge for food, and learn how to live in the new post-apocalyptic world. Today, they navigate room to room searching for any belongings from life before the fallout. The little girl has already found her stuffed doll.”

“Still too unsafe to venture outside, our post-apocalyptic father and daughter are stuck inside. The only entertainment they have is each other and whatever items were left over. Dad discovered a heap of old newspapers. The edition he reads today ironically reads ‘Fresh Air Is Free,’ while the young girl becomes closer with her stuffed toy doll.”

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“When you’re stuck in the same room all day after a nuclear fallout, there is only so much to do. The father and daughter, after scavenging what they could, were able to locate three cards, a white blanket, a stuffed doll, and a stale can of Budweiser.

 So they invented their own card game, anything to keep the girl’s mind off of what was really happening outside.”

“Despite the wide-scale destruction, regardless of the damage, death and shutdown of life as it had been known, life must go on.

The little girl will be taught just as she would have been in life before the fallout. She will learn history, she will learn to read and to write, she will learn survival skills, and she will learn science.

 It’s not known how many have survived, but this father knows that his little girl, having survived the fallout and three years in a shelter, is the key to the future and life carrying on in the new world.”

(source: Freaktography)

For more photos like these, be sure to visit Freaktography’s website. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Here Are The Most Cursed Movies In Hollywood. Cue Tragedy!

Being in the movie business can be a little high stakes gambling at times. So many Directors are quick to call their movies ‘cursed’ because even after millions of dollars and several years of time being poured into it, most movies never make it to the theater due to poor testing or disagreements with the movie studio.

Some movies, though, appear to be ACTUALLY cursed. Like, several-actors-from-the-movie-mysteriously-all-dying cursed. Here are the films with the most accursed histories in Hollywood.

1.) The Conqueror (1956): During the filming of this terrible film staring John Wayne as Genghis Khan, the entire crew was almost killed in a flash flood. Then Susan Hayward was almost eaten by a panther. To top it all off, the film shot for 13 weeks on ground where the Army had previously tested atomic bombs. The cast and crew were all exposed to nuclear fallout and 91 of the 220 crew members contracted cancer. John Wayne and 45 of the crew died a few years afterwards.

2.) Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983): A helicopter meant for the scene exploded and killed 3 actors on the film, two of them being children. Weird tidbit: one of the victims, actor Victor Morrow, 53, (who was decapitated by the helicopter’s blade) took out a $5 million on a premonition that he would die in a helicopter crash. Whaaaat?!

3.) Godspell (1973): Four of the men who played Jesus’ apostles in the film have died. Lynne Thigpen died of cerebral hemorrhaging, Jeffrey Mylettdied died of AIDS, Merrell Jackson died mysteriously at the young age of 38, and David Haskell who played both Judas Iscariot and John the Baptist died of a brain tumor.

4.) Poltergeist (1982-88): The famous thriller trilogy is also known for having several members of the cast die within a creepily short period of time. Within the 6 years after the first film was released, Dominque Dunn was killer by an ex-boyfriend, Julian Beck died of stomach cancer, Will Sampson died of liver failure, and Heather O’Rourke died of septic shock.

5.) Rebel Without A Cause (1955): This one almost sounds like a murder conspiracy. James Dean infamously died at the of of 23 before the film’s release in a dangerous car chase, then his co-star Natalie Wood drowned some years later. Sal Mileno was stabbed to death as well. Also weird: Beverly Hill surgeon fitted his car with parts of Dean’s vehicle and was similarly killed in a car crash. Dun dun dun…

6.) The Passion Of The Christ: Both star, James Caviezel and assistant director Jan Michelini got struck by lightning during filming (Michelini was hit during two separate storms!).

7.) The Omen (1976): Okay! This one’s a doozy. So before filming even began, star Gregory Peck’s son killed himself. On the way to filming Peck’s plane was hit by lightning, as was the scriptwriter’s plane AND the executive producers plane. During shooting, the hotel where the producers were staying was bombed by the IRA and an animal handler was killed by a tiger. After working on the film, special effects consultant John Richardson was involved in a car crash that killed his assistant. The road sign near the crash read ‘Ommen, 66.6km’. The date?Friday the 13th of August, 1976.

8.) Atuk (unreleased): This film, which was supposed to star John Belushi as an eskimo who visits New York, is said to be cursed because after Belushi died of drug overdose in 1982 before filming, every person meant to fill the role has died. Sam Kinison was up for the role but died in a car crash while it was in a period of rewrites. John Candy inherited the role in 1994 (twelve years after it was given to John Belushi) but died shortly afterwards by a heart attack. Candy’s death opened the film up to Chris Farley, who like his hero, Belushi, also died of a drug overdose before who could officially sign on.

9.) Rosemary’s Baby (1968): Producer of the film William Castle got a hate-filled letter before filming of the movie that prophesied he would die of a horrible illness. He did. A year after the release of the film, Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family while pregnant with Polanski’s first child.

10.) The Exorcist (1977): The Exorcist set burned down and halted shooting for 6 weeks. In two separate incidents a night-watchmen and a special effects expert died during the making of the film.

11.) The Crow (1994): Star Brandon Lee was killed due to a wound inflicted by a metal tip that was lodged into the prop gun he was using for the scene. As strange as that story sounds, its even stranger if you followed the career of his father, Bruce Lee. Bruce starred in the film “Game of Death” in which he plays an actor who gets killed by a real bullet that was loaded into a fake gun.

12.) Superman (1978): Christopher Reeves was thrown from a horse and became a quadriplegic the rest of his life. His Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, suffered from some sort of mental illness after filming and was found aimlessly wondering around Los Angeles in 1994.

(H/T: Washington Times)

It’s a shame, that Atuk movie sounded kinda fun (aside from all of the tragedy)! If you know any movie buffs, give this a share on Facebook.

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