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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
A Sonic Boom
This photo began circulating around the internet in 2001, along with a caption that claimed it was "a picture of a sonic boom." To many the photo seemed too sensational to be real, but in fact it was authentic.

The plane was an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151). It was photographed over the Pacific on July 7, 1999 by Ensign John Gay.

Cones of condensation around planes are a fairly common phenomenon. They're formed when there is a combination of the right amount of humidity and enough aerodynamic pressure. A plane does not have to be breaking the sound barrier for a cone to form, but in this case the plane reportedly was about to do so.

The photo began circulating after it was featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day site.

Links and References
A Sonic Boom, Astronomy Picture of the Day.


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