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This Project Seemed Like A Good Idea, But Now, Climate Change Might Spell Trouble

The U.S. government hasn’t always been known for its sound judgement, especially during the Cold War. During this period in U.S. history, the government engaged in a variety of strange projects that were all designed to crush the Soviet Union if war erupted. However, the aftermath of one of these bizarre endeavors is now threatening massive environmental disaster in Greenland.

In 1959, the Army Corps of Engineers built a top-secret science station known as Camp Century deep under the arctic ice of northern Greenland. The existence of the base was only known to top military officials and the soldiers who built it.

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However, the purpose of the station was far from scientific. The base was actually a cover for a secret U.S. military experiment known as “Project Iceworm.”

The purpose of Project Iceworm was to construct underground missile launch tunnels. Greenland is significantly closer to Russia than the continental United States. Any missiles launched from Greenland would reach their Soviet targets in a much shorter time, essentially ensuring an American victory…or so they thought.

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Luckily, it never came to nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. As tensions between the two superpowers thawed, glacial shifts in the Greenland ice sheet caused extensive damage to Camp Century. It was later abandoned.

Over the years, officials allowed for the surrounding ice to entomb the nuclear missiles and waste products housed at the camp. And that was pretty much the end of it, until a pesky thing called climate change came knocking.

According to a recent report, the ice surrounding the remnants of Camp Century is slowly melting away thanks to rising temperatures caused by climate change. If the ice melts fully, there’s a risk that hundreds of gallons of nuclear waste could contaminate Greenland and its surrounding oceans.

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Making matters even more complicated is the legal ownership of Camp Century. Technically, the camp was a joint venture between the U.S. and Denmark. However, since it was abandoned, the site has become a gray area with both sides feeling less than eager to foot the bill for a proper cleanup.

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Here Are 14 Eye-Popping Facts About Americans You Won’t Believe. The Last One Surprised Me.

They say Americans can’t agree on anything. Well maybe “they” are just mad they’re in the minority. Because according to these studies, Americans have pretty solid views and opinions on many “controversial” things you won’t believe. Don’t believe us? Check them out:

61 percent of Americans believe there were more people involved in the JFK assassination.

61 percent of American adults have an immediate family member who served in the military.

53 percent of Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.

93 percent of Americans lack confidence in Congress.

50.5 percent of U.S. adults are married, down from 72 percent in 1960.

92 percent of American adults may believe in God or a universal spirit.

85 percent of Americans over 25 are high school graduates. This percentage has surged over the past century.

80 percent of Americans speak only English at home.

69 percent of Americans are in favor of euthanasia.

79 percent live in an urban area. Population density is higher in the east.

64 percent of Americans are white, though “minority” populations have become majorities in some areas.

64 percent of Americans do not believe global warming will seriously affect their way of life.

58 percent of Americans support legalizing weed.

79 percent of US adults believe abortion should be legal under some circumstances.

(H/T: Business Insider) If these shocked you then share with your friends below. They won’t believe them either.

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Here Are 12 Foods You Probably Love, But Foreigners Inexplicably Hate. OMG.

Most Americans have a childhood that sounded a lot like this: eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during lunch, snacking on cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons and having corn dogs at the fair. These staples of American cuisine are nostalgic to their very core… and guess what? Most foreigners hate them.

There’s something about this all-American fare that has other countries wrinkling their noses. I don’t understand it (after all, I love my mom’s meatloaf), but it’s just a fact. To other countries, we’re total weirdos.

1.) Cereal: Many popular cereals are loaded with sugar, processed carbs, and horrible nutrition. (Okay. It’s no wonder they hate this stuff.)

2.) Red Velvet Cake: This American dessert classic is so tasty… but is disliked abroad because it’s often packed with chemicals and food coloring to give it the distinct reddish hue. Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste.

3.) Biscuits and Gravy: There is nothing like a creamy sausage gravy with soft buttermilk biscuits. However, this southern comfort food is definitely not a staple in most other countries. Foreigners find this breakfast has too much sodium and they cannot stomach the thought of sausage, flour, and milk together.

4.) Meatloaf: Many Americans grew up on this comfort food and it’s certainly easy to find in most family-style restaurants across the U.S. Though variations have popped up around the world, the traditional American meatloaf cannot be stomached by many foreigners.

5.) Corn Dogs: A staple of American carnivals since the 1920’s, this dog doesn’t get much love outside the US due to the cornmeal batter and high sodium content.

6.) Peanut Butter & Jelly: One all-American, kid-friendly food that foreigners love to hate is peanut butter. Now add jelly to that (as most of us do) and you have a double whammy of hate. Many Europeans strongly dislike the combination and don’t understand why it is such a popular lunch staple.

7.) Spray Cheese: This imitation cheese is a cheaper, lower quality version of traditional cheese and those from other countries would never dream of using it. It may be gross, but we love it.

8.) Grocery Bread: Wanting fresh bread all the time, foreigners think US breads are too sweet as they often contain loads of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. They prefer freshly baked loaves and baguettes.

9.) Bacon and Eggs: Finding the bacon to be too greasy, and the entire combination just not suitable for breakfast, you won’t find this on their tables. (But somehow an English breakfast with eggs, beans, hash browns and grease is okay.)

10.) Grits: Commonly found in the South, they’re made from water and ground corn. In the foreigners’ defense, if you’re not from the south, you probably don’t like this either.

11.) Chocolate: Unbelievably, many foreigners do not like the taste of chocolate in America. For example, some of them claim that our chocolate has a processed taste, is not sweet enough, and can be dusty, similar to old chocolate that has gone bad.

12.) Casseroles: Many folks from other countries are used to eating many dishes at every meal and just one dish doesn’t cut it. Others are turned off by the soups we use in them to help bind them. These soups are full of sodium and by the time you add crackers and crushed chips, it is a salt explosion.

(H/T: Answers.com)

It’s hard to understand (and especially like) the customs and cuisines of other cultures, but it seems criminal that foreigners hate these simple foods. There is one thing for certain, though: Americans LOVE our sodium. Maybe it’s time to revisit some of those classic recipes… 

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Can We Guess Where In The USA You Actually Live?

Red, white, and where are you?

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    1. Jim McIsaac ✓ Ben Affleck
    2. Neilson Barnard ✓ Jay-Z
    3. Frazer Harrison ✓ Leonardo DiCaprio
    1. Kevin Winter ✓ Britney Spears
    2. Michael Kovac ✓ Macklemore
    3. Frazer Harrison ✓ Aaron Paul
    1. Kevork Djansezian ✓ Oprah Winfrey
    2. Kevin Winter ✓ Sandra Bullock
    3. Michael Loccisano ✓ Carrie Underwood
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    1. ✓ Bald Eagle
    2. ✓ Great White Shark
    3. ✓ Alligator
    1. ✓ Moose
    2. ✓ Grey Wolf
    3. ✓ Rattlesnake
    1. ✓ Bison
    2. ✓ Fox
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    1. XL ✓ “A-Punk” — Vampire Weekend
    2. Capitol ✓ “Teenage Dream” — Katy Perry
    3. LaFace ✓ “Hey Ya!” — OutKast
    1. Konichiwa ✓ “Dancing On My Own” — Robyn
    2. Island ✓ “Mr. Brightside” — The Killers
    3. ✓ “Timber” — Pitbull feat. Kesha
    1. RCA ✓ “Since U Been Gone” — Kelly Clarkson
    2. Atlantic ✓ “All Summer Long” — Kid Rock
    3. Columbia ✓ “Born to Run” — Bruce Springsteen

Can We Guess Where In The USA You Actually Live?

  1. You got: New England

    You’re a go-getter, motivated, and probably one tough cookie. Yeah, the winters may be cold, but so is the Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee. Not many people can say it, but you are a New Englander through and through.

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  2. You got: California

    Tan, toned, and fierce — not to mention always hungry for In-N-Out. That’s you in a nutshell. Most people aren’t cool enough to live in California, but you’re living the dream. Whether you’re dodging the paparazzi in Hollywood or cooking up the next app in Silicon Valley, you live every day to the fullest.

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  3. You got: The South

    Whether you are a charming gentleman or a cheerful belle, you are a Southerner to the core. Sweet tea, football, and hot summer nights are what you LIVE for. You aren’t afraid to kick back, relax, and take things slow, because you know life isn’t a race; it’s meant to be savored.

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  4. You got: The Pacific Northwest

    Yeah, there’s rain, but there is so much more. Seafood, coffee, and oh yeah, just about the coolest people in the world. Let me guess, you’re wearing flannel right now, correct? Enjoy your evergreen climate, put on your raincoat, and continue being the alt-rock superstar that you are!

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  5. You got: The Rocky Mountains

    Why aren’t you enjoying the great outdoors right now? Whether it is just your backyard or maybe even one of the national parks, you make the most of living in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. You’re strong, outgoing, and not afraid of a little challenge — always looking for that Rocky Mountain high.

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  6. You got: The Southwest

    GET IN THE POOL. When you’re as hot as you are — both literally AND figuratively — you need to know how to cool off. Whether it’s with a marg, a beer, or some agua fresca, you know how to chill out when it heats up. Life is good in the Southwest, and you should be living it.

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  7. You got: The Plains

    You’re a corn-fed, all-American, freedom-loving guy or gal, right? Straight out of the heartland, you’re friendly and hardworking, but also know how to have a good time. While you may not have the flash of the coasts, you are reliable and know how to throw down with the best of them.

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  8. You got: The Great Lakes

    If you can survive a Midwest winter — especially with lake-effect weather — you can survive ANYTHING. Yeah, you know how to bust your ass and be a survivor, but you also like having a beer and spending your summer at your favorite lake. Whether it’s cheering on your favorite football or basketball team and enjoying a good tailgate, you know how to have a good time. At the end of the day, isn’t that what matters?

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  9. You got: The Mid-Atlantic

    You’re rough, tough, and love playing the underdog. You love sports, winning, and competition in general (that’s what happens when you live in or close to a city), but also know how to kick back and enjoy a day at the beach. But most of all, what matters to you is family.

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