Game Of Thrones Fans Unite: Baby Dragons Are Hatching In Slovenia

Baby Dragons

Olm cave salamanders, known as “baby dragons,” are found deep in the dark caves of Europe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Game of Thrones fans eagerly awaiting season six now have something in the real world to get excited about: Slovenia’s “baby dragons.”

Biologists in Slovenia are preparing for a new brood of olms, cave salamanders known locally as “baby dragons,” to hatch deep in a minimalist aquarium in a dank European cave.

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These Are The Very First Movie Sequel, Remake, And Reboots Ever

The very first movie sequel, remake, and reboot are all much older than you think. Most may not realize it, but Hollywood has been cashing in on all three for a long, long time.

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Everyone has either heard complaints or complained themselves about Hollywood’s seemingly overwhelming wave of sequels, remakes, and reboots. And that complaint is almost always informed by the notion that Hollywood is running out of creative fuel.

The truth, however, is altogether simpler and more black-and-white: Hollywood is a business, and sequels, remakes, and reboots are an especially bankable part of that business. In fact, the third and fourth highest grossing films of all-time — Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World, which have combined to gross over $3.5 billion — are both reboots/sequels, and both were released as recently as 2015.

But what too few realize is that this is nothing new. Because they’re so bankable, Hollywood has always been awash in sequels, remakes, and reboots.

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17 Amazing Pictures Of The Sinkhole That Ate $5 Million Worth Of Classic Cars

On February 12, 2014, the floor of the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome disappeared into a sinkhole, taking several classic cars with it. While, fortunately, nobody was hurt, the damage was in many cases too severe for repairs. Below, you can see the extent of the devastation, and the attempts to rescue the demolished vehicles from the maw of the infamous Corvette Museum sinkhole:

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Corvette Museum Sinkhole Photo

The sinkhole opened up at 5:44 am local time, under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Trashed Corvette Museum Image

Eight rare and one-of-a-kind Corvettes were plunged into the hole, along with large slabs of concrete, dirt and pieces of display stands and rails.

Another Destroyed Corvette

The value of the damaged cars was estimated to be in the region of $1 million.

The Destroyed Corvette Museum

The cars that went into the hole were a 1962 “Black Corvette;” a 1984 PPG pace car; a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil;” the 1992 white “one millionth Corvette;” a 1993 ruby red “40th Anniversary Corvette;” a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette; the 2009 white “1.5 Millionth Corvette;” and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder.

Crane Lifts Car

Along with the repairs required by the museum itself, the total cost of the sinkhole was around $5 million.

Corvette Sinkhole Photo

The sinkhole was 60 feet long, 45 feet wide, and 30 feet deep.

Corvette Museum Was Destroyed

The hole was caused by a feature of Kansas’ “karst topography,” a geological phenomenon in which soluble rocks — in this case, limestone — dissolve, causing pockets to open under the surface.

Repair Workers On Corvette Museum

After rigorous testing to ensure another sinkhole was not possible, the repairs commenced, including the insertion of micropiles (steel rods) into the concrete foundations to add more support.

Digging Out The Corvettes

The hole was then filled with material that included 4,000 tons of fist-sized chunks of limestone.

Recovering A Car

Seven of the eight cars that were recovered from the hole are now back on display.

Another Wrecked Corvette

Five of them were too severely damaged to repair.

Rescuing A Trashed Corvette

Instead, the battered cars are on show displaying the full brunt of their sinkhole experience, and have become a tourist attraction in their own right.

Corvette Museum Reconstruction Underway

In fact, the museum’s gift shop now sells jars of dirt and rocks from the sinkhole, costing $10 each. They have sold several thousand so far.

Trashed Corvette Museum

The security camera footage showing part of the collapse — which you can watch below — has been viewed nearly 9 million times to date.

Millionth Corvette Destroyed By Sinkhole

Of the three cars that were repaired, one was the much-loved and extremely valuable 1 millionth Corvette (pictured) — estimated to be worth around $750,000 by itself.

Lifting Car From The Sinkhole

Although much of the car was saved, some sections were too badly damaged to restore and had to be replaced, including the hood and front fascia.

Repairing Corvette Museum Exhibits

The other two cars to be salvaged were the 1962 “Black Corvette” and this 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil.”

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Video Of The Day: Amazing New Robot Can Walk, Lift, And Make You Feel Very Sorry For It

Boston Dynamics took the Internet by storm back in 2013 when they debuted a video of their four-legged monster, the “Wildcat.” Now they’re back at it, and this time they have a robot with artificial intelligence (A.I.) that can walk on two legs, pick up boxes, and master snowy terrain — well, in the same way a teenager has mastered the drunken stumble, at least.

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