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That's a Big Tube


It's not everyday that you see a 2.08 million pound monstrosity on the highway. YouTube user, 181josh uploaded a video of exactly that to the site and within two days hit 300,000 views.

This massive metal tube, presumably an industrial fractional distillation column holding petroleum, was recorded heading to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada for installation. It took five semi trucks to tow the load along the closed-to-traffic highway.

Fort McMurray is an urban service area conveniently located near the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world's largest single oil sand deposit. Oil sands contain bitumen, a sticky and heavy form of petroleum found most often in dirt and sand. In 2013, the production from the oil sands accounted for more than half of Canadian oil output, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a large contributor to the economic state of the entire providence.

Unfortunately, this area of Alberta and this process of converting naturally found petroleum into usable energy is in the midst of a financial crisis thanks to the declining price of oil, according to the New York Times. What once drew the world's top energy companies and nearly $200 billion in investments, is declining at a worrisome rate. Read more about it here

This is the Only List You Need


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A simple web search of "Bucket-List" accumulates scores of links to articles telling you that you must travel to the world, you must skydive, and you must learn a foreign language before you pass away. However, there is only one list you need to be concerned about if you have a need for speed, a love for the open road, or a sense of adventure. Forget kissing in the rain and try driving on two wheels.

The List, a digital series created by the folks at Autoblog, is out to check off 1001 car things to do before you die. So far, they've conquered tasks like visiting the birthplace of the Ferrari to escaping a vehicle as it sinks to the bottom of a body of water. To top it all off, there's a familiar face on the show! Former All Girls Garage star Jessi Combs joins host Patrick McIntyre. 

Check out the highlights from when The List conquered off-road racing for a glimpse at what the excitement is all about.

After seeing how much fun The List was having, Velocity wanted to join in the bucket-list trend. Our first quest? Getting The List on our team. 

This week, we can finally check off our first bucket-list item as we welcome The List to our programming on Wednesday nights.

Read the full press release here

Highway Patrol Officer Delivers Life-Saving CPR


A dash-cam caught incredible footage of an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer reviving a 53-year-old truck driver from Michigan. John Depue was losing consciousness while belted in the driver's seat of his truck, which had fallen approximately 60-feet down an embankment off of I-75 Northbound just south of Sidney, according to authorities.

Trooper Eric Devers was directed to the crash site by dispatch and spent 12 minutes performing CPR until the medics arrived to take over. Though Devers is out of frame in the video, his voice is perfectly clear-- and it's quite powerful. 

The accident occurred in April, but the video has only recently been released on the internet. The video, originally posted here, has over nine million views. Last week, Devers was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Piqua Post for his quick-thinking and perseverance.

Fox and Friends Weekend picked up the incredible story on Saturday and decided to reunite Officer Devers and Depue on live tv via satellite. Check it out below.

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Pilot Deserves Raise After Conquering High Winds


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Wind gusts of up to 75mph plagued the Netherlands on July 25. As a result, flights were delayed and flights were cancelled, but one plane managed to conquer the winds at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. According to reports, the July 25 storm was the most violent July storm ever recorded in the Netherlands. Check out the crazy KLM Asia landing below.

The KLM868 was traveling from Kansai International in Osaka to Amsterdam. The direct flight usually take just under 12 hours and has a 7.6 out of ten flight score on Expedia. The journey will set you back around $1,300. Though, these passengers should've been given a discount to account for emotional distress. 

"Last Saturday, all flights at Schiphol had to do with strong winds and thereupon applied the relevant procedures," commented a GLM spokesperson to The Daily Mail UK. 

'KLM pilots were well able to deal with it and ensure the safety of passengers and crew. KLM doesn’t take any risk, safety is therefore not been compromised," said the airline.  

Want to stay up in the air? Check out three celebrity teams try to hit 10 explosives on a remote control airplane.

13-Year-Old's Idea Could Save Hundreds of Lives



Sometimes people need an app to tell them they're being a less-than-perfect parent or guardian. Zane Pasha, a 13-year-old student from Las Vegas, developed a concept that could eradicate the alarming statistics surrounding hot cars and abandoned children. The idea recently earned Pasha the Nevada State Merit honor in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. 

Pasha's HeatSafe mobile app would link to a wireless thermometer that would remain in the car and would send alerts to the owner's cellphone when temperatures hit a concerning number. Heatstroke sets in at 104 degrees -- a temperature achieved rather quickly by cars exposed to heat and humidity. According to studies, an average of 38 children die each year from being left in cars heated by the strong summer sun.

This year, the issue has been hot topic in the media. Just yesterday, another child was found dead in a hot car. This time in Dallas, Texas. A week ago, an 11-month-old passed away after an being left in a car for an hour in Florida while the parents were reportedly putting away groceries.

"€œI looked it up and no one really made something to alert parents about temperature rising in their car,"€ Pasha said to members of the press. "€œI realized this would be a good time to make it because of global warming; everything is getting hotter too. So there are going to be more deaths in cars if someone doesn‘€™t stop the problem."€

Pasha also credits his inspiration to his mother, Dr. Shazia Kirmani-Pasha, who is a pediatrician. 

"HeatSafe is a very tangible tool that uses current technology to solve a burning problem, especially in our desert environment. As a pediatrician I spend hours counseling parents on safety and prevention of injuries and mortality,"€ she told the press. "€œZane‘€™s concept of a device attached to a car seat, diaper bag, child‘€™s clothing, animal‘€™s collar etc., which can send a message to a mobile device warning of a sudden temperature escalation, can save lives."€

To check out the complete list of finalists and other inventions by teens competing in the challenge click here.

Need a cool down? Watch when the Junkyard Empire crew turned a PT Cruiser into an Ice Cream Truck perfect for the summer. 

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