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Apocalyptic Hail Storm Caught On Camera: VIDEO

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A video captured on a beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia, looks like an apocalyptic scene from The Day After Tomorrow.

People are seen enjoying a sunny day day at the beach before the 99F weather instantly turns into a massive hailstorm.

A woman later told The Siberian Times:

"My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it"

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Airplane Pounded with Damaging Hail on Texas Runway, Obviously Won't Be Taking Off: VIDEO

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An American Eagle jet in Abilene, Texas was taxiing to take off yesterday when it was slammed by a storm with hail pellets the size of golf balls. A passenger recorded the deafening seven-minute onslaught. Needless to say, the flight was delayed.

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Security Camera Captures Incredible Footage of Truck Being Struck By Lightning: VIDEO

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A security camera in Alberta, Canada captured this…wait for it…shocking footage of a Chevrolet pickup truck being struck by lighting while driving down the highway.

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Al and Betty Perry, the couple in the truck, told CTV Edmonton News that following the strike the airbags deployed and cabin began filling with smoke. The couple tried to escape but with the truck's electric system fried, the doors and windows wouldn’t open from the locked position. Luckily, a passing police officer witnessed the scene and was able to smash out the window using his baton.

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Stephen Colbert Suggests We Butch Up Hurricane Season: VIDEO

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Earlier this week we reported on a pop science article alleging that hurricanes with female names are more deadly than those with male names - using a flawed theory.

ButchmcballsStephen Colbert seized on that report, which noted that "female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don't respect them."

Colbert suggests that this year we rename all storms to make them sound as masculine and scary as possible in order to keep people safe.

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Hurricanes With Female Names Cause More Fatalities, But Not Really

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You may have seen a pop science news article floating around the past few days outlining how hurricanes with female names are more deadly. The higher average death count is thought to be not because the storms themselves coincidentally happen to be more dangerous, but rather subtle social conditioning towards gender roles mean that people view the "feminine" storms as weaker and thus take fewer safety precautions.

It's an interesting theory that gets completely dismantled when Slate points out a major flaw in the study's methodology:

But [National Center for Atmospheric Research social scientist Jeff] Lazo thinks that neither the archival analysis nor the psychological experiments support the team’s conclusions. For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.

30 years of female-only names and higher overall fatalities are going to pretty heavily skew the data. To prove this point, the Slate author uses the research's own data from '79 through the present, removes the dramatic outlier of Hurricane Sandy, and shows that the deaths are actually slightly higher for the male-named hurricanes, but not to any notable degree.


North Dakota Man Captures Incredible Close Call with Tornado: VIDEO

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Dan Yorgason of Watford, North Dakota had an incredibly close call with a tornado on Monday and lived to post a YouTube video of it.

Writes Yorgason: "Warning - STRONG LANGUAGE! We were afraid for our lives, so, yes, we swore. A lot. You have been warned!"

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