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The Only Thing More Incredible Than These Photographs Is The Stories Behind Them

The kind of chocolate box photos we see on Instagram nowadays are fun, but they're not enthralling. Their immediacy makes them easy to digest, but not fascinating.

The photos we bring you today are different. They're the sort of images that demand you take a second (or even a third or a fourth) look to get a feel of what is really going on.

The good news is that they are both educational and entertaining. We believe that you'll be very glad that you took a few minutes out of your day to enjoy them. Check them out.

1. Bullets That Met In Mid-Air

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If you thought that a bullet knocking the other out of the sky only happens in movies, think again. This pair of bullets was retrieved from the battlefield of Gallipoli in World War I.

2. A North Pole But Not Our North Pole

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This seething angry mess is a storm above the North Pole, but it's not our North Pole, it's the North Pole on the planet Saturn.

3. Putting Us Into Perspective

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This diagram shows us the size of the Milky Way galaxy compared to the number of stars the can be seen from earth. What's really amazing is that the Milky Way itself is just one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in our universe.

4. The Hardest Working Team In Game Of Thrones

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This isn't a bad cosplay party for Game of Thrones at Comicon. This is the group of actors responsible for acting as stunt doubles for the show's stars.

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5. The Moodiest Motorcyclist Ever

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This gentleman is part of "The Mongrel Mob" which is a New Zealand-based biker gang. The tattoos are traditional Maori tattoos and most members of the gang have them.

6. The Minor Nosebleed

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This may look like a Halloween nightmare, but it's actually what a vet's office looks like when a horse has a nosebleed. Nosebleeds are a minor issue for horses as they are for humans.

7. He Never Knew He Was Dying

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This is the skeleton of a Roman soldier who died in the space of a second as he was consumed by the cloud of volcanic fire that came from Mount Vesuvius.

8. The Guy Who Went To His Own Funeral

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Victor Perez Cardona was a taxi driver who didn't want to miss his own funeral. So, there he is, sat in the taxi, dead.

9. The Strongest Alcohol In The World

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The reason Everclear is 94.5% alcohol by volume is that it's illegal to sell spirits with more alcohol in them. It used to have 95% before the law changed.

10. Taking Over The World With Soccer

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If you ever wondered why soccer was the world's most popular sport, it's due to the men who work here at FIFA in a James Bond villain's lair.

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11. The Pizza Mothership

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When you wake up one morning to realize that pizza has conquered the world, you will think back to this image and realize that this is how it all began.

12. The Back End Of Brilliance

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The Ferrari FXX-K shown here is one of only 40 units of this model ever built. It was hand-crafted in Maranello, Italy. It cannot be driven legally on the roads anywhere in the world.

13. Engineered Beauty

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This is a 1942 Harley-Davidson Flathead U74 and alongside it is a side-car which was made in 1956. Together they are the stuff of legends.

14. A World Heritage Class View

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If you were to climb the Great Pyramid of Giza, this is the view that would await you. There would also be a policeman waiting for you at the bottom, as it's illegal to climb the pyramids.

15. Finding Shangri-La

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This hotel in China looks very similar to a castle. It is located on one of the sites claimed to be the Shangri-La of legend. 

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