In 2007 the CIA was given an oil painting commemorating one of the strangest air combat missions in the agency’s history.

The CIA described the event on their website,

Known as “Site 85,” the US radar facility perched atop a 5,800-foot mountain in northeast Laos—less than 150 miles from Hanoi—was providing critical and otherwise unavailable all-weather guidance to American F-105 fighter-bombers flying strike missions against Communist supply depots, airfields, and railroad yards in North Vietnam. CIA proprietary Air America provided critical air support to the US Air Force technicians (working under civilian cover), several CIA case officers, and the CIA-directed Hmong and Thai security forces at the isolated site.

Recognizing the threat posed by this facility, the People’s Army of Vietnam vowed to destroy it. On 12 January 1968, four North Vietnamese AN-2 Colt biplanes—painted dark green and modified to drop “bombs” improvised from 122-mm mortars and 57-mm rockets—headed for Site 85.

At about 1:30 pm, as they approached their target, the four Colts split into two equal formations—one pair began low-level bombing and strafing passes while the other pair circled nearby. Coincidently, Air America pilot Ted Moore was flying an ammunition-supply run to the site in his unarmed UH-1D “Huey” helicopter when he saw the biplanes attacking. Moore and his flight mechanic Glenn Woods took chase of the first Colt. Woods pulled out his AK-47 rifle and began firing at the lumbering biplane. The pursuit was relentless, continuing for more than 20 minutes until the second Colt (hit by ground fire) joined the first in an attempt to escape back into North Vietnam. Both attacking Colts suffered severe bullet damage and crashed before reaching the border. Fearing a similar fate, the two unengaged Colts retreated unharmed.

The painting captures one North Vietnamese Colt fleeing and the other being pursued by the Air America Huey piloted by Moore as mechanic Woods fires his AK-47 at the cockpit. This daring action by Moore and Woods gained them—and Air America—the distinction of having shot down an enemy fixed-wing aircraft from a helicopter—a singular aerial victory in the entire history of the Vietnam War.

Two months later in a night raid, North Vietnamese commandos overran Site 85 in the deadliest single ground loss of US Air Force personnel during the Vietnam War. A year later, Glenn Woods was killed in action in Laos.

On 27 July 2007, CIA officially received the painting in an event attended by members of the Air America Board; pilot Ted Moore; Sawang Reed, the wife of flight mechanic Glenn Woods; CIA paramilitary legend Bill Lair; and the donors of the painting, former Air America officers Marius Burke and Boyd D. Mesecher.


Many of us dream of being able to live in our own cozy cabin in the woods. One man was able to build his own tiny retreat for only $500.

This adorable home was built in the northern woods of Canada on a piece of private property. Because the house is such a small size, no permits were required, which kept building costs and time constraints low. He was able to recruit friends and members of his church to help build the cabin over the course of eight months.


Do-It-Yourself projects are a cultural trend that has been around for a long time. There’s something about creating things with your hands that appeals to a lot of people. And in recent years, some have taken to building their own houses from scratch. The Internet is a great resource in that people can find guides and how-to videos to inform them on each stage of the process. It’s not rocket science, but it’s also not something you’d think a 13-year-old boy would be interested in doing.

Luke Thill is a 13-year-old from Dubuque, Iowa. Like any other teenage boy, he has lots of energy and is easily bored. But here’s where he sets himself apart: to cope with his boredom one summer, he decided to build a house in his parents’ backyard. The end result of this endeavor became so much more than he originally expected.

Luke set out to find the money and materials to complete his project, and first went to his parents for help. Though they approved of his efforts, they decided to let him do most of the work by himself. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” said his dad Greg. “It teaches life lessons.” So how did Luke manage to get it done?

The teen cut neighbors’ lawns, raised funds online, and ran errands for people in his community as a trade-in for work or supplies. For example, a family friend who was an electrician helped him install the wiring in exchange for cleaning out his garage. Finally, he was able to gather enough money and materials to start building. Though it took him a lot longer than he anticipated…

One year later, Luke had raised $1,500 and collected enough stuff to begin building. He ended up using reclaimed or recycled materials for 75% of the house. In the process, he helped friends and neighbors get rid of unwanted things, like his uncle’s friend’s front door and many leftover items from his grandmother’s garage. Once building was firmly underway, he realized something that caught him by surprise.

Word of mouth had spread around town about the teen’s little venture. People were eager to know how he was doing so he decided to create a YouTube channel, where he kept viewers updated on his progress and also answered questions about the process. Before long, everyone in school knew his name, which might not have been the best thing for Luke at the time.

As his commitment and skill became clear to everyone, Luke was turning heads everywhere he went. Then, out of the blue, his principal called him into his office one day. “I don’t go there very often,” Luke said in one of his videos. “I’ve never gone there for anything bad.”

As it turned out, the principal was friends with a newspaper reporter from Indianapolis, who wanted to talk to the teen for a story. Despite the attention, Luke had to focus on finishing the project, and he still had obstacles to face before construction was done.

When creating the kitchen area for his tiny house, the teen decided to make a homemade countertop, using pieces of stained glass and liquid glaze. He researched the technique and studied YouTube videos of the process. But when time came to do it himself, the glaze leaked all through the mold. Though his idea failed, Luke did not let this deter him, and soon his perseverance paid off as he got an unexpected invitation.

The teen was contacted by a representative of TinyFest Midwest, a festival celebrating tiny houses and small living. They not only wanted Luke to attend, they also asked him to speak about the experience of building his tiny house. He was excited about preparing his speech since he’d recently earned a public speaking merit badge. And with the house almost finished, he’d soon be able to move in… except for one small detail.

Luke’s tiny house was finally done, as it had everything he would need to sleep, eat, and go about his day. Still, no house is complete without a few homely touches. After ensuring that his house was fully operational, he made sure the place looked warm and inviting. It had to look flawless. Afterall, now was the time to expose a year of hard work, not only to his family but to his entire fanbase and beyond.

Except he had one problem: the house had no toilet. The teen realized that installing plumbing was more than he could manage, but in the end he didn’t mind. “I liked the minimalism,” he told the Des Moines Register. Once the house was ready, he made a video tour that wowed everyone.


A wino from Murmansk was so desperate for another drink that he stole a Soviet-era M-1970 multi-purpose amphibious auxiliary armored track vehicle and drove it through the glass window of his local supermarket.

Before reaching the supermarket, the drunk man crashed into an unattended Daewoo parked nearby.

After shattering the windows, the man climbed out of the armored vehicle and walked into the store. The Daily Mail reports he stole a bottle of red wine from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Vladimir Putin in 2014.

He fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended by police. The M-1970 was later returned to the local military training depot.

Footage of the tank’s removal was recorded and shared online yesterday along with photographs from the scene.


Gripshot Inc. has built a SERPA holster that mounts to the side of your rifle. The entire concept is based on the premise that it’s better to have your sidearm in your field of view, and that it will allow a faster draw than a traditional side holster.

Almost any handgun or taser holster can be mounted to a rifle or shotgun with this method. How useful is it really? That’s up for debate.

It definitely adds a little weight to your primary weapon and it definitely makes the whole system bulkier. They’ve made a couple videos showing the benefit of having either a lethal or non-lethal weapon aimed at the target.

They’ve also shown how it could be helpful if an assailant tries to pull your primary weapon from your hands. Our only question is, why did you let them get so close to you in the first place?

Almost any handgun or taser holster can be mounted to a rifle or shotgun with this method. How useful is it really? That’s up for debate.

It definitely adds a little weight to your primary weapon and it definitely makes the whole system bulkier. They’ve made a couple videos showing the benefit of having either a lethal or non-lethal weapon aimed at the target.

They’ve also shown how it could be helpful if an assailant tries to pull your primary weapon from your hands. Our only question is, why did you let them get so close to you in the first place?


This Is The Most Famous Girl You’ve Never Heard Of..

There is a certain class of internet celebrity that you recognize, but you can’t put a name to their faces. You see them in ads, in blogs and just kind of ambiently floating around the internet. This girl is one of those kinds of people. Her name is Claire Abbott. Chances are, you’ve probably seen a picture of her before. Chances are, you never knew her name until now. The story of how she became internet famous is an interesting one. She set the stage for many Instagram celebs that followed.

Claire became internet famous almost completely by accident. She posted some photos of herself in a bikini to her Facebook profile, and the rest is pretty much history. Abbott was only fifteen years old when she first posted the bikini photos. They leapt from her Facebook onto the internet at large and spread like wildfire. She was an overnight sensation online. Abbott decided to run with it.

When Claire became aware of how popular her photos were online, she went with it. In response, she started multiple social media profiles. She was on YouTube, Twitter and, most importantly, Instagram. Claire, who wanted to be a singer, hoped the attention would fuel her music career. Abbott started racking up followers immediately. Her star was only rising.

Claire’s social media accounts were hits. Especially with a certain demographic. The comments sections were awash in compliments. Her numbers were growing daily. Her photos also kept spreading around the internet. She was featured on many blogs and reposted on many forums.

Claire posted all sorts of things online. Along with photos of herself, she also posted lifestyle stuff and fashion advice. She noticed, however, that there was a direct relationship between how many photos of herself she posted and how many new followers she got. She leaned into it. Abbott started posting a ton of shots of herself. Pretty soon, her Instagram was up to 300,000 followers.

Claire’s internet fame started taking her places. It opened up a world of possibility for her. She wrote on a fashion blog, “In terms of social media, I have a fashion, fitness and lifestyle based Instagram that has really exploded recently. I started showing pictures of myself on Instagram a couple of years ago and it’s transformed from a hobby into a really exciting part-time job that has opened up a ton of great opportunities for me!” The more visible she became, the more famous she got. There appeared to be no limit on her celebrity.

Claire was one of the first people to become famous just on the strength of their social media. Many, many girls have followed suit. But Claire was a bit of a pioneer. There was something about her that just captivated her fans. Some of them were head over heels. Claire received multiple marriage proposals from complete strangers. She didn’t accept.

In an interview with The Idle Man, Claire recommended that aspiring Instagram celebrities should just be true to themselves. “Post pictures that are authentic to you.” It’s a bit of a platitude but actually does make a point. Claire’s fame was largely based off the vague feeling conveyed in her photos that she was somehow accessible to the common guy. She had a “girl next door” look and friendly face that was different than the prevailing aesthetic of somewhat grim perfection you typically see with models.

Claire was, at least for a time, an opposite character study to Allison Stokke. Stokke, another teenage girl who had internet fame thrust upon her when one of her photos leaked to the wrong part of the internet, fought her celebrity tooth and nail. Abbott, however, appeared to love it. The young Canadian seemed to take to fame like a fish to water. There was (and is) an entire SubReddit dedicated just to her pics. Seemingly everywhere you looked online, there was a photo or two of Claire floating around.

Claire partied with Dan Bilzerian in 2015. She posted a couple photos of her with Dan to her Instagram but quickly deleted them. Rumors circulated that the two were a thing. At least a temporary one. The rumors were never confirmed.

Dan Bilzerian is a poker player who is mostly famous for his playboy lifestyle. He dates models. Lots and lots of models. His social media is pretty much nothing but pics and videos of boats, women on boats, etc. It still isn’t known if he and Claire ever had a relationship.

In June of 2016, Maxim Magazine posted about Claire. They referred to her YouTube channel and “scorching Instagram feed.” The post was shared four thousand times. A whole new crop of admirers was delivered to her. One commenter remarked that she had a “nice pair of… Eyes…”

The fact that Claire was a fashion commentator tended to be overshadowed by the photos she posted of herself. But she did have some advice for men. “The fit of clothing is so important! Whether you’re wearing a tailored suit or jeans, if it fits well, it will look expensive and stylish.” “Have all your measurements taken accurately and remember that different brands fit differently, so you may need to go up or down a size depending on the brand. Also, don’t be afraid to try new trends and styles, and no matter what clothing you’re wearing, rock it with confidence.”

In her Idle Man interview, Claire was asked what she would tell herself if she could go back in time. her answer was interesting. “I would tell her that it’s so important to keep things in perspective… Not getting invited to that big party is not the end of the world.” Who’s throwing parties and not inviting Claire Abbott?

Claire is opinionated about men’s clothing. She had a few things to say about what not to wear. She hates turtlenecks on men. She also thinks that Ryan Gosling and Austin Butler are the best-dressed male celebrities. Right, so if you want to date Claire Abbott, here’s your gameplan: be Ryan Gosling.

During an interview, Claire remarked that she’s “addicted” to ice cream. She says she could eat it every day. She also said that her favorite song is “Unaware” by Allen Stone. It surely served as inspiration for her own songwriting. Despite the bubbly social media presence, all was not completely well with Claire. Fame was taking its toll.

If you look up Claire Abbott, as you may have done already, you will find that all of her official social media accounts are now dead. The only one not deactivated is her Facebook fan page, which hasn’t been updated since December of 2016. Nobody knew where Claire went or why she had taken down her accounts. Even her YouTube channel, dedicated mostly to her music, was bereft of videos. Claire had apparently had enough of being famous. We don’t know if she’ll ever return to public life.

When Claire abdicated her throne as social media queen, tons of impostor accounts popped up to try to capture her search traffic. They were obviously fake. The accounts merely reposted her old photos, that had been making the rounds online for months or years. Claire was gone. Her fans were upset.

Some people speculated that she dipped out of her social media accounts because nude photos that were allegedly hers had surfaced. However, Claire says she quit because she wanted to get serious about her music. She wanted to pursue her dream of being a singer-songwriter. And she was tired of only getting attention for her looks. Being ogled by millions of strangers around the world must take a real mental toll.

Claire is most known for her covers of popular songs. However, she also writes original music. Some of her music can still be found on YouTube. Just not on her official page. Her 2012 original song Fighter got over 300,000 views.

Claire’s life appeared to be close to perfect. She was young, gorgeous and rubbing elbows with Dan Bilzerian. But reality was darker. She posted a photo of herself in a hospital. It was accompanied by a confession that she had been struggling with multiple mental health conditions for years, including anxiety disorder, severe depression and borderline bipolar disorder.

Claire wasn’t the first girl to become famous on the strength of her looks. But she was one of the first to do it using only her own social media as promotional tools. She served as a model, both literally and figuratively, for lots of girls after her. The world of Instagram modeling has taken off in the past few years. It’s grown into its own cottage industry. Nowadays, it seems like anyone with good looks and a phone has taken a crack at it.

There’s more to be gained from being a popular Instagram model than just attention. There’s some serious money at play. Instagram models can win sponsorship deals and lots of free merch. Top YouTubers can support themselves full-time just off of their views. It’s easy to see why so many people would try to follow in Claire’s footsteps. Even if they led away from fame, ultimately.

It makes sense why advertisers are recruiting Instagram models to help them promote. As people develop “ad blindness,” the industry term for the general population getting tired of being marketed to in certain mediums and contexts, marketers have to scramble to cope. Instagram models provide marketers with built-in audiences led by spokespeople they already trust. Paying them to showcase your products in their photos makes strategic sense. It certainly makes more sense than buying ad space on television. Marketing continues to change as our media habits do.

If you want to become Instagram famous, a good first place to start is looking like Claire Abbott. After you have that covered, think about what categories you want to target. The most popular Instagram accounts are typically related to fitness, travel, food, fashion and other lifestyle stuff.Keep in mind that people who do get famous tend to go slightly crazy. Whether they become known through social media or in more traditional ways, fame is not a comfortable garment to wear every minute of your life.

Claire has been completely silent for many months. It is completely unknown what she will end up doing, or if we’ll ever hear about it. For now, her old photos still have lives of their own. You’ve seen her before, and you will probably see her again. Hopefully she gets what she wants and comes to be known for something other than just her good looks.


It seems like every time there is a video of a dumb criminal with a gun there is always a good guy with a gun waiting to save the day. Video of one man who stopped an armed robbery at a convenience store has gone viral. Check out his great one-liners that these would-be criminals won’t soon forget.

Suvalliance footage at a 7-Eleven in Hamilton, New Jersey, showed two men with hoodies covering their faces walking around the store. After checking things out, one of the crooks decides now is the time to rob the store.

It’s immediately apparent that these aren’t the smartest or most athletic robbers in the world as the video shows the man in the blue hoodie trying to hop over the counter only to lose his balance.

As he jumps over the counter, the robber’s accomplice brandishes his firearm and demands the cashier open the drawer.

As the cashier puts his hands up to show he is cooperating with the crooks, the robber on the other side of the counter opens his backpack for the money. Unfortunately for the robbers, a security guard who was passing by noticed what was happening inside the store and sprung into action.

The security guard rushes into the store and shoots one of the robbers in the arm. As the guard approaches the other would-be robber, the suspect yells, “They’re fake,” indicating their guns. Without missing a beat, the security guard hits the thieves with a perfectly timed one-liner, “Oh well,” he replied. “Mine is real” as he shoots the second suspect.

When the robber questioned in seeming disbelief whether the guard had actually shot him, the security officer nonchalantly replied: “Oh f**k yeah.”

After handling the robbery effortlessly, the security guard instructed the employee to call 911. That is one cool dude.

In all seriousness though, the unknown security guard sprung into action and gave those would-be criminals a lesson they will never forget. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


Simon Laprise had a plan, some snow and a couple hours to spare.

The result? A delightful picture of a lone police officer, staring skeptically at a car parked in a snow removal zone, ticket book in hand. Little did the officer know, however, that it was all a trick.

The 33-year-old machinist and artist from Montreal was hoping to prank snow removal crews in his neighborhood with a fake car he made after a storm Monday, modeled after the Delorean DMC-12 of Back to the Future fame.

Laprise’s coup de gras was a real windshield wiper he had found across the street while working on the project, placed inconspicuously as if it were the only exposed part of the car.

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The police soon came to investigate because it was parked was in a snow removal zone, only to discover after some time that the car was made entirely of snow.

Officers did end up writing Laprise a ticket–one that said, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”

All good things must come to an end, however, and snowplows destroyed Laprise’s creation the next morning.


Behold the Trump 45, the Rolls-Royce of firearms made for Donald Trump supporters and Second Amendment fans.

It’s finished in 24 karat gold, made with real meteorite, and has the blessing of the NRA.

Could this limited-edition 1911 pistol engraved “TRUMP 45” make presidential firearms great again?

That’s what Cabot Gun Company, a Sarver, Pennsylvania-based specialty firearms manufacturer, is aiming to find out.

Rob Bianchin, Cabot Guns’ founder and CEO, reveals the golden gun has a production run limited to 45.

Only a lucky few — ostensibly, those with thick wallets — can afford to get their hands on the 45th President of the United States-inspired pistol.

Prices for the Trump series range from $15,000 to $35,000, and premium models are expected to fetch in excess of $50,000.

Each made-in-America firearm is denoted by a presidential-themed serial number. The George Washington model bears serial number WASHINGTON01. The Trump model is TRUMP45.

Of course, this is no ordinary gun.

In addition to its gold finish, the Trump 45 has its name engraved on one side and “45th President of the United States on the other and is made of steel “to aerospace tolerances and with artisan finishes.”

The grips are made from the American holly tree, and the trigger and front sight are made from 4-billion-year-old meteorite that, according to a statement released by Cabot Guns, symbolizes the “meteoric focus of the Trump Presidency and commitment to America.”

If a gun made with meteorite sounds familiar, you may remember a pair of Cabot Guns 1911 pistols touted as the most expensive gun in the world, the Big Bang Pistol Set, made with meteorite and priced at $4.5 million.

The company expects the Trump 45 series to attract Trump fans who are keen on protecting their Second Amendment rights.

According to Cabot Guns:

“The company has been privileged to have crafted pistols for Kings, Royalty, Heads of State, as well as numerous celebrities and captains of industry. Yet, as Bianchin noted, it is with particularly distinct honor that Cabot is producing this tribute to President Trump. ‘The election of President Trump was critical to those of us who value upholding the constitution, especially the Second Amendment.’”

So how do you get your hands on a Trump 45? Only 44 will be sold to the public, some directly and some at auction.

Owners of the Trump 45 may be more interested in showing it off than, say, shooting it.

For firearms collectors eager to display their latest acquisition, the Trump model comes in a glass case with a wood base containing “wood inlays from the U.S.S. Constitution, the wooden-hulled Naval vessel named by George Washington.”

Your Trump 45 also has the approval of the National Rifle Association.

The promotional materials for the presidential pistol include a blessing from Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legal Action.

“President Trump’s election was of historic importance to all of us who cherish and value the Second Amendment,” says Cox. “We’re proud to stand with President Trump and Cabot Guns in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.”

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