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    The live debate is a moment that can make or break a politician's career. This guy didn't just break his career, he shattered it into 1,000 pieces.

    It started with a debate leading up to the June 17 elections, when Ilias Kasidiaris, the spokesman for Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, got way too fired up. Everything was going about as expected between the rightie and noted lefties Rena Dorou and Liana Kanelli (everyone was screaming over everyone else and no one was listening) when things quickly went downhill for Kasidiaris.

    First, Dorou referenced a court case pending against Kasidiaris and he responded in kind...by throwing a glass of water in her face. Then Kanelli got out of her chair to try to calm Kasidiaris down -- and he threw three punches at her. Classic political discourse.

    A public prosecutor immediately called for Kasidiaris' arrest following the attacks. Needless to say, we doubt this video will make an appearance in his next campaign commercial.

    Via Irish Times

     

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    On January 17, BASE jumper Jeb Corliss recorded his leap off South Africa's Table Mountain. The film was going to be used to showcase the spectacular views Corliss experiences on his jumps. Instead, it recorded a near-fatal disaster.

    One slight miscalculation in BASE jumping can throw everything into complete chaos, and on this day, Corliss and his team had made a mistake. The result was the closest call in Corliss' career. Less than halfway through his flight, Corliss smashed into a wall of granite at 120 miles per hour. "When I impacted, I genuinely believed I was dead," Corliss said. "From the instant I touched, I went, That's it. It's over. I knew I was dead, just like I know water is wet."

    After his initial impact with the side of the mountain, Corliss was dealing with a broken wing suit. After losing control, Corliss had to figure out if he was going to pull his safety parachute and try to wait it out for an improbable rescue in unbearable pain or give up and let himself die upon instant impact with the next wall of rocks on the mountain. Corliss chose the chute and lived to say, "It was a difficult choice to make. From impact to deployment was around six seconds, but it felt like minutes."

    The final damage was bad, but nothing life threatening: two broken bones in the ankle, a broken fibula, minor kidney issues tied to dehydration (it was 120 degrees that day), and a large open wound on the right shin. If you watch the video, you'll be shocked that these were the only injuries Corliss suffered. He expects a full recovery, although he lost the ACL in his left knee, which means there is still more jumping in Corliss' future.

    Via Outside

     

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  • 06/07/12--07:00: 10 Badass Popes
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    This mashup helps you learn many important lessons from Mister Rogers. And you won't stop bobbing your head once. Put together by Symphony of Science's John Boswell (aka melodysheep), this video keeps it real. Real educational. Put on your cardigan and enjoy.

     

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  • 06/07/12--12:42: The Bad Luck Brian Meme
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    It seems the Heat have a lot more at stake in Game 6 versus the Celtics than just their title hopes. If they lose tonight, this poor Chinese man will lose his faith, and possibly another one of his shirts. Oh, and in case you didn't know, Rondo is not a beautiful girl.

     

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    Look, LeBron absolutely exploded tonight and put together one of the best NBA playoff games of all time. But the ESPN graphics department made a mistake during LBJ's halftime interview. The graphic stated that 30 points tied for the most points in any NBA playoff game half ever. But even the most casual basketball fan has to remember Michael Jordan going off for six three-pointers against the Portland Trailblazers to finish the first half of Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals with 35 points. Looks like the Worldwide Leader in Sports dropped the ball here.

    When asked for comment, Michael Jordan only had this to say...

     

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  • 06/07/12--18:49: Disturbing Wedding Photos
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    Minnesota Twins infielder Jamey Carroll has a pretty gnarly-looking right hand. So kick back, and let him regale you with the background of each deformed knuckle and finger.

    via LarryBrownSports.com

     

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    We never understood why the game was so popular until now.

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    This collection of awesome pretty much speaks for itself.

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  • 06/08/12--12:33: Happy Birthday, Kate Upton
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    I bet this polar bear smashes this aquarium glass (on his second try) as a way of telling everyone how excited he is to be in an aquarium.

    Also on Mandatory: The Craziest Photos On The Internet

     

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