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Yes, Hang Gliding Off a Ramp at the Top of a Mountain Looks as Cool as it Sounds

Professional hang gliding pilot Wolfgang Siess recently shared an unbelievable clip of his launch off a mountain near Interlaken, Switzerland and—well just watch the clip above. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/hang-gliding-off-ramp-at-top-of-mountain-wolfgang-siess/

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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IMF Says Global Growth Picking Up as U.S. Tax Cuts Take Hold

The International Monetary Fund warned policymakers to be on guard for the next recession even as it predicted global growth will accelerate to the fastest pace in seven years as U.S. tax cuts spur businesses to invest. The fund raised its forecast for world expansion to 3.9 percent this year and next, up 0.2 percentage point both years from its projection in October. That would be the fastest rate since 2011, when the world was bouncing back from the financial crisis. The strengthening recovery offers a “perfect opportunity now for…

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The Worlds Steepest Cliff Railway Just Opened in the Swiss Alps

After 14 years of planning and construction, the world’s steepest funicular railway has opened to the public in Switzerland. The cliff railway runs from the town of Schwyz to the car-free Alpine village of Stoos. To ensure that passengers stay upright on the incline, specially constructed cylindrical carriages were used as the funicular climbs at a gradient of 110% (47.73 degree incline) at its steepest point. Learn more about this engineering marvel in the video embedded below, along with additional photos and facts about the brand new ‘StoosBahn’. [Sources: BBC,…

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