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Cage Diving With Great White Sharks In South Africa

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Shark Week is here. Get. out. of. the. water. 

The Discovery Channel's answer to the Olympics, "Shark Week," has been making a splash for a quarter century, offering the sofa species a chance to stare down a predator and live to tell the tale to Twitter.

For best results in not getting eaten, ignore all Candygrams for the next few days, stay alert in Venice Beach, and read as many shark-related lists as possible. Sharks hate people who read lists. Everybody knows that.


'Mythbusters' blasts cannonball through Northern California home

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A Dublin Police officer stands near the exit hole of a cannonball in the second story wall after it traveled through the California home on Tuesday. The cannonball was misfired during the taping of an episode of the Discovery Channel show "MythBusters" at the Alameda County Bomb Disposal Range.

While fireballs, explosions and feats of insane curiosity are nothing new to the Discovery channel TV show "Mythbusters," their latest endeavor resulted in a cannonball shooting through a Northern California house. The renegade cannonball also struck the roof of another Dublin home and barreled through a minivan's window before the experiment came to an explosive end.

The incident occured on Tuesday when producers for the show fired the cannonball at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department bomb range behind the Santa Rita Jail.

The cannonball was supposed to go through a few water-filled barrels and a concrete wall. Instead, it passed over the barrels, through the wall, and then took a "very unfortunate bounce that sent the ball skyward," J.D. Nelson, a consultant for "Mythbusters" said. No one was injured and the home's residents didn't even wake up until the broken drywall settled on top of them, Nelson said.