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Unnecessary Quotation Marks

Quotation marks by definition, are simply punctuation marks used in pairs in various writing systems to set off direct speech, a quotation, or a phrase. The pair consists of an opening quotation mark and a closing quotation mark, which may or may not be the same character. However, people use these improperly more often than not, and these signs are glaring examples. Continue reading to see more.

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AH-1Z Viper Helicopter

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. It incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons. The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system includes two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8 x 6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2 x 4.2-inch dual function LCD display. Continue reading for more. Click here for more pictures of the AH-1Z.

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Smart Mirror

Photo credit: Max Braun

Google engineer Max Braun created a smart mirror unlike many other that you've seen, as it's designed to be a giant smartphone, or so we'd like to think. Starting with a two-way mirror, a display panel and main board were added. After countless hours of work, Max unveils his new creation, a smart mirror that tells time, weather, and even the latest news headlines. This Android-powered creation can also be programmed to display other things. Continue reading to see the brains of this operation.

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Mario Cat

A gamer who goes by "CatastrophiCreations" online has turned an entire room into a stage from Super Mario Brothers. You'll find Bullet Bill, a coin block, and most importantly, functional warp pipes. "Our favorite video game is now actively getting played in our living room...by our cats. Complete with bullets and cannon balls to jump from," said its creator. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Ferrari Piero T2 LM

California-based automotive designer Marcello Raeli unveils the Piero T2 LM, a hypercar that combines the sleek lines from the company's classic racecars with futuristic aerodynamic components. Up front, you'll find menacing headlights, a curved bonnet, a large front splitter and ultra wide wheel arches to support massive wheels. Every component you see serves a function, including downforce-generating fins right behind the wheel arches. Two individual FXX K-inspired wings can be found in the rear. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never use a hotel safe for valuables, since all it takes is a sock and magnet to open one.

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NFL Infrared Heater

Kotula's NFL Helmet Infrared Space Heater is a great way to celebrate the Super Bowl, or at least keep warm until spring, and it's being offered for only $30.48 shipped, this weekend only, originally $249.99. Each one can heats 400-800 sq feet, with a 20,000 hour Life Expectancy for the heating elements. A whisper quiet fan ensures that it won't distract you from watching the big game, or chatting with friends. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview on how it works.

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Pulse Jet Drift Trike

A pulse jet engine is basically a type of jet engine in which combustion occurs in pulses. It can be made with few, or no moving parts, and is capable of running statically (i.e. it does not need to have air forced into its inlet typically by forward motion). Colin Furze decided to add a pulse jet engine system onto his motorized drift trike, and insane speeds ensued. Continue reading to see a video on how Colin built his drift trike.

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Underwater Museum

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real-life underwater museum, called Museo Atlantico, that sits 14-meters beneath the Atlantic Ocean. It was created by artist Jason deCaires and consists of two separate, hyperrealistic installations that appear to be ancient relics. The highlight is "The Rubicon," a group of 35 people walking towards a gate, with them all staring into the unknown. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for another video.

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Drone with Gun

Drone enthusiast James Higgins decided to build an auto-aiming hexcopter with a removable turret. A laser cutter and 3D printer were used to manufacture many of the parts. Two operators are required, one to pilot the drone, and another to operate the turret, both with a live video feed via a helmet. However, it can also be put into auto-pilot mode, enabling the drone to automatically aim and fire at targets. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing just how Unreal Engine works with a VR headset.

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Covini C6W

Covini's C6W is the world's first and only 2-seat, 2-door supercar with 6 wheels, complete with a removable roof section. Inspiration for the car was taken from the 1976 Tyrrell P34, which had two pairs of smaller front wheels, a principle applied to the C6W. The project was started in 1974 but abandoned shortly after, and left dormant into the 1980s due to the lack of availability of low-profile tires at the time. In 2003 the project was revived and in 2004 the C6W was shown in prototype form. Powering this unique vehicle is a 4.2L V8 engine that generates 420-horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, good for a top speed of 185mph. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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