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Boggling Optical Illusion

At first glance, this girl looks to be transparent, but it's just a clever mirror illusion. This is a self-portrait of photographer Laura Williams, an 18-year-old artist from Cambridge, UK. The mirror illusion was completed in post-production using Photoshop with the idea of being 'invisible' or 'transparent'. Continue reading for more optical illusions that will boggle your mind.

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Slurpee Wave

In New England, temperatures have dropped so low that even the waves are starting to freeze. These incredible photos of semi-frozen 'slurpee waves' were taken by surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He noticed the horizon looked strange, so he whipped out his camera, and then spotted the surf had turn slushy. He said: "The high temp that day was around 19 degrees. The wind was howling from south west which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush the wind did not chance the shape. They were perfect dreamy slush waves. Most waves were around two feet with some larger sets slushing through around three foot or waist high. What an experience to be absolutely freezing on the beach watching these roll in while I mind surfed them. The next day I drive up to see if things melted but that same 300 yards out of water froze solid on the surface. No waves at all. I've been asking all the fishermen and surfers if they have ever seen such a thing. This is a first they all said." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Leonard Nimoy

Three decades ago, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. He played a variety of other stage and screen roles, wrote poetry and pursued photography, but his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock remained indelible and inescapable. Nimoy died Friday, age 83, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Tiny House Giant Journey

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard were living in Los Angeles working as an engineer and an executive assistant respectively two years ago. Guillaume had always loved photography, and Jenna wanted to become a writer, so they decided to take a leap of faith by quitting their jobs and building a tiny house to travel the country in. They sold almost everything they had to fund their project. After a year and over 1,000 hours of hard work, "Tiny House Giant Journey" became a reality. Continue reading for a video tour, more pictures and additional information.

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Nintentoaster Nintendo Toaster

Photo credit: VN

This may look like a toaster at first glance, but insert an NES cartridge, and it becomes a functional game console when turned on. Officially called the "Nintoaster 2.0", it was designed by Finnish artist Jarno Kotavuopio and the usual bread slots serve as the connections for the game cartridges. This console plugs into a TV the way any console would, complete with themed orange controllers. The coolest part? Pushing down the lever actually turns it on. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five most popular viral videos of today - including a robot that can play the violin.

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Capsula Mundi Burial Pods

Why bury (or cremate) loved ones in coffins, when you can use their remains to fertilize a tree? The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel from Italy lets you do just that. They've developed an organic, biodegradable burial pod that turns the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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The Dress

Is this dress white and gold or black and blue? That is the big question the internet has been talking about. This dress image was first posted on Tumblr by Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Scotland, and it quickly became an internet sensation, with even celebrities replying with their thoughts. Put simply, it's just an optical illusion. Some objects reflect light at certain wavelengths, or colors, and the human brain determines the color of an object by taking in its reflected light. Continue reading for a video analysis and more information.

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Poweradd Charging Combo

Poweradd's 3-in-1 Charging Combo is currently being offered for only $3.99 with coupon code: MQE2FP23, today only, originally priced at $29.99. It comes with both a car charger and wall adapter that provide dual USB ports, so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. The compact and light weight design,easily slides into your pocket on the go. Take it to the office, on a traveling, on business or an evening out on the country. You can keep working, keep playing, or keep moving. Poweradd is your go-to, go-anywhere, go on-and-on power source. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: MQE2FP23 for the additional discount.

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Comic Book Makeup

Photo credit: Neil Zeller Photography

Lianne Moseley, a talented artist from Canada, doesn't rely on Photoshop to transform real people into comic characters, just makeup. She's self-trained and is normally hired for weddings and personal photo shoots, but loves spending her free time bringing superheroes to life, shading and all. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an adorable talking husky puppy.

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You Had One Job

Another day, another internet meme. This time, we take a look at "You Had One Job," an expression used to call attention to perceived blunders made by individuals on the job. The earliest known mention of this meme can be traced back to the 2001 remake of the heist film Ocean's 11, in which the character Basher Tarr (played by Don Cheadle) scolds his team for missing a step that singlehandedly leads to the failure of an otherwise well-planned vault heist. In the example above, someone forgot how to spell "STOP". Continue reading for more.

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