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Ever wonder where certain words, like "Google", came from? Well, by simply adding "etymology" onto the end of words, you'll get exactly that information. As you can see, for Google, it's: "1990s: from Google, the proprietary name of the search engine." Continue reading for more cool Google tricks, such as comparing foods, excluding words from searches, sunrises or sunsets for any city, etc.

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To promote their forthcoming Star Wars toy line, Hot Wheels unveiled a life-sized Darth Vader sports car - will be at San Diego Comic Con this week. Based on the C5 Corvette chassis, this real-life Hot Wheel is exactly like its palm-sized counterpart, "right down to its lightsaber side pipes, red wheel trim, [and also] Darth Vader breathing sounds," says Road & Track. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Set to be unveiled at San Diego Comic Con later this week, this new LEGO Batman Dark Knight Tumbler consists of 1,869 pieces, measures 15 inches tall by 9 inches wide, and "includes not only a Christian Bale-style Batman minifig, but also a beautifully crafted Joker styled after the character brilliantly played by the late Heath Ledger," says Hi Consumption. Available here starting July 27th. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog apologizing to a baby in the most adorable way possible.

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Still planning your next vacation? If so, before booking any flights or hotels, check out these twenty breathtaking places. To start things off, we have a beautiful suspension bridge - located near the town of Schladming - built on Austria's Dachstein Glacier Resort, an excellent getaway during the wintertime. With a mind-boggling 1300-foot drop visible beneath your feet, walking along the bridge's glass platform definitely isn't for the fainthearted. Continue reading for more.

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Sure, you could head down to a beach and find an artist to draw your face, but how much cooler (or creepier) would it be if random strangers could do the same right from their smartphone? There's an iOS-exclusive app called French Girls that allow people to do just that - snap a selfie and have random strangers draw them. Here are some examples that are definitely more appealing than the originals.

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When humans start building things (roads, walls, buildings, etc.) around trees, they simply learn to adapt and grow their roots around whatever is nearby, including sidewalk stones. However, there are some tree species that have developed special root extensions that pop out of soil, in order to get oxygen, when it is not available in the soil because of excess water. These root extensions are called pneumatophores, and are present, among others, in black mangrove and pond cypress. Continue reading for more.

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It may not be a true holodeck, but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Science have managed to create their own version with an Oculus Rift headset and a room full of cameras. Oculus is used to replicate the experience of being in a Star Trek holodeck, which means their users can still walk around the room unhindered, thanks to multiple infrared cameras setup around the room, which communicate with the wireless headset. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Acer's C720 Chromebook is currently being offered for just $179 shipped, today only, originally priced at $199.99. It starts in seconds, is powered by the new Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell micro-architecture processor and has up to 8.5 hours of battery life giving you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents from anywhere. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

Notable features:
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (Haswell micro-architecture).

  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive.

  • 11.6-Inch Anti-Glare Screen, Intel HD Graphics.

  • HDMI port, 8.5-hour battery life.


[via Amazon]

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Japanese designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki unveiled Wink Space at the annual Kobe Biennale exhibition. It's not a computer-generated illusion, but rather a mind-bending and trippy installation that resembles a giant kaleidoscope, constructed with mirrors that formed a multi-faceted, reflective surface inside the shipping container. The designers folded one giant mirror sheet like origami, then connected the 1,100 triangular panels with zippers to create this prism-like, modular installation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an elderly man who proves that it's never too late to become who you've always wanted to be.

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While no official explanation has surfaced (yet), new footage has emerged from deep inside the mysterious crater on the Yamal Peninsula - known as the 'end of the world' to locals - in Siberia. There are many theories as to what caused the hole, including aliens, a meteorite, a stray missile, or an explosive gas cocktail released due to global warming. Continue reading for a video from Russian scientists who recently returned from the first expedition to look inside the giant hole.

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