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ICON A5 Aircraft

You may have seen or heard about the ICON A5 before, but the first production model has been delivered, and the video shows off some of its capabilities. This amphibious light-sport aircraft is designed to be "predictable and easy-to-fly" and has retractable landing gear for takeoff / landing on water. To keep things light, it sports a carbon fiber airframe, with power coming from a 100-horsepower, Rotax 912 ULS engine (runs on both auto and aviation gas), good for 120mph in the air. Folding wings allow it to be stored at home and towed on the highway with a trailer. Buyers will also get a propeller guard, wing angle of attack indicator as well as an integreated parachute that helps the entire aircraft come land a bit easier in an emergency. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an insane perpetual Slinky machine.

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Buddhist Statue Mummified Monk

When researchers at the Netherland's Meander Medical Center placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner they discovered a mummified monk. They believe the statue contains the body of a Buddhist master named Liuquan, who most likely practiced the tradition of "self-mummification" to reach his final resting place. An endoscope was used to examine the abdominal cavity of the mummy inside, they found that the organs had been removed and replaced with paper scraps that were printed with ancient Chinese characters. Continue reading for more fascinating random facts you probably didn't know about before today.

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Floating City Manta Ray

Many already know 95% of the ocean has not yet been explored, but floating around on a futuristic city just might change that. Jacques Rougerie, an artist from France, has revealed a giant manta ray-inspired floating city measuring 3,000-feet by 1,600-feet. It can house approximately 7,000 researchers, professors, and students, complete with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, as well as space for leisure activities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Erkanoplan Russian Ship-Tank-Plane

Here's a rare look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, which is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when they were close to the surface of the water - about 4-meters to be exact. While they might look similar and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans, such as the Lun, are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils - ground effect is a separate technology altogether. Continue reading for a longer video of this craft in-action and more information.

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Watercolor Superheroes

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At first glance, this appears to be just random watercolor splashes, but as you get closer, you'll see it's the Dark Knight himself. French artist "Blule" specializes in painting superheroes using an unconventional watercolor method that involves splashing the water on paper first, before using a brush to start drawing. "I work mostly with watercolor, I need it to be fast and I like the spontaneity of it. Sometimes paintings seem like they are moving on their own, alive, like clouds in the sky. Shapes can appear from a part you didn't control, letting your imagination do the work, like a Rorschach test," said the artist. Continue reading for more.

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive

The SanDisk Connect 32GB enables you to wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers, all for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $81.08. This pocket-sized device is designed for convenience and portability, allowing you to enjoy the freedom without an internet connection, cables, or connectors - plus, up to 8 continuous streaming hours on a single charge. Product page. Continue reading for an in-depth video review and more information.

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High-Voltage Ejector Bed

Inventor Colin Furze has finally completed his high-voltage ejector bed, which comes complete with flashing lights on top, a high-powered ejector mechanism below and a train horn. As power is increased during various test runs, the bed ejects you further into the room. Fortunately (or unfortunately), you don't get a shock of electricity to go along with it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the longest jump for a semi-truck.

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Rimac Concept One

The Rimac Concept One aims to put the Tesla Model S P85D to shame, thanks to its four individual electric motors, one for each wheel, that generates a total 1,088 horsepower and reaches 0-62 mph in an insanely quick 2.8-seconds. Rimac says that the Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring System (R-AWTV) controls each motor and wheel independently for optimal driving dynamics. Limited to 88-units worldwide, you'll have to pay $980,000 to own one of these electric hypercars. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Swincar Spider Car

SWINCAR may look like a normal independent suspension quad, but upon closer inspection, you'll see this 4-wheeler uses the pendulum effect to counteract the forces that appear when tackling obstacles, rough terrain, steep slopes and banks, or when simply riding around a corner. One of the most unique features is how the wheels tilt independently, or in other words, both wheels and the nacelle will lean into the curve. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Disney Princes in Real-Life

For those who've always wondered what the Disney princes might look like in real life, then look no further than these illustrations by Finnish artist Jirka Vaatainen who is based out of Melbourne, Australia. "Cinderella's Prince Charming, along with Princes Phillip, Eric and Adam from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast respectively are brought to life through digital painting. John Smith from Pocahontas, Aladdin, Hercules and Tarzan also feature in the series. Just like their cartoon versions, there are brooding eyes, chiseled jawlines, effortlessly coiffed hair, and muscular physiques aplenty amongst the princely portraits," says The Daily Mail. Continue reading for more pictures.

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