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Maksimatic Spill-Proof Cup Holder

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Don't you just hate coming across an unexpected turn or bumpy road while driving, especially with drinks in tow? This usually means disaster, or at least some spillage, but thanks to the Maksimatic Bullet, your drinks will remain safe. This accessory not only works with just about any car, but it's gyroscopic (auto-leveling) and centrifugal, which means it will tilt during rapid changes in velocity such as braking, sharp turns, etc. Best of all, this patented device will set you back only $25 when released. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today - including a clip of a lion opening a car door.

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Harrison Ford Crash

Harrison Ford's characters have battled Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers in movies, but in the real world, he's a licensed pilot who has the freedom to take to the skies at will. But with adventure comes some risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters brought to life by Ford realized. Yesterday, Ford's plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport where he houses the craft. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries, as he was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in a condition described as fair-to-moderate. Continue reading for two more videos - including the air traffic control audio - and more information.

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Cats Secretly Plotting

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You is a real book by the internet sensation known as "TheOatmeal", but these photographers managed to catch a few of these pets secretly plotting an evil scheme, or so we think. On a related note, here are some interesting cat facts: on average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life; A cat can't climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat's paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down; Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats in the U.S. annually. Continue reading for more.

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X-Ray Proposal

Believe it or not, there was someone who actually proposed to an x-ray technician at a chiropractor clinic by taping soldering wire to their stomach with the words "Marry Me", along with a ring. Fortunately, the person said yes, and a friend (or co-worker) has already been chosen to be their best man. Continue reading for more outlandish and random, yet true, facts that might surprise you.

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Iain Sinclair Knife

Iain Sinclair's Cardsharp2 is no ordinary multi-tool, as this slick knife folds up flat like a credit card when not in use. Unlike its predecessors and / or copycats, this model is thinner and lighter, thanks to the use of 420-series surgical stainless steel. However, don't let its slim design fool you, as it's sharp enough to easily cut through an automobile safety belt in an emergency. You can pick one up for just $3.49 shipped here. Continue reading for a video review and additional information.

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Swirl Faucet

Sam Qui, a student at London's Royal College of Art, designed an innovative faucet that not only looks cool, but saves 15% more water than traditional designs as well. To accomplish this, it swirls your water into intricate geometric patterns as soon as the tap is turned on, weaving small jets of water into cross-hatched designs. A system of turbines installed inside the faucet to create different swirl flows, complete with three different settings: a helix-like flow, spaghetti noodle swirl, or an elaborate lattice-work column of water. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Snapchat resume.

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Lockheed Martin Adam

Lockheed Martin's new 30-kilowatt fiber laser called Athena managed to burn through a truck manifold in seconds, despite being fired by a team from Lockheed Martin positioned more than a mile away. The system uses a technique known as spectral beam combining to blend multiple laser modules to create a single, powerful, high-quality beam. This is done for greater 'efficiency and lethality' than the multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Atlas Survival Shelter

This looks like a small hole in the ground, but once you step inside, you'll see that it's a luxurious hideout by Atlas Survival Shelters. This company specializes in creating underground, galvanized corrugated pipe survival shelters with 1-2 bunker entrances/exits for emergencies. They come in 8', 9', 10', 11', and 12' diameters and lengths of up to 50'. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Black Hole House

If you stumble upon this strange looking structure, don't be scared, as stepping inside will reveal a very modern and cozy interior. It's located atop Seven Mountains in Bergen, Norway, and officially called the 'Tubakuba' cabin. For those wondering, yes, the 150-square-foot building is entered by crawling through a tunnel comprising of curved pine shavings covered in untreated larch that turns gray over time. All of the wood has been treated with a 19th century traditional Japanese method called Shou Sugi Ban to prevent fungal decay and damage. This "off-the-grid hotel room" is available lounging during the day, and can also be rented for free to families with young children. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lexus LF-SA

We have seen the future of ultra compacts, and it includes the Lexus LF-SA (Lexus Future-Small Adventure). This concept not only has a body that Lexus says will "change perceptions when viewed from different angles," but an infotainment system on the inside includes a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument binnacle and a wide-angle head-up display. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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