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Centennial Light Bulb

What you see above is the Centennial Light Bulb at Fire Station No. 6 in Livermore, California, a light bulb that has been continuously burning since 1901. Despite not knowing the exact date it was turned on, its birthday is usually celebrated on June 18. Aside from the few power outages these last 113 years, the unbreakable light-bulb has only had two blackouts: one in 1976, when it was moved to another firestation, and a second in 2013, when the bulb was off for 9-hours. When the bulb was moved, almost 40 years ago, people wanted to be sure it didn't break, so they severed the cord, instead of unscrewing it, and transferred it with a full police and fire truck escort. Continue reading for more.

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Rice Field Photography

Archaeologists generally accept that wet-field cultivation originated in China. The earliest rice field found, dates to 6280 BP, based on carbon dating of grains of rice and soil organic matter found at the Chaodun site in Kushan County. At Caoxieshan, a site of the Neolithic Majiabang culture, archaeologists excavated paddy fields. Some archaeologists claim that Caoxieshan may date to 4000-3000 BC. These photographers show what something as simple as a flooded parcel of arable land can also be works of art. Continue reading to see more.

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Guest Mode Smartphone

Don't you hate when random people at work / school, or even friends, need to make a quick call on your phone, but end up in your photos section instead? A "guest mode" should solve that issue, limiting your phone's functions to just "Call" and possibly "Messages". That is just one of the many things that are borderline genius, and should be invented soon, if not already in testing phases. Continue reading for more.

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Nubee Non-Contact IR Thermometer

Nubee's Non-Contact IR Thermometer is currently being offered for just $13.88 with coupon code: 85006OFF, today only, originally priced at $129.99. With the "Max Temperature" function, it can take the highest temperature of the area being tested by just scanning it - the resulting information is then displayed at the bottom of the screen. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: 85006OFF for the additional $6 discount at checkout. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Notable features:
  • EMS adjustable function: each object has its suitable emissivity, the adjustable emissivity function can make the test more accurate by adjust suitable emissivity for different objects.

  • Measures in Celsius or Fahrenheit (Range: -50°C to +500°C /-58°F to +932°F), Auto Shut-off & Low Battery Indicator, take accurate temperature readings with this handheld gun.


[via Amazon]

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Reusing Life Hacks

If cleaning and / or organizing is on your 2015 New Year's Resolutions list, then these five life hacks will definitely come in handy, as they make use of things you might already have laying around the house. For example, empty CD spindles, cassette tape cases, plastic bottle tops, retail hanger clasps and milk jugs. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a surprise photo booth wedding proposal.

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Funny Parents

Parents usually have their own set of problems to deal with, in addition to making sure their children are on the right path for success. Then there are those who can get a bit nosy, like this mom, who might have overheard one of her daughter's conversations of wanting a boyfriend, and then responding appropriately with a text message. Continue reading for more examples of funny and geeky parenting.

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Glacial Hydrospeeding

Photo credit: David Carlier/Caters News

Hydrospeeding down a normal river is exciting enough for most people, but not Swiss mountain guide Claude-Alain Gailland and mountaineering expert Gilles Janin. They risked their lives to hydrospeed down a winding 7-mile stretch of the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Switzerland. Photographer David Darlier says: "This is a very dangerous activity for two main reasons. First they need to check the whole glacial river to make sure there are no big crevices ahead. They also need to make sure there are areas where they can stop without being swept away by the stream, which can be very strong." Continue reading for an FPV video of the Aletsch Glacier, more images and additional information.

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Awesome Mix Guardians of the Galaxy

Buying the CD version of "Awesome Mix: Vol. 1" just isn't enough for some fans, so why not make your own version that doubles as an MP3 player? That's exactly what Instructables user "BrittLiv" did, and the resulting device is something worthy to be placed in Marvel's next installment. On a related note, did you know that the soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart? Continue reading for more pictures and a link to the actual instructions page.

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Celebrity Dolls Repainted

You normally pass by these dolls and action figures in the toy section of many stores, but have you ever wondered what they'd look like if an artist repainted their faces? Noel Cruz specializes in this, and the Katniss Everdeen doll you see above, fetched $2500 on eBay. The process usually starts by first re-trimming, re-dying the doll's hair, scratching off all the existing paint, and then using a set of tiny brushes to re-paint the details. Continue reading to see many more of his masterpieces as well as a link to his website.

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Marty the Mouse

Photo credit: Marty the Mouse

Rodents aren't synonymous with the terms "cute" and "adorable", but Marty just might be the exception. Marty's owner has captured him performing many human-like things, including eating miniature donuts, typing up a travel journal, reading said journal, making pizza, selling hats, and more. He even has over 11,000 followers on Instagram following his journey. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an English bulldog puppy that just can't get enough of a new bed.

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