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First Space Selfie

Gemini 12 was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini. It was the 10th and final manned Gemini flight, the 18th manned American flight and, including X-15 flights over 100 kilometers (54 nmi), the 26th spaceflight of all time. Above, we see astronaut Buzz Aldrin taking the first space selfie while performing an EVA during the Gemini XII mission, with the Agena Target Vehicle visible in the background. Continue reading for more.

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Funny Google

Let's face it, sometimes we want to search for something, but have no idea where to begin. Thanks to Google's search engine algorithm, you could merely type in a description of whatever is on your mind, like a movie scene, misspelled lake name, etc., and you'll have at least a page of results. Or, you can just spend hours typing in strange phrases to see what other people have searched for via the Google Search Suggestions that drop down. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robot that writes just like a human.

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Twinkies Minions

The goal of many traditional companies these days is to create an out-of-the-box advertising campaign that turns heads not online in the real world, but online as well. Thanks to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, all it takes is one clever image from a popular user for a product (or company) to go viral in minutes. For example, this Twinkies Minions collaboration worked out perfectly. Continue reading for more.

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Coffee Cup Animals

Animals may not drink coffee every morning, but some of the tiniest creatures love spending their free time in the cups we use for our morning brew. For example, the dwarf rabbit - caused by the effects of a single dwarfing gene - fits perfectly in a normal-sized coffee cup. On a related note, did you know that the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in Yemen? It was here in Arabia that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. Continue reading for more.

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Nestle Smart Food

Nestle announced that it's developing 'exercise in a bottle', or to be more specific, a drink or pill that burns fat the same way exercise does. Scientists at the company's Geneva headquarters say they've found how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13. Kei Sakamoto, the lead scientist on diabetes and circadian rhythms at Nestle, researched how the master regulator of the body's metabolism, an enzyme called AMPK, is controlled at the molecular level. He says, "Ideally, we'll be able to develop products that will help promote and augment the effects of exercise." Continue reading for more information.

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Children's Drawings Into Stuffed Animals

Children's drawings usually don't make any sense, but one company specializes in turning these crazy ideas into real stuffed toys. Introducing Budsies, a service that allows you to email them your artwork and then have a real artist handcraft a stuffed animal based on the image. To ensure it doesn't fall apart upon arrival, a professional seamstress stitches all the parts together after it's stuffed with high-quality polyester fiber. Continue reading to see some of the creations that have ensued.

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7W 300LM Cree

Wayllshine's 7W 300LM Mini Cree LED Flashlight Torch is currently being offered for only $3.76 shipped, today only, originally priced at $15.57. Its miniature size and ultra bright light output, combined with a skid-proof / waterproof design makes it perfect for hunting, cycling, climbing, camping or any other outdoor activity. Product page. Continue reading for more product images and information.

Notable features:
  • Cree Q5 LED Bulb, Max to 300LM, Aluminum alloy casing, Aluminum alloy reflector.

  • Switch: Tail-cap press ON/OFF.

  • Adjustable light focus for different range.


[via Amazon]

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

So, you've just sold your startup to Google / Facebook / Yahoo / etc. and want to make your first big purchase, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 should do the trick. Powered by a bi-turbo V12 engine that produces 523hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, it boasts IWC clocks, hand-crafted champagne flutes, an extravagant Burmester sound system, automatic window shades, rear headrest touchscreen displays, and plenty of leather accents all around. Expect it to hit dealers in summer 2015. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 100-year-old woman who sees the ocean for the very first time.

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Brazil Skyline

Photo credit: Stephen Alvarez

Rio de Janeiro (above) is the second largest city in Brazil, the sixth largest city in the Americas and the world's thirty-fifth largest city by population. It's one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Continue reading for more.

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New US Currency Design

Euro banknotes are known for their colorful designs and various sizes, but when it clashes with US currency, you get these sleek designs by artist and designer Travis Purrington. These notes blend vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalism, with Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and space exploration on the fifty-dollar note. Continue reading to see the other redesigned banknotes.

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