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Josh Renouf, a designer from the UK, has invented an alarm clock specially for coffee lovers. It's called the "Barisieur", and this invention automatically brew a cup of coffee right before the alarm goes off, ensuring that a fresh cup is ready right when you open your eyes. Unfortunately, it's just a one-off design right now, but with enough fanfare, we could see this in stores sooner than later. Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.

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LEGO is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. They began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Today, we take an interesting look inside their headquarters designed by Danish architects Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord. Their main goal was to create a work environment that promotes both innovation and imagination while maintaining a fun factor. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy video.

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At the height of Sparta's power - between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE - it was commonly accepted that, "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state." A Spartan man's involvement with the army began in infancy when he was inspected by the Gerousia. If the baby was found to be weak, he was left at Mount Taygetus to die. Those deemed strong were then put in the agoge at the age of seven. Under the agoge the young boys or Spartiates were kept under intense and rigorous military training. Their education focused primarily on sports and war tactics, but also included poetry, music, academics, and sometimes politics. Those who passed the agoge by the age of 30 were given full Spartan citizenship. Continue reading for more.

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When it comes to trying to outsmart customs / border officers, you can't say they didn't try. Here are a few bizarre methods used by people trying to smuggle illegal substances. Some of the cleverest failed missions have included bras, wigs, nappies, a garden hoses, and even the laptops, complete with accessories, that you see above. Continue reading to see a few more bizarre examples.

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If common sense is too much to ask, make sure to at least search the internet for an answer before stepping onto your iPad after downloading a purported weigh yourself app, that is unless...you're lighter than a bird. Unfortunately, this mishap would be considered somewhat minor compared to some of the other people in this list. Continue reading for more examples that will make you cringe.

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If you thought using a phone, tablet, or other mobile device in bed is strange, think again. Introducing the Dozing Desk from Rare Mono. Simply put, it securely mounts a laptop above the user, and boasts movable legs that can be shifted to any position, transforming into a sofa desk and even a dinner table. Continue reading to see it in sofa desk and dinner table mode.

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SoundBlock's Ultra Portable Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker is currently being offered for only $33.95 shipped with coupon code IOWAWR3X, today only, originally priced at $139.95. The SoundBlock Features two 40mm, 6-watt (total) drivers and a large speaker cavity for excellent sound, this tiny but powerful speaker can fill any room with rich audio. It's Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity allows you to wirelessly play and control your music from Bluetooth devices and take calls hand-free directly through the speaker. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code IOWAWR3X at checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for more pictures showing just how large it is and additional information.

Notable features:
  • New Bluetooth 3.0 Technology allows you to connect wirelessly to the Soundblock from up to 33 feet away. Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere.

  • Premium Sound with Bass Enhance Technology. Two powerful 40mm Drivers deliver crisp clean sound with deep bass.

  • Built-in Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery for up to 10 hours of playtime. Built-in microphone for hands-free speaker phone calling.

  • 3.5mm Audio Line In - Don't have Bluetooth? The Speaker allows you to connect the speaker directly to a standard headphone jack.


[via Amazon

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You've probably seen this zombie-proof fortress before, but here's yet another look at this home fit for The Walking Dead. It can be found on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, spanning 6100-square-feet of modern living space, it becomes a real frotress at the push of a button. If those concrete walls still don't make you feel secure enough, the entryway, outside gate and even bedrooms require a special keycard for access. Plus, there are high-resolution security cameras that show you what's going on outside. Throw in some solar panels with the smartphone-controlled industrial grade power generator that this home already has, and you'll be set for just bout any type of disaster. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Smart car in an unexpected race.

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Photo credit: Nat Geo / Dallas Nagata White

This is not something you see everyday, a couple kissing in front of a lavaflow. The amazing photo above was captured by Dallas Nagata White and here's what he has to say about it, "My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment!" Continue reading for more.

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It may look like a pink sky at sunset from the picture, but it's actually Japan's largest wisteria plant. It's located inside the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan and measures 1,990 square meters, dating back to around 1870. Due to its heavy vines, the wisteria's entire structure is held up on steel supports, enabling visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms. Continue reading for more images and another video.

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