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Laser Beam Flight Path

For the first time in history, scientists have captured footage of a laser beam's flight path using an ultra-high-speed camera capable of detecting single particles of light. Scottish researchers recorded 2-million laser pulses over a 10 minute period, as individual photons collided with the air. Normally, scientists can only see light when it reflects off other objects, or when smoke gas is blown over it. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Human Thumb USB

Photographer Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer from Toronto, Canada, who wanted his portfolio to really stick out, as he specializes in building physical props for his surreal photos. So, he created literal thumb drives that look like severed human thumbs. He says his goal was "allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of my craft." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Social Media FAIL

There are some people who should probably stay offline, and the person above, is one of them. On a side note, did you know that prior to Facebook's homepage redesign back in 2007, the front page used to feature a mystery man's face that was partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code? Well, the "Facebook guy," was actually a manipulated photo of Al Pacino created by a friend and classmate of Mark Zuckerberg. Continue reading for more.

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Cat Playland

Photo credit: Houzz via Laughing Squid

Peter Cohen, a home builder and the co-owner of Trillium Enterprises, transformed his home into a feline playland, complete with overhead catwalks, spiral pathways and custom odor-free closets to house 22 litter boxes for his 15 rescued cats. Cohen said during an interview with Houzz: "When we bought this house in 1988, it came with two outdoor feral cats. And then one of them was killed when he was hit by a car and then the second one was hit by a car...So we made her an indoor cat and then to get her company, because the other one had been killed, we went to the shelter and adopted a couple of cats and that just started down the road. The catwalks, the first catwalk I built was in 1995...for the walks, just the walks I've spent $40,000 or $50,000, and they can be done a lot cheaper, but the catwalks are for the cats but they're also for me. They're architecturally interesting to me - the colors and we always try to do something interesting with the shapes." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.

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World's Largest BBQ

Officially known as the "Undisputable Cuz", this barbecue pit is claimed to be the world's largest, located at the Folsom residence along highway 290, in Brenham, Texas. Weighing a massive 40-tons and measuring 75-feet-long, it's ventilated with 7 chimneys, and so large that it needs to be carried around on a large truck. Owner Terry Folsom says: "It has 24 doors - 12 on this side, 12 on the other." In addition to being able to cook 4-tons of meat at a time, the pit also has a walk-in cooler with space for kegs attached to beer taps on the outside. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Worse Day

Winter Storm Juno has pounded parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York with than a foot of snow. Snow amounts in New York have ranged from 7.8 inches at Central Park in New York City to more than 24 inches in eastern Long Island. However, some geeks would rather be caught in a blizzard than come home to a computer that's been scribbled on with a permanent marker. Continue reading for more funny examples.

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Whittier Alaska

On the outside, it looks like nothing special, but nearly all of the 200 residents of Whittier, Alaska all live inside the 14-story Begich Towers condominium on the edge of town. This building also houses a police station, a health clinic, a convenience store, a laundromat, and even a church in its basement. The town can only be reached by sea, or a long, one-lane tunnel through the mountains, which is closed completely at night. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX

Logitech's Wireless Performance Mouse MX boasts Darkfield Laser Tracking, which lets you track on more surfaces than ever - including glass, where other mice flat-out fail. This technology tracks mouse movements by producing a detailed micro-roadmap of the work surface. So now you can confidently use your mouse on surfaces you never could before like clear glass, lacquered wood and marble. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Clever Products

Love putting crackers in your soup? The Obol might be just what you need, as it separates the dry products from the liquid. This handy kitchen gadget also works great for milk and cereal. Zevro's WM300 SmartSpace Food Dispenser ensures that your counter isn't filled with random food items, thanks to an innovative portion-control turn knob, wall-mount design, and three integrated measuring cups. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the craziest 3D projection mapping show you'll ever see at a hockey game.

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Facebook Down

Both Facebook and Instagram went down Tuesday for unknown reasons, with the former saying it's working on fixing the issue: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can." Users across the US as well as countries in Asia and Europe reported that they were unable to log on to the website and mobile apps. The anonymous hacker group, called "Lizard Squad", apparently has taken responsibility for the downtime. They were the ones who brought down the Malaysian Airlines website, along with Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day. Continue reading to see some of the Tweets abut this Facebook outage.

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