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How to Read Russian

Always wanted to learn Russian? This handy infographic should definitely help you out. Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Batman Evolution by The Piano Guys.

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National Geographic Contest

Photo credit: Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

Francesco Riccardo Iacomino took the stunning shot above, and he says: "A stunning sunset painted the sky over the Jokulsarlon Glacer Lagoon in South Iceland. It was a typical cloudy day in the Icelandic summer. The day was not hoping for a nice sunset, but I still decided to go on the spot, hoping to finally see the sun once the same had left behind the clouds. When the sun went down, in fact the sky burned out in an incredible vanilla tone. The scene was so peaceful and placid, so I decided to capture it with a long exposure, to bring out the amazing sense of oniric peace that this amazing sunset created. It has been like living in a dream. Location: Jokulsarlon Glaier Lagoon, Iceland." Continue reading for more.

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McDonalds Cookies and Cream Pie

Photo credit: So Good

Now that you've seen the strangest Lay's flavors, weirdest Doritos flavors, Pepsi flavors and strangest Pringles flavors from around the world, it's time to check out more strange items from the world's largest fast food hamburger chain. What you're looking at above is a limited edition Cookies'N Cream pie that was available at McDonalds locations in Canada. As you can see, it's exactly as it sounds, an Oreo infused outer layer with cream filling on the inside. Now get yourself a cold glass of milk, and have the perfect after work / school snack. That is just one of the many cool and unusual items you won't find in the states - minus #8, which can be found in Hawaii. Continue reading to see them all.

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Living Room Pit

Designer Simon Woodroffe decided to go the high-tech route when creating this sunken living room. At the touch of a button, or the pull of a handle, twelve moving parts transform the tiny apartment into a luxurious living space with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Measuring just 262 square-feet, this dynamic living space comes complete with a master suite, second bedroom, sunken sitting room, cinema, dining room, office, full size kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom/spa, party room, wine cellar and storage. Continue reading for more.

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Superyacht

Normal yachts are already out of reach for many people, but the ultra luxurious 196-foot vessel called J'Ade is aimed at those who want only the best, and is the first to feature a floating garage. Simply put, it enables its owner(s) to store and access a 26-foot speedboat without the use of a tender lift. The hydraulic bay can dry out within 3-minutes and then be transformed into a terrace-accessible ocean pool. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Car

Most people use LEGO bricks to either build a set model, or just smaller things that don't take up too much time, but 20-year-old Raul Oaida, a self-taught brick master, has built the world's first functional life-sized LEGO car. He used approximately 500,000 pieces and has "four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons." Despite its top speed being 20-30 km, it'll still get you from point A to B, albeit a very slowly. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real homemade backpack flamethrower.

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Another week, another batch of fun and creative gadgets with designs you don't see everyday, like the pair of illuminated lightsaber chopsticks above. Though not very practical, they do make for some interesting dining table battles, should you have two or more pairs of these. Speaking of lightsabers, did you know that the earliest lightsabers, also known as protosabers, didn't include internal power cells, but rather used external power sources. They had battery pack, which were attached to the lightsaber by a power cord. Continue reading for more.

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Matterhorn Lights

Swiss photographer Robert Bosch isn't afraid of going to the extreme to capture the perfect shot, and his latest series proves it. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn ridge in the Alps by Edward Whymper and his team, Bosch was asked by Mammut, a Swiss mountaineering equipment company, to take a special photo to mark the occasion for their new ad campaign. So, a team of skilled mountaineers ascended the Matterhorn's Hornli ridge and lit up the path that Whymper took with his team to make the first successful ascent with bright red flares. Continue reading for more images.

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Funny Kids Notes

Some people have said that if you really want to know the truth, just ask a child, and that holds true for notes too. For example, this child managed to correctly solve a math problem, but when asked to explain how they came to the solution, "math" was the answer. That is just one of the many kids that are probably too smart for their own good. Continue reading to see more.

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Syma S107G

Syma's S107G R/C Helicopter is currently being offered for only $16.99, today only, originally priced at $129.99. Great for hobbyists of all skill levels, this helicopter features a coaxial rotor a single rear rotor for precise movement and a gyro for increased stability whether flying or hovering. Product page. Continue reading for a trick video and more information.

Notable features:
  • 2 selectable frequencies lets you fly up to 2 helicopters at once.

  • Amazing technology in the palm of your hand. Syma newest model s107 3ch gyro rtf metal rc helicopter. No assembly required, ready to fly. Equipped with the latest gyroscope technology.

  • Full 3 channels : up, down, left, right, forward and backward.A 25-30 minutes charge is equal to a 8-12 minutes flight. Recharging takes place via the transmitter or usb cable.


[via Amazon]

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