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Innovative Ice Cube Tray

Forget spilling liquids all over the place, and say hello to this innovative ice cube tray by Quirky. It's basically an enclosed vertical ice compartment with a tube-like structure that can be filled up with water and a removable ice tray. Simply fill up the tube with a liquid, slide in the ice tray part, seal the tube up with a quick twist, and then put it in the freezer. Continue reading for some more clever inventions.

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Crow Riding Eagle

Photo credit: Phoo Chan

Phoo Chan, a California-based amateur photographer, managed to capture a once-in-a-lifetime image of a crow riding on a bald eagle's back using a Canon 1D X, Canon 600mm II lens, and a Canon 1.4x III extender. Chan said: "Crows are known for aggressively harassing other raptors that are much bigger in size when spotted in their territories and usually these 'intruders' simply retreat without much fuss. However, in this frame the crow did not seem to harass the bald eagle at such close proximity and neither did the bald eagle seem to mind the crow's presence invading its personal space." Continue reading to see the sequence of events captured during this photographer's burst shoot.

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Arnold T-800

Enlisted to produce articulated puppets and prosthetic effects in T2 was Stan Winston's studio, who was also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800. ILM's Visual Effects Supervisor, Dennis Muren, remarked, "We still have not lost the spirit of amazement when we see ... [the visual effects on the T-1000] coming up." Such was the role and creation of CGI that the visual-effects team was awarded the 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. However, as you can see above, T-800 was purely make-up. On a side note, did you know that for Sarah's nuclear nightmare scene in T2, Robert and Dennis Skotak of 4-Ward Production constructed a cityscape of Los Angeles using large-scale miniature buildings and realistic roads and vehicles? Continue reading for more.

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Sony RX100 IV

Sony's RX100 IV might be a compact camera, but it certainly doesn't lack features, especially in the slow motion video department. According to PetaPixel, "Photographer David Candlish got a chance to play with a pre-release RX100 IV yesterday, and he shot the 40x slow motion clip seen above that shows what the RX100 IV is capable of. The camera was handheld and a couple of tabletop LEDs provided lighting. When shooting with the 1000fps feature, 2 seconds of real time becomes a whopping 80 seconds of slow-motion video." Product page. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Stella Lux Solar Powered Car

Dutch engineering students from Solar Team Eindhoven have unveiled Stella Lux, a solar-powered car that generates more energy than it uses. While it doesn't look a normal family sedan, its lowrider design, complete with skinny tires and a peculiar shape that resembles a catamaran, all serve a purpose. They aid in the vehicle's fuel efficiency by making it lighter and more aerodynamic than the average car. This vehicle has reached 621 miles on sunny day tests in the Netherlands. What's next? It will compete compete at the World Solar Challenge in the Cruiser Class of family cars, which focuses on practicality rather than speed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how one person decided to "fasthonk" in their car.

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NES Turned Computer

Photo credit: Ungreedy

This started as an NES console from 1985, but after Imgur user "ungreedy" got his hands on it, the box was transformed into a functional computer after 7-months of work. Featuring a 4.0-GHz Intel Core i5-4670K CPU, ASRock Mini ITX motherboard, MSI GeForce GTX 750 video card and 1TB hard drive. While it may not boast a functional Blu-ray disc drive, its streaming abilities make the device a great HTPC (Home Theater PC). Continue reading for more pictures of the build.

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Golden Retriever Birds Hamster

Photo credit: Bob Golden Retriever

Birds, dogs and hamsters aren't usually mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Bob. You see, Bob the Golden Retriever has been living happily with eight feisty birds, and one giant hamster. They do just about everything together, including: napping, cuddling and an occasional vivacious play session. Despite their obvious size difference, Bob is always gentle with his play buddies. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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GoPro Hero4 Session

GoPro's all-new Hero4 Session can be submerged 33-feet underwater without a special housing, and it's no larger than an ice cube to boot. Recording is a simple one button press for capturing 8-megapixel photos as well as 1080p60, 720p100 or 1440p30 video. It features two microphones: one on the front of the camera and one on the back. When you're filming in windy conditions or during high-speed activities like motorsports, the camera automatically switches to the mic that's best-suited for capturing optimal audio. The accompanying GoPro app gives you complete control over your entire shooting experience. Get more info here. Continue reading for two videos previewing its features and recording quality.

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Maserati Boomerang

When Maserati meets DeLorean, you get the $4-million Maserati Boomerang, a one-off model hitting the auction block. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and debuted at the Turin Auto Show in 1971. By the time it hit the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, it sported a beefy 300-horsepower V8 under its hood, good for a top speed of 186mph. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Mildly Interesting

Photo credit: Imgur

Being able to see a rainbow only when wearing polarized sunglasses is something you don't expect. According to Reddit user 420Blaze1t, this phenomenon occurs because "the sky is too bright from the sun and so the rainbow is faint that your eye can't see it clearly. Polarizers remove scattered light which is why putting them on reduces glare and bright spots, so with a polarizer it blocks all the bright scattered light from the sky and makes the rainbow more visible." Continue reading for more mildly interesting things you don't see everyday.

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