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Kinect Telekinesis

Telekinesis is best known as a psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction. Microsoft engineer Mike Taulty from the company's Developer and Platform Group has managed to use Microsoft Kinect, along with Sphero, a robotic toy controlled by a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, to harness augmented telekinetic powers, similar to Professor X. As X-Men fans know, he's a mutant who possesses vast telepathic powers, and is among the strongest and most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe. He is able to perceive the thoughts of others or project his own thoughts within a radius of approximately 250 miles (400 km). Continue reading for the video demonstration.

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Frozen Pond Rock

Photo credit: Odstane / Reddit

Frozen ponds are nothing special, but this one just happened to have a few perfectly placed rocks inside, causing surreal rings to form around them. While no official explanation for them has been given, one Reddit user, "Biogeopaleochem", says these occur because: "Differences in albedo or the reflectivity of the materials. Since the rock is darker it absorbs more energy from the sun during the day which is then emitted as long-wave radiation (heat) which melts the ice. The rings are day/night cycles." Continue reading for more images.

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Weird Thanksgiving Deals

So, you've planned to camp out at your local electronics retailer, but were still too far back to get in on the door busters. One thing you shouldn't expect to see is something that's been discounted a mere dollar from $1200 to $1199. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other things that probably should have received manager approval in stores before employees posted them. Continue reading to see more.

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Strange Hipsters

Technically speaking, a hipster is someone who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream. However, there is such a thing as going too far, and the people you see above are perfect examples. We understand bringing a typewriter to a local coffee shop doesn't require external power, but taking it inside would probably annoy everyone, due to the clicking noise. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for an incredible viral video showing what Chernobyl looks like today from a drone's view.

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Funny Business Name

We're sure people won't be heading down to Jurassic Pork (if it still exists) for Black Friday deals tomorrow, but you can't deny that it's a funny and / or clever name for a food truck. As you can see, even if your prices aren't the lowest, as long as something sets you apart from the crowd, there are masses of internet users waiting to make you famous. Other examples include: "Surelock Holmes", "Pane in the Glass", "Indiana Bones Temple of Groom", and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Frost Flower

Photo credit: Jennifer Fenwick

At first glance, this may look like just another photo manipulation, but it's actually a real frost flower. To be more specific, this condition happens when thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Bolt Airplane Window

Photo credit: Skips LegDay / Reddit

One internet user aboard an Air Canada flight to Vancouver heard a noise mid-flight, and then proceeded to see a screw come loose from the propeller before it headed straight into the window pane by his seat. In Skips_LegDay's own words: "So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane." Once other passengers heard and saw what happened, they became frenzied. Fortunately, the plane landed safely. Continue reading for an up-close shot and more information.

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Seiki 4K 65-inch

Seiki's 65in 4K Ultra LED HDTV is currently being offered for only $1069.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $3999.99. Bright whites and deep blacks are brought out with a 3200~4000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. HDMI and VGA inputs allow connection to all your high resolution and HDTV sources regardless of device. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

Notable features:
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native), 30Hz (4K).

  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit).

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 58.84'' x 34.84" x 3.93'', TV with stand: 58.85'' x 37.05'' x 14.88''.

  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 VGA.


[via Amazon]

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Pontinha

Renato Barros, a 56-year-old Portuguese citizen purchased a small island on Funchal harbor, in Maderia, Portugal, for $31,000 and named it the Principality of the Pontinha, anointing himself Prince Renato II. Pontinha is just the size of a one-bedroom house, and has only four citizens - Barros, his wife, and his two children. In addition to his Portuguese passport, Barros holds a passport for Pontinha with the number 0001. He says: "I am whatever I want to be - that's the dream, isn't it. If I decide I want to have a national song, I can choose it, and I can change it any time. The same with my flag - it could be blue today, red tomorrow. Of course, my power is only absolute here, where I am the true sovereign." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you turn on sprinklers in -48°C weather.

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Micro Home

Many living rooms are larger than this, but Johannesburg-based architect Clara da Cruz Almeida has designed a micro 183-square-foot home (priced from $18,000), called the INDAWO / lifePOD, that has all the amenities you'd expect to find in a cozy apartment. Almeida collaborated with product design firm Dokter and Misses to construct space-saving, fold-out couches, a fold-down table, and enclosed storage that allow you to transform the space instantaneously. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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