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Whether done intentionally by design or just pure coincidence, there's no denying that we see faces in random objects all the time, especially in the clouds. For example, this cloud formation just so happened to be in front of the setting sun, forming a smiley face of sorts. Continue reading to see eighteen more cool-looking smiley faces that are hidden in everyday things, uncovered by photographers.

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Bringing your Nintendo Game Cube and a portable display to school for entertainment at the final exam may not be the most practical thing to do, but it'll definitely get the internet talking, and that's exactly why this student did just that. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that's just one of the many funny and strange things that geeks have spotted at school. Continue reading to see them all.

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That's right, you're not looking at a fossilized egg, but rather an opal, or in technical terms, a hydrated form of silica (water content varies from 3% - 21%). The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mind-blowing pyro board.

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Nordic Ware's Pancake Pan lets you start off the day with some smiley pancakes. The seven different smiley faces are fun and unique You'll love the non-stick coating that makes cleanup a breeze. Use your favorite pancake recipe or the one included with the pan. Product page. Continue reading for five more cool breakfast inventions that geeks would love.

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In the future, stores and possibly even ATM machines will go the way of vein scanning rather than stick with traditional credit cards. Currently, there are more than 1,000 Swedish shoppers who've signed up to make payments with a simple swipe of their hand, using new technology that 'reads' the patterns of their veins. The company hopes that hand scanning will become an alternative payment method if it is a success during trials in the city of Lund in southern Sweden. To sign up, users have to visit terminal-equipped establishment, where they scan their palm three times and enter their social security and telephone numbers. Next, a text message is then sent to their mobile phone with an activation link to a website, with payments taken directly from customer's bank accounts twice a month. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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What better way for Canon to advertise the camera you just bought than by creating a bag specifically to showcase it, complete with shoulder strap and fake EOS? That is just one of the many cool and geeky shopping bags that we've rounded up for you today. In addition to make you look twice, many are reusable to ensure that they're not just eye candy, but functional as well. Continue reading for more.

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Polaroid's XS100 Extreme Edition Action Cam is currently being offered for only $119.98 shipped, originally priced at $249.99, this week only. Its functionality equals and even surpasses the cameras offered by competitors - (g sensor, dual file recording, vibration, weight, etc.). Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

Notable features:
  • Professional Sensor With Low-Light Performance Very light, Just 4.8 oz. Vibrates: Confirms Functions When Visual Confirmation Isn't Practical.

  • G-Sensor (Auto Rotation) for "which end is up" assurance Waterproof up to 30'/10m Distortion-Free Ultra Wide Angle Lens Provides a 170 Degrees of Coverage.

  • Aerodynamic Design and Shock-Proof Exterior Minimizes Wind Noise Single Button Record that's Easy and Ready for Action Video Options: 1080p, 960p, 720p.


[via Amazon]

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While it may seem like common sense for classroom's to have fire extinguishers in case it were engulfed in flames, many do not. Now here's yet another reason why they should have one: deter potential attackers during a lockdown. Simply have the teacher stand ready at the door and pull the trigger should an attacker barge in. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a three-wheeled vehicle you should never see on the road.

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Ever wonder what Russian firemen do when they aren't tending to fires or other emergencies? Creating magic carpets using water of course. Six hosepipes in total were used to help the platform and its passenger into the air. When the faux 'magic carpet' reaches a peak of a couple of meters above ground level, the firefighter on board flings his arms up in triumph at the feat. Then comes a moment where it appears the trick could go horribly wrong as the platform and its passenger teeter sideways. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has been hunting exoplanets since its launch in 2009, with its ultimate goal being to find a planet that is essentially like ours in terms of size, composition, and habitability: an Earth-twin if you will. Today, Kepler has confirmed the discovery of an Earth-sized exoplanet in its star's habitable zone. Called Kepler-186f, it's about 10% larger than Earth and orbits an M dwarf star - half the size and mass of our sun - around 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. It takes Kepler-186f approximately 130 Earth days to complete a revolution and on the outer edge of the star's habitable zone, the planet receives about a third of the radiation from its parent star as we do from ours. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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