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The Hanging Tent Company's latest product is perfect for glamping (glamorous camping), and it's called the "roomoon". At night, when illuminated, people might mistake this for the moon, but it's actually a portable, simple rugged hanging tent that designed for treetops. Its frame is made from stainless steel to keep the weight down, and it's collapsible for easy transportation. Continue reading for more images and information.

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McDonalds is probably the best known fast food chain worldwide, but sometimes, one small misspelling can change everything. For example, this location accidentally put "10 billion severed instead of "10 billion served". If this was Halloween gag, it might work, but for every other day, people might skip the Big Mac extra value meal. On a somewhat related note, did you know that McDonalds distributes 1.5 billion toys annually around the world. That's right, a recent study confirmed that 9 out of 10 kids in the US, between the ages of 3 and 9, eat at McDonalds at least once a month. Continue reading for more.

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Just about anything can be turned into a functional lamp, including branches (above). Speaking of lamps and light bulbs, did you know that Hiram S. Maxim started a lightbulb company in 1878 to exploit his patents and those of William Sawyer? That's right, his United States Electric Lighting Company was the second company, after Edison, to sell practical incandescent electric lamps. They made their first commercial installation of incandescent lamps at the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company in New York City in the fall of 1880, about six months after the Edison incandescent lamps had been installed on the Columbia. Continue reading for more.

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What you're looking at above is a 773g Chinga meteorite that's been cut and polished on two sides. The top portion retains its natural light brown crust to create a dramatic contrast. This particular specimen is an iron meteorite and its total chemical composition is: 82.8% iron, 16.6% nickel, and the rest mostly cobalt and phosphorus. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bank that's restoring faith to humanity.

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Julian Melchiorri has created the first biological leaf that has the chloroplast from real plants suspended inside. He basically used a silk fiber to suspend the chloroplast in place so that it still functions like a plant, but with a super-structure to make it extra durable. In other words, these synthetic leaves can create endless oxygen using light and water. Continue reading for an up-close image of the man-made leaf.

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In January 2007, when the micronation of Sealand was put up for "sale", the ACFI and The Pirate Bay tried to buy it. The Sealand government however did not want to be involved with The Pirate Bay, as it was their opinion that file sharing represented "theft of proprietary rights". A new plan was formed to buy an island instead, but this too was never implemented, despite the website having raised US$25,000 (€15,000) in donations for this cause. Continue reading for more fascinating facts you probably didn't know.

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Most auto enthusiasts will be able to spot a replica from a mile away, but this Ferrari 458 Italia clone just might be the exception. Priced at $84,000 USD, the UK-based seller claims that it's the only "true 1:1 ratio build in the country" and it's powered by a 2.5L V6 engine for efficiency. Apparently, everything else is "genuine Ferrari parts", and after viewing the interior, we'd have to agree. Continue reading for more images.

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Statues have been produced in many cultures from prehistory to the present; the oldest known statue dating to about 30,000 years ago. The world's tallest statue is over 500 feet. Many statues are built on commission to commemorate a historical event, or the life of an influential person. Many statues are intended as public art, exhibited outdoors or in public buildings. Now here are a few people having a bit too much fun with them. Continue reading to see more.

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Anker's 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger is currently being offered for only $19.99 with coupon code 20DF7105 (white version only), today only, originally priced at $49.99. With PowerIQ technology, each port intelligently identifies your device to speak its unique charging language. So plug in any brand or model and enjoy compatibility that doesn't limit your charging speed. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code 20DF7105 during checkout (white version only) for the additional discount. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

Notable features:
  • PowerIQ technology maximizes compatibility with Android, Apple and other devices by enabling charging speeds of up to 8 amps among 5 ports or 2.4 amps per port.

  • The size of a deck of playing cards (3.6 x 2.3 x 1.0in / 9.1 x 5.8 x 2.5cm) and unibody design for added portability.

  • Industrial-grade materials and premium circuitry ensure lifetime reliability.

  • 100-240 volt input ideal for international travel.


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While the Ivory Coast is touted as the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate, many of the cocoa farmers have never tasted the fruits of their labor. This is due to the fact that they are paid very little (€7 per day split between many people) and a chocolate bar costs approximately €2. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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