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Cool Unusual Vending Machines

Did you know that the first commercial coin operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s for the convenience of busy and hungry businessmen? Or, that the word "vending" in vending machine comes from the term for automatic retailing, from a machine? With that said, there are many cool and unusual vending machines from around the world. Our favorite? Definitely the "Let's Pizza" made from scratch pies. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a puppy that apparently is an expert at "Cat Fishing 2" for the iPad. In the early 1920s, the first vending machine that sold soda dispensed it into a cup.

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Nerdy Joke

To most people, this looks like yet another help wanted ad, but to a geek or nerd, it could be just a clever prank or something that might be worth spending a few minutes solving (if possible). That is just one of the many jokes that only a select group of people may find funny. For starters, you should never trust an atom, because...they make up everything. Continue reading for more.

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California Drought Before After

The US southwest is experiencing a severe drought for a third straight year, in which water levels in the area's lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows. Above, we see the full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in California on July, 2011, but fast forward to August, 2014 and you see that it's currently at 32% of its total capacity. Continue reading for more captivating images that show how climate change (and deforestation) affect Earth.

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Wood Cabin Man Cave

Photo credit: Reddit

From all angles, this looks like a real rustic wood cabin in the woods, but it's actually a clever illusion, or a basement to be exact. That's right, Reddit user Kelhans wanted to combine his love of hunting and man caves, so he decided to spend $107 on materials to create the awesome relaxing space you see above. Continue reading for the entire build process and more information.

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College Life Hack

School may already be in full swing for most, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing for the next session, and these life hacks aim to help out. Starting off, we have the nifty idea of setting your phone's lock screen with an image of your school classes, or at least for the first few weeks. Continue reading for more.

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Simple Geeky Test

Still trying to get your head out of weekend mode? This simple and geeky test might help get things moving in the right direction. The directions are pretty straightforward and only require that you complete each equation before moving onto the next. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of real frogs watching their favorite YouTube channel.

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Tiny Homes

Would you trade in a mansion for something smaller and more practical? If so, you'd be just like these people. The minimalist cabin home above was designed by FAM Architekti and Feilden+Mawson, situated on a plot of land just outside of Prague. Clade in timber, there are small slits that allow plenty of natural light to shine in. Insider, there's a loft-style room upstairs, a kitchen, and concrete floors throughout the property. Continue reading for more.

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Collapsible Hot Tub

Sometimes, you just want to enjoy some the great outdoors, but also bring some of the luxuries from home with you, like a hot tub. Introducing the Nomad Collapsible Hot Tub, which measures in at 24 inches high with a 60-inch diameter. It holds approx. 225 gallons of water, and the stainless steel coil on the outside of the tub is powered by either firewood or propane, and can heat up to 100 gallons of water heated to 100°F in 1-hour. Continue reading for more.

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BMW 328 Hommage

First unveiled in 2011, the BMW 328 Hommage combines elegant retro design with a modern sports car materials. Inspired by the original 328, this 2-seater boasts a carbon fiber reinforced plastic chassis, which helps keep the curb weight at just 1,720 pounds. Under the hood, you'll find a 3.0L V6 engine which pumps out 322hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Continue reading for more images, another video and additional information.

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Batman Branding Iron

This may be the least practical of the inventions, but definitely one of the coolest. Tired of hand-etching the Batman symbol into everything you own? The Batman Branding Iron aims to solve that. This 3D-printed steel branding iron snaps right onto any standard Bic lighter. Simply hold the flame to the metal end for about 1.5-minutes, and you'll be ready to make it look like Batman was there. Continue reading for more simple, yet practical, inventions that make life easier.

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