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Not all of these may work (or any) during most meetings, but some of these tips just might come in handy. For example, nodding continuously while pretending to take notes - writing down the first word of every sentence - just might keep you awake long enough for your boss(es) to notice. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for an indoor skydiver trying out some Spider-Man moves.

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Another week, another batch of weird sign and menu translations that went terribly wrong. Let's just say that Google Translate or any computerized translation service isn't your best friend when it comes to something that everyone will see. For example, we're almost sure that the Chinese characters above do not translate to "tiny grass is dreaming". Continue reading for more.

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Ever wonder where certain words, like "Google", came from? Well, by simply adding "etymology" onto the end of words, you'll get exactly that information. As you can see, for Google, it's: "1990s: from Google, the proprietary name of the search engine." Continue reading for more cool Google tricks, such as comparing foods, excluding words from searches, sunrises or sunsets for any city, etc.

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To promote their forthcoming Star Wars toy line, Hot Wheels unveiled a life-sized Darth Vader sports car - will be at San Diego Comic Con this week. Based on the C5 Corvette chassis, this real-life Hot Wheel is exactly like its palm-sized counterpart, "right down to its lightsaber side pipes, red wheel trim, [and also] Darth Vader breathing sounds," says Road & Track. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Set to be unveiled at San Diego Comic Con later this week, this new LEGO Batman Dark Knight Tumbler consists of 1,869 pieces, measures 15 inches tall by 9 inches wide, and "includes not only a Christian Bale-style Batman minifig, but also a beautifully crafted Joker styled after the character brilliantly played by the late Heath Ledger," says Hi Consumption. Available here starting July 27th. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog apologizing to a baby in the most adorable way possible.

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Still planning your next vacation? If so, before booking any flights or hotels, check out these twenty breathtaking places. To start things off, we have a beautiful suspension bridge - located near the town of Schladming - built on Austria's Dachstein Glacier Resort, an excellent getaway during the wintertime. With a mind-boggling 1300-foot drop visible beneath your feet, walking along the bridge's glass platform definitely isn't for the fainthearted. Continue reading for more.

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Sure, you could head down to a beach and find an artist to draw your face, but how much cooler (or creepier) would it be if random strangers could do the same right from their smartphone? There's an iOS-exclusive app called French Girls that allow people to do just that - snap a selfie and have random strangers draw them. Here are some examples that are definitely more appealing than the originals.

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When humans start building things (roads, walls, buildings, etc.) around trees, they simply learn to adapt and grow their roots around whatever is nearby, including sidewalk stones. However, there are some tree species that have developed special root extensions that pop out of soil, in order to get oxygen, when it is not available in the soil because of excess water. These root extensions are called pneumatophores, and are present, among others, in black mangrove and pond cypress. Continue reading for more.

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It may not be a true holodeck, but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Science have managed to create their own version with an Oculus Rift headset and a room full of cameras. Oculus is used to replicate the experience of being in a Star Trek holodeck, which means their users can still walk around the room unhindered, thanks to multiple infrared cameras setup around the room, which communicate with the wireless headset. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Acer's C720 Chromebook is currently being offered for just $179 shipped, today only, originally priced at $199.99. It starts in seconds, is powered by the new Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell micro-architecture processor and has up to 8.5 hours of battery life giving you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents from anywhere. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

Notable features:
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (Haswell micro-architecture).

  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive.

  • 11.6-Inch Anti-Glare Screen, Intel HD Graphics.

  • HDMI port, 8.5-hour battery life.


[via Amazon]

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