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Battery Powered Battery Charger

You know a battery charger is useless, when...it requires batteries to operate, that is unless...they're nuclear powered. Sure, it may be cordless, but you'll end up spending just as much recharging batteries as they cost new. That is just one of the many bizarre inventions and gadgets we've rounded up for you today. Continue reading to see more that you won't believe exist.

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Cat Thief

First off, the act of somebody being taken red-handed (red-pawed in this case) means that they are either in the act of committing a crime or with clear evidence of it about them. All of these cats were captured by their owner(s) at the perfect time, or at least in the act of stealing something. No matter what kind of food it is, these felines will find a way to get at it. Continue reading for more.

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Derek Low

Photo credit: Derek Low

Travel blogger Derek Low recently got the chance of a lifetime, when he decided to cash in nearly $20,000 USD worth of frequent flyer miles (93,500) for a trip aboard Singapore Airline's First Class Suites. The stunning suites, which are exclusive to the airline's Airbus A380 planes, boast enclosed private cabins complete with sliding doors that 'cocoon you in your own little lap of luxury'. The middle suites offer a full-size bed that can be turned into a double bed, a television, bedside cabinets and a leather armchair hand-stitched by the Italian master craftsman Poltrona Frau. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Tiny NYC Home

Photo credit: BI

New York City isn't known for sprawling mansions, but for what little space is available, there are some tiny dream lofts, such as this one. Designed by the team at Specht Harpman Architects, this 425-square-foot space, no larger than many living rooms, located at the top of a six-story brownstone, has 25 feet of vertical space and even access to a rooftop. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby owl that does something unexpected with a GoPro.

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Lamborghini Asterion

Photo credit: The Car Connection

Here's a first look at the stunning Lamborghini Asterion LPI-910-4 (the "I" is for Ibrido, which is Italian for "hybrid"), a 910 horsepower plug-in hybrid supercar. It's powered by a 5.2L V10 pumping out 610 horsepower, mated to a 300 horsepower electric motor for sping-tingling 910 combined horsepower experience, through all four tires. Continue reading for more images of the vehicle and information.

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Guetamala Sinkhole

A sinkhole is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. The 2010 Guatemala City sinkhole (above) formed suddenly in May of that year; torrential rains from Tropical Storm Agatha and a bad drainage system were blamed for its creation. It swallowed a three-story building and a house; it measured approximately 20 m (66 ft) wide and 30 m (98 ft) deep. The Guatemala City holes are instead an example of "piping pseudokarst", created by the collapse of large cavities that had developed in the weak, crumbly Quaternary volcanic deposits underlying the city. Continue reading for more.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2R

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Thanks to a supercharged, 998cc, inline four cylinder engine, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R pumps out a staggering 300 horsepower. In comparison, Marc Marquez's championship-leading MotoGP superbike has 270hp. The H2R is the only production motorcycle from a major manufacturer to feature forced induction to hit the market. Featuring a high tensile steel trellis frame, painted a wicked Kwaka green, and three sets of carbon fiber wings on the fairings. Continue reading for a video of the actual bike and more information.

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Nuclear Reactor

A nuclear reactor is essentially a device to initiate and control a sustained nuclear chain reaction. They're used at nuclear power plants for electricity generation and in propulsion of ships. Heat from nuclear fission is passed to a working fluid (water or gas), which runs through turbines. Some reactors are used to produce isotopes for medical and industrial use, or for production of plutonium for weapons. Some are run only for research. Today there are about 450 nuclear power reactors that are used to generate electricity in about 30 countries around the world. Continue reading for more.

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Computer Case Mods

Yes, we know that some of these case mods have been around since the beginning of the internet, but some are definitely worth a second look. There's the Gothic-inspired design, one made from a real AT-AT Imperial Walker toy, and then even a computer that's tucked neatly inside a trash can. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral computer-generated short film titled "Envoy".

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First Flying Hoverboard

The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee (above) was basically a unique direct-lift rotor aircraft, using contra-rotating ducted fans for lift inside a platform upon which the single pilot shifted body weight for directional control. The platform, touted as the world's first flying hoverboard, was developed starting in 1953 under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) contract to Hiller Aircraft Corporation, and flew successfully, starting in 1955. Due to aerodynamic effects in the duct within which the propellers rotated, the platform was dynamically stable, even though the pilot and center of gravity of the platform were fairly high up. In testing, the prototypes flew well, but the U.S. Army judged them to be impractical as combat vehicles as they were small, limited in speed and only barely flew out of the ground cushion effect. Continue reading for more.

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