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Alpha Tiny House

At 240-square-feet, the Alpha Tiny House not only has a jacuzzi tub and shower, but a loft sleeping area, kitchenette set, walk-out patio deck, wood flooring throughout, and even a slide-away 8 person dining table. Best of all, it's a trailer that can be towed anywhere, or at least places where there are water and electricity hookups. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore

Located at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the building was designed by the architects Pero and Torres Armengol for the empresario Max Glucksmann, and opened as a theater called Teatro Gran Splendid in the early 1900s. The building features ceiling frescoes painted by the Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi and caryatids sculpted by Troiano Troiani. It was subsequently renovated and converted into a book and music shop under the direction of the architect Fernando Manzone; the cinema seating was removed and in its place book shelves were installed. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information. Click here to view a few bonus strange and funny library signs that will make you look twice

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Underground Park NYC

The Lowline is the world's first underground park in the New York City borough of Manhattan that would be located under the eastbound roadway of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, adjacent to the Essex Street station. Light collectors would be placed at ground level or on surrounding rooftops, with suggested locations, including the median on Delancey Street. Artificial lighting would be used to supplement the redirected sunlight on cloudy days and at night. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Basecamp Tiny Home

Most tiny homes may have all the amenities you need to live comfortably, but this one, by Day Star Homes, is 204-square-feet of cozy living. Featuring 2-levels, a full kitchenette, living area, bedroom, and even a rooftop deck. To keep things powered up, the company added solar panels up top. Want your own? Plans will cost you just $255 - $340, materials not included. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dobbsland Backyard Disneyland

Photo credit: Jeff Gritchen / OC Register

Many dream, or have dreamed, about visiting a Disney theme park, and for five lucky kids, it's as simple as visiting their grandfather in Fullerton, California. Sixty-eight-year-old Steve Dobbs, a former Boeing engineer, says his grandchildren were easily bored with normal toys, so he decided to build several Disney-themed attractions from scratch. You'll find "Small World", "Finding Nemo", and even a "Matterhorn" roller coaster. Continue reading for a video of the coaster and more information.

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Glass Floor Library

Photo credit: XL-Muse via Hype Beast

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor is this a computer-generated scene from Inception, just the Yangzhou Zhongshuge library in China. Architecture firm XL-Muse recently unveiled this futuristic 1,000-square-meter design, and in addition to the black mirrored floor, you'll also find sweeping bookshelves, arched walls, and seating areas. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Getaway House

This Sandcrawler-inspired Getaway House allows you to disconnect from bustling city life, without sacrificing comfort. Each one can sleep up to 4 people, and include lots of windows, a reading nook, sleeping area, as well as a cocoon hammock for those lazy Sundays. Unfortunately, they can only be rented if you're in the New York or Boston area...for now. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Solar-Powered Floating Home

Why spend millions on a small yacht, when you could purchase a custom-built Waterlovt? The most basic model features solar-power, two bedrooms, 8-foot ceilings, a deck, a basement, and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with natural light. You can also add a desalination plant for all your fresh water needs, and a digester to convert waste into energy. If the weather permits, lazing on the wooden deck is also an option. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre jumping cholla cactus attack.

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Triangle Cliff House

Designed by German architect Matthias Arndt, this Hobbit-inspired house is situated on the side of cliff, and features a sharp triangular roof and covered with glass on all sides. On the inside, soft glowing lights keep things bright while creating a cozy environment during the winter months. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SkySlide US Bank

Skyslide, which sits nearly 1,000-feet above Downtown Los Angeles, on the 73-floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, opened to the public on Saturday. It lets you slide 45-feet out across the city and onto an outdoor platform on the 69th floor. OUE, the building's owner, claims that the 3.2cm thick glass on the fully enclosed slide can withstand hurricane-force winds and powerful earthquakes. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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