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This look like someone (or a store) charging hundreds of phones in preparation to sell, but these are all used by special app store reviewers in China for boosting rankings. Since there are tens of thousands of apps submitted daily, even great apps get lost in the shuffle, these companies sell 5-star reviews - many contain strange stories that you are unrelated to the app - in hopes that your app will hit the top charts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five most popular viral vidoes of today, including a crazy HCL + aluminum foil experiment.

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3D Printed Mansion

3D printers are now more affordable than ever, and companies are now coming up with super-sized models to print everything from cars to the 12,000-square-foot villa you see above. Developed by China-based WinSun, this home was fabricated with a 3D printer in layers, using a paste of sorts consisting of recycled stone and construction waste, along with quick-dry cement. This special printer stands 20-feet-tall and spanning a gigantic 4,000-feet. The pieces were then reinforced with steel, and filled with insulation like you would a normal house. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Hidden Bar

Photo credit: Alberto Caiola

When you first step into this room, nothing really looks out of place, except maybe the Coca-Cola vending machine in the corner. At the pull of a handle, a modern and chic bar in Shanghai is revealed, called the "Flask". This machine is located in The Press, a small sandwich shop that operates as a secret front for the trendy bar hidden behind. It was designed by architect Alberto Caiola, and he says "the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] - within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity." You'll find speakeasy-era, like vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles, scattered throughout. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tesla Model X GAC WitStar

Tesla's Model X crossover SUV may still be a couple years away, but there are already knockoffs surfacing, and the GAC WitStar from China is one of them. It was unveiled earlier this week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and in addition to the falcon wing doors, it boasts an extended-range electric powertrain as well as autonomous drive technologies. To top things off, there's a built-in fish tank armrest. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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19-year-old China Animation

Most animation studios employ at least a handful of animators and artists, but believe it or not, one 19-year-old from Guangzhou, China spent a few weeks putting together a battle that rivals even the best anime shows you've seen. Sure, the characters may not have faces, but just the effects and choreography alone are enough to net him a job at a larger studio. Continue reading to see why.

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China Rainbow Mountains

Photo credit: Imagine China

These aren't paintings, just real-life rainbow mountains situated at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. The many different-colored layers of sandstone and minerals that you see were pressed together over 24-million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates. The result, similar to a layer cake, is connected to the action of the same tectonic plates responsible for creating parts of the Himalayan mountains. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colors, patterns, and sizes. Continue reading for more images, information, and a bonus video.

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iPhone China Smuggling

With Apple having official stores in China now, we don't come across as many crazy iPhone smuggling stories, but then this guy popped up in the news. Simply put, he decided to strap 94 iPhones (various models) to his body in an attempt to smuggle them from Hong Kong to Guangdong province, China. The China Daily reports that they are valued at a combined 300,000 yuan ($48,300+ USD), and attached "to his chest, belly, thighs and shanks" with run-of-the-mill masking tape. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tao Liu Street Photographer

Photo credit: Tao Liu

Fujifilm's X100T may not be the best camera out there, but it's all Tao Liu, a self-taught photographer from China needed to become an internet star. He spends his days as a water meter reader in the city of Haifei, but being on the streets does have its advantages, especially if you have a keen eye. Liu first noticed his skill of capturing everyday situations at the perfect time about 3-years-ago when a few of his pictures, taken during lunch breaks, got more than the usual Likes on social media, and the rest was history. These days, when he's not out working or shooting, internet videos and books are his go-to choice for brushing up on photography skills. Continue reading for more.

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Ninebot One

Ninebot One looks like something straight from a science fiction film, but it's a real gadget that you can buy now. When fully-charged, this self-balancing unicycle has a top speed of 12.5mph, and a maximum range of 18-miles. Its frame is crafted from magnesium alloy to ensure maximum performance and the most skid resistance. Product page. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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China's Dead Sea Pool

Just when you thought your local beach couldn't get any more crowded on a hot summer days, China's Daying County is packed unlike anything you've ever seen before. This Chinese resort took inspiration from the actual Dead Sea and built an underground salt-water lake that covers an area of 30,000 square meters and is able to accommodate up to 10,000 swimmers at one time. Yes, the high salinity of the water which makes swimmers float freely, so there's no real risk of going under and drowning. Continue reading for more.

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