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Photoshop Makeover

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Photoshop guru "Kanahoooo" on Chinese social media website Weibo specializes in enhancing random profile photos. Her work is so incredible that she's amassed 430,000 followers, and the goal is to make people look "shiny," or in other words, far different from their original photos. "Don't believe the perfect thing you see online. If you want to find out about somebody, then see them in real life," said Kanahoooo. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Spokeless Ferris Wheel

The world's largest spokeless ferris wheel, built by Tianjin Craftsman Manufacture, has just been unveiled, and it's located on the Bailang River Bridge in Weifang, China. This massive structure has 36 carts that can transport up to 10 passengers each, complete with an integrated display, WiFi, and expansive views of East China's Shandong Province. It stands 145-meters tall and requires 28-minutes to complete a full rotation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you quench the thirst of a desert snake.

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Chinese Click Farm

Ever wonder how some newly released apps manage to get thousands of 5-star reviews within days? If so, then wonder no more, as this video gives us a rare inside look at one of these click farms in China, where humans and machines mix to create fake reviews 24/7. The work flow is basically: download, install, review, uninstall, and repeat under a new account. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Building Shaker

Let's face it, nobody likes noisy neighbors, especially ones who reside directly above you. Zhao from China decided to seek revenge by purchasing a "building shaker" gadget online. Believe it or not, he actually tried to politely speak with the family first, but to no avail. The $58 device produces strong vibrations, similar to someone drilling into the ground, with the higher-end models offering timers and smartphone compatibility. After leaving for a weekend and leaving the "Building Shaker" device turned on, the two parties mutually agreed to keep things quiet during certain hours of the day. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible Japanese Rube-Goldberg machine.

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Vertical Factory

Designers Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie have revealed an innovative vertical factory system that doubles as a self-sustaining ecosystem. The skyscraper consists of alternating layers of industry and nature that work together to create a sustainable urban environment, while cleaning the city. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Bridge Erector

Not just another piece of heavy machinery you'd find at a normal worksite, the SLJ900, designed by the Shijiazhuang Railway Design Institute, is specifically used to build aqueducts and rail bridges. Most recently, it was used in the construction of a link between Chongqing and Wanzhous in China. It weighs in at a massive 580-tons, spans 300-feet long and 24-feet wide. The SLJ900 consists of four sections of 16, each of which can rotate 90°, equipped with a total of 64 wheels to allow for fluid movement. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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China Tank Snow

Baotou city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw heavy amounts of snow falling, which meant the painstaking task of clearing it away so all its residents can all get on with their daily lives. However, the city has unveiled a new weapon in its snow clearing armory: a tank with caterpillar tracks, bogie wheels, and a huge snow blower where the turret normally is. "A jet engine is added on the tank chassis. Snow is blown away by the hot and high-speed air expelled by the engine", said the designers at the China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC). It can reach speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour on the road, topping out at 48 to 50 kilometers per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a toddler who mistook a water heater for a robot.

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Tree House Hotel

Photo credit: Chen Hao

This Minecraft-inspired "Qiyunshan Tree House" in China's Anhui Province is no computer-generated imagery, but rather a real structure designed by Bengo Studio. This three-story living space consists of a series of stacked timber blocks, and boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as a living room, all connected together by spiral staircase. Climb up to the very top, and you'll be greeted with a 'landscape room' offering panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ProTruly Darling VR Smartphone

Touted as the "world's first VR smartphone," the ProTruly Darling definitely tries living up to its name. Featuring an integrated 360° camera that enables users to snap photos and record video in all directions simultaneously, while giving you the ability to preview the footage as interactive globes. Plus, you also get a 5.5" 1080p display, MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, dual 13MP cameras, and an ample 3,560mAh battery. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Subway Recycle Machine

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Beijing decided to implement an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more by installing 34 "reverse" vending machines inside subway stations throughout the city. When an empty plastic bottle is inserted, a sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic - anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and turns that into public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, while tourists who don't need the rewards can insert bottles anyways. Continue reading to see more ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Click here for a few bonus images.

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