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Pixel Street Art

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Instagram user "Pappas Parlor", also known as Swedish artist Johan Karlgren, focuses most of his efforts on pixel art, and in an interactive way. He creates pixelated versions of many well known pop culture characters, such as Homer Simpson, and places them around town on signs, pipes, sculptures, fences, and even playgrounds. Other characters include: Super Mario Kart, Futurama, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Painted Van Gogh Selfie

Halloween is just days away, and there's still time to create a next-level costume, even with things found at a discount store. For example, this person decided to dress up as a Van Gogh painting for a mirror selfie, complete with a Starry Night jacket. On a related note, did you know that Vincent had an older brother who died at birth who was also named Vincent van Gogh? Or, that in just a short period of ten years, Van Gogh made approximately 900 paintings? Continue reading for more geeky costumes.

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Cloud Umbrella

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Having a good camera is important, but being at the right place and time even more so, or at least when it comes to capturing memorable photos. For example, this person managed to photograph a cloud umbrella illusion of sorts when they managed to spot a cloud formation directly above a light pole. Continue reading to see more creative photos captured at the perfect time. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Smile Mirror

There's a new high-tech mirror that only becomes reflective when a user smiles into it. Priced at $2000-$3000, the plug-in, tablet-like device consists of a mirror, camera, and an opaque smart material triggered by propriety software. Facial recognition technology is used to capture the face, which then prompts the mirror's surface to change when a smile is detected. Users can either hang it on a wall or place it on a table. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Pixar UP Balloons

Tom Morgan teamed up with The Adventurists, an adventure company based in Bristol, England, to recreate the infamous "UP scene. To accomplish this, they decided to strap 100 balloons to a lawn chair and fly across South Africa 8,000 feet above ground. "It's going to be a three-day, long distance, floating adventure under party balloons on a chair...probably the silliest air race," said Morgan. Continue reading for the full making of video and more information.

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3D Crosswalk Illusion

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Many times, placing a speed bump isn't an option, and that was the case in the small fishing town of Isafjorour in Iceland. They wanted speeding drivers to really pay attention at a new pedestrian crossing, so they a 3D crosswalk illusion. This may not work on all drivers, but at the very least, it'll make them look twice. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Oddly Satisfying

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There's an internet phenomena known as "Oddly Satisfying," and there's even a subsection of Reddit where users share photographs of things that give them an inexplicable sense of satisfaction. For example, this photo of wine glasses could remind some of scenes from the movie Inception. Continue reading for more examples. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Kraken WW2 Ship

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This giant steel kraken is not an illusion, or a computer-generated image, but rather a real sculpture by BVI Art Reef, who teamed up with Secret Samurai Productions, social justice entrepreneurial group Maverick1000, and ocean education nonprofit Beneath the Waves. This massive sculpture was sunk attached to a World War 2-era ship near the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, to create a new coral ecosystem. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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3D Latte Art

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Daphne Tan, a 17-year-old from Singapore, has become a social media celebrity, and it's not for makeup tutorials or crazy stunts, but rather her incredible 3D latte art creations. "What sparked my interest was a school program where I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the appreciation of gourmet coffee... I was experimenting with a French press and found a method to create stable foam to make 3D art on top of my cups," says Daphne. It takes around 10 to 20 minutes to create each piece of art and she now uses a milk frother from Nespresso to create the foam. Scroll down to see the results," said Daphne. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Groot Pumpkin Carving

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Halloween is just a little over two weeks away, and that means for those who haven't started their pumpkins, time may be running out, or at least if you want to create something as detailed as these pop culture masterpieces by Alex "The Pumpkin Geek" Wer. Everything you see has been hand-carved and are one-of-a-kind pieces, starting with the "I Am Groot" (above), complete with lights to finish off the look. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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