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100-Year-Old Life Hacks

There are modern life hacks, and then these century-old tips from Gallaher's Cigarettes. During the early 1900s, many cigarette manufactures included stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to reinforce the packaging. Gallaher's didn't want to waste paper on these cards, so the company decided to print trivia, artwork and even well-known people onto them - including the famous Honus Wagner. The entire 100 card collection can be viewed at the New York Public Library's George Arents Collection. Continue reading for more.

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Cracked Screen Wallpaper Phone

Sometimes, your phone accidentally slips out of your pocket or off a table, resulting in a cracked display. When that happens, you could either take it in for repair, or just find some clever wallpaper that fits right in with the cracked screen theme, like the Iron Man and Street Fighter Ken examples you see above. Continue reading for more funny and geeky ways of solving everyday problems.

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Dark as Night Batman Motorcycle Helmet

You've probably seen or at least heard of the HD100, formerly known as "Dark as Night", Batman motorcycle helmet from Helmet Dawg, but now customers are posting videos of themselves wearing this geeky creation. Just to recap, it starts out as a DOT-approved GMax GM48S Platinum Series full face motorcycle helmet, and is meticulously transformed into what you see above. The original customization process hit some snags when it came to the ears and browline accents, but after lots of hard work, a Dark Knight-worthy helmet was the result. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The Living Cube

We all know that living space is a hot commodity in big cities, but sometimes you just have to make do with what's available. Till Konneker did just that by creating "The Living Cube," a hand-built cube that stores everything from his television, clothing and even vinyl collection. To further maximize space, a bed was built up top and a massive storage closet in the middle. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Chewbacca recreated with a guitar.

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Magnetized Floating Table

For the millionaire who has everything, here's something new to add to your collection, RPR's (Rock Paper Robot) $10,000 Float Table. At first glance, this appears to be a giant Rubik's Cube illusion of some sort, but as you get closer, you'll see that the cubes are all magnetized and held together with tensile steel cables to keep them in equilibrium. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tetris Couch

Why bother getting a sofa set, or several couches, when the Tetris-inspired, modular Bloc'd Sofa by Scott Jones Design exists. This couch consists of blocks inspired one of the most popular video games of all time, and its soft maple / steel frame allows the 18 foam cushions to be set up in various layouts, limited only by your imagination. The different shades of grey and vibrant teal cushion adds a nice touch of contrast to the mix. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Animal Lollipop Japan

Photo credit: Amezaiku Ameshin

No, these aren't CG images, just Amezaiku, the art of crafting realistic animal lollipops that you can actually eat. This skill has been a Japanese tradition since the 8th century, and 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka is an expert at creating these edible works of art made from sugary syrup and starch, with a touch of organic food coloring. He actually has his own shop, called "Ameshin" that sells his animal confectionery for approximately 1000-2000 yen ($8-$17 USD), and also teaches those interested in learning the craft. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Leaf Skeleton Bowl

Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi specializes in creating contemporary fiber art with challenging materials, such as leaves, hornet's nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute. For her latest project: "Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms." To give them the solid shape, she added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Elevator Bed

France-based furniture designer Espace Loggia has created a line of "elevator beds" that can quickly and easily be raised from the floor to the ceiling to maximize floor space in small living spaces. Available in a variety of designs and sizes (double, queen and king), the beds can be adapted to reach different heights, depending on who they're for, and the lift mechanism is activated with a simple push. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Skull Amrchair

This geometric skull appears to be some type of Photoshopped image, but it's actually a real armchair by French design firm HARROW, fit for He-Man's Skeletor. Constructed from resin, with a steel internal frame and black gloss finish, it sports a black velvet cover that fits in with your home's dark theme. Its cotton top that would be perfect after a hard day at work, or for Castle Grayskull on Eternia. Continue reading for more pictures.

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