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Ghost Ship Amsterdam

Photo credit: Janus van den Eijnden

When 3D projection technologies are combined with water, something magical happens, or at least in the case of this installation by Romania-based architecture collective visualSKIN. They unveiled their latest project at the Amsterdam Light Festival, which basically consists of a 3D projection of a 17-century ship against a backdrop of water. It's titled "Ghost Ship," and rightfully so, making use of two intersecting images projected onto perpendicular curtains of water that can be viewed from multiple angles. This ship is based on the Dutch East India Company's The Amsterdam that was wrecked in a storm during its maiden voyage to Batavia in 1749. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Book Forest

Photo credit: Inhabitat

Why just chop up or burn fallen tree trunks, when you could turn them into something useful for all to enjoy. This "Book Forest" is located in Prenzlauer Berg, directly in front of a dessert cafe. It's from fallen trees cut at varying heights and bolted together to create a faux tree cluster of sorts. Visitors can open the plastic flaps to browse the books, or to add their own. Inhabitat visited this book exchange and found that the titles ranged from popular novels to history books, DIYs, and children's books. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Jenga move that should not have been possible.

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How to Meet Women on the Subway

Any kind of book / magazine / etc. can provide hours of entertainment, but sometimes, what you read in public might come back to haunt you later online. For example, this person is reading How to Meet Women on the Subway (it's a real book), and ironically enough, he just so happens to be riding on one. Now the question to ask would probably be if he put any of the techniques he learned into action immediately after setting the book down. That is just one of the many people who were photographed reading strange things at the unintentionally perfect time. Continue reading to see more.

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Knife Sculpture

Photo credit: Li Hongbo

When is a butcher knife not just another kitchen tool? When it's put in the hands of artist Li Hongbo. For his latest series, he creates silhouette artworks by meticulously cutting figures from knives, making it appear as if they're rising from the negative space. They're being showcased in a solo exhibition at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Continue reading to see more from this series.

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Girl with Earring Recreation

Squarespace employees Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick were bored at work today, so they decided to recreate a famous work of art using only objects found in their workplace. Eventually, this lead to the start of their imaginative series called "Fools Do Art", where they recruited their coworkers to join in on the fun and asked their fans for what they wanted to see. There are only a few rules: First, all of the props must be found in the office, and second, all the editing must be done on a phone. Continue reading to see more.

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Hubcap Animals

Brighton, UK-based artist Ptolemy Elrington has been transforming old car hubcaps into amazing animal sculptures for the past twelve years. He forms the plastic into everything from the eagle you see above to fishes, sharks and even a dragon. Elrington says, "I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person's junk is another man's treasure. If you go too small you lose the materials' identity and if you go too big it looks remarkable like a pile of hubcaps. I've made a few large scale hubcap sculptures and I've struggled a bit with that." Continue reading to see more.

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Geeky Slippers

Slippers are best known as light shoes which are easy to put on and take off and usually worn indoors. They come in all shapes and sizes, but very few really stand out, that is...until you see the examples above. They range from tank-inspired designs to a pair that looks like Chewbacca. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a raindrop splashing down into sand in super slow motion.

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Beer Can Wifi Booster

Let's face it, your school's Wi-Fi isn't always the most reliable, nor does it have the strongest signal all over campus. However, there is one simple hack that you can try for strengthening the signal: take an aluminum can, cut out a strip, and tape it to the router. That is just one of the many useful life hacks that will make studying easier, or so we think. Continue reading to see them all.

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Geeky Winter Hats

Winter officially begins on December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, but some places, like Buffalo, have already seen an entire season's worth of snow. Anyone who lives in a colder area, might want to check out some of these cool and creative winter hats. Above, we have the Cthulhu ski hat and the brain cap, which looks just like it sounds. On a completely unrelated side note, today is Dec. 13, 2014, which represents the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years - Jan. 2, 2034 (1/2/34) - and another 89 years if waiting for Jan. 2, 2103 (1/2/3). At approximately 9:10 and 11 seconds, you have 9/10/11/12/13/14. If researchers master cryogenics, it'll be 100-years until 2114, when 12/13/14 can happen again. Continue reading to see more.

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Parents Life Hack

Being a parent can sometimes be tough, but thankfully, the internet offers troves of information to help you along the way, including these simple, yet useful, life hacks. For example, if you've been running around all day, and your child still needs to be pushed on a swing, tying an extra long rope to the seat just might allow for some lounge time on the patio with a cold one. Continue reading for more.

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