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Rent Video Billboard

Digital billboards are normally used by companies to promote things, but Brian Kane rented one for more artistic reasons, the "Healing Tool" to be exact. This installation involved rotating between pictures of surrounding natural environments, creating optical illusions that blend in with the environment. The scenes change depending on the time of day, with natural images appearing during the daytime, while space photographs dominate the night. "By removing the marketing message from the advertising space, we create an unexpected moment of introspection. People are allowed to interpret an image based on their own experience, and not necessarily with the singular focus of the advertiser's intent," said Kane. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an interesting crime stoppers video.

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Burning Roses

Photo credit: Ars Thanea

Ars Thanea, a creative production house from Warsaw, Poland, created "The Ash", a bouquet of roses that was covered in ash and lit by a burning coal fire below. The final result looks like something straight from a science fiction movie. The team said: "So we knew that this time there will be no space for any of 3D tools, we are used to on every day basis. We decided to create everything form a scratch, there would be anything 'alive' in this project. Firstly, we used various of materials to built the shape of flowers. Then we painted and fully covered them with the material which looks like a volcanic ash. Then we finished it up with a real burning coal, and to fulfill the gaps between the roses, we decided to use a red light, which gave the feel of a glowing. The second part was to take some photos of burning coal only, using the same perspective - it was easier afterwards, to digitally compose all the layers. As the final result was that we got a big and very detailed picture - which, to be honest, would take a much more time to achieve if we would use our regular 3D tool." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Spiky Shower Curtain

Say goodbye to long wasteful 15-minute showers, and hello to this spiky shower curtain by Elisabeth Buecher, which is designed to kick you out after 4-minutes. If you're still in there after when the 4-minute mark, the shower curtain inflates with colorful spikes. Fortunately, the aren't metal spikes, but rather inflatable ones that just make showering annoying, and possibly messy as the water hits off them. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Medieval Batman

Most Batman costumes are dull and boring, but Prince Armory in Dallas, Texas have created something that looks to be straight out of an Elseworlds tale. This medieval armor transforms Bruce Wayne into a real dark knight, complete with removable faceplate should he need to call Ivanhoe the Green Lantern or Superman. Speaking of the caped flying crusader, a matching medieval armor suit would be perfect for a movie set 300-years in the past. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an insane fire jump.

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Rapid Hammock

Photo credit: Coffeetopia

Ghidaq al-Nizar, an artist from Indonesia, started out as a latte artist, but now he's taken coffee to the next level. Simply put, Nizar takes coffee straight from the cup / plate and creates works of art on unconventional canvas, like a leaf. Nizar said: "I love intimacy. I feel it with coffee and It's fun to have fun with something you love. So I can't find any better medium to celebrate my feelings. Artists have to feel when they do something, and I think it applies for everyone. I have tried to paint using other media but [I didn't have any feelings for them]. If you can't feel it, you will leave it." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Helix Folding Bike

Most folding bikes aren't built to last, that is unless...you're talking about Helix. Touted as the "world's best folding bike," this 9-speed bike utilizes patent pending side-by-side technology to fold down to the size of its wheels, making for easy transportation. The titanium frame is handcrafted in Canada and the pass-through locking design with secondary safety ensures a worry-free ride. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Cardiff Skates

Why walk all over the office, when you can skate? Introducing Cardiff Skates. Fusing roller blades with strap-on skates, this gadget let you strap on a set of wheels at anytime and place. Each skate is equipped with 3 wheels (a 4th is used exclusively braking), and provide easy control and maneuverability. They use a ski-boot inspired ratcheting binding system that give the skates the ability to mold to nearly any footwear. Currently, there are 2 sizes available, both of which retail for about $160. Continue reading for more cool office gadgets.

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Drone Photography

National Geographic has teamed up with Dronestagram for the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest, and so far, they've received more than 5,000 entries from around the globe. Drone photography offers a vantage point that we can never see while standing on the ground, and the winning images show why. They range from the tops of buildings peeking out of densely-foggy skies to a massive castle that now appears completely dwarfed. Best of all, they can be picked up for under $60 right now. Continue reading for more.

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Car Part Dragon

This unknown artist takes old car parts from junkyards and spends countless hours transforming them into mythical creatures, like the dragon you see above. The wings are made from body panels, while the entire body was fabricated using salvaged engine parts. Once everything is pieced together, it was given a fresh chrome / silver paint job to keep things looking uniform throughout. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery, including the Star Wars: Force Awakens reel from Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Superhero Bookends

Israel-based design studio Artori Design have revealed Book & Hero and the Supershelf. This clever bookend and floating shelf were designed to make it seem like they're being saved by a familiar caped superhero, but they're actually just clever illusions, created using strong magnets. We wouldn't be surprised if a Batman version pops up before the movie is released in March next year. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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