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Artist Justin Gershenson-Gates, the grandson to a railroad engineer, has always been fascinated at the mechanical workings of things. So, he now takes apart old watches and transforms them into recycled mechanical sculptures. He says: "My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray." Click here to view the first image in this week's internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Noah, a student with down syndrome, receiving a college acceptance letter.

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Sure, using a power drill may not be the most practical way of punching holes in a stack of paper, but it's creative nonetheless. On a similar note, did you know that the origins of the hole punch date back to Germany via Matthias Theel, where two early patents for a device designed to "punch holes in paper" have since been discovered? Friedrich Soennecken made his patent on November 14, 1886, for his Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen. Continue reading for more creative geeks who found alternative ways of doing everyday tasks.

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Grace Chon is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer who specializes in animals. For her latest photo series, she decided to photograph her adorable 10-month-old son Jasper and Zoey, a 7-year-old rescue dog, in matching outfits. According to Bored Panda, "Zoey was born in front of a store in Taiwan and was nearly lost when the store owner simply washed her and her siblings away into the gutter. A passing schoolgirl who saw the incident grabbed the puppies and took them home - with their mother following close behind. After handing them over to an animal rescue team, Zoey was adopted by Chon in the US." Continue reading for more.

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Ok, so a Darth Vader toaster won't exactly make your life easier, but for Star Wars fanatics who've always wanted to see the Sith Lord's face burned into their toast, this is just the gadget for you. It's a real product and will be released in July for a mere $45. Continue reading for 20 more clever gadgets and inventions that aim to make your life easier.

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Beau Coffron, also known as Lunchbox Dad online, is based in the San Francisco Bay and loves making delicious and beautifully designed bento lunchboxes for his daughter Abby. You'll find popular pop culture icons, such as characters from Narnia, Spiderman, and Dr. Seuss. Continue reading for more.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another creative use for the action cam, courtesy of German journalist and photographer Jonas Ginter. Simply put, he created a custom 3D-printed rig that enabled him to film with 6 GoPro cameras simultaneously, producing the spherical 360-degree effect you see in the preview image above. Technically speaking, "the video's known as a stereographic projection - it's named for a technique that turns a spherical surface into a 2D plane," according to The Verge. Continue reading for the video.

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Believe it or not, David Latimer has successfully grown and kept a garden sealed inside of a giant glass bottle that has been opened only once since creating it nearly 54-years-ago. He first planted the garden on Easter Sunday in 1960, placed some compost, added a quarter pint of water, and then inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires into a 10-gallon glass carboy. So far, he's only opened the garden once in 1972 to add a bit of water. Continue reading for a video showing how to make your own and more information.

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Taiwan-based art student Kai-Xiang Xhong from the Stan Winston School specializes in cardboard art, and for his latest project, he used it to create a life-sized Iron Man Mark III suit. Here's what Xhong has to say about the piece: "For my cardboard IRON MAN SUIT, I used pepakura technique. But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That's my style." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The very first mention of cupcakes can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. However, the earliest official documentation of the term cupcake was in "Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats" in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's Receipts cookbook. Fast forward to today, we have geeks all over the world creating cool and creative versions of the sweet treat, like "The Avengers" above. Continue reading for more.

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Disney characters aren't synonymous with zombies and other horror-related themes, but deviantART-ist Kasami-Sensei wants to change that, as the user has reimagined the typically cheery-looking protagonists of several Disney films in the style of characters from AMC's "The Walking Dead." Continue reading for more.

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