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Boeing 777 Replica

If nothing else, this amazingly detailed Boeing 777-300ER replica shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or in this case, manila folders. Aviation fanatic and model maker Luca Iaconi-Stewart, used miniature knifes, common watch-making tools, axles, clamps, tie rods, brackets and even pneumatic hoses to create the 2,000-part model you see above. He managed to acquire the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and started work on the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale model. First, designs were drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then printed directly onto the manila folders. The mesh behind the engine was latticed manually out of hundreds of strands. The assembly process took approximately 200-hours. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Groot Swing

What cooler backyard accessory could a geek have than a full-sized Groot swing that looks to be straight from Guardians of the Galaxy? This was made by the extremely talented team at Super-Fan Builds and consists of urethane foam (head + body), sturdy metal (swing), steel rods and resin (arms) to make them stronger. In the movie, Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect, so the team decided to use LED lights in the swing as well. Lastly, everything was covered in a dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass for weatherproofing purposes, and the vines you see are basically ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body. Continue reading for more.

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Batmobile Stroller

There's a new hit show on television, and it's called "Super-Fan Builds". They're known for building a custom Lord of the Rings kitty litter box, Guardians of the Galaxy Groot swing, and now this Batmobile stroller. The team drew inspiration from the Tumbler version of the Batmobile from The Dark KNight trilogy, and managed to capture the complicated design, despite it being much smaller. Not only is it fully-functional, but completely safe for a toddler to ride in. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Borderline Genius Inventions

People who prefer soda from cans probably would love to have a version that can be resealed, or at least closed up for safe transport. The simple design you see above just adds another layer in-between the liquid and top. On a similar food-related note, making breakfast would be so much more enjoyable for geeks if there was a lightsaber-inspired knife that actually toasted bread as you sliced it. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five viral videos for today.

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Boyfriend Pillow

The Boyfriend Pillow is not a joke, it's a real and very highly-rated by people who've purchased it. For those wondering, the pillow is polyester-filled and the shirt is removable for easy cleaning. Product page. On a related note, did you know that the first people to use pillows were those who lived in early civilizations of Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC? That's right, during this time, only the wealthy used pillows. The number of pillows symbolized status so the more pillows one owned the more affluence he or she held. Continue reading to see more pillow designs that think outside the box.

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Middle Earth Map

Photo credit: Carpe Natem / Reddit

When is an old Starbucks cup not just something you throw away, when there's a map of Middle-Earth hand-drawn on it. For those who don't follow J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place entirely in Middle-earth. It's basically the central continent of the imagined world, not a name of the entire world. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Zodiac Monster

Photo credit: Damon Hellanbrand

You've probably heard it before, but "what's your sign?" normally isn't associated with monsters or other mystical creatures, that is unless...you're artist Damon Hellandbrand. He's created a series of "Zodiac Monsters" that show these symbols as nightmarish creatures from movies like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, etc. The creatures start out are born as pencil drawings or watercolors and then get imported into digital illustration software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) for retouching. Hellanbrand says: "...basically whatever medium I'm in the mood for" - taking inspiration from artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. Continue reading to see more.

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CD Ocean

This may look familiar to longtime readers, but the shimmering ocean of 60,000 compact discs was recreated by Paris-based artist Elise Morin for Kosice, Slovakia during White Night 2014. This beautiful landscape was created by hand-sewing the CDs together and laying them over inflatable mounds. The space can either be viewed as a rippling sea to a desert of plastic under different lighting conditions.

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LEGO Fixes

LEGO can be used to fix many things, such as Blade the tortoise, random walls around the city, conference tables, and even Christina Stephens' leg. Yes, after Christina had her leg amputated below the knee following an accident, she decided to put her LEGO-building skills to work by making a prosthetic leg out of the colorful bricks we grew up with, and become an internet sensation in the process. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.

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Fake Number Trick

Sometimes, people avoid giving out their real phone number for security reasons, but when someone shows interest during a meeting, there's a quick way to see if the number is real. Simply read it back with two or more incorrect digits, and if they catch them, you'll know the feelings are mutual, otherwise, it'd be best to leave things at that and move on. Continue reading for more useful life hacks and tips that geeks would love.

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