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The Shoe That Grows

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Just about every parent has experienced the frustration of having their kids grow out of old clothing and shoes that fit just a few months before. This is a serious problem in impoverished countries where many cannot afford new shoes when their current pair starts feeling tight. Meet Kenton Lee of Because International. He's invented "The Shoe That Grows," a sandal designed to last a child five years. Available in small and large sizes, children can have shoes on their feet from age 5 to 14 years old with just 2-pairs. The design is quite simple, consisting of four sets of snaps, two on each side, that allow for adjustment of the width, while another snap at the toe can change the length. The sole is made from a durable compressed rubber while the straps are all leather. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Survco Credit Card Ax

Survco's Credit Card Ax may easily fit into your wallet, but it's definitely no slouch. At $29.99, it packs 21-functions, and can be used for everything from spearing / skinning a fish to cutting the wood used to cook it and more. The tools include: a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, shovel, arrow, spear, spear-thrower, saw, seatbelt cutter, bottle opener, water valve wrench, gas valve wrench, nail puller, 1/4" socket, 3/8" socket, 7/16" wrench and flat head screw driver. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Darth Vader Refrigerator

This custom "Darth Vader Beer Fridge and Vodka Fountain" was built by artist Tom Sachs, who's best known for his recreation of the Apollo Lunar Module. When not in use and the cape shrouded over, it looks like just another Star Wars sculpture, but pull things back, and you'll be ready to party in your man cave. Continue reading for more cool and geeky things that every man cave should have.

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Pencil Tip Art

What start as ordinary pencils you can pick up at any store, become works of art in the hands of artist Salavat Fidai. You see he specializes in carving miniature artworks, such as Batman's bust, onto the tips of lead pencils. He's originally from Ufa, Russia and dabbles in painting as well as illustration when he's not carving pencils. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Super Geek Baby

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Let's face it, newborn babies aren't the easiest to work with, but somehow, A. Bilger Photography managed to get this tiny one to pose as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies. For anyone looking to arrange a photoshoot for their own little one(s), just make sure your baby is comfortable as can be, and that all of the materials being used are non-toxic. Continue reading for more babies who might grow up to be super geeks.

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Scrap Metal Animals

Iran-based sculpor Hasan Novrozi uses scrap metal, automotive parts and even random hand tools to create a magnificent series of steampunk animals sculptures that are seemingly full of life and emotion. Aside from the epic Pegasus statue you see above, he's also created other sculptures in a variety of styles, some of which are made from clay. Continue reading to see more of his amazing creations.

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Backyard Theme Park

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Bruno, a man who lives in northern Italy, built a theme park in his very own backyard. His story begins in June 1969 when he purchases a a jug of white wine and a jug of red wine and five or six kilos of sausages to the forest. Bruno then set up a grill in the shade of a tree and awaited his first customers, and says: "I wanted to see if we would sell something or if people would come." Fast forward to today, and Ai Pioppi has human-powered swings, slides, seesaws, gyroscopes, a ferris wheel and even a roller-coaster. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a blind painter who learned to master his craft.

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Spiraling Geometric Sculpture

These are not optical illusions, just real spiraling geometric sculptures created with layers of laminated glass. For the past 3-decades, Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta has explored the properties of glass to make etheral geometric sequences manifested as layered sculptures. Her installations have been showcased at V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass in the U.S. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Exocet Chair

Created by Montreal-based designer Stephane Leathead, the Exocet Chair is one that can easily be configured in multiple ways, thanks to the identical slats on the rotating cylinder. This design enables users to change the chair's shape when the moment strikes. With soft curves and that long flowing shape, it definitely fits right in at any Apple Store, with their minimalist store layout and all. No word yet on when / if this piece will hit stores. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Creative Fast Food Packaging

Placing a filled-to-the-brim soda cup directly inside the bag with your fast food meal isn't the best of ideas, but with this innovative new packaging design, everything is neatly tucked into a handy carrier, complete with handle. Other clever ideas include: a peanut bag split in half with a pocket for the cracked shells, cheese pencils that can be sharpened and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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