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Just about anything can be turned into a functional lamp, including branches (above). Speaking of lamps and light bulbs, did you know that Hiram S. Maxim started a lightbulb company in 1878 to exploit his patents and those of William Sawyer? That's right, his United States Electric Lighting Company was the second company, after Edison, to sell practical incandescent electric lamps. They made their first commercial installation of incandescent lamps at the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company in New York City in the fall of 1880, about six months after the Edison incandescent lamps had been installed on the Columbia. Continue reading for more.

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Statues have been produced in many cultures from prehistory to the present; the oldest known statue dating to about 30,000 years ago. The world's tallest statue is over 500 feet. Many statues are built on commission to commemorate a historical event, or the life of an influential person. Many statues are intended as public art, exhibited outdoors or in public buildings. Now here are a few people having a bit too much fun with them. Continue reading to see more.

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From afar, it almost looks like a magic carpet of sorts, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's just a very clever table. Created by designer Alessandro Isolal, this creation combines a rug and a coffee table into a single object, called Stumble Upon. This installation was inspired by the annoyance of tripping over the wrinkles in carpet. Continue reading for up-close shots of what's behind this table.

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Moment Factory, a Montreal-based studio, managed to turn Quebec's Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook into Foresta Lumina, an illuminated nocturnal illumination through the enchanted forest. From now until mid-October, visitors to the park are able to experience an immersive, storybook-like adventure at nightfall. Continue reading for images and information.

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Photo credit: David Irvine

David Irvine, the artist behind the Gnarled Branch, isn't your normal illustrator and crafter. In addition to being known for whimsical furniture and Gothic sculptures, his most famous works are in his 'Re-Directed Paintings' series, where he finds old and/or discarded thrift store paintings and gives them new life by adding pop culture icons. They're currently being sold (prints included) on Etsy, Society 6 and Red Bubble. Continue reading for more.

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When is a home not just a place where you eat, rest, etc.? When it's made from an old airplane hanger. Archinet says that the "structure maintains its corrugated metal walls and cavernous space, allowing room for a restored 1930s golden yellow and red Piper Cub to sit naturally next to a late model, bright red Porsche. The theme is set as past and present come together inside as a mixture of industrial colors and metallic textures blend with soft furnishings and a pop of red throughout." Continue reading to see more awesome homes made from things you'd never expect.

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Located in Tehran, the Sharifi House - designed by Iranian architects at nextoffice - boasts a series of mobile rooms that can be rotated to provide extra space and get optimal amounts of sunlight at the push of a button. Think of this structure as containing a fixed main volume with mobile parts that adapt to the functional needs of its users - rooms of the first and third floors can be reconfigured for different purposes and seasons. Continue reading for additional images and information.

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Photo credit: Alex Dragunov via LaughingSquid

At first glance, this might look like displays at a museum, but it's actually the subway in Stockholm, Sweden. The Stockholm metro is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Several of the stations (especially on the Blue Line) are left with the bedrock exposed, crude and unfinished, or as part of the decorations. At Rissne, an informative wall fresco about the history of Earth's civilizations runs along both sides of the platform. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 3-year-old who held on a little bit too tightly to an amusement park ride.

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Here's something you don't see everyday: an LED sink that's controlled with a metal ball. Simply slide the ball over to either side to control water temperature, or just place it in the middle for normal everyday use. That is just one of the many cool and creative sinks we've rounded up for you today with out of the box designs. Others include: a transparent sink, gemstone, fish tank, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Designer Luis Hernan's "Digital Ethereal" is a high-tech project that utilizes long-exposure photography to show what Wi-Fi signals would look like if they were visible. This was made by possible with his Android app "Kirlian Device mobile", which is software that displays Wi-Fi signal strength with an array of colors. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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