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Photo-Realistic Hand Portraits

California-based Russell Powell is a teacher and skilled artist who paints photo-realistic portraits of celebrities directly onto palm of his left hand, but what he does next, might surprise you. After completing the drawing, he stamps it on paper canvas to create a permanent imprint of the artwork. He calls the process "hand-stamping"; a tricky technique because he needs to work fast before the paint dries, and also for the uneven painting surface. Continue reading for a video and more pictures of his work.

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Star Wars Fire Pit

For those who rarely see fire pits, they're basically elaborate gas burning structures of stone, brick, and metal that are designed to prevent fire from spreading. They can either be simple structures, or Star Wars-inspired creations like the ones you see above. Our favorite? It's a toss up between the Darth Vader and Death Star, as both are fitting for a summer roast on a warm night. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a wingsuit stuntman weaving through an extremely narrow crack.

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Tiny Pottery

Jon Almeda, an artist from Tacoma, Washington, says "size does matter" on his pottery website. However, he specializes in tiny hand thrown ceramics that measure just 1" (2.54cm) scale. He adds: "While browsing a book store, I came across a book called 'Creating Ceramic Miniatures' that really changed my whole outlook and approach. Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation." As you can see, his pieces are small enough to fit on the palm of your hand, or sit atop a coin or matchbook. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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8-Foot-Tall Lord of the Rings

The Tower of Orthanc was the daunting fortress that became Saruman's powerful base as he ruled over Isengard with an uncompromising iron fist, but now Brenden McMahon, has managed to recreate it with LEGO. Standing a whopping 8-feet-tall, it features nine individual floors, a torture chamber, library and even lights. The tower won "Best Mega Creation Award" at Brickworld Chicago, a popular convention for brick enthusiasts. Continue reading for two videos that show it in detail.

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Cliff Home

Casa Brutale may not be the first home that hangs directly off a cliff, but it's still not for anyone afraid of heights. Located on the Italian island of Capri, this wood, glass, and concrete home boasts a crystalline glazed-bottom swimming pool that doubles as its rooftop. Guests descend fifty steps down to the entrance, which is basically a large rotating wooden door, while the bare concrete and wooden planks give an air of minimalism throughout. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre robot finish line full of inflatable arms.

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College Tiny House

Joel Weber, a college student who will be returning to the University of Texas in Austin for his junior year this fall, decided to save big on housing (up to $800/month) by building his own tiny home on wheels for just $19,200. At 145-square-feet, the home has two lofts, working plumbing, electricity, a shower, a propane-powered stove and a mango bowl sink, all loaded on an 18-foot flatbed trailer that can go be towed anywhere, even after graduation. He said: "I saved up quite a bit and what I didn't have, family, friends, and the community around me donated materials. I designed it and worked with a carpenter and electrician who both volunteered their time. It's more about how I can live simple and still be grateful." Continue reading for more pictures.

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3D Printed Batman Suit

Film sculptor Julian Checkley from Ireland unveiled his latest project, a 3D-printed Batman costume. That's right, it's based on the outfit from Batman Arkham series, and he said: "We've always wanted to do a Batsuit and the Arkham Origins one is all beefed up and aggressive and gnarly looking. We had it 3D printed and casted and brought it back to Ireland to clean it up and try and take it to the next level." He assembled the parts with the team at Order 66 Creatures and Effects studio. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Monopoly Kitchen Table

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An internet user who goes by "ToastnEggs" online, decided to transform his kitchen table into something that could not only be used for meals, but as a functional Monopoly board as well. So, countless hours were spent measuring, planning, wood-burning the board and applying varnish. After a week of work, the table was finally complete, and the resulting table is impressive to say the least. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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Photo credit: Weekend Warrior / Reddit

Yes, believe it or not, there are now cell phones designed specifically to look like BMW and Porsche car keys, or at least their keyless entry remotes. Simply flip up the buttons, and you'll be greeted with a keypad as well as display. That is just one of the many simple, yet borderline genius, inventions we've rounded up for you today. Others include: a chair with a notch for bags, ties with a microfiber lining for cleaning mobile displays and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Spilled Coffee Art

Photo credit: Benulia / Instagram

Giulia Bernardelli, a 27-year-old artist from Bologna, Italy, takes spilled coffee and turns the liquid into art masterpieces. She received a bachelor's degree from the Academic of Fine Arts of Bologna, and is currently a museum guide for children. Bernadelli said: "I decided to replace the brush by what nature has to offer, such as leaves, fruit peels, or just the food. I never plan my work in advance...For example, when I drink coffee, I reflect on the nuances that I could create if I turned it over on the table." Continue reading for more.

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