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How It's Made Crayons

As the size of Crayola crayon packs increased from the original 1903 crayon packs, the variety of colors available has also increased - reaching 120 colors by 1998. The 16 officially retired crayon colors are "English Vermillion", "Brilliant Rose", "Light Blue", "Blue Gray", "Lemon Yellow", "Orange Red", "Orange Yellow", "Violet Blue", "Maize", "Green Blue", "Raw Umber", "Thistle", "Blizzard Blue", "Mulberry", "Teal Blue", and "Magic Mint". Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating viral time-lapse video of Disneyland being built from the 1950s.

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Bookniture Book Furniture

At first glance, this appears to be just a normal book, but flip it open, and you have some extremely compact furniture. You can either store or carry it around just like you would a book. This can be used in numerous ways: a stool, footrest, nightstand, standing work desk or just stack it up and make a table and chair set. Outdoors? Add a wood board on top of 2 Bookniture books to make it a bench. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Dark Lord Funk, the Star Wars parody of Uptown Funk.

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Refold Standing Desk

A New Zealand company has unveiled "Refold", a flexible, foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable standing desk. Designed by Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes, the 6.5kg cardboard desk can support the weight of an adult. Calloway says: "We came up with the idea as part of our final design project at university here in New Zealand. It was a small part of a larger project about easing the transition between studying and getting jobs." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Photo Composition Tips

Photo credit: Steve McCurry / My Modern Met

Looking to brush up on your photography skills? This video, from the Cooperative of Photography, provides us with several photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. All of these simple pointers are illustrated with examples from McCurry's breathtaking portfolio. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an epic Benny the Bull photobomb.

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Blind Artist Paintings

John Bramblitt's life has always been filled with art, but it wasn't until he completely lost his sight due to epilepsy that he tried to paint for the first time. Starting at age 11, the disease was diminishing his vision, and by the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely blind. He says: "[It sent me into] the deepest, darkest hole" of depression. All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone," he says. "I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero." It was then when he attempted to learn how to draw using a kind of fabric paint with raised edges, and the rest is history. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Game Changing Inventions

Sometimes, less is more, and it's even more true when you throw in some creativity. For example, the vanishing doorknob. This simple invention has a knob that retracts into the door when locked. To make it even safer, you could remove the little key / card hole at the bottom and have it have some sort of biometric scanner. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including Nissan's glow-in-the-dark electric Leaf vehicle.

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Underground Home Las Vegas

When it comes to real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location. With that said, where would a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era build a home? In Las Vegas, Nevada of course, hidden 26-feet below the ground. It's a furnished home, complete with fake clouds. To get there, you go through the completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator (or stairs) that takes you down into the secret lair. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living and should be turned into a museum if nobody decides to shell out the $1.7-million it costs to purchase the unique home. Successful businessman Girard Henderson built the home in 1978 and intended to ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Scrap Metal Transformers

The Transformers franchise is a massive success in China, so much so that Yu Zhilin, a farmer by trade, with a background in fine arts, decided to start creating life-sized robots using spare car parts in his free time. Fast forward three years and he's finished his first scrap sculpture with his son Lu Yingyun in tow, and things only got bigger from there. His latest project consisted of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, assembled in their makeshift home workshop. Continue reading to see more build pictures and for additional information.

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Coffee Portraits

Maria A. Aristidou is a commercial artist by day, but during her free time she creates amazingly detailed portraits using only coffee - several blends - on watercolor paper. After her first "accidental" portrait, the rest was history, and features characters like, R2-D2, Yoda, Davy Jones, Girl with Pearl Earring, and a host of Disney characters. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't fall asleep in the military.

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Cement Pipes Backyard

When do you do when you need some extra storage space, but only have a giant backyard? You go buy some giant cement pipes, dig a few giant holes, and build cement pipe-based storage units with a few extra stones laid around for show. Want to take his project a bit further? You could possibly connect a few of these together and build a Hobbit-inspired home of sorts for the summer. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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