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Dream Home Thailand

Steve Areen's otherworldly Thailand dome home was built in just six weeks on the modest budget of $9,000. He decided to build a dream home while visiting friend Hajjar Gibran, who offered him a spot on their mango farm to build his own dome. Believe it or not, the cost for the basic structure was under $6,000, but including finishing details and furniture, the total cost came out to $9,000. While this home was built with cement blocks and clay bricks, Areen says he's looking at property in Oregon to build another dome home, but this time, with more sustainable earthen bricks. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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Tietgenkollegiet Copenhagen Dorm

Let's face it, most college dorms are designed to be affordable, and don't feature the many luxuries found back at home. Copenhagen's Tietgenkollegiet might be the exception. It's essentially beautiful circular student dormitory that was designed by Lundgaard and Tranberg. The Tietgen Residence Hall comes complete with community kitchens, workshops, cafes, music rooms, and a central activity courtyard. That's not all, students can also find bike storage, an auditorium, a roof deck, and even exposed concrete / magnesium floors inside their rooms. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Penny Floor

Photo credit: Jake 0111

Why spend thousands on new flooring for your home, when you could just cover it with 20,000 pennies (worth $200)? Sure, it might take a lot more work than traditional wood / tile floors, but as you can see, the results are interesting to say the least, and just makes "cents". For anyone wondering, each row consists of 100 pennies, with each glued individually, and then coated with self-leveling epoxy once completed. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of amazon parrots arguing like an old married couple.

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Millennium Falcon Cardboard

Photo credit: trichner123 / Reddit

The Kellogg brothers first used paperboard cartons to hold their flaked corn cereal, and later, when they began marketing it to the general public, a heat-sealed bag of Wax paper was wrapped around the outside of the box and printed with their brand name. Now Reddit user and animation artist Thomas Richner decided to use the heavy-duty paper to create a Millennium Falcon, measuring 5-feet in length. No detail was spared, as it features six rear vents and even functional retractable landing gear. When all was said and done, it took Richner approximately 140-hours to complete. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Twinkies Minions

The goal of many traditional companies these days is to create an out-of-the-box advertising campaign that turns heads not online in the real world, but online as well. Thanks to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, all it takes is one clever image from a popular user for a product (or company) to go viral in minutes. For example, this Twinkies Minions collaboration worked out perfectly. Continue reading for more.

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Children's Drawings Into Stuffed Animals

Children's drawings usually don't make any sense, but one company specializes in turning these crazy ideas into real stuffed toys. Introducing Budsies, a service that allows you to email them your artwork and then have a real artist handcraft a stuffed animal based on the image. To ensure it doesn't fall apart upon arrival, a professional seamstress stitches all the parts together after it's stuffed with high-quality polyester fiber. Continue reading to see some of the creations that have ensued.

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New US Currency Design

Euro banknotes are known for their colorful designs and various sizes, but when it clashes with US currency, you get these sleek designs by artist and designer Travis Purrington. These notes blend vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalism, with Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and space exploration on the fifty-dollar note. Continue reading to see the other redesigned banknotes.

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Optical Illusion Tattoo Arm

Photo credit: Paul O'Rourke

Most tattoos are either subtle or loud and colorful, but tattoo artist Paul O'Rourke's latest creation is just plain awesome. He spent 2.5-hours inking this mind-boggling geometric tattoo onto a client's arm. For those interested in getting something similar done, drop by Allstar Tattoo shop in Limerick City, Ireland. Continue reading for more mind-boggling optical illusion tattoos that aren't Photoshopped, or so we think.

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Cool Packaging Design

Apple's products may not have top-of-the-line specs, nor the lowest prices, but they're known for one thing...design. If you take normal products, such as the yarn above, and hire some extremely talented graphic designers, you'll get packaging that really stands out, especially in "No-Shave November". Speaking of packaging, did you know that in 1952, Michigan State University became the first university in the world to offer a degree in Packaging Engineering? Continue reading for more.

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Geeky Ring

Most rings are designed with *bling* in mind, but this one think outside the box (or sphere) with some dandelions. It's believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics dating back as far as 3,000 years ago, including papyrus scrolls, show us evidence of braided rings of hemp or reeds being exchanged among a wedded couple. Egypt viewed the circle as a symbol of eternity, and the ring served to signify the never-ending love between the couple. This was also the origin of the practice of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand, which the Egyptians believed to house a special vein that was connected directly to the heart. Continue reading for more.

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