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Postcards for Ants

Photo credit: Lorraine Loots

"Postcards for Ants" is exactly as it sounds, an ongoing miniature painting project by Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots. She's been creating these paintings mini works of art every single day since January 1, 2013, using brushes, pencils, and bare eyes to render superbly detailed paintings scarcely larger than a small coin. Continue reading to see more of her work.

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Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

What do you get when you combine a giant hamster wheel with a standing desk? This creation by California-based designer Robb Godshaw. The wheel itself was designed using Autodesk Inventor and only took Godshaw 24 hours to build. For those who wish to recreate this wheel, you'll need four sheets of plywood, four skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws, and a pint of glue. Continue reading for a time-lapse video of the build process and also a link to the instructions.

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Two Kinds of People

When it comes to real world scenarios, there are usually two kinds of people. In the case of Apple and Google, the decision is split as both operating systems / handsets are on a level playing field - each excel in their own categories. Zomato, a website dedicated to food enthusiasts, has created a few illustrations to show just that. Continue reading to see a few more, including several food-related examples.

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UV Light Tattoos

Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength shorter than that of visible light but longer than X-rays (from 400 nm to 10 nm in wavelength). These geeky tattoos can only be seen under a black light lamp, which emits long-wave UVA radiation and little visible light. Fluorescent black light lamps use a phosphor on the inner tube surface, which emits UVA light instead of visible light. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the five funniest parking lot FAILS.

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Star Wars House

The team at Moon Hoon designed this Star Wars-inspired house in South Korea. On the outside, it looks like a space vessel ready to blast into space, but inside, you'll find a sleek, modern wood-clad living space, complete with a playroom upstairs. That's not all, the floor-to-ceiling bookshelf conceals a hidden door. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bull Terrier Drawings

Photo credit: Rafael Mantesso

What do you get when you combine an illustrator with a Bull Terrier? An imaginative series of interactive portraits if you're talking about Rafael Mantesso - editor-in-chief of a Brazilian gastronomy marketing website - and his bull terrier Jimmy Choo. According to My Modern Met, "Jimmy Choo was more than happy to help, as he happily posed for photos after a simple "Stay" command. Using blank walls, a marker, and sometimes silly props, Mantesso turned his dog into a flying superhero, a soulful singer, an lovable convict, and even a canine version of Botticelli's Venus." Continue reading for more images.

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Pop Out stairs

Most starter homes or apartments in metropolitan areas aren't usually the largest of places, but with the right furniture, things can appear to be a lot more spacious. For example, installing drawers and shelves directly into your staircase might be an option to consider, especially if your home is still under construction or due for a big renovation. Continue reading for more.

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Radioactive Shelf

Photo credit: Reddit

Web designer / graphic artist Mat Brown created these awesome shelves with his own hands, and not some computer program. He says, "We were running a bit short on shelving in the kitchen and wanted somewhere we could store all the preserves we're going to make from the garden this year, so we went to the timber yard to see what they had. They had this, 155cm long piece of chestnut. It was pretty heavily cracked and pitted, with knotholes and so on. But, I had a plan. Resin inlay. A technique traditionally used with a colour-matched epoxy to the wood, to give an 'invisible' repair. I'm taking a slightly different approach." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about giving that will restore your faith in humanity.

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Paul Smith Typewriter Art

Paul Smith was born with severe spastic cerebral palsy, which results in the loss of fine motor control in his hands, making it impossible for him to perform the most basics of tasks. That didn't stop him from becoming a world renowned artist though, using nothing but a typewriter. Beginning when he was just a teenager, Smith started working with the typewriter to create art, and slowly refined his technique until he was able to create real masterpieces. His left hand was used to steady the right and he would lock the "Shift" key to create most of his works with the symbols "@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _". Spending 2-3 hours pe day typing, each one of his artworks would take him anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Continue reading for an 11-minute video detailing more of his life and beautiful artwork.

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Ultimate Man Caves

Man caves have multiple purposes: they are a place to be alone, to indulge in hobbies, and to hang out with male friends. It is, loosely, a male-only space to retreat to watch sports matches, play video games, or catch the latest television shows as well as movies. However, all of these activities would be so much better in one of the above rooms. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a child who received 3D-printed Wolverine claws.

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