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Negative Art

Brian Lai, an artist Brian Lai from Malaysia, takes photo-realistic drawing to a whole new level by creating sketches with inverted colors. That's right, they look like abstract works of art until a filter is applied to invert the colors, allowing one to admire the portrait and, thereby, positively appreciating the artist's negative rendition. The hardest part? Adjusting the tone and shading details, according to Lai. 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 "The Dawn of Killer Robots".

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The Shoe That Grows

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Just about every parent has experienced the frustration of having their kids grow out of old clothing and shoes that fit just a few months before. This is a serious problem in impoverished countries where many cannot afford new shoes when their current pair starts feeling tight. Meet Kenton Lee of Because International. He's invented "The Shoe That Grows," a sandal designed to last a child five years. Available in small and large sizes, children can have shoes on their feet from age 5 to 14 years old with just 2-pairs. The design is quite simple, consisting of four sets of snaps, two on each side, that allow for adjustment of the width, while another snap at the toe can change the length. The sole is made from a durable compressed rubber while the straps are all leather. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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TRON Cars

The TRON Universe is essentially about humans being transported into a computer and them interacting with humanoid computer programs in a digital world. The universe is named after the computer program Tron, who saved ENCOM's mainframe computer system and the real world from an evil self-aware computer program known as the MCP in 1982. If this place were real, here are what some of the cars would look like. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a red hot nickel ball melting a jawbreaker.

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Stuttgart Public Library

What you're looking at above is not a museum or art exhibit, just the Stuttgart Public Library, also known as the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart. From 1965 on, the Central Library of Stuttgart has been located in the Wilhelmspalais in Stuttgart. This building was built 1834 - 1840 by Giovanni Salucci. It was the place of residence of King Wilhelm II. In 2011 the Central library moved to the newly built Stadtbibliothek am Mailander Platz. There is a various departments, including: a children's books section, music library, art library, information literacy, information for the elderly, administrative and so on. Continue reading for more.

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Pencil Tip Art

What start as ordinary pencils you can pick up at any store, become works of art in the hands of artist Salavat Fidai. You see he specializes in carving miniature artworks, such as Batman's bust, onto the tips of lead pencils. He's originally from Ufa, Russia and dabbles in painting as well as illustration when he's not carving pencils. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Scrap Metal Animals

Iran-based sculpor Hasan Novrozi uses scrap metal, automotive parts and even random hand tools to create a magnificent series of steampunk animals sculptures that are seemingly full of life and emotion. Aside from the epic Pegasus statue you see above, he's also created other sculptures in a variety of styles, some of which are made from clay. Continue reading to see more of his amazing creations.

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Amazing Tiny Homes

For some people, even ones who are quite wealthy, tiny, yet efficient, homes are the way to go. The "Tiny House Movement," is basically an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. In 2014, the first "tiny house friendly town" was declared in Spur, Texas. This year, the nonprofit American Tiny House Association was formed to promote the tiny house as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option and to work with local government agencies to discuss zoning and coding regulations that can reduce the obstacles to tiny living. 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 what Tinder would've been like in the 80s.

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Spiraling Geometric Sculpture

These are not optical illusions, just real spiraling geometric sculptures created with layers of laminated glass. For the past 3-decades, Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta has explored the properties of glass to make etheral geometric sequences manifested as layered sculptures. Her installations have been showcased at V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass in the U.S. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Creative Fast Food Packaging

Placing a filled-to-the-brim soda cup directly inside the bag with your fast food meal isn't the best of ideas, but with this innovative new packaging design, everything is neatly tucked into a handy carrier, complete with handle. Other clever ideas include: a peanut bag split in half with a pocket for the cracked shells, cheese pencils that can be sharpened and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Star Wars Wedding Invitation

Most wedding invitations are designed purely to "get the job done", but this Star Wars-themed creations takes things to the next level. Imgur's "Homerliwag" hired Somersault Letterpress in Las Vegas for the job, and he says: "I wanted to create an invite that was part puzzle, part museum piece for our "May the 4th be with you" wedding. The discovery starts with a cryptic date letterpressed on the top of a simple black box. After taking off the lid, all you see is a white Star Wars miniature ship and the words - 'Take Off'. After 'taking off' the paper under the ship, the wedding information is revealed. A fun RSVP card with custom envelope lies even further beneath. Even the postage stamp is customized with our wedding 'icon' - a graphic that combines Star Wars and Indiana Jones...The true manifestation of our geeky-ness." Continue reading for more.

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