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MacBook Chicago Apple Store

Downtown Chicago is getting a new flagship Apple Store, and on Thursday, workers installed a giant Apple logo on the roof, or to be more specific, one that looks just like a MacBook Pro. The completed building will feature an all-glass construction, as well as a thin, carbon fiber design, which could mean a new color for the next-generation laptop. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of people being submerged in a 6-foot water balloon.

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Ostara Tiny Home

Ostara by France-based Baluchon may look like a six-meter trailer at first, but it's actually an incredible tiny home, sleeps two in a loft bedroom. Guests are greeted with stunning French doors that open up to a light-filled living room, and when inside, you'll find a large 1.8-meter-long, small bookcase, wood-burning stove, and a small dining table. Step to the side, and there's a corner staircase with built-in storage that leads up to the mezzanine with a large loft bed. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Vertical Forest City

Architect Stefano Boeri Architetti is currently working with China to create the world's first Vertical Forest city, and it aims to fight air pollution by mitigating smog and producing more oxygen. Spanning 175-hectares near the Liujiang River, these modern structures will house approximately 30,000 residents in offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools. The firm plans to use about 40,000 trees and nearly 1 million plants from over 100 species to absorb approximately 10,000 tons of Co2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year, while producing up to 900 tons of oxygen. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Animorphic 3D Drawing

These drawings may appear to jump off the page, but it's all just a clever illusion by artist Nikola Culjic from Serbia. Completely self-taught, these illusions are made possible using a variety of animorphic techniques that only appear when an image is viewed from a certain angle. Believe it or not, these results were all achieved within 3-years. Unfortunately, none of his works are for sale, as he intends 'to make his name a brand for 3D.' Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Artist Repaint Action figure

Photo credit: Noel Cruz via Bored Panda

Artist Noel Cruz specializes in transforming normal action figures into photo-realistic works of art, or at least their celebrity counterparts, like Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. How did he get started? Well, after graduating from college, he was shopping on eBay for his doll-collector wife and discovered the market for lifelike, repainted dolls. Interested, Cruz decided to apply his background as a portrait artist to paint dolls in the likeness of celebrities to see if he could turn a profit, and the rest was history. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Tree Mansion

Photo credit: Adam Letch and Mickey Hoyle

So, you've got a luxury apartment in the city, a few supercars in the garage, but want a unique mansion in the forest? If so, then look no further than House Paarman by South African studio Malan Vorster. This tree mansion offers stunning views overlooking the forest, complete with four square reflection pools. It's comprised of four cylindrical units that symbolize trees, each with a tree trunk-like steel pillar with branch-like beams, along with circular rings to support the upper floors. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Modular Leica Camera

It's not possible to have the latest and greatest camera, as new products are released on a daily basis, but the modular Leica U wants to change that. This modular deign enables you to easily update the hardware, thanks to a quick lock mechanism, while letting photographers select between shooting styles without carrying around multiple cameras. Simply lock in your favorite lenses, handles, as well as lighting, and you're ready to shoot. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Pine Tree House

Located in the historic Collins Waterfront district, the amazing Pine Tree House, built by South African firm SAOTA has a giant waterslide that leads into a gigantic pool. If you'd rather swim on the beach, there's also a basketball court, as well as a convertible indoor/outdoor living area. The interior is just as stunning, with a kitchen and dining room on the first floor, while bedrooms are joined by a family room and master suite on the second floor. For those warm summer nights, there's a rooftop terrace that overlooks the adjacent canal. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tesla Model SD

Automotive designer Steel Drake gives us a first look at what could become the Tesla Model S successor. Called the "Model SD," this vehicle measures in at 93.9 in in length, 76 in in width, and 55 in height, making it slightly more compact than its predecessor. Other new features include: multi-color light strip up front, suicide doors, and a rear window delete. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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The Treetop Experience

EFFEKT, an architectural firm based in Copenhagen, has revealed "The Treetop Experience" in the Gisselfeld Klosters Skove preserved forest. It's a unique experience designed to let one walk through a tree line while also producing a minimal footprint in the way of a 1,968.5-foot long walking platform and 148-foot tall observation tower. The structure is divided into a lower and upper walkway, with the upper featuring a 360° observation tower. Continue reading for more pictures.

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