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Photo credit: Lucas Levitan

We've all probably heard about Instagram's great #thepurge cleansing, or how they got rid of millions of spam accounts, but London-based Brazilian illustrator Lucas Levitan didn't let that get to him, nor the company's new $35-billion valuation. He specializes in "Photo Invasion", which has him adding cartoon characters to random Instagram photos. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mind-blowing Equinox dragon made entirely from paper mache.

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Ghost Ship Amsterdam

Photo credit: Janus van den Eijnden

When 3D projection technologies are combined with water, something magical happens, or at least in the case of this installation by Romania-based architecture collective visualSKIN. They unveiled their latest project at the Amsterdam Light Festival, which basically consists of a 3D projection of a 17-century ship against a backdrop of water. It's titled "Ghost Ship," and rightfully so, making use of two intersecting images projected onto perpendicular curtains of water that can be viewed from multiple angles. This ship is based on the Dutch East India Company's The Amsterdam that was wrecked in a storm during its maiden voyage to Batavia in 1749. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Book Forest

Photo credit: Inhabitat

Why just chop up or burn fallen tree trunks, when you could turn them into something useful for all to enjoy. This "Book Forest" is located in Prenzlauer Berg, directly in front of a dessert cafe. It's from fallen trees cut at varying heights and bolted together to create a faux tree cluster of sorts. Visitors can open the plastic flaps to browse the books, or to add their own. Inhabitat visited this book exchange and found that the titles ranged from popular novels to history books, DIYs, and children's books. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Jenga move that should not have been possible.

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Knife Sculpture

Photo credit: Li Hongbo

When is a butcher knife not just another kitchen tool? When it's put in the hands of artist Li Hongbo. For his latest series, he creates silhouette artworks by meticulously cutting figures from knives, making it appear as if they're rising from the negative space. They're being showcased in a solo exhibition at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Continue reading to see more from this series.

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Girl with Earring Recreation

Squarespace employees Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick were bored at work today, so they decided to recreate a famous work of art using only objects found in their workplace. Eventually, this lead to the start of their imaginative series called "Fools Do Art", where they recruited their coworkers to join in on the fun and asked their fans for what they wanted to see. There are only a few rules: First, all of the props must be found in the office, and second, all the editing must be done on a phone. Continue reading to see more.

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Hubcap Animals

Brighton, UK-based artist Ptolemy Elrington has been transforming old car hubcaps into amazing animal sculptures for the past twelve years. He forms the plastic into everything from the eagle you see above to fishes, sharks and even a dragon. Elrington says, "I like to work with reclaimed materials to show that what is one person's junk is another man's treasure. If you go too small you lose the materials' identity and if you go too big it looks remarkable like a pile of hubcaps. I've made a few large scale hubcap sculptures and I've struggled a bit with that." Continue reading to see more.

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Johnnie Walker Oxfords

At first glance, this just looks like a finely hand-crafted pair of Oxford shoes, but there's actually a secret compartment built directly into the heel. That's right, these stylish Oxford-style Johnnie Walker Brogues by Oliver Sweeney - limited to 130 pairs - aren't just named after the famous scotch, there's a miniature bottle concealed in every shoe. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and the product page.

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Incredibeard

Isaiah Webb became an internet sensation back in September of 2012, thanks to what he called his "Lorax beard", which earned him the nickname "Incredibeard". Now, two years later, the 30-year-old San Francisco Bay Area has hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world following his social media accounts. He continues to push creativity to the next level by constantly coming up with new designs. That's not all, Webb also launched an online storefront that donates portion of all proceeds to the World Vision's Water for Children initiative - check it out here. Continue reading to see twelve more of his designs, plus a video.

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Upside Down House Austria

An upside down house is one of the latest tourist attractions in the western Austrian village of Terfens. Designed and built by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski, everything in this house is upside down, including the interiors and the car in the garage to the fittings in the bathroom. On a similar note, did you know a famous restaurant named Sakasa, in Matsumoto City, Nagano prefecture, Japan, is also upside down, complete with inverted fixtures and sign boards? Continue reading for more weird, yet real, buildings from around the world.

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Geeky Slippers

Slippers are best known as light shoes which are easy to put on and take off and usually worn indoors. They come in all shapes and sizes, but very few really stand out, that is...until you see the examples above. They range from tank-inspired designs to a pair that looks like Chewbacca. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a raindrop splashing down into sand in super slow motion.

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