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Recycled Home

Photo credit: Homeless Home Project

At first glance, this appears to be any pile of old trash, but Gregory Kloehn, an artist in Oakland, California, has made it his mission to use these materials to build small mobile homes for the homeless. Called the "Homeless Homes Project", it all starts with dumpster diving in the local industrial areas, selecting the parts for his practical architectural creations and putting together something livable from the salvaged materials. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Toothpick City

Scott Weaver has spent the past 35-years painstakingly recreating San Francisco using 100,000 wooden toothpicks. Called "Rolling Through the Bay," it's also an interactive, kinetic sculpture that uses ping pong balls rolling along winding tracks within the piece to highlight neighborhoods, historical locations, and landmarks. Wonder where he got all those toothpicks? Weaver says: "I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of the day.

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Narrowest Home

Nestled between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland, the Keret House is touted as the world's narrowest home, measuring just 36 inches across at its narrowest point and 48 inches at its widest. It was created by Israeli writer and film maker Etgar Keret, who managed to raise 70,000€ ($80,000+USD) for the project and began the construction in collaboration with the Polish Art Foundation. He says: "This was the biggest challenge of my life, because I've never done something as narrow." Once completed in October 2012, the Keret House stands today as a two-floor iron structure, with a total floor space of only 46 square meters. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Star Wars Papercraft

Photo credit: UH02 via Gizmodo

When are sheets of paper not just something you use to write on or print documents with? When you design detailed templates of famous Star Wars vehicles, print them out, and then hand-assemble them. This is exactly what one geek from Japan decided to do by recreating the X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, and AT-ST vehicles from Star Wars, with absolutely no details spared, design wise. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of today.

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Billboard Home

Finding solutions to the complex homelessness problem involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory aims to use actual triangular billboards as housing for those without homes. Billboard dimensions are preserved to attract advertisers, which in turn pay for the home. A set of steps ensure easy access, and the interior floor plan is divided into two rooms. The first contains an entrance hall, a kitchen, and a raised bed set above a storage space. The second boasts the bathroom, a toilet, and a shower corner. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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New Canadian Passport

When viewed under typical lighting conditions, it appears to be normal paper, but place the new Canadian passport (issued July 2013 and later) under UV lights, and something cool happens: black-right reactive images start to appear. Every image in this document contains a hidden wonder. One other cool feature is the digitally-embedded photo of bearer stored on the passport's electronic chip. Continue reading to see all of the hidden images.

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Hidden Bar

Photo credit: Alberto Caiola

When you first step into this room, nothing really looks out of place, except maybe the Coca-Cola vending machine in the corner. At the pull of a handle, a modern and chic bar in Shanghai is revealed, called the "Flask". This machine is located in The Press, a small sandwich shop that operates as a secret front for the trendy bar hidden behind. It was designed by architect Alberto Caiola, and he says "the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] - within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity." You'll find speakeasy-era, like vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles, scattered throughout. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Rob Gonsalves Optical Illusion Painting

Rob Sonsalves interest in art began at an early age, and eventually lead to his famous technique of blending perspective and architectural art into one image by the age of 12. His work is inspired by Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, both of whom he met in real-life. Nearly all of his work blurs the boundary between the multiple stories they tell, forcing you to see all the different layers. Like his work? You're in luck, he also has many new paintings that can be found in this. Continue reading to see more.

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Boeing 777 Replica

If nothing else, this amazingly detailed Boeing 777-300ER replica shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or in this case, manila folders. Aviation fanatic and model maker Luca Iaconi-Stewart, used miniature knifes, common watch-making tools, axles, clamps, tie rods, brackets and even pneumatic hoses to create the 2,000-part model you see above. He managed to acquire the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and started work on the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale model. First, designs were drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then printed directly onto the manila folders. The mesh behind the engine was latticed manually out of hundreds of strands. The assembly process took approximately 200-hours. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Groot Swing

What cooler backyard accessory could a geek have than a full-sized Groot swing that looks to be straight from Guardians of the Galaxy? This was made by the extremely talented team at Super-Fan Builds and consists of urethane foam (head + body), sturdy metal (swing), steel rods and resin (arms) to make them stronger. In the movie, Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect, so the team decided to use LED lights in the swing as well. Lastly, everything was covered in a dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass for weatherproofing purposes, and the vines you see are basically ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body. Continue reading for more.

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