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Camera Aperture Ring Box

Photo credit: Matt Chalker

At first glance, this appears to be a camera shutter, but twist it open, and you'll find a diamond ring, or any other surprise you'd like. Matt Chalker spent 50-60 hours making the geeky creation above, which opens / closes like the aperture on a camera, to propose to his photographer girlfriend. "All of the wood is Ipe, the sleeve is machinable brass, the leaves are bronze shim stock, the pins (invisible when assembled) are 0.060" brass and the cushion is made from some sliced up nerf darts covered in velvet. It works by twisting the sleeve and the bottom wood base," said Chalker. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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DOC Sofa Bunk Bed

Forget normal sofa beds, the DOC Sofa Bunk Bed, created by the design team at Clei, transforms from sitting to sleeping space in minutes. This is possible due to a built-in mechanism that is hidden from plain view, but quickly snaps into into place in 30-seconds or less, complete with a ladder for easy upstairs access. How much does it cost? Well, there isn't an official MSRP, but you know what they say..."if you have to ask, then you probably can't afford it." Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Living Cube

Till Konneker knew that space is a luxury when living in the city, so he decided to make use of what little was available in his apartment by creating the "Living Cube". It looks like a home entertainment center from afar, but in addition to storing your television, this handcrafted cube has a bed up top, bookshelves, and even a closet / storage space inside. Now for really tight spaces, a toilet / shower equipped version might be necessary. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Spiral Wine Cellar Under Floor

Always wondered what James Bond's wine cellar looks like? If so, then look no further than these Spiral Wine Cellars. This storage solution can be installed just about anywhere, homes and restaurants included. Each one is a concrete constructed, watertight cylindrical system that comes equipped with a trapdoor at the top for easy access. The system uses a special ventilation system to store your wine - up to 1,870 bottles - at optimum temperature, humidity and darkness. Continue reading for two more videos and pictures.

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Mirror Cube Tree House

The MirrorCube looks like some sort of optical illusion at first, but it's actually just one of the coolest tree hotels you'll ever come across. Nestled in a beautiful Harads, Sweden forest, this mind-boggling structure was designed by the team at Tham & Videgard architects, consisting of a lightweight aluminum that features walls made of reflective glass, helping the structure blend in with the surrounding nature. Continue reading for two ore videos and additional information.

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Real Dr. Seuss House

Looking like something straight from a story book, this house, nicknamed the "Dr. Seuss House," in Willow, Alsaka, appears to have been built by an individual who wanted to have expansive views of Denali. Why is this house so tall? Well, the owner wanted to maintain the beautiful mountain views, so he kept on building vertically as the trees around the house got taller. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Gates of Erebor The Hobbit LEGO

Another day, another insane LEGO creation, and this time, it's from brick master Michal Kazmierczak's. He spent countless hours recreating the Gates of Erebor from The Hobbit, complete with a grand interior, using 120,000 pieces. Let's just say that images don't do it justice, but some of these shots are beautiful to say the least. For those who don't follow the series, the Gate of Erebor is basically the wide arched main entrance of the Dwarf-realm of Erebor. The entrance was at the head of the valley formed by the two southern ridges of rock thrust out from the southern slopes of Erebor. Continue reading for more.

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EverBlock LEGO Bricks

Forget building miniature toy sets, the EverBlock system lets you use life-sized LEGO bricks to build real desks, tables and more. With four different stackable pieces - a full-sized 12" brick, a half-sized 6" brick, a one-quarter-sized 3" block, and a 12" finishing cap, you can create build practical objects that not only look cool, but are structurally sound, without the use of any tools. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chewbacca Sofa

Designed by Nersi Nasseri, this strange-looking sofa looks to be lined with wookiee fur. It features a base constructed from reclaimed American oak boards, and is covered in long wool Icelandic sheepskin. The sheepskin is not only extremely soft to the touch, but it will keep you warm throughout the winter season. Each one of these stylish pieces is made to order. Click here to view the first image in today's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone moonwalking on their knees.

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Largest LEGO Warship

Fisherman Jim McDonough spent 3-years building a 24-foot scale model of the 890-foot USS Missouri using thousands of LEGO bricks at his home in Redford, near Arbroath. When he started the project in his garage, his research told him it was going to be the biggest LEGO ship in the world, but his effort was in vain after Minneapolis-based enthusiast Dan Siskind created a 25.5-foot long version of the USS Missouri. Continue reading for a video of Siskind's model and more information.

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