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Harbin Opera House


Photo credit: Iwan Baan

Located in China's Heilongjiang province, Harbin is not usually a place you'd expect to see a cutting-edge structure, much less one designed for large crowds, that is unless...you're talking about the Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects. It "would blend into the winter landscape as a white snow dune arising from the wetlands," said MAD founder Ma Yansong. Architectural photographer Iwan Baan traveled to this bone chilling destination, where temperatures drop to -30°C in winter, to capture the futuristic-looking building. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the best "whoosh bottle" science experiment ever.

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Inception Photo Manipulation

Photo credit: Laurent Rosset

Italian photographer / architect Laurent Rosset specializes in creating surreal Inception-like scenes by manipulating real photographs in post-production. They blend fantasy and reality, along with a few human figures for added effect. For example, in "The Sky is Flat" image (above) you'll find natural and urban landscapes folded onto themselves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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XSR 700

Yamaha teamed up with Bunker Custom Cycles to create an XSR700 that can not only be used as a street bike, but as an off-road machine as well. Powered by a parallel twin motor, this scrambler boasts 19-inch spoked wheels, upside-down forks from a MT-09 Tracer, Renthal bars and Biltwell Inc grips. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Deadpool Dragon

Photo credit: Lynton Levengood

With the popularity of Game of Thrones increasing, it's no surprise that some fans are coming up with some interesting crossovers, like this series of comic book characters as dragons, by Lynton Levengood. First up, we have none other than Deadpool, the "Merc with a Mouth" as some call him. Others include: Wolverine, Venom, Storm and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Modular Mini Home Cardboard

Dutch company Fiction Factory takes heavy-duty cardboard, and transforms it into the Wikkelhouse. These modular mini homes are basically made from large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard. It all starts with a giant machine that applies a coating of eco-friendly adhesive to the cardboard before it's wrapped and rotated 24 times around a frame to ensure its strength, durability, and shape. Once all that is completed, everything is waterproofed and then wood paneling is added. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tiny Apartment Hong Kong

LAAB Architects transformed a 309-square-feet apartment in Hong Kong into a comfortable living space that includes a full kitchenette, bathroom, workout space, storage, and even a two-tiered home cinema of sorts. Best of all, many aspects of the home, such as unlocking doors, turning on lights, etc., can be controlled with an app. "We began considering time as a factor, eventually designing the space around a 'form follows time' philosophy, which means that spaces open and close depending on the purposes needed at that particular time. This is best demonstrated by the bathtub area of the apartment," said the design team. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy Hot Wheels beach track.

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Monsters Inc House

S+PS ARCHITECTS unveils a Monsters Inc-inspired home in Mumbai, India that has a front facade made from recycled doors and windows. Other features include recycled columns that support its steel roof, a pipe wall, woven industrial mesh elevator enclosure, old textile blocks, and Burma teak rafters. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW R100 Sprintbeemer

Lucky Cat Garage's BMW R100 Sprintbeemer appears to be straight from a science fiction movie, but this cafe racer is real, and built around a rigid BMW 2 frame. It's powered by a lightly tuned RS Boxer engine, paired with an inverted '92 R100 R gearbox, while a slick square drag tire on a lightened hub manages traction in the rear. Since there's no need for speedometer, you'll only find a Scitsu Tachometer nestled in behind the aerodynamic fairing. 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 a creepy VR zombie game.

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Star Wars Jewelry

Jewelry expert Justin Davis has unveiled a line of Star Wars jewelry that looks out of this world. For those who don't know Justin, he graduated from the Parson's School of Design, and started in fashion before venturing into the jewelry space. He's worked with many famous brands and celebrities, including Jun Takahashi's UNDERCOVER as well as Eminem. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes SL GTR

Mercedes-Benz has partnered with McLaren in the past, but now the automaker plans on releasing a supercar that will blow its competitors out of the water. This F1-inspired model will boast a hybrid mid-engine layout using technology from their actual race cars. "We have the most energy-dense hybrid pack in existence/ It would make a great deal of sense to harness that technology for the road," said performance division boss Tobias Moers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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