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Library with Slide

Photo credit: Dong Woo Architects

Most libraries around the world have elevators and / or stairs, but this one features a two-story slide. Created by design studio Bang Keun YOU and DongWoo Architects, this attraction is located in South Korea's Hoseo University. On the outside, the building is inspired by stacks of books, while the stainless steel shell was modeled after a QR code made from the library's official name: Jang Yeong Sil. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Boeing 737 Chair

Photo credit: Fallen Furniture

Aviation enthusiasts rejoice! The 737 Cowling Chair by Fallen Furniture, is made from a real Boeing engine cowling that measures 2m by 2m. The chair sits atop a highly polished aluminum base, which also enables one to spin it effortlessly on its axis. Inside the cowling, you'll find plush black leather that complements the shiny shell quite nicely. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Photo credit: Yoshiaki Yamashita

What better way to show off your love of fine automobiles, than with a transparent garage? The Garage Terrace House in Japan was designed with that in mind, and features a row of floor to ceiling windows from the garage to the adjacent kitchen and living area. Other areas of 1,800-square-foot home feature raised timber ceilings and stamped concrete floors. Click here to view the firsat image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video giving you a first look at Nintendo's Star Fox anime.

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Orion Streamliner

The Orion Streamliner, by automotive designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem, combines form with function. This carbon fiber motorcycle sports an extreme lowered stance that probably wouldn't do too well on uneven surfaces, but may improve handling around a smooth track, while zipping through turns with its turbocharged engine. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Maserati LaMaserati

Based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Maserati LaMaserati, designed by Staffordshire University transport design student Mark Hostler, ditches the KERS system from the LaFerrari being ditched, and is powered by a tuned 6.3L V12 being for weight reduction purposes. Considering that the Fiat Group owns both Ferrari and Maserati, we may see some type of Maserati hypercar in the near future. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Industrial Tropical Home

Design studio Razvan Barsan + Partners transformed an industrial complex on a remote Californian beach into "Bay House", a stunning tropical home, complete with decks, its own dock and even a small island. Its minimalistic design incorporates a host of green materials, including local wood, reed and bamboo. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ink Hunter Tattoo App

Always wanted to get a tattoo, but afraid that the artist might mess it up? If so, then Ink Hunter is just the app you need. This piece of mobile software digitally projects tattoos on your body using augmented reality and your smartphone's camera. Simply upload a design, select what portion you want it projected on, and then apply it in real time with full customization options - color, size, angle, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone putting their iPhone 6S into an expanding foam ball.

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Basement Home Theater

Home basements are nothing new or special, and are most often used to store junk that wouldn't fit in the garage. Imgur user "notadeckofcards" thought otherwise by transforming "The Dungeon" into a full-fledged home theater. "So here's where we started - a room under our house which we called "The Dungeon". Full of junk left over after moving in. We left it like this for nearly a year while deciding what to do with the room. The steel support beams are about 1.8m off the ground but everywhere else is perfectly fine to walk around in without hitting your head," said "notadeckofcards". Continue reading to see the finished product, along with an entire build log.

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House of Eternal Return

Artist collective Meow Wolf have transformed an abandoned bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico into a fantasy world of sorts, complete with 70 different spaces for one to explore, mini arcade, four tree houses, and even an interactive cave system. There's also plenty of secret passageways and rooms to discover, as guests try to figure out what exactly is going on. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Real Buzz Lightyar

Photo credit: Dan LuVisi

You've probably seen the films, but did you know that Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon? That's right, Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers. However, he did not receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name. His creator, John Lasseter, is said he wanted to create an action figure in the line of G.I. Joe for Toy Story and decided upon a spaceman figure, attributing the design to Apollo astronaut's clear helmets, skullcaps, communication devices and white suits. Continue reading for more images showing what cartoon characters would look like in real-life. Click here for a few bonus characters.

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