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Super Mario Bros. Room

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. is a timeless franchise that never seems to get old, and what better way to pay tribute than by creating en entire room based on the classic game? That's exactly what Dustin Carpenter decided to do for his daughter's room, and in addition to the decorations, there's an NES-controller-themed switch that starts playing the theme song when turned on. Believe it or not, everything you see in this room only cost Dustin $700 and 70-hours of build time. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lazy hamster who found an alternative way to use its wheel.

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Ferris Bueller Ferrari House

Sure, it's been 29 years since John Hughes'classic comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off was released, but true fans will never forget Cameron's iconic glass house where he accidentally knocked the Ferrari off the jack, sending it right into the ravine out back. Designed by A. James Speye back in 1953, the stunning home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an expansive living room, equipped with floor-to-ceiling-windows. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The Living Cube

We all know that living space is a hot commodity in big cities, but sometimes you just have to make do with what's available. Till Konneker did just that by creating "The Living Cube," a hand-built cube that stores everything from his television, clothing and even vinyl collection. To further maximize space, a bed was built up top and a massive storage closet in the middle. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Chewbacca recreated with a guitar.

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Chewbacca Sofa

Chewbacca is one of the best known characters from the Star Wars universe, and if he were a piece of furniture, we'd imagine him looking something like the Long Wool Sofa from New York-based Sentient. While not officially licensed by Lucasfilm, this sofa does feature a base constructed from reclaimed American oak boards, in addition to what appears to be actual Wookiee fur - is actually long wool Icelandic sheepskin. Not only soft to the touch, the sheepskin is extremely cozy as well, and will definitely keep you warm even on the coldest nights. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Magnetized Floating Table

For the millionaire who has everything, here's something new to add to your collection, RPR's (Rock Paper Robot) $10,000 Float Table. At first glance, this appears to be a giant Rubik's Cube illusion of some sort, but as you get closer, you'll see that the cubes are all magnetized and held together with tensile steel cables to keep them in equilibrium. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tetris Couch

Why bother getting a sofa set, or several couches, when the Tetris-inspired, modular Bloc'd Sofa by Scott Jones Design exists. This couch consists of blocks inspired one of the most popular video games of all time, and its soft maple / steel frame allows the 18 foam cushions to be set up in various layouts, limited only by your imagination. The different shades of grey and vibrant teal cushion adds a nice touch of contrast to the mix. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Animal Lollipop Japan

Photo credit: Amezaiku Ameshin

No, these aren't CG images, just Amezaiku, the art of crafting realistic animal lollipops that you can actually eat. This skill has been a Japanese tradition since the 8th century, and 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka is an expert at creating these edible works of art made from sugary syrup and starch, with a touch of organic food coloring. He actually has his own shop, called "Ameshin" that sells his animal confectionery for approximately 1000-2000 yen ($8-$17 USD), and also teaches those interested in learning the craft. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Modern Mirage House

You haven't seen a beach house, until you've seen the Modern Mirage House. Located on the Greek island of Tinos, this 198-square-meter residence was designed by the Kois Architecture team, and is perched atop a steep, rocky hillside. The actual home is built directly into the hillside, buried in the landscape. What's really cool is the roof, which doubles as an infinity pool, perfect for enjoying panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. The team decided upon this design to provide thermal insulation for the guests in addition to also protecting them from solar radiation. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Leaf Skeleton Bowl

Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi specializes in creating contemporary fiber art with challenging materials, such as leaves, hornet's nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute. For her latest project: "Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms." To give them the solid shape, she added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Elevator Bed

France-based furniture designer Espace Loggia has created a line of "elevator beds" that can quickly and easily be raised from the floor to the ceiling to maximize floor space in small living spaces. Available in a variety of designs and sizes (double, queen and king), the beds can be adapted to reach different heights, depending on who they're for, and the lift mechanism is activated with a simple push. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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