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Scorpion Chair

Most chairs look boring, this one is not. Designed by artist Vyacheslav Pakhomov of Russia-based furniture studio Workshop Pakhomov, the custom Scorpion Chair is handcrafted from the finest wood and measures in at 6.5-feet tall. Buyers can choose from a variety of leather upholstery and wood finishes. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading to watch a viral video of a daredevil who decided to BASE jump off a skyscraper into a rooftop pool.

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Prosthetic Art

You may have seen some of designer Scott Summit's work before, but he has now made these stunning prosthetic limbs a priority. While they may look like computer-generated images, Bespoke Innovations really does make prosthetics that look like works of art, using a variety of high-tech tools, such as laser cutters and 3D scanners. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for more images and inforation.

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Origami Yoda

Photo credit: Ross Symons

To most people, these square sheets of paper are just things you use to write notes on or fold into fun shapes, but give them to origami artist Ross Symons, and you'll have a work of art in a few hours, like the Yoda above. Here's how his obsession began: "I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it. What I didn't realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life." Continue reading for more

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Ralph McQuarrie

Photo credit: Ralph McQuarrie

Here are some rarely seen Star Wars concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie, designer of the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this'", says George Lucas. Continue reading for more.

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App Developer Mobile Office

Photo credit: David McKinney

Whether if you're self-employed or can work remotely, being stuck at home all day and night can get tedious. David McKinney, an app developer for social media website Product Hunt, decided to mix things up a bit by transforming a Ford Transit van into a mobile office. He says, "It has all the usual office things like Wi-Fi, AC power, and a desk for working. It also has a couch for thinking, a view, and fresh air. And it's always near the ocean or a place for exploring. I think most things around us can be designed to be better for people. Here's my take on the modern office - a better place to do good work." Continue reading for more images of the build process.

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Magnetic Floating Bed

Designed by Dutchman Janjaap Ruijssenaars, this bed has enough magnets to keep 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds) from levitating away - it's tethered to the walls by four cables for added rigidness. Unfortunately, only one was ever made, and at the cost of $1.53-million) USD. The crazy thing is that some geeks have attempted to recreate this bed on their own. Continue reading for more cool beds that geeks would love.

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St. Mary Axe

St. Mary Axe (above) is a medieval church in the City of London that still stands today, blending seamlessly with the modern buildings surrounding it. The church gave its name to a street of the same name, which links Leadenhall Street with Camomile Street and Houndsditch. No. 30 was the location of the Baltic Exchange until it was destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1992; the Exchange is now located at No. 38 just to the north of its former address. On the site of the old Baltic Exchange now stands 30 St. Mary Axe, a skyscraper known colloquially as The Gherkin because of its distinctive shape. Continue reading for more.

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China's Paris

Anyone who hasn't been to "The City of Light" in France would probably mistake the image above for the real deal, but upon closer inspection, all of the buildings and roads look off. That's because it's just a replica of Paris, France in China, called Tianducheng. It was originally planned as a city for around 10,000 inhabitants, but the current population is estimated at a mere 2,000 people, many of whom are "working on" a nearby French-themed amusement park. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Star Wars WW2

Photo credit: Hi Consumption

Mashups aren't anything new, but this is the first we've seen that combines the Star Wars universe with actual World War 2 photographs. In this creative series, there's "3 on 3", with soldiers taking on a trio of AT-ATs; "Charge!" showing a soldier unfazed by a Stormtrooper; "Dogfight" taking things to the skies with TIE Fighters shooting down a warplane; and "Invasion" sporting a handful of soldiers with the Death Star staring down at them from above. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a modified gun that not only makes paper airplanes, but shoots them out too.

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Apple Ranch Home

Apple isn't known for designing homes (ever), but that doesn't mean the company won't delve into the industry sooner than later. This is what a ranch home designed by the likes of Peter Bohlin (architect behind many of the Apple Stores), would probably look like. This owner commissioned Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects to create the "Hupomone Ranch", a living space nestled on a sprawling 160 acres in California's Chileno Valley. Continue reading for more images and information.

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