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Mailman Palace

There are many parts of France that seem to be straight from a fairytale, and one of them is Palais Ideal, a handmade palace by Ferdinand Cheval. This French postman did not have any formal architectural or artistic training, but spent 33-years (beginning at 43-years-old) creating this extraordinary structure. Pebbles and other oddly-shaped rocks that he found along his mail route were stuck together using cement. Construction on the palace began in 1879 and was completed in 1912. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Snowboarder Home Mountains

Mike Basich, a professional snowboarder from California, has traveled all over the world, but he prefers to live closer to the slopes. So, he built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. This project, called "Going off the Grid" took him five years to complete..."two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock," according to Basich. Since it's in such a remote location, there's no land-bsaed Internet (satellite still a possibility), no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hammock Table

The Hammock Table - made from rattan, glass and stainless steel - has a perfect napping spot for your cat(s). It's located right below the glass table top, and should you not have any furry pets, it's great for magazines, decorations or books. This clever piece was designed by Japan-based Koichi Futatsumata Studio, a company who specializes in product and object design. One caveat: it'll set you back a cool Y190,000 or $1,572 USD. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Ski Jump Home

This historic ski jump is unlike any other, as it has been converted into a penthouse apartment suspended 200 feet in the air. The modern living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was previously a waiting area for competitors during the 1952 Winter Olympics. When on the rooftop terrace, guests can catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on clear nights. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Baymax Big Hero 6

Photo credit: Demetria Syke

Demetria Skye, an extremely talented self-taught artist from Scotland, has created a series of creative illustrations featuring Baymax from Disney's Big Hero 6. As you can probably already see, she's outfitted him with different suits worn by other famous Disney characters, such as Elsa from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Genie from Aladdin. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a cat who just loves being swept off the floor.

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Eye Tracker Drawing

Artist Graham Fink normally sticks with pen, pencils and paper, but for a London exhibition, he's using an eye tracker to draw portraits - live for visitors at the Riflemaker gallery in London through March 21, 2015 - using only his eyes. Created by Tobii Technology, this eye tracker uses infrared light to track eye movements, which are then translated into lines on a screen. Continue reading for a video, some of the actual portraits and more information.

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Solar Powered House

You might think this is just another poorly rendered UFO photo, but it's actually a floating, solar-powered home, designed by Italian architect Giancarlo Zema. Called the "Waternest", it spans 1,000-square-feet and is entirely from recycled timber as well as a recycled aluminum hull. There are also skylights, balconies, and large windows that offer panoramic views of the water. Don't worry about electricity, as the roof is one giant solar panel. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Shipping Container Pizza Truck

You see them in shipping yards worldwide, but who would've thought an old container could become a fully functional pizzeria called "Del Popolo"? That's right, this mobile pizzeria is housed in a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container that has been transformed into a kitchen, complete with a wall of glass doors that expose the interior. Owner Jon Darsky worked with four designers and spent $180,000 on the project, including a large oven which can reach temperatures of 800°. Continue reading for more.

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Paper Millennium Falcon

Photo credit: Bernard Szukiel

Bernard Szukiel spent four years created this stunning Millennium Falcon model using only paper, glue, and an extreme amount of patience. For the most part, everything is made of paper, but there are plastic bits (windows), fiber optics / LEDs (lighting), and electronics for the control panels inside. Let's just say that this would fit right in at the offices of Industrial Light & Magic. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Balloon Table

Christopher Duffy of Duffy London has created a whimsical Trompe L'oeil table, and it gives the impression of a glass surface being propped up by either red, gold or silver balloons. It's made from strengthened glass, metal resin composite, and reinforced steel rods for durability. Fake strings attached to the base of the balloons tether the orbs to the ground, composing an intricate swirling pattern on the ground. Continue reading for more pictures.

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