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Groot Swing

What cooler backyard accessory could a geek have than a full-sized Groot swing that looks to be straight from Guardians of the Galaxy? This was made by the extremely talented team at Super-Fan Builds and consists of urethane foam (head + body), sturdy metal (swing), steel rods and resin (arms) to make them stronger. In the movie, Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect, so the team decided to use LED lights in the swing as well. Lastly, everything was covered in a dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass for weatherproofing purposes, and the vines you see are basically ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body. Continue reading for more.

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30 Foot Home

Almost nobody likes being tied down to one place, especially with a mortgage to boot. So, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses has just the solution for you: 30-foot homes. That's right, these tiny $63,000 homes look small, but offer more space and amenities than you'd expect, including a bath / shower, dishwasher, and enough room for up to six people. It sits on a 9.1 m (30 ft) trailer, and can be towed by a large car or standard truck. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Batmobile Stroller

There's a new hit show on television, and it's called "Super-Fan Builds". They're known for building a custom Lord of the Rings kitty litter box, Guardians of the Galaxy Groot swing, and now this Batmobile stroller. The team drew inspiration from the Tumbler version of the Batmobile from The Dark KNight trilogy, and managed to capture the complicated design, despite it being much smaller. Not only is it fully-functional, but completely safe for a toddler to ride in. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Mark Zuckerberg Poop

It's not everyday that a hand-painted portrait of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes headlines on the internet, but this one by Brooklyn-based street artist/hacker KATSU, has caused quite a stink online, and rightfully so. It's made from KATSU's own feces and described as a tech mogul who's "in control of more information than the government created from the compromising bio-matter of the artist." Continue reading for the full portrait.

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Boyfriend Pillow

The Boyfriend Pillow is not a joke, it's a real and very highly-rated by people who've purchased it. For those wondering, the pillow is polyester-filled and the shirt is removable for easy cleaning. Product page. On a related note, did you know that the first people to use pillows were those who lived in early civilizations of Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC? That's right, during this time, only the wealthy used pillows. The number of pillows symbolized status so the more pillows one owned the more affluence he or she held. Continue reading to see more pillow designs that think outside the box.

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Middle Earth Map

Photo credit: Carpe Natem / Reddit

When is an old Starbucks cup not just something you throw away, when there's a map of Middle-Earth hand-drawn on it. For those who don't follow J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place entirely in Middle-earth. It's basically the central continent of the imagined world, not a name of the entire world. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Zodiac Monster

Photo credit: Damon Hellanbrand

You've probably heard it before, but "what's your sign?" normally isn't associated with monsters or other mystical creatures, that is unless...you're artist Damon Hellandbrand. He's created a series of "Zodiac Monsters" that show these symbols as nightmarish creatures from movies like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, etc. The creatures start out are born as pencil drawings or watercolors and then get imported into digital illustration software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) for retouching. Hellanbrand says: "...basically whatever medium I'm in the mood for" - taking inspiration from artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. Continue reading to see more.

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CD Ocean

This may look familiar to longtime readers, but the shimmering ocean of 60,000 compact discs was recreated by Paris-based artist Elise Morin for Kosice, Slovakia during White Night 2014. This beautiful landscape was created by hand-sewing the CDs together and laying them over inflatable mounds. The space can either be viewed as a rippling sea to a desert of plastic under different lighting conditions.

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X-Wing Rocker

Photo credit: Steve Wooden Toys

Star Wars fanatic and toy maker Steve of Auckland, New Zealand-based Steves Wooden Toys recently built a wooden X-Wing Starfighter rocker from scratch, complete with a removable R2-D2 that sits in the back. Unfortunately, this is a one-off piece and not currently available for sale, but if Steve Wooden Toys does get official licensing, expect these handmade creations to fetch in the upwards of $1000+. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Apple Macintosh 2015

If Apple were to release a limited-edition Macintosh for nostalgic purposes, based on the iPad Air, it'd probably look something like this design from CURVED/labs. It's officially called "Mac" and uses the same aluminum casing found on the company's current MacBook, iPhone and iPad lineups. The main difference is its 11.6-inch touchscreen that can also be controlled with a mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. Available in silver, gray and gold colors, it also features SD card slots, a FaceTime camera, speakers, USB port and a Lightning port. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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