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Twinkies Minions

The goal of many traditional companies these days is to create an out-of-the-box advertising campaign that turns heads not online in the real world, but online as well. Thanks to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, all it takes is one clever image from a popular user for a product (or company) to go viral in minutes. For example, this Twinkies Minions collaboration worked out perfectly. Continue reading for more.

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Children's Drawings Into Stuffed Animals

Children's drawings usually don't make any sense, but one company specializes in turning these crazy ideas into real stuffed toys. Introducing Budsies, a service that allows you to email them your artwork and then have a real artist handcraft a stuffed animal based on the image. To ensure it doesn't fall apart upon arrival, a professional seamstress stitches all the parts together after it's stuffed with high-quality polyester fiber. Continue reading to see some of the creations that have ensued.

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New US Currency Design

Euro banknotes are known for their colorful designs and various sizes, but when it clashes with US currency, you get these sleek designs by artist and designer Travis Purrington. These notes blend vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalism, with Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and space exploration on the fifty-dollar note. Continue reading to see the other redesigned banknotes.

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Optical Illusion Tattoo Arm

Photo credit: Paul O'Rourke

Most tattoos are either subtle or loud and colorful, but tattoo artist Paul O'Rourke's latest creation is just plain awesome. He spent 2.5-hours inking this mind-boggling geometric tattoo onto a client's arm. For those interested in getting something similar done, drop by Allstar Tattoo shop in Limerick City, Ireland. Continue reading for more mind-boggling optical illusion tattoos that aren't Photoshopped, or so we think.

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Cool Packaging Design

Apple's products may not have top-of-the-line specs, nor the lowest prices, but they're known for one thing...design. If you take normal products, such as the yarn above, and hire some extremely talented graphic designers, you'll get packaging that really stands out, especially in "No-Shave November". Speaking of packaging, did you know that in 1952, Michigan State University became the first university in the world to offer a degree in Packaging Engineering? Continue reading for more.

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Geeky Ring

Most rings are designed with *bling* in mind, but this one think outside the box (or sphere) with some dandelions. It's believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics dating back as far as 3,000 years ago, including papyrus scrolls, show us evidence of braided rings of hemp or reeds being exchanged among a wedded couple. Egypt viewed the circle as a symbol of eternity, and the ring served to signify the never-ending love between the couple. This was also the origin of the practice of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand, which the Egyptians believed to house a special vein that was connected directly to the heart. Continue reading for more.

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Survival Condo

Over the course of history, there have been several extinction events, but if one should be caused by a catastrophic nuclear war, knowing someone with one of these $3-million underground "Survival Condo" structures will definitely keep you out of harm's way, or at least for a little while. These are buried 174 feet underground in the shell of an old missile silo, spanning 54,000 square feet, and designed to sustain up to 70 people for a minimum of 5-years. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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DIY Backyard Pool

Photo credit: VonBubenberg / Reddit

Just about anyone with the right skills and lot size can build a swimming pool in their backyard, but Reddit user "VonBubenberg" wanted to try his hand at a swimming pond before. It all started with a pile of dirt in the backyard, and after lots of digging, heavy machinery, and even a custom deck, later, this dream became a reality. Let's just say that the results might surprise you, as what they built looks straight from a home decoration magazine. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Flemish Style Sci Fi

Photo credit: Sacha Goldberger via Neatorama

Sacha Goldberger is no ordinary artist / photographer, he loves putting new twists on unexpected artistic styles. For his latest series, titled "Super Flemish", Goldberger shows us what famous sci-fi characters look like in classic Flemish-style paintings. Our favorites? The ones you see above, Batman, Superman, Darth Vader, Spider-Man, and Princess Leia. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the coolest smoker steam train engine you'll see today.

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Repurposing Old Junk

Have some old binder clips laying around? Then why not clip them to a table near your gadget charging station to get things organized? For those who don't have any around and still want to try out this nifty life hack, you can pick up a pack of 108 binder clips for under $5.50 here. That is just one of the many ultra creative and geeky ways that you can transform old junk into useful things. Other examples include, using empty 1-gallon water jugs as bags, clothespin characters, and even old pipes as flower vases. Continue reading to see them all.

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