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Table Tennis Robot Record

Developed by Omron Corporation, the FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has taken the Guinness World Records title for being the "first robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities." It's capable of acting as a human coach by utilizing cutting edge vision and motion sensors to gauge movement during a match, paired with an array of cameras that are situated above the ping pong table. All of these tools monitors the position of the ball at an impressive rate of 80 times per second. Continue reading for three more crazy records you probably never heard of.

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Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition

Delta 4×4, a German tuner, has revealed the Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition, and while it doesn't offer a power increase, the electric SUV can now tackle just about any kind of terrain. This comes courtesy of four sleek 20" matte black Delta rims, wrapped in beefy all-terrain tires. The wheel kit itself will set you back $4,593, and there's no word yet on if the company has any other off-road parts in store. Continue reading for more electric vehicles you probably never knew existed.

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Terminator 2 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

For $200,000+, one of the original Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycles used in the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, could be yours. Unlike the other examples, many of which were used for static shots, Arnold Schwarzenegger actually rode this one, and it has just 392-miles on the odometer. Since it was acquired directly from the film production company, you can rest assured you're getting the real deal. Continue reading for more things you might want, but probably don't need.

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Woman Fake Parking Ticket

You know a person has received one too many parking tickets, when...they start making their own fakes to prevent officers from giving them more. One woman from Suzhou, China, decided to park in a no-parking zone and then proceeded to leave a fake parking ticket on her car's window so that the policemen would think one of their colleagues had already fined her. She was able to sneak by for quite some time, until one day, an undercover police car was sitting their waiting to see her performing this illegal act. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, stories about real people.

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Longest Bicycle in the World

Gas & oil company Santos teamed up with the University of South Australia to build a 41.42 m (135 ft 10.7 in) long bicycle, or approximately twice the length of a bowling lane, over a period of 9-months. The design includes a metal frame, two wheels and handlebars. Guinness World Records required the constructors to prove that the bike can travel a minimum of 100 meters, without riders touching the ground. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions you won't believe exist.

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BMW M3 Lose control

Great dashcams can be picked up the the price of a decent meal these days, but sometimes, they capture more than the driver bargained for. It's no surprise that one would want to drive an E46 BMW M3 to its limits, but that should definitely be saved for the track, or else you may end up risking your life, as well as others, on the highway. This driver shows why, as he isn't even wearing a safety belt while speeding, and thankfuly the vehicle bounced off the guardrail and back onto the second lane, instead of causing a multi-car accident. Continue reading for a few more crazy dash cam videos.

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Circling Reindeer

A video of several reindeer herds on Russia's Kola Peninsula, in the Arctic Circle, moving in circular patterns managed to go viral on social media. To be more specific, the video above shows large herds of arctic reindeer walking in circular patterns, and so far, no researchers have been able to pinpoint the reason why. As you can imagine, internet users have come up with several theories, including alien-like crop circles and hidden energy patterns. Continue reading for more strange, yet real, phenomenon.

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Firework Pyrotechnic Suit

Laurent Nat from Franc exploded into the Guinness World Record books on June 13, 2014 after launching 642 fireworks from his body. He's always loved fireworks as a child, so it's only fitting that would end up working with them. Laurent has been a pyrotechnics artist and performer for 10 years, and this intricate costume is made out of 100% cotton, to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Continue reading for more strange (yet real) world records.

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Ghostly Hitchhiker

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Pedro Peirone from Argentina allegedly experienced a strange paranormal phenomenon. It all started when a teenage hitchhiker that he picked up from the side of the road suddenly disappeared from the front passenger seat of his truck, leaving behind just a pair of melted shoe marks in the rubber mat. "Finally, he asked me to drop him off at the junction with the road leading to the cemetery, and, as soon as I got there, I sensed an awful burning smell. I stopped to see if something had caught fire, got out to check the back of the truck, and as soon as I turned around, I noticed there was no one inside," said Peirone. Continue reading for more strange phenomenon from around the world.

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Iron Man Flight Speed Record

British inventor Richard Browning has set a Guinness World Record for recording the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit by hitting 32.02 mph. The Iron Man-inspired flight suit boasts six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, each with 22 kg of thrust, controlled through body movements alone. "This is real-world aeronautical innovation. We are serious about building a world-changing technology business. We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. It's at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid 80s or the internet of the early 90s," said Browning. Continue reading for more world records you probably never knew about.

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