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Food Carvings

Photo credit: Gaku via Bored Panda

Japanese artist "Gaku" is a master of creating miniature sculptures, but with food. He started posting his masterpieces on Instagram approximately 8-months ago, and already has 15,900 followers. These sculptures fall under the Japanese art of "mukimono," which translates to "stripped product". As we all know, these raw foods tend to oxidize quite fast, so Gaku completes his works in just a few hours, and eats them shortly after. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a daredevil skiing with a jetpack at 75mph.

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The Straw McDonalds

To deliver the ideal flavor ratio of 50% chocolate and 50% mint in each chocolate shamrock shake sip, McDonald's partnered with engineering firms JACE and NK Labs to create the Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal (the STRAW). Its innovative j-shape provides optimal flavor flow dynamics."It was a puzzling assignment but one with an ambitious goal. From a physics perspective, it's actually quite difficult to deliver a proportional amount of both chocolate and mint flavors with each sip. But that's exactly what we did. It's a marvel of fluid dynamics. Thanks Fibonacci sequence," said Seth Newburg, principal engineer and managing partner at NK Labs. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Popcorn Slow Motion

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Just about everything looks cooler in super slow motion, especially so if shot in 4K, including a popcorn kernel exploding. This video, shot by Warped Perception using a Phantom v2512 (the "World's Fastest Digital Ultrahigh-Speed Camera" maxes out at 30,000fp. It's so detailed that you can see the kernel squirm right before it recoils into a delicious seam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive alligator spotted at the Florida Nature Center.

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Stovetop Pizza Oven

Pizzacraft's PC0601 Pizzeria Pronto turns your oven into a 600° F pizza oven, without requiring any other tools. Simply place it on a stovetop burner, turn the heat to high with the door shut, place your pizza on the stone using a pizza peel, allow it to cook for 3-minutes, rotate the pie, warm it for another 3-minutes, and you're ready to enjoy. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information. Click here for a few bonus creative and geeky pizza ideas.

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Cooking with Lava

Getting too close to an active volcano probably isn't the best idea, but when you're a professional photographer, nothing is off limits. Bryan Lowry, a photographer with 25-years of experience, falls under this category, as he decided to cook up breakfast on some hot lava. "The two eggs cooked almost immediately. The second one unfortunately did its thing right when I was adjusting the camera. Turns out I could have let it be but, at that time of day with the bright morning sun, it was hard to tell if the focus was good. Still interesting to see how it cooked," said Lowry. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest ship elevator in China.

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BB-8 Waffle Maker

There's the Death Star Waffle Maker, Stormtrooper Waffle Maker, and now this BB-8 Waffle Maker. Measuring 5" across and 6 3/4" tall, its two non-stick cooking plates are modeled after BB-8's design, while red and green lights indicate when the gadget is on, preheated and ready for your tasty batter. Best of all, it only takes 3-5 minutes to cook up a nice hearty breakfast, slightly longer than Rey's insta-bread. Expect to pay $39.99, once it hits shelves next month. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a street luger hitting an insane 100mph.

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Boeing 737 Restaurant

Businessman Li Liang has opened China's first airplane restaurant in Wuhan. Officially called "Lilly Airways," this eatery is located inside the cabin of a decommissioned Boeing 737, acquired from Indonesian airline Batavia Air. The entire renovation took 6-months, and cost Liang a whopping $452,325 USD, on top of the $5.28-million USD he paid for the aircraft. When you're finished eating, head on over to the cockpit to try out a flight simulator, which may or may not be free, depending on how much you paid for the meal. Continue reading for three more geeky eateries you probably never knew about.

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R2-D2 Popcorn Maker

The Star Wars R2-D2 Popcorn Maker could be exactly the droid you're looking for, and it's being offered for only $49.99 shipped, this weekend only. R2-D2 is a Droid of many talents, but who knew he went as far as making delicious popcorn in minutes? Simply put in the desired amount of margarine or butter (room temperature is best), and it melts from the heat produced during the popping process. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on test video and more information.

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Espresso Veloce

Designer Paulo Mastrogiuseppe's Espresso Veloce machines may not be suited for the track, but are perfect for making a smooth cup of coffee. The just announced "Serie Titanio 500" is compatible with Nespresso pods and handcrafted from high-quality aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium. It comes in V8, V10, or V12 engine models in your choice of different 6 camshaft cover colors. The hefty 50-pound machine will set you back a minimum of $15,000. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of carbon fiber being crushed with an industrial hydraulic press.

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Pokemon Burgers

Down N' Out, a restaurant in Sydney, Australia, run by a group called Hashtag Burgers, have debuted three Pokemon-themed burgers. Starting this week, Pokemon fanatics will be served either a Pikachu, Charmander or Bulbasaur burger when they order a Pokeburger from the restaurant. "The burgers' flavors have been designed to match each Pokemon's look and personality. Charmander is a bit spicy and has orange lava cheese. Pikachu we wanted to be a bit silly. It's a classic burger with a twist. The restaurant has stuffed it with Tiger Fries, french fries covered in cheese, onions and a Thousand Island-style spread," said Ben Kagan, creative director for Hashtag Burgers, to CNBC. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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