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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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Darth Vader Toaster

Pangea's Darth Vader Toaster not only toasts bread, but bagels, waffles and more, all for $16.99, today only, originally $21.99. Molded in sturdy black plastic and meticulously detailed, the Darth Vader Toaster will make a striking addition to any kitchen counter. Pop in two pieces of bread, frozen pancakes, hamburger buns or English muffins, and in moments Vader ejects them with the Star Wars logo toasted right on them. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.

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Stormtrooper Waffle Maker

Pangea's Star Wars Stormtrooper Waffle Maker may not require "The Force", but it's perfect for making tasty treats, and you can pick one up for just $39.99 shipped, today only. A regulating thermostat and weighted lid ensure perfect and even browning. Five temperature settings let you make waffles tender and golden or brown and crispy with a turn of the dial. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach's 25490 Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker lets you skip the fast food restaurants, and it's being offered for only $30.99, originally $39.99. You can enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast sandwich in under 5 minutes. Simply place the ingredients inside, build the base of your sandwich in the bottom layer, place the egg on the cooking plate and close the lid. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on demo video and more information.

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Octopus Tomato Tree

There are tomato trees, and this mutant-like creation, discovered by Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, in Beijing China. He brought a few seeds back to the resort, planted them, and proceeded to set a record harvest from a single plant consisting of 32,000 tomatoes with a total weight 1,150-pounds. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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