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Ice Check McDonalds

Ice Check by Pure Vanity is a strange, yet real, app that enables you to see if the nearby McDonalds locations have working ice cream machines. It was created by Raina McLeod and uses GPS as well as user input to tell you if a machine is in service, based upon crowd-sourced reports. "I came up with the idea for the app around a year ago, after a late night Oreo McFlurry craving went unfulfilled due to the ice cream machine being down," McLeod told Buzzfeed. App page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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KFC Bath Bomb

If you're looking for a quirky gift this holiday season, don't count on getting one of these KFC bath bombs, as they're only available to 100 lucky fans via a Twitter lottery. That's right, these drumstick-shaped novelty items were created in partnership with Village Vanguard, and offered through a campaign that runs from Nov. 1-15. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Architect Cake

Photo credit: Dinara Kasko

Architectural designer and pastry chef Dinara Kasko from Ukraine combines baking with geometric figures and architectural designs using graphical algorithm editor Grasshopper and a 3D printer. The cake above was inspired by the works of artist and engineer Matthew Shlian, and consists of 81 uniquely-shaped cakes layered with meringue, ganache, berry confit, a crunchy biscuit, all covered with pink Ruby chocolate. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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3D Latte Art

Photo credit: Periperipeng via Bored Panda

Daphne Tan, a 17-year-old from Singapore, has become a social media celebrity, and it's not for makeup tutorials or crazy stunts, but rather her incredible 3D latte art creations. "What sparked my interest was a school program where I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the appreciation of gourmet coffee... I was experimenting with a French press and found a method to create stable foam to make 3D art on top of my cups," says Daphne. It takes around 10 to 20 minutes to create each piece of art and she now uses a milk frother from Nespresso to create the foam. Scroll down to see the results," said Daphne. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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The Pearl Underwater Scuba-Diving Restaurant

"The Pearl" in Brussels, Belgium, is the world's first restaurant located at the bottom of a swimming pool, five meters below the surface. To reach the spherical cabin, customers have to dive into the pool to get to their table. Once you make it inside, diners will enjoy a meal of lobster salad, foie gras, and champagne, all for €99. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Autonomous Food Truck

We have seen the future of food trucks, and robots have taken over. Customers simply enter the food trucks, and robots take over the rest. In this pizza truck example, a gestural interface allows customers to easily add ingredients onto their creation, while a human barista guides them through the process. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fast Food Anime Characters

Photo credit: Ozumii via Bored Panda

Philippines-based digital artist Ozumii Wizard combines the best of fast food mascots with the world of anime in his latest series. He turns characters like KFC's Colonel Sanders, McDonald's Ronald McDonald, Starbucks' twin-tailed Siren mermaid, and even Wendy's mascot into surreal creations. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Coco Loko Snortable Chocolate

This is not a joke, Coco Loko is a real chocolate powder from a company called Legal Lean, made specifically for people to snort. It contains cacao powder, gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana, which are commonly found in energy drinks, and supposed to boost your levels of serotonin and endorphins to increase euphoria, as well as help users to focus. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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White Jewel Strawberries

Yasuhito Teshima created White Jewel strawberries four years ago, on his farm in Japan's Saga Prefecture, by cross-breeding different types of strawberries and perfecting his growing technique in order to create a large strawberry with white flesh and skin. One important factor is reducing exposure to sunlight to slow decrease the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their color. Currently, only 10% of his crop turn out white, with the rest featuring red patches. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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IKEA Easy Recipe

With the number of recipes available online, cooking a meal isn't the hardest of tasks, but IKEA aims to make things even simpler, with their Easy Recipe Series cookbook. It may not be packed with a variety of dishes, but all that are included can be torn out, thanks to them being printed on parchment paper with food-safe ink. Simply lay the ingredients out as detailed, roll it together, place on cooking sheet, and you're ready to bake. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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