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Amazon Alexa Skull

Amazon Echo is great for simple tasks, but one man has transformed it into "Yorick", something worthy of a haunted house or horror movie. That's right, Mike McGurrin has managed to make Alexa talk in sync with a skull prop, and it's powered by Raspberry Pi running AlexaPi software. "I like to decorate for Halloween, including various talking skeletons that I've set up over the years. For Christmas 2015, my wife gave me a great 3 axis talking skull with moving eyes so I could upgrade one of the skeletons from just a moving jaw skull. Then a friend suggested that there had to be other applications for the rest of the year. This got me thinking, and when I saw the Alexa Billy Bass I knew what I had to do, and the Yorick project was born. I'm pretty happy with the result," said McGurrin. Continue reading for another video, pictures and information.

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Photographer Rhino

Photographer / cameraman Garth De Bruno Austin was shooting a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, when he was approached by a wild rhino. Thankfully, they knew each other, and the animal only wanted a belly rub. "If a rhino walks straight up to you while you're filming and wants some rubs... you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it! Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone," said the photographer. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining WinRAR's never-ending 40-day trial.

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Funny Gaming the System

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Hate when products place a sticker that either voids the warranty or forces you to accept the end user agreement when it's broken? Well, this person decided to game the system, literally, by opening this software disc from the bottom instead of breaking the seal. Technically, they should still be able to return it, should they not agree with something, or so we think. Continue reading for more people taking things too literally. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Hottest Album Cover Animals

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These days, album covers may utilize more computer-generated imagery than real photographs, but sometimes, you stumble upon images that would be perfect for them, like these. Whether it they be a flock of pigeons curiously staring at the lens of a camera, or just a group of farm animals relaxing on a lazy Sunday, these clever shots are sure to turn some heads. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Keanu Reeves Time Traveler

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Hanging in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is this painting from 1530 entitled "Portrait of a Man," one of which many internet users believe must depict Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves on a time travel mission. Who knows? If humans are really able to travel back and forth in time at some point within the next 100-years, some may actually be able to confirm this theory, but for now, it's just another fantasy to ponder. Continue reading for more time traveling celebrities rounded up by Bored Panda. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Superhero Action Figures Funny

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LEGO Batman may give us a sneak peak at what Bruce Wayne does when he's not fighting crime, but what about the other superheroes, such as Batman, The Avengers and Superman? Well, Japan-based photographer who goes by "Hot.Kenobi" shows us in his ongoing photo series. Simply put, he takes action figures and sets them in real-life locations, in which some may fool the untrained eye at first. Continue reading for another stop-motion video and more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.

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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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Renaissance Paintings Photo

Photo credit: Alexey Kondakov

Digital artist Alexey Kondakov extracts renaissance characters from various works of art and seamlessly blends them into modern photos for his "Art History in Contemporary Life" series. These modern photos were taken at locations scattered around Europe, with some featuring a cool neon glow, while others are situated inside subway trains. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Uncomfortable Things

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Placing shortcuts of your most used programs on a MacBook Pro's OS X desktop is understandable, but when it's used as a download folder, things may get cluttered to say the least, and the image above shows what happens. That is just one of the many oddly uncomfortable things internet users have compiled, with some ranging from a horizontal cup holder to parking outside the lines, you'll find it here. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Dumbest Yahoo Answers

Yahoo, soon to become Altaba, may not have the best search engine, but its "Yahoo Answers" service is definitely one of the most entertaining. Whether it be simple questions, serious dilemmas, or just internet trolls, you'll find plenty, like this person who wants to know if there's a way to turn a computer monitor into a mirror. They decided to skip all of the search engines, and then scanned their monitor. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus answers.

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