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Just about anything can be turned into a functional lamp, including branches (above). Speaking of lamps and light bulbs, did you know that Hiram S. Maxim started a lightbulb company in 1878 to exploit his patents and those of William Sawyer? That's right, his United States Electric Lighting Company was the second company, after Edison, to sell practical incandescent electric lamps. They made their first commercial installation of incandescent lamps at the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company in New York City in the fall of 1880, about six months after the Edison incandescent lamps had been installed on the Columbia. Continue reading for more.

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From afar, it almost looks like a magic carpet of sorts, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's just a very clever table. Created by designer Alessandro Isolal, this creation combines a rug and a coffee table into a single object, called Stumble Upon. This installation was inspired by the annoyance of tripping over the wrinkles in carpet. Continue reading for up-close shots of what's behind this table.

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In case of zombie apocalypse (or any dangerous emergency), flip down these shelves, and you'll be ready to fight. Called TacticalWalls, these shelves may look normal at first glance, but they actually double as storage solutions for rifles and handguns. They can be opened up with magnetic keys placed over two hidden locks. As you can see, there's plenty of room for your firearms, thanks to a customizable medium-density polyurethane foam-lined cavity. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Designed by Seo Young Moon, the Samurai Chair looks like a samurai's razor sharp katana has sliced its way through all 4 of its legs, but in reality, there are poles inside them to create this illusion. Believe it or not, the designer says that this chair can support up to 330-pounds. Continue reading for ten more cool and crazy chairs that geeks would love.

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Unlike other hammocks, the Mega Hammock from Hummingbird Hammocks measures in at 8-feet by 25-feet and has a maximum suspended weight of 1,000 pounds. In other words, it's large enough for the whole family, or three adults. They are all made to order at Hummingbird's Colorado factory, and it takes approximately 2 weeks before each one is shipped out. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Kacy Catanzaro, the first female to make it to the American Ninja Warrior finals.

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The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times. They were generally wooden crosses, with spikes on which candles were secured. They were hoisted to a suitable height, hooked on a rope or chain. Fast forward to today, you get these ultra creative examples. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing the best and most cinematic way to sell your used car.

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Whether it be at work, school, or just a lazy weekend at home, everyone can use a nap once in a while, and what better way than on a Millennium Falcon-shaped bed. That is just one of the many cool places and things we've rounded up for you today. Others include old favorites like the bird's nest and cloud room to a beach side hammock. Continue reading to see them all.

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For geeks, sleeping isn't simply just lying down in bed and snoozing away, but rather it involves browsing a list of favorite websites, watching a few television shows, as well as catching up on video games. The bed you see above comes complete with a pop-up television that goes right back into the frame when not in use. There's also a little nook at the bottom for your laptop, tablets, etc. Continue reading for more awesome and geeky furniture pieces that are perfect for napping.

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Similar to Greg Klassen's river table, Christopher Duffy of Duffy London's Abyss table also uses layers of custom cut glass and wood to create an ocean illusion of sorts. He says: "I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer's factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers - the same way the sea does as it deepen and I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth's sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth's crust to use as his personal ornament." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a playable Tetris shirt.

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Photo credit: Greg Klassen

Greg Klassen, a trained furniture maker and artist in the Pacific Northwest, creates tables for his "River Collection" like you've never seen before. Simply put, the reclaimed wood tables sport embedded glass for a flowing rivers effect. The rough uneven edges were kept to mimic the water shores found in nature. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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