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Paper Airplane LEGO Robot

It's no drone, but this custom LEGO robot is designed for something much cooler...folding and launching paper airplanes automatically. Arthur Sacek, a LEGO enthusiast and designer, used the colorful bricks to create a machine that could not only fold the planes, but launch them automatically as well. That's right, once folded, the machine shoots it down a 'runway' directly into flight. LEGO Mindstorms computers were used to precisely calculate the folds and just how quickly the airplane is folded. Continue reading for another behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus custom LEGO creations.

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Superhero Action Figures Funny

Photo credit: Hot.Kenobi via Bored Panda

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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Subway Recycle Machine

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Beijing decided to implement an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more by installing 34 "reverse" vending machines inside subway stations throughout the city. When an empty plastic bottle is inserted, a sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic - anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and turns that into public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, while tourists who don't need the rewards can insert bottles anyways. Continue reading to see more ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Star Wars Land

The 14-acre Star Wars lands, set to open in 2019, are claimed to be the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions in The Walt Disney Company's history. Attractions will include an all-new ride that puts fans in the Millennium Falcon's pilot seat, and another that places you right smack in the center of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, complete with a Cantina recreation offering post-ride refreshments. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Nerf Doomlands Judge

NERF fans rejoice! Set for release later this year, priced at $60, "The Judge" comes equipped with a large rotating cylinder that holds ten sets of three-darts each. When used to capacity, you'll be able to fire 30 darts in mere seconds. It sports a single tactical rail above its turret and two strap points: one on the back of the blaster and one built into its handle. Available this fall in stores and online. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about a man who chooses to live his life as a real-life Batman.

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Locker Vending Machine

I built a vending machine inside my school locker

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Blake Hawkins, a senior at Valley Center High School in Kansas, aspires to become an electrical engineer, and spends his free time inventing things, like "The Soda Locker". Some of the parts he used to create this locker-sized vending machine include an Arduino chip, LCD display, a coin acceptor, and a reed switch. "After that, I was on a roll. I decided to sell two different kinds of pop in order to fit the machine into the locker. I hooked up two arcade buttons to buy the pop, two servos, and added the reed switch to give myself an admin access page. My plan is, if I get approval to move it to the Student Council room, I'll use it as a fundraiser for Student Council, selling healthier choices like lemonade and orange juice," said Hawkins. Continue reading for

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Michael Paul Smith Cars

Photo credit: Michael Paul Smith

Canon's PowerShot SX610 HS is a great camera, but in the hands of artist Michael Paul Smith, it becomes a magical tool. He's spent the past 28-years creating Elgin Park, and it's unlike any other city you've seen, as he takes miniature models, diorama sets and photographs them using forced perspective to create the historical scenes. Being a professional model maker by trade, his models are intricate enough to be photographed up-close without issue. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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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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LEGO Drone

The DJI Mavic Pro is great for hobbyists and professionals alike, but for those looking to just get started with drones, Kitables has the LEGO kit that can easily be pieced together at home. "Many of you probably want to be a person who builds 'things' but don't know where to begin. Our kits offer an all-around better building experience that challenges both novice and experienced users," said the company. You can pre-order one now for just $50 on their Kickstarter page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Mystery Box Dumpster

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"TramStopDan" on Reddit discovered a handmade wooden box in a trash bin, and at first, everything looked normal, but when opened, he saw stacks of papers with diary entries about flying saucer visits in the late 1960s to 1980, along with strange biblical creatures. He called it "The Box Of Crazy," and rightfully so, as there were sketches of UFOs and and even four-headed entities from the book of Ezekiel. Not everything was crazy though, as he also found non-patented drawings of train wheels and hand-drawn maps from the late 1930s marked with a pinhole in the center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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