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Geeky Cat Owners

In the real world, Spoiled Child Syndrome is characterized by "excessive, self-centered, and immature behavior", including lack of consideration for other people, recurrent temper tantrums, an inability to handle the delay of gratification, demands for having one's own way, obstructiveness, and manipulation to get their way. Some geeky cat owners have to deal with this as well, and give in to their demands. Continue reading for more.

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Darth Vader Gummy Bear Mask

Photo credit: Crummy Gummy via Laughing Squid

When are gummy bears not just a tasty sugary treat? When they're used to recreate Darth Vader's helmet. Crummy Gummy, a gummy bear artist, managed to create a 1:1 scale model replica of Star Wars villain's famous helmet using over 1,000 gummies. It was recently shown at the WYN 317 Gallery in Miami, Florida. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an unexpected drifter during a live news broadcast about the blizzard.

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Original Power Glove

The Power Glove was originally released in 1989, and although it was an officially licensed product, Nintendo was not involved in the design or release of this accessory. Rather, it was designed by Grant Goddard and Samuel Cooper Davis for Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (AGE), made by Mattel in the United States. For those who grew up in the 80s and could afford an NES, this was a must-have accessory for the console, especially after seeing it in The Wizard. The glove has traditional NES controller buttons on the forearm as well as a program button and buttons labeled 0-9.The user presses the program button and a numbered button to input commands, such as changing the firing rate of the A and B buttons. Along with the controller, the player can perform various hand motions to control a character on-screen. Continue reading for more everyday things that only 80s geeks might still cherish today.

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Random Funny Thoughts

Photo credit: Arbaminim / Reddit Shower Thoughts

Apple, Amazon and Google all have products named after the classical elements: "Air", "Fire", and "Earth" respectively. Wouldn't it make sense for Microsoft to come out with something named "Water"? Whether it be a next-generation portable gaming system based on the Xbox or a super light laptop, this might be just what Microsoft needs to become popular in the gadget / computing world again - besides the recently announced HoloLens. Continue reading for more funny and geeky shower thoughts that actually make sense.

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Toothpick City

Scott Weaver has spent the past 35-years painstakingly recreating San Francisco using 100,000 wooden toothpicks. Called "Rolling Through the Bay," it's also an interactive, kinetic sculpture that uses ping pong balls rolling along winding tracks within the piece to highlight neighborhoods, historical locations, and landmarks. Wonder where he got all those toothpicks? Weaver says: "I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of the day.

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Millennium Falcon Turntable

Photo credit: Picotek Designs via Laughing Squid

Officially known as the "Millennium 1200", this custom-built turntable is based on a Technics SL-1200 and fitted inside a Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy from 1977. Musical instrument repairman Marco Garza bought this old toy for a mere $2 and gathered additional parts from Green Guy Recycling. After all was said and done, it took approximately 9-months to transform this from toy to turntable. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely massive flock of birds in the Netherlands flying around

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Multiplication Trick

Japanese school children learn to multiply with lines, or in other words, a visual technique where you draw lines and count the intersections. The infographic above shows the basic method behind this method, and it involves drawing lines on the diagonal to represent the numbers of the first number to multiply, and then crossing those with the other number's lines. Next, you add up the intersections for each area, and you have the correct total. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.

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Boeing 777 Replica

If nothing else, this amazingly detailed Boeing 777-300ER replica shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or in this case, manila folders. Aviation fanatic and model maker Luca Iaconi-Stewart, used miniature knifes, common watch-making tools, axles, clamps, tie rods, brackets and even pneumatic hoses to create the 2,000-part model you see above. He managed to acquire the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and started work on the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale model. First, designs were drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then printed directly onto the manila folders. The mesh behind the engine was latticed manually out of hundreds of strands. The assembly process took approximately 200-hours. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Groot Swing

What cooler backyard accessory could a geek have than a full-sized Groot swing that looks to be straight from Guardians of the Galaxy? This was made by the extremely talented team at Super-Fan Builds and consists of urethane foam (head + body), sturdy metal (swing), steel rods and resin (arms) to make them stronger. In the movie, Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect, so the team decided to use LED lights in the swing as well. Lastly, everything was covered in a dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass for weatherproofing purposes, and the vines you see are basically ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body. Continue reading for more.

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Batmobile Stroller

There's a new hit show on television, and it's called "Super-Fan Builds". They're known for building a custom Lord of the Rings kitty litter box, Guardians of the Galaxy Groot swing, and now this Batmobile stroller. The team drew inspiration from the Tumbler version of the Batmobile from The Dark KNight trilogy, and managed to capture the complicated design, despite it being much smaller. Not only is it fully-functional, but completely safe for a toddler to ride in. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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