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Table Tennis Robot Record

Developed by Omron Corporation, the FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has taken the Guinness World Records title for being the "first robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities." It's capable of acting as a human coach by utilizing cutting edge vision and motion sensors to gauge movement during a match, paired with an array of cameras that are situated above the ping pong table. All of these tools monitors the position of the ball at an impressive rate of 80 times per second. Continue reading for three more crazy records you probably never heard of.

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Star Wars Death Star

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The original Star Wars trilogy was shot using practical effects, and did not rely on much computer-generated imagery, mainly due to the technology available at that time. Although many props were destroyed, there are a few gems that remain, like this section of the Death Star, which was recovered by an ex-ILM employee. Measuring 23.75" X 11.75", this prop was authenticated by two independent ILM employees and is displayed in a custom black wood case, complete with removable acrylic top and LED lighting for added effect. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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World Trade Center Elevator

The Empire State Building and Top of the Rock both offer stunning views of NYC, but One World Observatory, the $100 million, three-story attraction atop One World Trade Center, may top them all. How? The Sky Pod elevators, which transport guests up to the 102nd floor in a mere 47 seconds. During the ascent, the displays show a virtual time-lapse of the city's skyline from the 1500s to the present; the Twin Towers appear briefly, but since more than 500 years flashes by in less than a minute, you'll miss them if you blink. Once you've left the observatory, the elevator screens show the exterior of One World Trade Center as you descend, similar to a virtual helicopter ride to the bottom. Continue reading for more clever elevator ideas.

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Terminator 2 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

For $200,000+, one of the original Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycles used in the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, could be yours. Unlike the other examples, many of which were used for static shots, Arnold Schwarzenegger actually rode this one, and it has just 392-miles on the odometer. Since it was acquired directly from the film production company, you can rest assured you're getting the real deal. Continue reading for more things you might want, but probably don't need.

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Longest Bicycle in the World

Gas & oil company Santos teamed up with the University of South Australia to build a 41.42 m (135 ft 10.7 in) long bicycle, or approximately twice the length of a bowling lane, over a period of 9-months. The design includes a metal frame, two wheels and handlebars. Guinness World Records required the constructors to prove that the bike can travel a minimum of 100 meters, without riders touching the ground. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions you won't believe exist.

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Thor Stunt Double



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Bobby Holland Hanton, Chris Hemsworth's longtime stuntman, isn't the famous actor's long lost twin, but rather someone who spends double the time in the gym. "Thor is definitely the most difficult character that we have to get in shape for. Chris is already huge, he's much bigger than me naturally so I have to train twice a day. It's a job in itself. We might train first thing in the morning and last thing at night. We try and eat every two-and-a-half hours. For breakfast we might have something like scrambled eggs with steak and spinach. No carbs in the morning. Then two hours later we might have a chicken breast and salad. After our first training session, we'd introduce the carbs, usually brown rice, sweet potato or quinoa and then we'd continue to eat carbs up until the last meal. It's pretty intense" said Hanton. Continue reading to see more Marvel movie characters with their stunt doubles.

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Doctor Strange Kid

Sure, it will be approximately 1-year until we get to see the second part of Avengers: Infinity War, but until that time, there will be plenty of content to whet your appetite. To kick things off, here are a few of the film's actors as kids, starting with Doctor Strange, or Benedict Cumberbatch. Continue reading for more.

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Deadpool 2 Prank

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Deapool has always been known as a jokester of sorts, ever since his comic book days, and it's no surprise that FOX decided to invade a few Walmart stores with the quirky superhero. Simply put, they created custom slip-on movie covers for 16 movies, including "The Terminator," and placed them in a special display. Yes, buyers of these movies can keep the Deadpool cover. continue reading to see them all.

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Insanely Good Handwriting

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These days, people would prefer an email or a printed sheet over handwritten notes. However, there are people out there who have mastered the art of handwriting, like the school professor you see above, who has created whiteboard notes that could be mistaken for machine-printed type at first glance. Continue reading for more examples of near-perfect handwriting.

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LEGO Pinball Machine

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This may not be the first working LEGO pinball machine, but it's definitely one of the most feature-packed ones we've come across. Created by Bre Burns, this piece took between 200-300 hours to complete, and is powered by LEGO Mindstorm NXT parts, while the rubber bands were sourced from LEGO Technic, and the steel pinball was pulled from a LEGO Mindstorm kit, all without gluing, screwing, or fabrication of any kind. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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