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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts

Alice Finch from Seattle is a Harry Potter fanatic, as she's painstakingly recreated Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with 400,000 LEGO pieces. What you see above took an entire year to build, and features architecturally accurate recreations of the Great Hall, the Quidditch Courtyard, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the bridge over the Clock Tower and more. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Losing a Bet

Nobody ever wants to lose a bet, especially ones with money involved either in the form of currency or gift cards. This geek happened to lose one of these bets, so he decided to make things difficult for both himself and his friend. As you can see, the supplies needed to pull off such a stunt probably cost more than the $15 donuts gift card that he owed. Continue reading to see the entire process from steps 1-10. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery.

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Solid Snake Dog

This looks like a normal sleeping dog at first glance, but once you zoom in on its ear and flip the image, Solid Snake's face suddenly appears. Gamers know him best as a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of Konami's Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima. Solid Snake's character is a combination of a spy, mercenary and special operations agent. Unfortunately, this dog is none of those. Continue reading for an up-close look and comparison.

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Boyfriend Pillow

The Boyfriend Pillow is not a joke, it's a real and very highly-rated by people who've purchased it. For those wondering, the pillow is polyester-filled and the shirt is removable for easy cleaning. Product page. On a related note, did you know that the first people to use pillows were those who lived in early civilizations of Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC? That's right, during this time, only the wealthy used pillows. The number of pillows symbolized status so the more pillows one owned the more affluence he or she held. Continue reading to see more pillow designs that think outside the box.

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Middle Earth Map

Photo credit: Carpe Natem / Reddit

When is an old Starbucks cup not just something you throw away, when there's a map of Middle-Earth hand-drawn on it. For those who don't follow J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place entirely in Middle-earth. It's basically the central continent of the imagined world, not a name of the entire world. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Zodiac Monster

Photo credit: Damon Hellanbrand

You've probably heard it before, but "what's your sign?" normally isn't associated with monsters or other mystical creatures, that is unless...you're artist Damon Hellandbrand. He's created a series of "Zodiac Monsters" that show these symbols as nightmarish creatures from movies like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, etc. The creatures start out are born as pencil drawings or watercolors and then get imported into digital illustration software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) for retouching. Hellanbrand says: "...basically whatever medium I'm in the mood for" - taking inspiration from artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. Continue reading to see more.

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CD Ocean

This may look familiar to longtime readers, but the shimmering ocean of 60,000 compact discs was recreated by Paris-based artist Elise Morin for Kosice, Slovakia during White Night 2014. This beautiful landscape was created by hand-sewing the CDs together and laying them over inflatable mounds. The space can either be viewed as a rippling sea to a desert of plastic under different lighting conditions.

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LEGO Fixes

LEGO can be used to fix many things, such as Blade the tortoise, random walls around the city, conference tables, and even Christina Stephens' leg. Yes, after Christina had her leg amputated below the knee following an accident, she decided to put her LEGO-building skills to work by making a prosthetic leg out of the colorful bricks we grew up with, and become an internet sensation in the process. 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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X-Wing Rocker

Photo credit: Steve Wooden Toys

Star Wars fanatic and toy maker Steve of Auckland, New Zealand-based Steves Wooden Toys recently built a wooden X-Wing Starfighter rocker from scratch, complete with a removable R2-D2 that sits in the back. Unfortunately, this is a one-off piece and not currently available for sale, but if Steve Wooden Toys does get official licensing, expect these handmade creations to fetch in the upwards of $1000+. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Fake Number Trick

Sometimes, people avoid giving out their real phone number for security reasons, but when someone shows interest during a meeting, there's a quick way to see if the number is real. Simply read it back with two or more incorrect digits, and if they catch them, you'll know the feelings are mutual, otherwise, it'd be best to leave things at that and move on. Continue reading for more useful life hacks and tips that geeks would love.

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