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Backyard Roller Coaster


Paul Gregg from Seattle, a retired engineer who worked for Boeing in research and development, used the skills he acquired with new structural concepts for aerospace to roller coasters. "I saw a couple of people who tried [making backyard roller coasters] online and I thought I could do it a lot better, so things got out of control. I did all the physics and...a whole bunch of engineering stuff. I documented it with PowerPoint charts, so I have about 150 pages of information. I don't know why. I'm just used to documenting, so whenever I did a test or some analysis or a new design I documented it in that way" said Gregg. Currently, he's built three: the original coaster, a larger coaster, and a small coaster called the Little Rocket for kids. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an infinite chocolate illusion.

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Lich King Statue

Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a 14-foot-tall, 4,000-pound bronze sculpture of World of Warcraft villain Lich King Arthas Menethil in Taichung, Taiwan this week to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Created by Taiwanese designer Steve Wang, the giant sculpture took over 30-people approximately 9-months to complete. Continue reading for an incredible "making of" video and more information.

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Hidden Trapdoor

After moving into a new place, you don't expect to find any hidden rooms and / or trapdoors, but for "Czar Matt", that wasn't the case. One day, his wife discovered a small handle in one of the closets, and decided to tell her husband. Upon closer inspection, they discovered an empty crawl space of sorts, except for an intricate wooden box. Continue reading for many more pictures documenting their find.

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Steve Butcher Tattoo

After seeing the work of New Zealand-based Steve Butcher, you'd think that he spent years at several art schools, but he started practicing at home, and the rest is history. He's based out of Matt Jordan's Ship Shape Tattoo studio, in West Auckland, and while pop culture is his main inspiration, but he also gets ideas by watching other talented tattoo artists work. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information. Click here for a few bonus tattoo designs.

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Book Cover Stairs

Photo credit: Philippa Branham via Bored Panda

Pippa Branham and family moved to their first permanent home just last year, and rather than spend a fortune hiring an interior designer, she added a personalized touch. In addition to making the stairs safer for children, she opted to paint them as her favorite books, instead of just paying £200 for carpeting. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Harry Potter Nursery

Photo credit: K. Daniels via Bored Panda

Kaycee and Casey from Illinois created a Harry Potter-themed nursery straight from Hogwarts for their tiny 7-month-old son. Dad Casey first came up with the idea when his wife was still expecting, and eventually, she gave in. The nursery took about 3 months to complete, and features a beautiful mural by friend / 3D artist Nate Baranowski, themed blankets, artwork, all seven books from the series, and more. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes images from the Harry Potter movies.

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Dragon Necklace

Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton teamed up with jewelry designers Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom, to launch MEY London. This project aims to produce jewelry inspired by the show, starting with this dragon necklace, which looks cool, but slightly uncomfortable at the same time. If you're interested, there's currently a 14-week backorder, so you'll need to order now to receive it in time for the holidays. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bunch of floppy drives playing the internet famous Darude Sandstorm song.

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Pixel Vision Console

Swedish artist Love Hulten unveils Pixel Vision, a wooden box that opens up to reveal a functional portable game console. Measuring measuring 95mm x 95mm x 45mm, this console, made from American walnut, emulates classic portable gaming designs, complete with a cast acrylic interface that has a smooth satin finish. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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NES Classic Edition

Nintendo fans rejoice! The NES Classic Edition is coming this November, and it looks exactly like its predecessor, but this time, it comes loaded with 30-games, including all three Super Mario Bros., two Zeldas, two Castlevanias, Metroid, Punch-Out, and one of the most popular American football games ever released...Tecmo Bowl. Gamers connect this console to their TV via HDMI, and its controller can connect to a Wii Remote for use with Virtual Console games. Continue reading for two more videos, with a bonus one showing how teens react to the original NES, and more information.

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Stormtrooper Toaster

This Star Wars Stormtrooper Toaster may not be a functional helmet, but it does come in handy during breakfast. Simply pop in two pieces of bread, toaster pastries, hamburger buns, English muffins, etc., and in moments, it's ejected with the Galactic Empire logo toasted right on them. At 4.1-pounds and 12" X 10" X 7.95", a handy dial provides easy temperature adjustment. Continue reading for more geeky things you might want, but probably don't need. Click here for a few bonus items.

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