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Ultra Creative Home Idea

Most bookshelves are boring, this one is not. Simply put, you'll have to climb a few stairs to reach whatever book you want to read, but it does save space for those living in a high-ceiling home. That is just one of the many ultra creative home ideas that we've rounded up for you today. Others include: glass floor over water, secret tree house playroom, space-saving stairs, stained glass door made of pantone swatches, and more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Secret Door Bookcase

You've seen them in movies, comic books, and other forms of media, but now, here's how to make your very own secret door bookcase. It can be used to store everything from ancient relics, a family fortune, or just an office to make you feel like a secret agent of sorts. If nothing else, this just might be the conversation piece you need to really kick things off at house parties. It comes complete with a book-key that only you know about. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and the instruction page.

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Leatherman Raptor

The Leatherman Raptor appears to be just a regular pair of scissors at first glance, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that it's crafted from high-quality 420HC stainless steel, and that's because this multi-tool was designed for medical professionals (EMS, fire department, first responders, etc.). However, it would be the perfect addition to any survival kit, with its ruler, carbine glass breaker, ring cutter, oxygen tank wrench, and a pair of one-hand deployable strap cutters, accessible even when it's folded. Product page. Continue reading for a more detailed video review and additional information.

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Kitchen Life Hack

Microwaves come in all sizes, but one thing is for sure, radio waves penetrate the food and excite water and fat molecules pretty much evenly throughout the food. In other words, food tends to dry out, like pizza. No heat has to migrate toward the interior by conduction. There's heat everywhere all at once because the molecules are all excited together. There are limits, of course. Microwaves penetrate unevenly in thick pieces of food, and there are also "hot spots" caused by wave interference - the whole heating process is different because you are "exciting atoms" rather than "conducting heat." Place a small glass of water inside while re-heating old pizza, and it will make all the difference, or at least for the crust. Continue reading for more.

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Casulo Magic Box

It might not look like much, but inside Casulo, there's an entire apartment's worth of furniture, including an armoire, a desk, a height-adjustable stool, two additional stools, a six-shelf bookcase, and a bed with a mattress. Designed by Marcel Krings and Sebastian Muhlhauser, this magic box conceals furnishings enough for an entire apartment into a small 31" x 47" box. It only takes two people to lift, carry, and assemble (and then disassemble, when it's time to move) each piece of furniture within the box in a zippy 10 minutes, without tools to boot. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the top five most popular viral videos of today.

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School Bus Home

Photo credit: Cora Bean

On the outside, this looks like any other school bus, but step inside, and you'll want to use it to travel the world. Jeremy and Mira Thompson of Cora Bean spent a few years transforming a school bus into a dream micro-home, which includes: a stunning kitchen, bedroom, bookshelves, and even a little loft area perfect for relaxing. Continue reading to take an in-depth tour inside this tiny home.

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Solar Death Ray

Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds of the Science Channel made a crazy solar death ray in their very own garage. Its main component is a Fresnel lens, which focuses light into a beam that can melt aluminum, meaning it reaches temperatures in excess of 660°C (1,220°F). Simply put, the duo were inspired to harness light to burn metal after thinking about children using small magnifying glasses to melt plastic toys. So, they built a basic frame from wood and positioned the lens - which can capture a greater degree of light thanks to its ridged surface - to focus the sun's ray to a small point. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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1956 Kitchen

Furniture designer and creator Nathan Chandler recently purchased a home that has remained sealed since 1956. Its mid-century American interior was kept perfectly intact to boot. Whether it be the pastel pink counters or manuals still attached to the unused GE home appliances, every detail is straight out of a 1950s American family television show. Continue reading for more pictures.

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CoeLux Artificial Sunlight

Priced from $68,600 with installation, the CoeLux system recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight that uses a thin coating of nanoparticles to accurately simulate light through Earth's atmosphere and the effect known as Rayleigh scattering. This doesn't just recreate the color temperature, but the feeling of sunlight as well. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Plastic Spoon Chandelier

Just had a big party and have dozens of leftover plastic spoons? Then why not turn them into a working chandelier? Simply find a water jug, cut off the plastic spoon handles, slice open the jug, glue the heads on, insert the electrical elements through the bottom, and you'll be ready to light up any room. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the top five most popular viral videos of today.

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