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Micro Home

Many living rooms are larger than this, but Johannesburg-based architect Clara da Cruz Almeida has designed a micro 183-square-foot home (priced from $18,000), called the INDAWO / lifePOD, that has all the amenities you'd expect to find in a cozy apartment. Almeida collaborated with product design firm Dokter and Misses to construct space-saving, fold-out couches, a fold-down table, and enclosed storage that allow you to transform the space instantaneously. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Modern Tree House

Called the Treehouse djuren, this spacecraft-like structure is built around two large oak trees, and was created as a comfortable retreat for a family in northern Germany. Featuring a wood and zinc metal exterior, which gives this small structure a minimalist feel as its supported by four steel rods. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dream Home Thailand

Steve Areen's otherworldly Thailand dome home was built in just six weeks on the modest budget of $9,000. He decided to build a dream home while visiting friend Hajjar Gibran, who offered him a spot on their mango farm to build his own dome. Believe it or not, the cost for the basic structure was under $6,000, but including finishing details and furniture, the total cost came out to $9,000. While this home was built with cement blocks and clay bricks, Areen says he's looking at property in Oregon to build another dome home, but this time, with more sustainable earthen bricks. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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Camper Conversion

When this couple found an old 1965 Serro Scotty Sportsman camper they knew it had potential. So, the couple decided to make it their next big home improvement project stripping everything from inside out. Many of the furniture pieces were custom-built from scratch, including all of the shelving. After lots of hard work (and electrical wiring), the finished project looks to be straight from a DIY reality television show. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Penny Floor

Photo credit: Jake 0111

Why spend thousands on new flooring for your home, when you could just cover it with 20,000 pennies (worth $200)? Sure, it might take a lot more work than traditional wood / tile floors, but as you can see, the results are interesting to say the least, and just makes "cents". For anyone wondering, each row consists of 100 pennies, with each glued individually, and then coated with self-leveling epoxy once completed. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of amazon parrots arguing like an old married couple.

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Bugatti Beverly Hills

If Tony Star were to buy another home, it'd probably be 1181 North Hillcrest Avenue in Beverly Hills. This collaboration project between Interior Architect Joseph Ferrugio, designer Roman James, and the owner (Bruce Makowsky) really wanted push the phrase to the boundaries of luxury. It's located atop the Trous and features Bentley leather stitched furniture as well as a James Bond-inspired bar with its own personal candy shop. That's just the beginning, you also get a home movie theater and an open concept garage with hydraulic display sets. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery.Continue reading for a viral video of a full-sized truck jumping over a Formula 1 car.

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Survival Condo

Over the course of history, there have been several extinction events, but if one should be caused by a catastrophic nuclear war, knowing someone with one of these $3-million underground "Survival Condo" structures will definitely keep you out of harm's way, or at least for a little while. These are buried 174 feet underground in the shell of an old missile silo, spanning 54,000 square feet, and designed to sustain up to 70 people for a minimum of 5-years. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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DIY Backyard Pool

Photo credit: VonBubenberg / Reddit

Just about anyone with the right skills and lot size can build a swimming pool in their backyard, but Reddit user "VonBubenberg" wanted to try his hand at a swimming pond before. It all started with a pile of dirt in the backyard, and after lots of digging, heavy machinery, and even a custom deck, later, this dream became a reality. Let's just say that the results might surprise you, as what they built looks straight from a home decoration magazine. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Metal Door Backyard

Sometimes, home buyers might miss a thing or two before they move in, and for this family, it was a strange metal door in the backyard. Turns out, this door was actually a nuclear fallout shelter, complete with perfectly preserved vintage products from the 1960s. The previous owner, surgeon Frank Pansch, built it two years prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Didga, the skateboarding cat.

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Dr. Who Tea Infuser

This Doctor Who Tardis Tea Infuser isn't just for looks, it's perfect for your own special brew of free radicals and tannins. Just one simple mug, a bit hot water, some loose leaf tea, and a short steep later, you'll be thinking clearly again, ready to trek across the universe. For non-tea-drinkers, a tea infuser is basically a device in which loose, dried tea leaves are placed for steeping or brewing, in a mug or a teapot full of hot water; it is often called a teaball or tea maker, and sometimes a tea egg. Continue reading for more.

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