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Cat Playland

Photo credit: Houzz via Laughing Squid

Peter Cohen, a home builder and the co-owner of Trillium Enterprises, transformed his home into a feline playland, complete with overhead catwalks, spiral pathways and custom odor-free closets to house 22 litter boxes for his 15 rescued cats. Cohen said during an interview with Houzz: "When we bought this house in 1988, it came with two outdoor feral cats. And then one of them was killed when he was hit by a car and then the second one was hit by a car...So we made her an indoor cat and then to get her company, because the other one had been killed, we went to the shelter and adopted a couple of cats and that just started down the road. The catwalks, the first catwalk I built was in 1995...for the walks, just the walks I've spent $40,000 or $50,000, and they can be done a lot cheaper, but the catwalks are for the cats but they're also for me. They're architecturally interesting to me - the colors and we always try to do something interesting with the shapes." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Clever Products

Love putting crackers in your soup? The Obol might be just what you need, as it separates the dry products from the liquid. This handy kitchen gadget also works great for milk and cereal. Zevro's WM300 SmartSpace Food Dispenser ensures that your counter isn't filled with random food items, thanks to an innovative portion-control turn knob, wall-mount design, and three integrated measuring cups. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the craziest 3D projection mapping show you'll ever see at a hockey game.

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Taco Toaster

Nostalgia Electronics' Taco Toaster lets you make a crispy hard taco shell using standard tortillas that can be found at any local market. Simply place two tortillas into the formers, lower them into the toaster, and in just a few minutes, you'll be ready to eat. Product page. If you don't feel like spending $25 on a toaster designed specifically for making taco shells, continue reading for another way to make them using a standard toaster oven.

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Recycled Home

Photo credit: Homeless Home Project

At first glance, this appears to be any pile of old trash, but Gregory Kloehn, an artist in Oakland, California, has made it his mission to use these materials to build small mobile homes for the homeless. Called the "Homeless Homes Project", it all starts with dumpster diving in the local industrial areas, selecting the parts for his practical architectural creations and putting together something livable from the salvaged materials. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Underground Wine Cellar

Let's face it, when you're not eating, cleaning or cooking, the kitchen is probably the last place you'd want to spend a day. Starting off, we have an underground wine cellar, perfect for storing your favorite wines like 007 would. It's a must-have for any serious wine connoisseurs and keeps every bottle in your collection securely preserved at optimum humidity. One caveat: it'll set you back a hefty $25,000. Continue reading for more cool kitchen gadgets and accessories.

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CREE Flashlight Torch

CREE's 300LM LED Flashlight Torch is currently being offered for only $3.33, today only, originally priced at $39.99. It's ultra bright, zoomable, water-resistant, and even comes with an integrated clip for convenience. Product page. Continue reading for another test video, more images and additional information.

Notable features:
  • Super mini size, bright, blinding effect.

  • Skid-proof design & waterproof design.

  • Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX).

  • Adjustable focus range for different usage, stretching to adjust its focus.

  • Working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extent.


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Nessie Ladle

The Loch Ness Monster is a mystical creature who reputedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. Ototo of Animi Causa has created a Loch Ness-inspired ladle called "Nessie" that will let the monster invade your soups when it's released in February. Continue reading for more pictures and the product link.

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Narrowest Home

Nestled between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland, the Keret House is touted as the world's narrowest home, measuring just 36 inches across at its narrowest point and 48 inches at its widest. It was created by Israeli writer and film maker Etgar Keret, who managed to raise 70,000€ ($80,000+USD) for the project and began the construction in collaboration with the Polish Art Foundation. He says: "This was the biggest challenge of my life, because I've never done something as narrow." Once completed in October 2012, the Keret House stands today as a two-floor iron structure, with a total floor space of only 46 square meters. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Billboard Home

Finding solutions to the complex homelessness problem involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory aims to use actual triangular billboards as housing for those without homes. Billboard dimensions are preserved to attract advertisers, which in turn pay for the home. A set of steps ensure easy access, and the interior floor plan is divided into two rooms. The first contains an entrance hall, a kitchen, and a raised bed set above a storage space. The second boasts the bathroom, a toilet, and a shower corner. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Groot Swing

What cooler backyard accessory could a geek have than a full-sized Groot swing that looks to be straight from Guardians of the Galaxy? This was made by the extremely talented team at Super-Fan Builds and consists of urethane foam (head + body), sturdy metal (swing), steel rods and resin (arms) to make them stronger. In the movie, Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect, so the team decided to use LED lights in the swing as well. Lastly, everything was covered in a dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass for weatherproofing purposes, and the vines you see are basically ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body. Continue reading for more.

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