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Built from Scratch Sofa

Photo credit: Dhavatar / Reddit

Reddit user "Dhavatar" had just moved into a new place and didn't want to splurge on an expensive sofa. So, he decided to build his very own from scratch, without the help of a professional. He first researched designs using countless Google searches, drew them up, complete with measurements, bought the supplies, and the rest is history. Let's just say that it turned out a lot better than most DIY projects you see online. Continue reading for the complete journey from start to finish.

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Sushi Towels

Most bath towels are designed purely to absorb water, but these, by designer Jenny Pokryvailo, look like maki sushi rolls when rolled up: salmon, tuna, crab, and tamago to be exact. On a related note, did you know that sushi dates back to at least the second century A.D., beginning as a method of preserving fish in China? Or, that the word 'sushi' refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt, and not raw fish? Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of extreme wind taking on traffic lights.

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Kitchen Geeky Gadgets

The Marshall Fridge holds 4.4 cubic-feet of your favorite frozen meals, frozen pizzas, or beer for your drummer. The amp is expected to ship in October this year. Just be prepared for the deluge of Spinal Tap impressions. It comes equipped with authentic Marshall parts and styling, the mini-fridge gets the details right. In addition to the power and standby switches, control knobs are also included on the facing, they do go to 11. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Smartphone Projector

Sure, the image may not be comparable to a real projector, but creating your own makeshift version is good enough for viewing photos or even internet videos. You'll need a decent-sized cardboard box, magnifying glass, paperclip, hobby knife, and your smartphone. This would work best when projected onto a white wall in a dim setting. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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SnapPower USB Wall Charger

At first glance, this looks like any other standard wall outlet, but on the right side of SnapPower, there's a USB charging port. That's right, there's no need to plug in any power adapters when charging your gadgets; simply plug the USB cable directly into SnapPower. It uses power prong technology in the replacement cover plate, which draws power using a pair of metal prongs that reach around the existing outlet and make contact with the screws holding its electrical wiring in place. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Awesome Things Kitchen

The Star Wars Death Star Cookie Jar may seem out of place in most homes, but to a geek, this is a dream come true. "Measuring approximately 12" x 12", the Death Star Cookie Jar is composed of polyresin, and features a counter-friendly flat base. If left to its own devices, the Death Star Cookie Jar will kill any other cookie jar in its immediate vicinity; you will enter the kitchen to find the floor covered in shattered bits and smoldering crumbs," according to the company. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Harry Potter Treehouse

When is a treehouse, not just something you enjoy in the warmer months? When grandparents Steve and Jeri Wakefield from Dallas, Texas decide to go all out and hire James Curvan to design a multi-level treehouse for their two grandsons. In addition to the Harry Potter-inspired exterior, which boasts some extra special details including decks, a suspension bridge and even a zip line, and the interior boasts plenty of furniture and amenities that you'd expect in a real home. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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kSafe Smart Safe

Find yourself snacking way too often? The kSafe Smart Safe will definitely come in handy. This smart, connected, and lockable safe that only opens when your goals have been completed. They can be anything from walking 10,000 steps today to finishing the paper you've been working on. Just place your iPad, TV remote, cookies, etc. in there, set a goal on the smartphone app, and lock the safe. For those who need even more customization, you can also program it to unlock only on certain days of the month. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

You know what they say..."the best part of waking up is the coffee in your cup". Most (if not all) coffee machines do not have the ability to wake you up as well as brew a fresh cup of Joe, but British designer Joshua Renouf's creation will do just that. Called The Barisieur, coffee-making alarm clock that first gently wakes you up with the sounds of steel ball bearings vibrating as they boil the water through induction heating, then incentivizes you to get vertical with a freshly made cup of joe. One caveat: you'll need to prep the beans, sugar, as well as milk before you go to sleep. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LEGO Record Player

Most record players aren't the most exciting of musical devices, but "The Planet" just might be the exception. Hand-built by Korean brick master Hayarobi, this complete LEGO-based turntable consists 2,405 pieces, and is powered by a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box, along with a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and additional information.

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