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Hidden Pool

Have more money than you know what to do with? Then a hidden pool might be just what your mansion needs. At the push of a button, the pool deck automatically descends and water fills in the void left behind - push it again to hide everything. The mechanically-controlled platforms can also double as steps down into the water, as each pool is custom built. Continue reading for more.

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Tiny NYC Home

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New York City isn't known for sprawling mansions, but for what little space is available, there are some tiny dream lofts, such as this one. Designed by the team at Specht Harpman Architects, this 425-square-foot space, no larger than many living rooms, located at the top of a six-story brownstone, has 25 feet of vertical space and even access to a rooftop. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby owl that does something unexpected with a GoPro.

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Living Room Pit

Designer Simon Woodroffe decided to go the high-tech route when creating this sunken living room. At the touch of a button, or the pull of a handle, twelve moving parts transform the tiny apartment into a luxurious living space with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Measuring just 262 square-feet, this dynamic living space comes complete with a master suite, second bedroom, sunken sitting room, cinema, dining room, office, full size kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom/spa, party room, wine cellar and storage. Continue reading for more.

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Dumpster Home

Dr. Jeff Wilson has been living in a 33-square-foot dumpster for The Dumpster Project since February 4, 2014. It's essentially an ongoing experiment in minimalism at the Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. He plans on upgrading the dumpster through three phases: dumpster camping, average American dumpster home, and uber dumpster. This current phase (phase two) features air conditioning, basic appliances and amenities, and water and power connections. Continue reading to see how it stands today.

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Corner Cutting Board

Hate using a cutting board that takes up your entire counter? Then this corner cutting board is just for you. Simply secure it to a corner, and you'll be ready to start cutting / chopping / cooking. Other ingenious things you could do include: putting power outlets inside drawers, adding a half table to your bathroom for extra storage space, building a free library for friends / neighbors, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Amazing Wall Mural

Want to paint something on your wall, but have absolutely not drawing skills or art experience? Then use a projector to project whatever it is you want to draw, onto a wall, after it's been converted into a bitmap image for scaling purposes. Next, dim the lights and start carefully painting. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robotic dolphin and flying water car.

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Horizontal Shower

First unveiled at a trade show in Basel, Switzerland, the Horizontal Shower isn't just for looks. CEO Andreas Dornbracht describes the shower as "total relaxation, the kind only experienced by someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melts away, everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized." Featuring an array of shower heads controlled by an Ambiance Tuning Technique system, enabling to be programmed and tuned to cycle through different intensities and water temperatures. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Microwave Tips

By now, we know that microwaving your iPhone 6 definitely won't charge it faster, but there are some useful tips that geeks can use to maximize use of this kitchen appliance. First up, spacing out a circle when heating leftovers will ensure that the center isn't lukewarm at best. Percy Spencer invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946. Raytheon later licensed its patents for a home-use microwave oven that was first introduced by Tappan in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use. The countertop microwave oven was first introduced in 1967 by the Amana Corporation, which was acquired in 1965 by Raytheon. Continue reading for more.

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Spain House

Beach houses are nothing new, but House of the Infinite located in Cadiz, Spain delivers infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean that can be enjoyed from just about anywhere on the property. Spanning 900 square meters, it boasts a facade built from Roman travertine stone that complements the surrounding sandy beaches. What sets this home apart from the others is its completely open rooftop space, complete with a swimming pool. Continue reading for more.

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River Home

Called the "River House", this tiny little cottage is located on the Drina River in Serbia, and was originally built over 45 years ago. It's situated upon a rock in the middle of the river, and became famous when a few short years ago when National Geographic published the amazing photo seen above (top). Continue reading to see what the house looks like during bad weather.

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