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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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30 Foot Home

Almost nobody likes being tied down to one place, especially with a mortgage to boot. So, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses has just the solution for you: 30-foot homes. That's right, these tiny $63,000 homes look small, but offer more space and amenities than you'd expect, including a bath / shower, dishwasher, and enough room for up to six people. It sits on a 9.1 m (30 ft) trailer, and can be towed by a large car or standard truck. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Floating House Australia

Combining architectural tricks that rely on perspective, the architects at Australia's F2 Architecture firm have created a home that appears to be hovering over the sea. When viewed from any other angles, it's apparent that the home is built on a pole that lifts it 130-feet above the slope. The home is adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, modern furniture, and a wraparound balcony that offers a panoramic view of Fairhaven Beach. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Cover Blubber

Cover Blubber looks like something straight from a science fiction movie, but it's actually a food preservation system made of StickyRubber that stretches and clings to form fit over fresh cut food, dishes and containers. It's essentially an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, as long as you don't try microwaving them, as they are not heat-resistant. Product page. Continue reading for more cool and futuristic kitchen gadgets. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery.

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Funny Creative Home Ideas

It's never too early (or late) to start remodeling your living space, and sometimes, the things you want just can't be found in stores. For example, an "In Case of Zombies" shed decal might not be readily available at your local department store, but Etsy and other online shops just might carry it. Or, just finding a new creative way to organize your cables in microchip fashion - plus the wall-mounted PlayStation isn't such a bad idea either. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five viral videos for today.

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UV Light Room

When the lights are off, it looks like any other room, but at the flick of a switch, beautiful cosmic designs are revealed. This is the work of Hungarian-born Bogi Fabian, a Vienna-based artist that uses glowing UV paint to create stunning murals that can only be seen under a black light. The artist says: "I am trying to creat dreamful atmospheres, paint walls and floors and manage to enlighten my art with and without a source of energy. Thus, the spectator can experience the result in the daylight as well as in the dark, and in that way enjoy it in all its facets. . . My goal is to create unique spaces and rooms giving them an identity and a soul, where relaxing and living become an experience." Continue reading for more pictures.

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JAWS Crib

Photo credit: Joseph Reginella

Sculptor and toy designer Joseph Reginella only wanted to create something cool for his baby nephew, but little did he know that his "Jaws"-themed baby crib would go viral online. He told Crave, "At a shop Themendous, we made an airplane bed for some little kid in California, and I thought it would be funny if someone would order a terrifying bed instead of something mainstream." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dr. Who Tardis Bed

Many already know that the TARDIS is a time machine and spacecraft in Doctor Who and its associated spin-offs The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and more, but here's one version that lets you sleep the night away. Its creator, a blogger who goes by "Stubbs" online, said: "Since Murphy beds are the ultimate space maximizers, it only made sense to build it using Time Lord technology: bigger on the inside." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why Taylor Swift might be the most generous celebrity of 2014.

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Mike Hudson Van Dog Traveller

Previously a systems engineer Mike Hudson decided to quit his job and break everyday routines for a life filled with the unknown. After giving away most of his worldly possessions, he started converting a rundown, 10-year-old van into a mobile home he calls "Vandog". It took approximately 5-months of hard work to turn the rundown LDV Convoy into a livable home, complete with a timber-lined interior with an extendable bed, a large hammock, small office area, lots of storage space, a sound system, refrigerator, a gas burner, sink, a shower, toilet, a pressurized water system (hot water on demand), and even solar-powered LED lighting. An LPG cylinder stores gasoline (used for power) that can be refilled cheaply at petrol stations. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Staircase Bathroom

As much as stairs are functional, they can also be decorative pieces and an impressive part of a building, especially at the entrance. In large buildings, such as banks, this is very popular and modern companies utilize the opportunities of functional stairs to actually upgrade buildings. Stairs may also be a fanciful physical construct such as the stairs that go nowhere located at the Winchester Mystery House. Stairs are also a subject used in art to represent real or imaginary places built around impossible objects using geometric distortion, as in the work of artist M. C. Escher. The particular home above managed to transform the space below the stairs into a bathroom. Continue reading for more.

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