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Smoothie Cat

Photo credit: Instagram via Bored Panda

There's Grumpy Cat, and then Smoothie, currently the internet's most photogenic cat, or many would like to think. She's a British Longhair living in Luxembourg with her owner, with thousands of Instagram fans. Apart from its coat length, the British Longhair is identical to the British Shorthair. The coat is lustrous and physique is stout in general. The head is broad, and round or even squarish, with bright circular eyes and short ears. Continue reading for a video and more information about the breed.

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Robot Lawyer

Joshua Browder, a 19-year-old British programmer currently studying at MIT, has created "DoNotPay", the world's first robot lawyer. Registered users can use the service to ask any kind of legal question and receive relevant auto-generated answers. This project began as a free website to help people appeal parking tickets, which soon became an automatic appeal generator, using previously successful letters as a template. "As a 19-year-old, I have coded the entirety of the robot on my own, and I think it does a reasonable job of replacing parking lawyers. I know there are thousands of programmers with decades more experience than me working on similar issues. If it is one day possible for any citizen to get the same standard of legal representation as a billionaire, how can that not be a good thing," said Browder. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Scarlett Johansson Robot

Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old graphic designer from Hong Kong, taught himself everything about robotics from scratch, and spent over $50,000 building a Scarlett Johansson-like robot. He was able to manufacture 70% of the robot's body using a 3D printer, and through trial-and-error, setbacks, like burnt-out electric motors and it continuously toppling over, were overcome. "When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromagnetics, and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code? Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot. Also, I had to make sure the robot's external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult," said Ma. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Prayer Online

Seattle "businessman" Benjamin Rogovy made millions of dollars by offering online prayers between 2011-2015. He led people to believe that ministers and religious leaders would pray for them if they paid between $9 and $35 for the service via several websites. This was convincing enough for hundreds of thousands of people to participate in the scam, netting approximately $7.8-million in the process. However, all was not as it seems, since Rogovy posed as Pastor John Carlson, complete with a LinkedIn profile. Testimonials included being able to avoid home foreclosures, wining lottery jackpots, and even being cured of terminal illnesses. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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PL-01 Stealth Tank

First unveiled at the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce on September 2, 2013, the PL-01 is finally in production, and will hit battlefields by 2018. This tank has a modular ceramic-aramid shell, which is designed to provide protection compatible with NATO standard STANAG 4569 Annex A at level 5+ across the front portions of the hull and turret. The hull of the vehicle provides protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines in accordance with appendix B parts 4a and 4b of the STANAG 4569 standard. The entire vehicle will be covered with radar and radiation-absorbent materials. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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LED Li-Fi

Soon, you'll be able to browse the web, surf, work, etc. at 100-times the speed of Wi-Fi, thanks to Li-Fi technology. French start-up Oledcomm created this technology, based on the properties of LED lights flickering, and tests have found that it can transmit information at over 200 gigabytes per second. One caveat: the light has to be visible for the signal to work. Continue reading for a video explaining it more in-depth.

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Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard

For billionaires who need the ultimate in luxury and protection when being transported, look no further than the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard. This vehicle is both bullet and blast proof, almost on par with military standards. How strong is the armor? Well, Daimler Chrysler stated that it can take fire from am assault rifle with steel core bullets, and still make it out in one piece. You'll also find special grade steel that fills the gaps and cavities in the body, along with the vehicle's outer skin. The polycarbonate-coated windows deter splintering and protect against gunfire, while underbody armor is bomb-proof. Continue reading to see more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Movie Poster Cat

H/T: Reddit via BoredPanda

Reddit user "Your_Post_As_A_Movie" specializes in taking random photos that people post online, and transforming them into professional-looking movie posters. Starting off, we have "Catastrophe", which started as a normal picture of a gray cat looking quite angry to say the least. Now the result is a movie that appears to have this one cat taking on the world. Continue reading to see twelve more.

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Concorde at Altitude

The Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354mph at cruising altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. One thing you may not know is that it flew to an altitude of 68,000 ft (20,700 m) during a test flight in June 1973. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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NYC Black Tap Eatery Milkshake

Photo credit: Jenny Flake via MyModernMet

Thanks to the power of Photoshop, you really can't just anything people post online anymore, including the alleged latest Powerball jackpot winning tickets. However, none of these insane milkshakes from NYC's Black Tap have received digital enhancements. Flavors include: Birthday cake (above), Cotton Candy, Cookie Dough, S'mores, Caramel Apple and lots more. Continue reading to see some of the most popular flavors that are sure to appeal to food geeks.

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