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Nolan IMAX Camera

Photo credit: John Bierly

Christopher Nolan may have had a $250-million-dollar budget to work with for The Dark Knight Rises, but it probably didn't include the cost of replacing a $500,000 IMAX camera. While filming a scene Mellon Institute, Anne Hathaway's stunt double drove a Batpod directly into one of these pricey camera rigs. IMAX increases the resolution of the image by using a much larger film frame: while a frame of 35mm film offers approximately six thousand lines (6K) of horizontal resolution, an IMAX negative can potentially display the equivalent of 18 thousand lines (18K) of horizontal resolution. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Babysitting Plant

This person, who works at an IT firm in Augusta, Georgia, was asked by a fellow office mate to take care of a plant while she was away for 4 days, and then the rest is history. He decided to take it out on extraordinary adventures, or at least by plant standards. Not only do they visit the city's most popular places, he even teaches it to drive and play foosball. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Graphene Aerogel

ZheJiang University researchers in China demonstrate graphene aerogel by placing the extremely light substance on a flower. Professor Gao Chao created this by using a new freeze-drying method that involved freeze-drying solutions of carbon nanotubes and graphene to form a carbon sponge that can be arbitrarily adjusted to any shape. The final result is a very strong and extremely elastic material that can also absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil - one gram of aerogel can absorb up to 68.8 grams of organics per second, making it perfect for mopping up oil spills at sea. Continue reading for more.

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Munchkin Shih Tzu

Munchkin the Shih-Tzu's owners didn't want to buy a traditional costume for their dog on Halloween. So, they came up with this custom teddy bear suit, which has won over the internet. Here's how they did it: "Measure your dog in the front from feet to top of head (Munchkin is 14"). Buy a teddy bear in similar color to your dog in their size (I got hers on Amazon for $30). Cut the face off, cut the bottom of the feet off, cut open the back. Take all the stuffing out except for the arms. Bear only goes on front part of their body/legs and back half is exposed. Put a string or velcro through the back behind the neck to tie/close. The bear's arms hung down, so I sewed them up a bit higher so they stuck out to sides more instead of hanging down. Took me maybe 15 minutes to make!" Continue reading for the video.

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Unintentionally Ironic

By definition, irony means something that is happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this. For example, this "college of architecture and planning" should have at least managed to space the letters out properly, without having to place the letter "c" off to one side. Continue reading for more unintentionally ironic images captured at the perfect moment.

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Funny Strange School

Even though Halloween has come and gone, the last thing a student expects to see in class is a Minion, or at least their professor dressed as one and teaching an entire class while costumed. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that is just one of the many funny and strange stunts people are pulling off at their schools on a regular basis. Continue reading to see more, including an awesome science experiment captured at the perfect time.

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Bad Funny Situation

Let's face it, things rarely go the way we want them to, but unfortunate times, call for drastic (and creative) measures. For example, some frozen water bottles and ice packs strapped to a standing fan is probably the next best thing to a real air conditioner. Or, using perfectly placed wallpaper to make your cracked smartphone display less noticeable. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how geeky parents get their babies to stay still while feeding them.

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Google Inbox

Google Inbox is basically an email app by Google for Android, iOS, and Google's Chrome browser, with other web platforms planned. Unlike other apps, when the user logs in, Google scans the email account for important and similar information. It then presents what it considers the most important parts of the email first and groups similar emails as "Bundles" that are named by type (e.g., "Travel" or "Updates"). It also converts physical addresses into Google Maps links and airline confirmation numbers into a flight status update.[2] Users can make custom Bundles as they would make Gmail filters, and can specify the time of day to show the Bundle. They can also organize emails with quick actions, such as swiping the screen to the right to archive a message, or swiping left to defer an email for another time. iTunes Download Link. Continue reading for more.

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Funny Time Work

You know it's time for a vacation, when...playing solitaire during regular working hours becomes a habit, such as for this police officer. Sure, they might be on lunch, but that's still not excuse for using your police cruiser's computer to play the game. That is just one of the many examples we've rounded up for you today of people who really need some time off from work. Continue reading to see them all.

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Vending Machine Kill

Sharks kill less than a handful of people a year, but did you know people also fall at the hands of vending machines? That's right, most modern vending machines are tested and designed to inhibit theft, with security measures resulting in designs similar in strength to safes, causing them to be very heavy. A few people have been fatally injured after having a vending machine topple over them, either while they were attempting to steal from the machine, or venting frustration over a malfunction which caused a failure to dispense the purchased item or the proper change. Continue reading for more.

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