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Volvo YCC

The Volvo YCC ("Your Concept Car") was a concept car presented in 2004 at the Geneva Motor Show with the stated goal of meeting the particular needs of female drivers. On the outside, it looks like a futuristic four seat coupe, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that there's no hood, as the engine was designed to need an oil change only after 50,000 km (31,000 mi) - radio messages are sent to a garage automatically a short time before any required maintenance. Filling the windshield washer tank was done by a cap-less ball valve, right next to the cap-less gas tank ball valve. The car featured run-flat tires, like those of wheeled armoured vehicles, in order to be able to drive all the way to a garage after a puncture and thus avoid having to change a tire by the side of the road. Continue reading for more fascinating facts.

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Funny Missing Lost Sign

Let's face it, street signs are slowly becoming a relic of the past, but there are still some internet trolls who know how to grab your attention with these flyers. For example, this person decided to come up with a funny story about a pet goldfish that supposedly got away from his owner after they removed their leash, and the rest is history. Who knows? They may just get a funny reply (or several) worthy of a front page Reddit story. Continue reading for more.

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Mother Lets Toddler Dress Her

Photo credit: Summer Bellessa

Want to become an Instagram star? One way is to have your 3-year-old dress you for a week, and that's exactly what Summer Bellessa did. She's currently an actress and blogger at babble.com, and as you can see, her 3-year-old son Rockwell, might have what it takes for a career in fashion. Bellessa says: "A lot of being a mom is telling people what to do.It was therapeutic for both of us to change roles, if even in this small way. He enjoyed having his opinions heard." Continue reading to see what she wore for all 5-days.

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Funny Vandalized Sign

Regardless of how hard it is to reach a sign, or how boring and plain one may look, there are always those bored people who just have to vandalize them for their own amusement. For example, a math geek decided to put a sticker on a speed limit sign that asks drivers to solve for "x". On the bright side, if you do get a speeding ticket for going over the 45mph limit, this piece of vandalism could be used to your advantage. Continue reading for more.

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Grumpy Angry Cat

According to Grumpy Cat's agent, since the animal first became an internet meme 2-years-ago, she has brought in over $100 million in revenue from books, merchandise, appearances, and even a film. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, "I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media, and the phone simply hasn't stopped ringing since. Continue reading to see a few cats who just might be related to this grumpy feline.

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Perfectionist Funny

There's probably nothing more satisfying for a delivery truck driver than a perfectly packed cargo area, similar to what one would see in a game of Tetris. Perfectionism isn't all that bad, as it can drive people to accomplishments and provide the motivation to persevere in the face of discouragement and obstacles. Researcher Roedell says: "In a positive form, perfectionism can provide the driving energy which leads to great achievement. The meticulous attention to detail, necessary for scientific investigation, the commitment which pushes composers to keep working until the music realizes the glorious sounds playing in the imagination, and the persistence which keeps great artists at their easels until their creation matches their conception all result from perfectionism." Continue reading for more.

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Ghetto Hikes

Photo credit: Ghetto Hikes

Not everyone is able to go on hikes regularly, so that's why people like the owner of the "Ghetto Hikes" Twitter page exist. To sum things up, this 28-year-old takes urban kids on nature hikes and then Tweets memorable things they say like: "Yo, how many stars are up in here. Next time we campin', I'mma bring me a microscope, peep me some space." Continue reading for many more things these kids have said.

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Mispronouncing Bangkok

Photo credit: Thrillophilia

People use online translation services, like Google Translate, on a daily basis, but there's something even they can't get right, and it's pronunciation. For example, Bangkok should be pronounced as "Bahng-Gawk", or at least in American English. On a side note, did you know that the full spelling of Bangkok - obviously finalized before the days of Twitter - is known to Thais as Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit (a Tweet-busting 169 characters)? Continue reading for more.

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Day and Night from Space

Photo credit: Muzaffar Bukhari

If you happen to one of the lucky few to make it up into space, it's safe to say that merely watching the sun set and rise each day is something worth mentioning, especially with views like this. Here's a bit more information: "The photograph attached was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, on a cloudless day. The picture is of Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are the cities lights. The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert. Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that's it's still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Madrid. The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further south, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde Islands. Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during Daytime and night time. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen." Continue reading for more.

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Fizzy Drinks

Did you know that the human tongue can actually taste the flavor of carbon dioxide in the bubbles of fizzy drinks? This might explain why flat soda, champagne, etc. aren't as enjoyable as drinking it fresh. According to scientists, taste receptors on the tongue which detect the flavor of sour food can also respond to the gases of carbonated or fermented drinks. Neuroscientist Charles Zuker of Columbia University discovered that a class of taste-receptor cells in the tongue respond to carbon dioxide, and specifically identified an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase 4 in the detection of the gas. Continue reading for more.

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