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You've probably seen quite a few Microsoft-branded computer accessories over the years, but here are five things that you might have missed. They include: a Japan-exclusive Windows 7 Burger King Whopper, Windows Vista toilet paper, Windows soda, a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) t-shirt, and canned Windows 95. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny schol pictures and hilarious exam answers gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the fastest cook from Asia.

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How about some strange and creepy Japanese urban legends to start off your holiday weekend? First up, we have the Okiku doll, which can be found at the Mannenji temple in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido prefecture. The doll originally had cropped hair, but over the years the hair has mysteriously grown to 25 centimeters (10 inches), despite being trimmed annually. The legend has it that a teenage boy bought the doll for his two-year-old sister, Okiku. She played with it every day until her tragic and sudden death. Her family refused to get rid of the doll and noticed that its hair was growing, so they concluded that the spirit of their daughter resided within the doll. The doll was given to the temple in 1938 where it can be seen today. Continue reading for more.

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Called the White Goat, this gigantic machine turns shredded office paper into rolls of TP. That's right, simply feed 40 A4 sheets into the machine, and in 30-minutes, you'll have one roll coming off the assembly line. The machine actually takes the shredded paper and transfers it to a pulper, where it's dissolved in water, thinned out into wet paper, dried, and lastly, rolled into regular-sized toilet paper. One cavet: it'll set you back a cool $100,000 - not too bad actually, if you plan on running a toilet paper roll business. Continue reading for the video.

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No, this isn't some computer-rendered practical joke, but an actual iPhone case you can buy right now in Japan. Available in silver ($80) or gold ($120) versions, it's shaped just like a giant isopod and limited to just 500 of each color. Believe it or not, both models double as portable battery packs, meaning even if you do manage to scare everyone off, you'll at least get 2-3 times more usage out of the handset. Continue reading for two more pictures (gold version).

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Another day, another internet animal celebrity, and this time, it's Maru, the Shiba Inu. Similar to other happy dogs, this 7-year-old loves long walks on the beach and playing with his toys, but hates thunderstorms as well as fireworks. However, what sets Maru apart from the others is his big smile, especially on bike rides through the flower fields. Continue reading for more pictures.

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The weekend is finally upon us and what better way to start it off than with some ridiculous gadgets, which we've featured before, that actually all serve a function. One thing you may not have known is that this is actually a fad / movement called "Chindogu". Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Japanese samurai showing off his soccer skills in Brazil for the World Cup.

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Are you a foodie willing to travel around the world just to try something unique? Japan should probably be next on your list, even if you've visited many times before, as there are just too many things to try, such as the $43 milk, $66 Kobe beef steak pizza, $100 fugu, and more. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a funny dog versus a leaf blower.

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Summer is just about here for some of us and what better way to chill out than in your own secret home in the woods? This amazing structure, located in a Japanese forest, features a lounge room, a library and more than enough places to just sit around taking in all the beautiful views of nature. Continue reading for five more extremely unique homes you'll only find in Japan.

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Graduation is usually a time for celebration with cap, gown, and all, but Kanazawa College of Art in Japan might have taken things too far. Simply put, graduating students may choose to wear whatever they want to the ceremony, and do they ever. This annual event has become such a hit that many television stations, photojournalists and reporters show up to cover the festivities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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You don't have to stay up all night and / or go deep in the forest to spot owls anymore, simply head on over to an Owl Cafe in Japan. Kotaku says that there are currently there are many scattered around the city, "like Fukurou Sabou ("Owl Teahouse") in Tokyo, Owl Family in Osaka, and Crew, another owl cafe in Osaka, among others." Activities include munching on owl-themed snacks to actually holding the animals while enjoying a cup of coffee. Continue reading for two videos and more pictures.

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