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Star Wars Papercraft

Photo credit: UH02 via Gizmodo

When are sheets of paper not just something you use to write on or print documents with? When you design detailed templates of famous Star Wars vehicles, print them out, and then hand-assemble them. This is exactly what one geek from Japan decided to do by recreating the X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, and AT-ST vehicles from Star Wars, with absolutely no details spared, design wise. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of today.

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Multiplication Trick

Japanese school children learn to multiply with lines, or in other words, a visual technique where you draw lines and count the intersections. The infographic above shows the basic method behind this method, and it involves drawing lines on the diagonal to represent the numbers of the first number to multiply, and then crossing those with the other number's lines. Next, you add up the intersections for each area, and you have the correct total. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.

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$1 Million Robot

For a cool $1-million, Kuratas, the Gundam-inspired rideable robot by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, can now be yours. This machine is equipped with a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which starts firing when the pilot smiles. It can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or with a data-enabled smartphone. Unfortunately, as of right now, it only ships to the Kanto region of Japan, and is advertised as a kit, which means you should have a Japanese-reading engineer on-hand to help you piece things together. If you're extremely wealthy and want one at all costs, these two caveats will be trivial. Continue reading for more images of the actual robot and a link to its product page.

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Lie Down Desk

Thanko's Super Gorone Desk is perfect for lazy geeks who don't want to get out of bed on weekends, as its frame easily adjusts to fit a variety of laptops, tablets etc. Plus, there's even a built-in, USB-powered fan to keep your computer cool for those long internet browsing / gaming sessions. When you're not lying in bed, it can be transformed into a small table not only for your computer, but snacks as well. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Nomura Jellyfish

You're not looking at an alien species from another galaxy, just a monstrous Nomura's Jellyfish, photographed by Lucia Terui. These graceful giants of the sea that grow up to 6ft 6in in diameter, and can often be found in the waters of Echizen, Fukui province, Japan. Though their stings are generally very painful, Nomura Jellyfish are not known for causing any major damage to humans. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Guinea Pig Road

There are normal streets, highways / freeways, and then this guinea pig road at the Nagasaki Bio Park Zoo in Japan. Simply put, it's an ingenious way of moving large herds of guinea pigs between enclosures. When the zoo's staff needs to move the furry creatures from one play enclosure to another, they extend a makeshift suspension bridge to get the job done in an orderly fashion. Continue reading to watch the forever looping video.

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Shrimp Fry Cannon

Japan-based DoCoMo has unveiled a food cannon system that's capable of firing shrimp through the air at breakneck speed towards a drenching of flour, eggs and breadcrumbs before hurtling towards a flamethrower, where they are flash-fried to perfection. In the video, you'll see two ladies pour beaten eggs into a large silver canteen, then inverted triangular containers filled with flour, and last, but not least, a glass air cannon, which the shrimp have been stuffed into. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Underwater Crop Circles

No, the crop circle-inspired design you see above was not created by aliens, but rather a tiny Japanese puffer fish. That's right, tiny silvery male puffer fishes are responsible for making the beautiful and elaborate underwater crop circles to attract a mate. They use their pectoral fins to carve an elaborate series of rings and ridges in the sand. Since they are constantly washed away by water flow, the tiny fish must constantly maintain them. The more elaborate the underwater 'crop circle' mating ring, the more likely the male puffer is to attract a female counterpart. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Cartoon Eyes Cats

Another day, another batch cat pictures that have gone viral overnight. This time, they're from Japan, and cat owners are basically placing strips of hand-drawn cartoon / anime eyes in front of their cats. The official term is "cat montage" (neko montaaju), and it's strange to say the least. Want to find more? Just search for the Japanese term on Twitter. Continue reading to see some of the best so far.

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Japan Underwater City

We have seen the future of housing, and it's all underwater. The futuristic image you see above were envisioned by the Shimizu Corporation in Tokyo, in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec). This $26-billion underwater city, called the "Ocean Spiral", features a globe that would float at the surface of the sea, but could be submerged in inclement weather. A spiral structure plunges to depths of up 2.5 miles (4km), forming a path 9-miles to a building on the ocean floor, which could serve as a resource development factory that could collect rare metals and rare earths. Continue reading for more images and information.

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