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What better way to show off your love of fine automobiles, than with a transparent garage? The Garage Terrace House in Japan was designed with that in mind, and features a row of floor to ceiling windows from the garage to the adjacent kitchen and living area. Other areas of 1,800-square-foot home feature raised timber ceilings and stamped concrete floors. Click here to view the firsat image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video giving you a first look at Nintendo's Star Fox anime.

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Kiki's Bakery

For those unfamiliar with Kiki's Delivery Service, it's a Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli that tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. Now, a real-life Kiki's Bakery from the anime has opened in Yufuin Floral Village in south-west Japan. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Psycho-Pass Gun

The Psycho-Pass story takes place in an authoritarian future dystopia, where omnipresent public sensors continuously scan the Psycho-Pass of every citizen in range. The sensors measure mental state, personality, and the probability that the citizen will commit crimes, alerting authorities when someone exceeds accepted norms. To enforce order, the officers of the Public Safety Bureau carry hand weapons called Dominators. Cerevo has made these guns a reality, and it will hit stores in March, at the price of $680. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Darth Vader Samurai

H/T: Rocket News

Bandai's Darth Vader Samurai may be just a toy, but this video brings the mythical character to life. To be more specific VS Gag pitted the villain against Kamen Rider Black RX - a fictional henshin superhero character featured in Japanese tokusatsu. "It seems that it takes VS GAG about three months to make one video, so we'll be waiting quite a while for the next one. But we're definitely looking forward to whatever they produce," according to Rocket News. Continue reading for a video review of the figure you see above.

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Japanese Illusion

Meiji University professor Kokichi Sugihara specializes in creating impossible illusions that seem to defy gravity, including these mind-boggling slopes that you see above. How is this possible? Technology of course, as he used a computer program to interprets two dimensional line drawings as three dimensional objects. "Sometimes the program turned these objects into real objects, and that's how I discovered that some impossible objects are not really impossible - they can actually be built as solids in three-dimensional space," said Sugihara. Continue reading for two more of his impossible illusions.

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WHILL Mobility Device

If Apple made a personal mobility device, it'd probably look something like the WHILL Model A. Featuring an advanced omni-directional drive system that lets it take tight turns and ride on rough terrain, along with a sleek minimalist TRON-inspired design. Its lead-acid battery gives the Model A a range of nearly 20 kilometers on a single charge, and steering is as simple as using the built-in joystick on the armrest or a smartphone app. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here for more pictures of the WHILL Model A.

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Giant Squid Japan

It's not everyday that divers get to see a giant squid, much less one up close, but that's exactly what this research team saw this past week. "Giant squid was caught the camera a valuable figure that swim among the sea. The 24th morning in the boat mooring field in the Toyama Prefecture, the fishing that the swimming is a living giant squid people had was found. Length of the giant squid is about 4m, girth is about 1m, the part of the head it is that was swimming quietly towards the seabed," according to ANN News Japan [translated]. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for more images of giant squid.

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Thomas the Train Robot

H/T: Laughing Squid

Y Nakajima, a sculptor from Japan, has transformed Thomas the Tank Engine into a creepy post-apocalyptic hexapod robot, complete with a frickin' working laser canon. Not just for looks, this nightmare fuel creation is capable of popping a balloon, lighting matches, or just scaring away intruders. One thing's for sure, you don't want to leave this alone with your kids, or else Thomas may wreak serious havoc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a daredevil skiing through an impossibly narrow mountain gap, captured with an action cam.

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Cat's Forehead Fragrance

These days, there are companies that specialize in selling empty gag product boxes, but "Mohu Mohu Odeko no Kaori" (Fluffy Forehead Fragrance) Fabric Water from Japan-based retailer Felissimo isn't one of them. Available a 3.4-ounce bottle, priced at $10.60, this product is described as sweet and aromatic, designed to freshen up fabrics like cushions. You could also pick up a $25 kitten head plush toy to spray it on. Continue reading for more pictures and information. click here to see cats as 1960s scientists and pilots.

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Giant Salamander

A high school student "Yu" from Kyoto, Japan has discovered a giant Salamander casually walking down a footpath on his journey to class. He called the police to watch on, so he was not late for school, as the amphibious creature made its way back to the river. The Japanese giant salamander, is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as a near threatened species. They can grow up to 150cm most found in the wild are between 60-70cm long according to Japanese environment agency data. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view more pictures of giant slamanders.

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