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Underwater Sports Car

People who've been following this site are probably familiar with this Rinspeed vehicle already, but now online retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is offering it for a cool $2-million. This car submarine hybrid floats when driven into water, and submerges with the pull of a lever, sending the passengers on an underwater adventure. There are two water jets mounted behind rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle, which provide steering as well as lift, and propellers in the back, provide forward movement up to 2 knots at depths down to 33'. Continue reading for a video and a link to the actual product page.

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Homemade Batmobile Australia

Batman fanatic and real-life superhero Zac Mihajlovic, from Camden, Australia, turned down several 6-figure offers for his homemade Batmobile. It's not for personal reasons, but rather so he can continue helping sick children via the Make-A-Wish foundation. These offers came from businessmen worldwide, including a Sheik in Dubai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral music video from OK Go with lots of robots and umbrellas.

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300: Rise of an Empire VFX

Visual effects are often integral to a movie's story and appeal. Although most visual effects work is completed during post-production, it usually must be carefully planned and choreographed in pre-production and production. Visual effects primarily executed in Post-Production, with the use of multiple tools and technologies such as graphic design, modeling, animation and similar software, while special effects such as explosions and car chases are made on set. A visual effects supervisor is usually involved with the production from an early stage to work closely with production and the film's director design, guide and lead the teams required to achieve the desired effects. Continue reading for more examples.

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Little Mermaid Wedding

Disney geeks rejoice! This wedding looks to be from an upcoming live-action Disney movie, but it's actually a real wedding. Your Cloud Parade online wedding marketplace partnered with designer Traci Hines (Ariel) and model Leo Camacho (Prince Eric) to create the fantasy become reality scenario you see above. You'll find everything from the "red hair and the dip-dyed dress to the ceremony on the beach and the too-perfect-to-be-true dessert table, the designers of this styled wedding seem to have thought of everything," says Bored Panda.

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Inception Furniture

Photo credit: This is Colossal

Remember that one scene in Inception where all the buildings were being peeled from the ground? Well, sculptor James McNabb has created an entire line of furniture, titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery, that look just like that. In his words, these furniture pieces represent "sketching with a bandsaw" composed of abstract shapes that are cut from repurposed and exotic woods. These pieces then become components for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of lighting, an aurora, and sunrise from the International Space Station.

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Harry Potter Hotel

Photo credit: Independent

You read that right, a Harry Potter hotel now exists at the 163-year-old Georgian House in Central London, near Victoria Station. The themed rooms come complete with trunks, potion bottles, cauldrons and spell books. In addition to the nifty props, the hotel package also comes with a walking tour of central London landmarks from the films and a trip to the Warner Bros Studio for The Making of Harry Potter Tour (seen above). Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing exactly how marble is extracted, straight from Italy.

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James Bond Lotus

James Bond fans rejoice! If you've seen "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) countless times already and have a few million burning a hole in your pocket, now is your chance to pick up the actual Lotus Espirit S1 car that James Bond used in the film. This vehicle is claimed to be one of only three surviving Lotus prop cars used during filming, though if you want to bring this nostalgia home. For those who love the super spy, but don't remember the vehicle in this film, it ebuted its submersible skills during a chase scene that saw Bond escape gunfire from a helicopter by driving straight off a pier and then up went the wheels and out came the fins. Continue reading for more pictures and an actual video showing the the Espirit in "The Spy Who Loved Me".

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Custom DeLorean

The DeLorean DMC-12 was manufactured by John DeLorean's DeLorean Motor Company for the American market in 1981-82. Featuring gull-wing doors with a fiberglass "underbody", to which non-structural brushed stainless steel panels are affixed, the car became iconic for its appearance as a modified time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. The company went into liquidation as the US car market went through its largest slump since the 1930s. In 2007, about 6,500 DeLorean Motor cars were believed to still exist. However, there are still some diehard enthusiasts who go to great lengths to customize their vehicles, as you can see above. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the iOS 8 Autocomplete Song.

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Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin

The paparazzi loves capturing celebrities at the worst times, just to stir up some drama for tabloids and magazines, but these rarely seen photographs show that outside of all the craziness, many still lead quite normal leaves that don't involve partying every second. Here we have Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin during happier times, possibly during a filming break. Continue reading for more.

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Star Wars Plot Hole

Technically speaking, a plot hole is an inconsistency in a movie's storyline that creates a paradox that can't be explained. These include such things as illogical or impossible events, as well as statements or events that contradict earlier events in the storyline. One example would be giving Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) the same last name as Luke, and then putting him on Alderaan. Continue reading for more.

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