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Harry Potter Nursery

Photo credit: K. Daniels via Bored Panda

Kaycee and Casey from Illinois created a Harry Potter-themed nursery straight from Hogwarts for their tiny 7-month-old son. Dad Casey first came up with the idea when his wife was still expecting, and eventually, she gave in. The nursery took about 3 months to complete, and features a beautiful mural by friend / 3D artist Nate Baranowski, themed blankets, artwork, all seven books from the series, and more. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes images from the Harry Potter movies.

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Cerebro Helmet

Allen Pan has built a somewhat reverse Cerebro Helmet, made famous by Professor Xavier in the X-Men series, that lets you steer the person wearing it to the left or right using a series of brain impulses. Scientifically speaking, this technique is called Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation, or zapping a nerve in your ear to mess with your balance. As you can see, there's still much work left to do, but for now, it's a great conversation piece, especially at X-Men movie marathons. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing spoon life hacks you can try today.

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Star Wars Battle Drones

Photo credit: The Verge via Hype Beast

At first glance, Propel's new Star Wars Battle Drones may look like actual props from the movie, but upon closer inspection, you'll see they're actually gravity-defying machines. They come in Millennium Falcon, T-65 X-Wing Fighter, Darth Vader TIE Advanced X1 and a 74-Z Speeder Bike, complete with miniature Stromtrooper from Return of the Jedi, models. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Star Trek Horizon

Believe it or not, Star Trek: Horizon is a feature-length fan film made by a single filmmaker as a personal passion project, with pre-production beginning in December of 2012 and wrapping on February 25th, 2016. "The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T'mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters," according to the synopsis. Continue reading for more amazing films you won't believe are fan made. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes Star Trek images

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Futuristic DeLorean

Photo credit: Khyzyl Saleem

If a tuner were to give the DeLorean a futuristic makeover, complete with airless tires, this is probably what it would look like, or so artist Khyzyl Saleem thinks. "I've always wondered what a DeTomaso Pantera would have looked like as a time machine instead of the not-so-trustworthy Delorean haha. So here it is, a mixture of photo bashing & painting, just my modern-ish interpretation of one. I had to add Marty in as well becuase..well..it's Marty (his face is a little odd but the time issue got in the way)," said Saleem. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's worst used car.

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Real Cyclops Visor

YouTube user "Sufficiently Advanced" has created a real flame-shooting Cyclops visor, and no mutant powers are required. However, anyone looking to recreate this will need methanol, acetone, strontium chloride, red tiki torch fuel, and a peristaltic pump triggered by a mechanism on the side of the helmet to deliver the flames. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy stunt driver who jumps outside of his car to perform tricks.

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The Mill Blackbird

Ever wonder how some car commercials are filmed? Well, many have probably used the Mill Blackbird, an electric vehicle designed to be skinned in post production, thanks to pre-mapped tracking points and 360° HDR mapping capability. To make sure the different vehicles are accurately represented, its frame can stretch up to 4-feet and widen by 10-inches. Continue reading for the full video and more information.

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Terminator 2 Movie Mistake

Terminator 2's visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. However, there were still some mistakes left in the final cut, such as T-1000's head splitting even before T-800 (Arnold) even shoots his weapon. Continue reading to see more interesting movie mistakes. Click here for a few bonus movie mistakes.

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Anton Yelchin Dead

Anton Yelchin, known for his character Chekov in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, died in a freak accident early Sunday morning at the age of 27. "They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate," according to a report. This discovery was made at 1am, after Yelchin was several hours late for a rehearsal with friends. The car engine was reportedly still running, and the transmission in neutral. Continue reading for a video of Star Trek bloopers, featuring Yelchin, in happier times.

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Bumblebee Barricade Transformers

Michael Bay, director of Transformers 5: The Last Knight, has revealed a new vehicle for the latest installment: the Decepticon Barricade, based on the sixth-generation Ford Mustang. It features protective bars up front and the "to punish and enslave" tag on its rear fenders, along with blacked-out headlight surrounds, vented hood and A-pillar-mounted spotlights. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of T-Rex on American Ninja Warrior.

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