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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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Back to the Future VW Bus

Tuning shop BLVD Customs transformed a 1967 VW Bus into a vehicle worthy of Back to the Future. This vinyl-wrapped beauty features stock sliding door for the passengers and custom-built gull-wing doors, just like the original DeLorean from the movies. The bus has been completely revamped inside, complete with a time machine module and flux capacitor. That's not all, passengers in the rear have the ability to relax in the jump seat or a custom fold-out bench seat that transforms into a bed. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including an epic drone footage montage.

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Twin Pines Mall Back to the Future

Photo credit: Phil Grishayev via Peta Pixel

Twin Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall is a shopping center located outside Hill Valley, where Doctor Emmett Brown first experiments his time machine, making his dog Einstein the first time traveler in the world. The site where the mall was filmed for the movie is actually Puente Hills Mall, located in City of Industry, California. The J.C. Penney location seen in the movie has been shut down, and is now occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness center. Continue reading to see more iconic movie locations that film buff Phil Grishayev revisited.

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Force Awakens Props

The team at Pinewood Studios in the UK - the same guys who created the real Force Awakens props - used a combination of 3D scanning and printing technologies to recreate everything from Kylo Ren's helmet to Chewy's Bowcaster and even Darth Vader's damaged helmet. Yes, Kylo Ren's lightsaber is also included, but unfortunately, is a non-functional version. Continue reading for more Star Wars items you may not have known existed.

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Psylocke Psionic Sword

Psylocke, born Elizabeth Braddock, is a telepathic and telekinetic mutant capable of generating psionic blades. She is played by actress Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse and uses a psionic sword in the film. The Hacksmith is back at it again, and has created a real-life version of sorts, minus the psionic capabilities found in the comics. Continue reading to see Olivia Munn at work, and for more information about this mutant. Click here to view a few bonus X-Men tattoos.

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Electromagnetic Captain America Shield


James Hobson, also known as "Hacksmith", has built a real-life electromagnetic Captain America shield. While not made from vibranium, this aluminum version consists of a bracer system with two industrial strength electromagnets, powered by three lithium-polymer battery packs, which weigh in at 30-pounds total. Sure, this can't be used to fight supervillains, but as you'll see in the video, he can still catch the shield after it bounces of walls. 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 of an incredible mind reader magician.

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