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Batman Suit Gadgets

Julian Checkley, special effects art director at the Order 66 Creatures and Effects studio in Galway, Ireland, built a Batman suit, but unlike the others, his features 23 functional gadgets. They include: smoke bombs, a grapnel gun, bat tracker, UV lamp, NBC (nuclear, bacterial, chemical) bat respirator, 2000watt EMP stun gun, and of course, a bat signal projector for the night sky. The suit, which was 3D-printed, molded, and then cast in a flexible urethane rubber, is based on the Batman: Arkham Origins design. To ensure that things looked perfect, all of the parts were trimmed, detailed and painted, before being mounted on a specially designed under suit. 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 of a military-tough MacBook.

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Real ALIENS M41 Pulse Rifle


ALIENS fans rejoice! Lage Manufacturing created a one-off Aliens M41A Pulse rifle that is essentially an M-11 in 9mm form crammed into the body of the movie weapon. That's right, to keep things looking realistic, they used a Remington 870 AOW/SBS for the grenade launcher portion of the Pulse Rifle. For those who don't know, the actual movie prop is based on a Thompson M1A and a Franchi SPAS 12 shotgun. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including 10 geeky Easter eggs you can find in real-life.

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Real Wayne Residence

Architectural firm Molecule has created a real-life "Wayne Residence" that comes with its own secret Dark Knight-inspired underground garage. When not in use, this Bat Cave of sorts doubles as a tennis court, but unfortunately, you'll have to either build your own Batmobile or just pick one up next time a Tumbler, etc. goes on sale. 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 Super Mario Bros. recreated in Microsoft Excel.

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New Rogue One

A new Star Wars: Rogue One trailer has just been released, and it teases at the return of Vader. For those who haven't been following the story, this stand alone film follows the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Tom Ford Ranch

Photo credit: Kevin Bobolsky Group

Priced at $75-million, Tom Ford's Sante Fe Ranch spans 20,662 acres across New Mexico, and if it looks familiar, that's because parts of it have been featured in several movies, most notably Cowboys and Aliens. The main home was designed by architect Tadao Ando, and features a mix of concrete, wood, as well as water elements, including a reflecting pool. The buyer will also receive an 8-stall horse barn, indoor + outdoor riding arenas, staff quarters, private guest houses, and even a landing strip. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Ice Charger Fast 8


Vin Diesel's character, Dom, has a thing for Dodge Chargers, and in Fast 8, this is definitely the case. Officially called the "Ice Charger," this beastly muscle car is powered by a monstrous-sounding engine up in the front, but what really stands out is an unknown power source out back, almost like something Back to the Future's Doc Brown would install on a vehicle - like a Flux Capacitor. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life "Smiling Volcano" in Hawaii.

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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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