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Lizard Strumming Leaf

Professional photographer Aditya Permana, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, recently spotted a forest dragon lizard seemingly strumming a guitar-shaped leaf, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment to say the least. Fortunately, he had all of his camera equipment on him. Permana says that he "did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar - and it didn't move at all." Continue reading for another photo of the lizard contemplating what to do next after playing the guitar.

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Gun Silencer

A silencer is basically a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm or air gun which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. They're typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas and sometimes by reducing the velocity of the bullet. This is what it looks like when sliced in half. Continue reading for a video comparison (with and without silencer) and additional information.

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Baby Weasel Riding

It looks like something straight from a fantasy book, but East London resident Martin Le-May managed to capture a real photo of a baby weasel on the back of a green woodpecker in Esssex, England, on Monday. However, the photo is not all as it seems, the weasel was actually trying to kill a woodpecker. Continue reading for an up-close photo.

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Quokka Selfie

Selfies are nothing new, but taking them with a Quokka has become the latest internet trend. This small animal is about the size of a domestic cat, is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany. The quokka has no fear of humans and it is common for it to approach them closely, particularly on Rottnest Island. Continue reading for more.

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Cats Growing Up

Everything grows old, but sometimes, animals, such as cats, don't realize that they're no longer the tiny kitten they once were. These photographers / owners decided to capture those moments. To kick things off, we've decided to bring you a few random cat facts: Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs; There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete; A group of cats is called a clowder; Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears. Continue reading for more.

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Models Honey

Photographer Blake Little decided to cover his portrait models in gallons of sticky-sweet honey. Representing a diverse range of ages, ethnicity and body types, the result is similar to fossils being preserved in amber. He wanted them to look frozen in place to evoke sensuality and drama, with their positions and limbs exaggerated by the molten material hanging from them. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Bondi Beach

When viewed from space, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia looks like a painting - for those interested in checking it out just copy and paste these coordinates into Google Earth 33°53'28"S 151°16'40"E. Benjamin Grant says: "Overview of Bondi Beach in Sydney. One of the city's most popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal word 'Bondi' that means waves breaking over rocks." Continue reading for more.

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Faith in Humanity Restored

There are internet memes for just about everything these days, and one of the most popular is "Faith in Humanity Restored". It's basically an expression indicating an event or good deed has improved one's opinion of human beings. The phrase can be seen as the antithesis of I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Where did this meme first begin? On October 3rd, 2000, a post titled "Nice Things That Restore my Faith in Humanity" was submitted to the writing database Everything2 by user Nailbunny, which featured a short story about a heartfelt phone call from a close friend. Continue reading for more.

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Surreal Photo Manipulations

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson masterfully blends fantasy with reality (props, real trees, etc.) to create some surreal scenes. Not all of these are purely for show, as the photos below involving cars were commissioned by the Transportation Accident Commission of Australia to illustrate the disorientation that can occur when driving under the influence of drugs. He says: "Although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images...[they] look like it could have been captured." Continue reading for more.

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Secret Life of Superheroes

Photo credit: HR Joe Photography

HR Joe Photography proves that superheroes have lives outside of fighting crime (and each other). Edy Hardjo, the photographer behind the project, uses custom action figures to put these well known superheros into hilarious and sometimes compromising positions. After placing the figures into their picture-perfect poses, he removes the stands used to prop them up, and then removes some of the more obvious joints with Photoshop. Continue reading for more.

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