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Inception Photo Manipulation

Photo credit: Laurent Rosset

Italian photographer / architect Laurent Rosset specializes in creating surreal Inception-like scenes by manipulating real photographs in post-production. They blend fantasy and reality, along with a few human figures for added effect. For example, in "The Sky is Flat" image (above) you'll find natural and urban landscapes folded onto themselves. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Gimbal Fighter Jet

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

The GSS 520 5-axis gimbal is not something you'll see photographers, even professionals, use out in the field, as it was specifically designed to work at "high velocity". In other words, it works perfectly when strapped, along with a Red Dragon 6K camera and Canon 30-300mm lens, to the side of a Saab Defence fighter jet at 2.5 Gs in -20°C temperatures. The picture was transmitted via the Paralinx Tomahawk HD inside the cockpit to a Atomos 7 recorder and monitor. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for an unedited viral video of high school life in 1994.

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Flexible Sheet Camera

Researchers at Columbia University's Engineering department, lead by professor Shree K. Nayar, have developed a flexible sheet camera that enables one to change the field of view by just bending it. "Cameras today capture the world from essentially a single point in space. While the camera industry has made remarkable progress in shrinking the camera to a tiny device with ever increasing imaging quality, we are exploring a radically different approach to imaging. We believe there are numerous applications for cameras that are large in format but very thin and highly flexible," said Nayar. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a water balloon cannon.

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Drone Hong Kong

Photo credit: Andy Yeung

Artist Andy Yeung captured his entire series "Urban Fog" with drones, showcasing the city's amazing architectural sprawl, and its lights, from hundreds of feet above. "I've seen a lot of amazing fog-themed photographs taken in the day time and I think it would be interesting to capture Hong Kong in the thick mist in the night time with a drone. I named this project 'Urban Fog" because I want to present how fog is illuminated by the city lights. Hong Kong has long been a city of bright lights and you can see the various colored lights of the buildings light up the fog from underneath," Yeung told Design Boom. Continue reading for more pictures and another video.

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Erik Johansson

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and Photoshop guru Erik Johannsson creates optical illusions by manipulating real photos into surreal works of art, like the mirror like you see above. This new piece took months of planning and work, along with over 17-square-meters of real glass. Most of his works contain actual photographs of different elements, which are then blended and then layered atop each other in Photoshop. Continue reading for more pictures and another video.

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1900s Photos Video

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Alexey Zakharov, an artist from Moscow, specializes in creating animations using real historic photos. He describes this technique as traveling "back in time with a little steampunk time machine." You'll see famous sights such as Central Park, Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, and more. "I came up with the idea for a full retro-photoanimation project after visiting the Shorpy site. This is astonishing place with tons of reconstructed hi-resolution photos. I spent many hours there. First I made only one animation shot used a single photo. Then, a year later, I decided to make something more complete. A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software. I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements. The second stage is creating full computer graphics of characters people, animals, vehicles etc.," he told TheDailyMail.com. 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 two daredevils climbing Lotte World Tower, the tallest structure in South Korea.

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Wizard of Oz Theme Park

Photo credit: Johnny Joo

This is not a horror movie, just pictures from The Land of Oz, a now-defunct amusement park located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. Grover Robbins opened its doors in 1970, and the costumes of the actors were based more on the book descriptions until later on in the park's history when they were changed to look more like the film. Visitors could take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road, "experience" the tornado which struck Dorothy's house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Yellow Brick Road led to a show at the Emerald City where the characters met with the Wizard. An artificial balloon ride, a specially modified ski lift installed by Goforth Brothers, allowed visitors to get a bird's-eye view of the park and mountain scenery before leaving Oz. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.

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Nintendo M82

The Nintendo M82 was a essentially a demon unit for stores that allowed customers to try several games before purchasing them. Officially called the "M82 Game Selectable Working Product Display," it could hold 12 game cartridges, and can be selected by pressing buttons next to the desired title. The play time could also be set: 30-seconds, 3-minutes, 6-minutes or 128 minutes. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photos.

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Eiffel Tower Construction

Photo credit: Dynamichrome via PetaPixel

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower, constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fairon, on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It's named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. The image you see above is from 1888 during its construction. Continue reading for more amazing colorized vintage photos.

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Samsung Contact Lens Camera

Samsung's new patent reveals that it could be working on a contact lens-like camera that is triggered by simply blinking. This contact lens would include a camera, small display an antenna, and several sensors. After snapping the image, it will need to be paired with a smartphone, tablet or computer for processing the data. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone juggling a flaming soccer ball.

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