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GhostSwimmer

The US Navy has officially unveiled "Ghost Swimmer", an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. It measures 5-feet-long, weighs nearly 100-pounds, and can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. Practical uses include security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections. Ghost Swimmer is capable of operating autonomously for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether. "Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe," said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering's Advanced System Group. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized Star Wars Christmas lights on a house.

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Photoshop Troll

When you need a picture digitally altered, the last place you'd want to go are online forums / message boards, social networks, and classified ad services (Craigslist). As you can see above, these people decided to ask random forum members to Photoshop their image, but ended up with disastrous results. However, if you actually paid a real graphic designer to do the job, all of these can probably be completed within 15-30 minutes. Click here to view the first image today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing instant karma for an iPhone thief.

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Fantasy Scenes

Photo credit: John Wilhelm

Due to all the technology available today, many children are entranced with mobile games, social media, etc., but John Wilhelm wanted to kick start the imagination of his three daughters. So, he created this fantasy-like photo series, in which his three daughters are digitally placed in fantastical scenes. How does he get them to pose? Wilhelm says, "I usually try to inspire them by telling them an interesting story about an upcoming project. We simulate the studio situation without the camera. Once upstairs in my little attic/studio, there's often not much more time than two to three minutes before they loose their attention and motivation. Sometimes sweets can help." Continue reading for more images.

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Colorized Photos

Photo credit: Colored History

Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.

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Mr. Bean Painting

Photo credit: Rodney Pike

Rodney Pike, an illustrator and caricature artist, demonstrates his expert photo manipulation skills with these hilarious insertions of comedian Mr. Bean into famous historical portraits. For those familiar with the original pieces, it's a nice surprise to see this star's awkward facial expressions underneath a feathered cap, a head of long golden hair, or the recognizable coif of George Washington's. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Miniature Photography

Zen Hoover, a 15-year-old Massachusetts-based artist, started taking pictures when he was just 8-years-old and, over the years, he has developed his skills to an impressively high level. He creates these imaginative miniature worlds by photographing regular-sized backgrounds and scenes and then shrinking his subjects down to appear miniature. To keep things looking consistent, Hoover tries to shoot everything in the same location but, or he matches lighting in post-editing as evenly as he can, sometimes drawing in shadows. Lastly, then digitally blends elements from multiple photographs together into a single, whimsical moment. Continue reading for more.

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Fake Vacation Facebook

Zilla van den Born, a 25-year-old from The Netherlands, decided to trick her friends and family into thinking that she was on a five-week vacation in South-East Asia, when, in reality, she was at home in Amsterdam the whole time, uploading what appeared to be authentic holiday photographs onto Facebook. This was all for a University project in which she wanted to show how social media messages and photographs are not accurate indicators of real life. "I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media. Thereby we create an online ideal world which reality can no longer meet. My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality," says Born. Continue reading for videos showing her fake trip and a reaction video.

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Photo Restoration

Photo credit: Jane Long

Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte went around the country for decades after World War I to take portraits of random people. This resulted in a collection of over 5,000 glass plate negatives and several hundred prints. Photographer and digital artist Jane Long decided to take some of these photos and give them a Photoshop makeover, adding her own collection of stock photos into the process. In the end, we end up with portraits that don't seem too out of place, even today. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Reddit

What does a geeky couple do when they're asked to babysit a 6-month old? Send their friends hourly updates showing the baby in strange situations, such as being chased by a T-Rex or trying to charm a king cobra. Fortunately, not animals, babies or adults were harmed in the making of these images, as all it took was some Photoshop magic. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby meeting a sprinkler for the first time.

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Photo credit: Paul Apal'kin

Reflections photography is a creative technique that uses reflective surfaces, such as bodies of water, windows, and mirrors, to create artistic images. More often than not, mirrors are the less chosen surface because they can be very difficult to work with. For those interested in this technique, one tip is to not use filters because they distort the image and cause it to look dull (at least with mirrors). Continue reading for more.

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