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Funny Coincidence

Nintendo may not have modeled the N64 after a koala, but when you look at it upside down, the case does slightly resemble the animal, or so the internet thinks. As most of you already know, there's an official term for this, pareidolia, which is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern - like a face - where none actually exists. Continue reading for more everyday coincidences that cannot be unseen.

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Old Hard Drive 1950s IBM

Hard drives with massive storage capacities are getting smaller, but back in 1956, it was an entirely different story. Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Assembled with covers, the 350 was 60 inches long, 68 inches high and 29 inches deep. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters, for a capacity of 5 million characters. Disks rotated at 1,200 rpm, tracks (20 to the inch) were recorded at up to 100 bits per inch, and typical head-to-disk spacing was 800 micro-inches. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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Lucra LC470

You could either buy a second-hand supercar for $85,000, or the Lucra LC470. Weighing just 2,000-pounds, thanks to a lightweight, carbon fiber body, the LC470 can be powered by either an AMG 6.3L V8, 6.3L LS3 or a 7.0L LS7, all of which have at least 550-horsepower. If you don't fancy a Tremec TKO 600RR 5-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Mercedes paddle shift is also an option. How fast can it go? For starters, it does 0-60mph in a mere 2.7-seconds, and the 1/4 in 10.1-seconds, topping out at 200 mph. Willwood brakes and a fully adjustable suspension ensure you're able to stop on a dime. Continue reading for two videos, including a "How It's Made", and more information.

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Funny Random OCD

While most wouldn't think too much about going over the $39.99 amount at a gas pump, there are a few who would have dilemma on their hands if the gallons pumped was also a perfect 10-gallons. Or, slicing a pre-cut pie in a different direction is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's just annoying enough to catch the attention of perfectionists. Last, but not least, city workers who didn't line up the lines when replacing the manhole cover just seems out of place. Continue reading for more funny examples.

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Hidden Pool Himalayas

Photo credit: Mikepants

Drones are good for many things, including discovering hidden glacial pools in the Himalayas. While no additional information was provided, you can see that a professional photography (or two) made it up to this previously unknown spot to take some long-exposure photos, stars and all. It's only a matter of time before rugged drones, capable of surviving missions to arctic regions, will stumble upon something truly earth shattering, like Middle Earth, or so we'd like to dream. Continue reading for more interesting pictures, including a cool gravity fountain.

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Rabbit Sea Slug

Sea slugs and the internet usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a fluffy bunny. "This tiny sea slug's bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan, where photos of them have become popular," according to Bored Panda. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Sauron Fire Pit

This awesome Lord of the Rings-inspired Sauron creation is the one grill to rule them all, and it's functional to boot. For those who don't follow the LOTR-series, Sauron is basically the Necromancer mentioned in Tolkien's earlier novel The Hobbit. In Tolkien's The Silmarillion, he is also described as the chief lieutenant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Throughout the story, "the Eye" is the image most often associated with Sauron. Sauron's Orcs bore the symbol of the Eye on their helmets and shields, and referred to him as the "Eye" because he did not allow his name to be written or spoken, according to Aragorn. Continue reading for more.

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Perfect Images

Even if you're not a perfectionist, seeing a perfectly layered coffee just feels good. "These photos of symmetry and order are appealing to humans and animals alike. Both in society and in the wild, organisms that are 'more symmetrical' have a better chance at finding a mate than those who don't. Some speculate that this is one way of identifying a healthy partner," says Bored Panda. Continue reading for more examples.

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Arnold T-800

Enlisted to produce articulated puppets and prosthetic effects in T2 was Stan Winston's studio, who was also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800. ILM's Visual Effects Supervisor, Dennis Muren, remarked, "We still have not lost the spirit of amazement when we see ... [the visual effects on the T-1000] coming up." Such was the role and creation of CGI that the visual-effects team was awarded the 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. However, as you can see above, T-800 was purely make-up. On a side note, did you know that for Sarah's nuclear nightmare scene in T2, Robert and Dennis Skotak of 4-Ward Production constructed a cityscape of Los Angeles using large-scale miniature buildings and realistic roads and vehicles? Continue reading for more.

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Moonwalk Cloud Formation

Photographer John Plashal spotted a Michael Jackson-like cloud moonwalking through a lightning storm over Goochland County, central Virginia, on Tuesday. He says: "The image that you see of Michael Jackson just happens to be there. It's pretty wild. I didn't know what I had until this morning, to be honest with you, when my phone started blowing up." The image was originally submitted to CBS 6. Continue reading for another shot.

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