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Lift eFoil Surfboard

How about an electric surfboard that lets you fly over water? Introducing the Lift eFoil. Constructed mostly from carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass, and stainless steel, this watercraft boasts a motor powered by a lithium battery pack good for a top speed of 15 miles per hour. On a full charge (2.5-hours to recharge), expect up to 1-hour of riding time. Riders control it with two handheld Bluetooth devices, and by simply pressing the lever on the controller, the motor responds instantly, while letting you also throttle the speed back in case the power is low. One caveat: pre-orders will currently run you $12,000 per board. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Funny Hotel Pictures

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Summer is here (for some of us), and that means plenty of travelers are heading to hotels around the world. Most places try their best to keep guests happy, while others really just don't care. For example, this reception desk has probably heard their fair share of complaints over the years, and decided to use a paper shredder as a "customer suggestion box". Continue reading for more interesting things you probably shouldn't see at hotels. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Fire Opal

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It may look like a fiery sunset, but the image above actually shows a fire opal. This translucent opal boasts warm body colors of yellow to orange to red. The most famous source of fire opals is the state of Queretaro in Mexico, and are sometimes cut in their rhyolitic host material if it is hard enough to allow cutting and polishing. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Roller Coaster Zipline

Sure, conventional roller coasters may feature the latest and greatest technologies, but roller coaster ziplines are far more exhilarating. One such example would be "The Rattlesnake", an attraction that has riders flying off a 65-foot tower over treetops on a 1,000 feet long rail of sharp curves and plunging dips. Continue reading for another POV video and more information.

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Funny Product Warning

Let's face it, people don't stock their bathrooms with magazines like they used to, and rely more on smartphones / tablets to keep up with their daily reading. However, sometimes you're caught without one, and that means reading random product labels becomes the next best thing. Sainsbury's realized this, and decided to add this extra little bit at the end. Continue reading for more funny product warnings. Click here for a few bonus images.

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LED Running Track

The all-new Nike Unlimited Stadium installation in Manila, Philippines lets runners race against a digital avatar of themselves. Simply place a radio frequency identification sensor on your sneaker, and then run a lap on the track. Once the first lap is completed, a digital avatar appears on large LED screens. This 200-meter installation was built by global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty's (BBH) Singapore and spans an entire city block. It's modeled after Nike's new LunarEpic running shoe and lights up in a host of colors while featuring the same circular drawings found shoe's sole. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Euthanasia Roller Coaster

Love roller coasters, and don't mind going out on one? Meet the Euthanasia Roller Coaster. The train first climbs up a steep 500 meter hill, giving the rider a few minutes to reflect on their life, before they're plunged down into the first 360° loop, where some will perish. Why? Because traveling at 100 meters per second will cause the rider to experience a G-force-induced loss of consciousness due to cerebral hypoxia. If that doesn't work, there are six more consecutive loops, with the final one coming to an abrupt stop. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Bar India

India's Supreme Court recently banned the sales and serving of liquor within 500-meters of national and state highways. This new ruling hit business owners hard, and many had to shut down their operations in just weeks. But one resourceful bar owner in Kerala, India devised an effective, yet low-tech, way of bypassing the law. The owner of Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a suburb of Kochi, hired some workers and spent 3-days putting up a series of concrete blocks to turn the previously straight walkway into a maze that leads right up to the entrance. Now, the walking distance from the highway to his bar is approximately 520-meters, making it legal to sell liquor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Oddly Ironic

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You would think a "Mall Maintenance Shop" with the slogan "we can fix anything," would have a working doorbell, but apparently, that's not the case. Thankfully, there's a window on the door just in case knocking doesn't get any attention either. That is just one of the many oddly ironic things that people on the internet have come across. Other examples include: a Domino's delivery scooter spill, "American Freedom" that is made in China, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Bridge Erector

Not just another piece of heavy machinery you'd find at a normal worksite, the SLJ900, designed by the Shijiazhuang Railway Design Institute, is specifically used to build aqueducts and rail bridges. Most recently, it was used in the construction of a link between Chongqing and Wanzhous in China. It weighs in at a massive 580-tons, spans 300-feet long and 24-feet wide. The SLJ900 consists of four sections of 16, each of which can rotate 90°, equipped with a total of 64 wheels to allow for fluid movement. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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