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Mystery Box Dumpster

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"TramStopDan" on Reddit discovered a handmade wooden box in a trash bin, and at first, everything looked normal, but when opened, he saw stacks of papers with diary entries about flying saucer visits in the late 1960s to 1980, along with strange biblical creatures. He called it "The Box Of Crazy," and rightfully so, as there were sketches of UFOs and and even four-headed entities from the book of Ezekiel. Not everything was crazy though, as he also found non-patented drawings of train wheels and hand-drawn maps from the late 1930s marked with a pinhole in the center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Glass FedEx Packages

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Artist Walead Beshty used FedEx to ship laminated glass boxes, constructed to the exact dimensions of standard FedEx boxes, for approximately 8-years (2007-2014). "Fueled by his interest in how art objects acquire meaning, Beshty's FedEx works record their movement from place to place, in both the shattering patterns left behind on the glass box, and the shipping labels on the FedEx packaging. Beshty's motivation in this series is also to comment on the 'perversity of a corporation owning a shape,' as the boxes are proprietary volumes owned by FedEx," said Artnet. To keep things fresh, each time the project was exhibited the glass boxes were placed back inside the original FedEx packages and shipped yet again. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Vantablack S-Vis

This is what a perfect circle looks like when coated with Vantablack S-VIS, a substance made of carbon nanotubes. It's currently the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. The outgassing and particle fallout levels of Vantablack are low. The high levels in similar substances in the past had prevented their commercial usefulness. Vantablack also has greater resistance to mechanical vibration, and has greater thermal stability. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Coin Stacking

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A guy from Japan, who goes by Tanu online, has mastered the art of coin stacking, and despite how some of his sculptures appear to defy the laws of physics, none have been digitally altered. He starts with a variety of denominations, and then builds a strong base using staggered coins. Next, the coins are carefully placed upright and put edge-to-edge without them falling over. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures, and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Tesla SolarCity Island

Tesla's SolarCity is now powering the island of Ta'u in American Samoa, which is located 4,000-miles off the west coast of the United States. The microgrid offers 1.4-megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6-megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months. We rely on that boat for everything, including importing diesel for the generators for all of our electricity. Once diesel gets low, we try to save it by using it only for mornings and afternoons. Water systems here also use pumps, everyone in the village uses and depends on that. It's hard to live not knowing what's going to happen. I remember growing up using candlelight. And now, in 2016, we were still experiencing the same problems," said said Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Best Buy Black Friday

Remember when a 33.6K modem could be picked up for $9.99, or a 200MHz AMD K6 computer package for $999.99? If not, this Black Friday Best Buy ad from 1999 should refresh your memory. Back then, the lines were even longer, since online shopping wasn't as prevalent yet, which meant local news stations lining right up with the customers to catch all of the madness on video. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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UFO Capsule House

Living on a houseboat doesn't have to be without style, and Jet Capsule's UFO 2.0 shows why. This futuristic floating living space is composed of a central shell divided into three different levels: the main living area with a full kitchen, storage and bathroom; the sub-level that offers a sea-view bedroom and large bathroom, along with a 50-square-meter terrace as an upper deck/floor to control the vehicle. It can also be used for floating hotels, with each capsule being used for a different functions, such as a restaurant, gym, and more. Continue reading to see more interesting images from around the web. Click here for bonus images of the UFO 2.0 capsule house.

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Inside Redbox DVD

For those who prefer Redbox over Netflix, and have wondered just what the inside of a machine looks like, these pictures should provide a clue. Basically, the discs are all commercially-pressed discs placed in plastic sleeves, which are then loaded into a multi-tiered rotating carousel by a human operator. When a disc is selected, the carousel rotates to the right position, and a robot arm moves up or down to transport it to the dispensing slot. Just before the disc is pushed out the slot, the QR code is read to make sure it's the correct one. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Fashion Batteries

When batteries are in use, people don't really wonder what they look like, which makes these "Fashion Batteries" a bit pointless, or so we think. Now if your using these batteries in a transparent device, it may be an entirely different story. Thanks to the internet, the demand for these types of oddities are ever increasing. Continue reading to see more things that probably shouldn't exist, but do.

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Most Epic YouTube Videos Book

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The Most Epic YouTube Videos Ever is a real book that probably shouldn't exist, but actually does. " This expertly curated collection celebrates the continuing creativity of YouTube posters with 150 top choices, complete with a QR code to send you right to the video. With everything from world-famous and global viral hits to less well-known greats, this is the perfect gift for YouTube fanatics or those new to the site," according to the product description page. Continue reading for more strangely useless things that actually exist. Click here for a few bonus images.

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