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Flint Laces may look like normal shoelaces, but when they're struck together, sparks fly, perfect for starting a fire. This is made possible because the tips of these laces hold a 1-inch ferro rod capped with rubber, just enough to produce a spark with any steel knife to start a fire in the wilderness. Product page. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny exam answers and school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a gigantic whale shark surprising an unsuspecting photographer underwater.

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Steve Ballmer is now officially the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, as the $2-billion sale closed Tuesday, the NBA announced in a news release. According to a California court issued order, Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, has the legal authority to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust. The sale price is currently the highest in NBA history, and marks the end of the showdown between Donald Sterling, his fellow owners and commissioner Adam Silver. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Joel Zwicky isn't your average cop, as a former photographer and musician, he likes to get creative while working as a patrol officer at the Green Bay Police Department, in Wisconsin. To accomplish this, he patrols the streets on a skateboard. This all came about when the department's chief was looking for new initiatives to engage more with the community, so Joel suggested the idea: "You know chief, I had this crazy idea in the back of my head what would you do if I brought my board to work and started skating it?" Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Snapping photos of surfers from afar just wasn't Clark Little's thing, so he waterproofed his gear and used his surfing skills to give us an up-close look at the beauty that is the ocean. Shooting waves came about when his wife wanted to buy a wave photo for the house, so he told her: "Honey, don't buy that picture. I can go out and shoot one, I'll get a camera and I'll do it." Continue reading for more amazing shots.

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Sleeping in a tent setup on the ground usually means lots of creepy crawlies, no matter how well sealed it may be, since everyone needs get in and out of them for various reasons, that is unless...you're in a Tentsile. Designer Alex Shirley-Smith's invention is basically a portable suspended tree house that you can take anywhere. Best of all it's waterproof, UV resistant, and comes with insect mesh roofs; it's secured by three anchor points and floor straps that divide the space into individual hammocks. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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For most people people, a camping trip is adventurous enough, but daredevil explorers need something more exciting, like scaling cliffs and pitching tents off a 4,000ft sheer cliff face. The image you see above was captured by Gordon Wiltsie, 57, who said: "During this climb it was the Arctic spring so melting snow on both the summit and a ledge midway up the cliff constantly sent rocks and chunks of ice flying down. One the size of a car even came crashing down around us. Several times I came within inches of being hit which almost certainly would have been fatal. Falling objects are constantly on your mind and if you look carefully at the picture of the hanging tents, or Portaledges, you can see the camp was below an overhang for shelter." Continue reading for more.

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For the 2014 World Cup, Berlin's Stadion An der Alten Forsterei, where the FC Union Berlin team plays, has been transformed into a giant living room, complete with 750 couches, side tables, and lamps placed in front of a massive 700-inch television. Best of all, admission is free for the giant living room, known as WM Wohnzimmer, and it has room for up to 12,000 people. Continue reading for a video.

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Building a real-life hoverboard isn't that tough, if you use...water as the propulsion method. Introducing French jet ski champion Franky Zapata's latest invention: Hoverboard by ZR. This water-propelled device allows you to soar 16-feet (5-meters) above the surface of the water at speeds of up to 16mph (25 km/h). Simply put, it's attached to a hose and propelled by a powerful jet of water. Continue reading for a trick video and more information.

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Set to open sometime this month, Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas is now complete and touted as the world's tallest waterslide, measuring 168-feet, 7-inches high. Designed by Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeff Henry, Verrukt is a four-person raft slide with an uphill section. The initial drop is a 17-story plunge with a five story uphill section (also the tallest uphill water coaster section in the world). Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't give a 3-year-old a Portal gun.

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Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace of mind in order to experience one's true self. It has become so popular over the years that even animals, like this dog, have begun practicing the art. According to Bored Panda, "Some yoga poses, like upward- and downward-facing dog, are clear nods to the fact that our domesticated friends came up with these poses before we did. Continue reading for more.

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