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Chipmunk Star Wars

Brick artist Chris McVeigh decided to make use of a fun group of chipmunks he found wandering his parent's backyard, and started "Chipmunk Adventures". This photo series depicts plastic Star Wars action figures interacting with the small creatures, with everything from Darth Vader taking a joyride to Chewbacca offering a rodent an almond. He became so familiar with these little critters that certain chipmunks would return to the lawn when he whistled. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars Woodblocks

If Star Wars franchise existed during medieval / early-modern Japan, this is what some of the characters might have looked like. Called "The Rhythm Project", this installation combines centuries-old craft with pop culture icons, fusing Darth Vader, R2-D2, etc. with the art of Japanese woodblock printing. It re-imagines the films' scenes in the style of ukioy-e, a popular Edo-era genre depicting the likes of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, shogun and landscapes. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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R2-D2 PS4 Laptop

Photo credit: Eddie Z.

Ever wonder what R2-D2 would look like as a PlayStation 4 laptop? If so, the wonder no more, as expert game console modder Eddie Z. has you covered, with his latest creation, the R2-PS4. Yes, it even talks. Eddie said: "Thanks to the forum www.astromech.net, I was able to get sound effects and 3D printed parts to use on this system. This system has real scaled down R2 parts installed everywhere." Continue reading for an in-depth video overview.

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Man Walks to Comic-Con

A man recently walked 645-miles while dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to honor his late wife, Eileen Doyle, who passed away in 2012 dude to pancreatic cancer. Since then, her husband, Kevin, has started a nonprofit called Eileen's Little Angels Foundation dedicated to helping children with cancer. The grueling walk from San Fransisco to San Diego was, in part, to fund that charity. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Surfing Stormtrooper

Andre Price, a Star Wars fanatic from Hamburg, Germany, decided to quit his job in advertising and surf the world's beaches as a Stormtrooper. The photographer and his girlfriend Rebecca Noeh have visited ten countries across South America, Asia and Europe chasing waves. Andre said: "The first time I heard of Star Wars was in the 70s when I was five. I went totally bananas and Star Wars has been part of my life since. We're planning a book and want to donate the money to charity. But the Story isn't over yet - the force is strong in that rebellious Stormtrooper." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a giant shredder that eats engine blocks for breakfast.

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R2-D2 Drone

Most drones aren't aesthetically pleasing, but Otto Dieffenbach has built one that will most certainly appease Star Wars fans, as it was designed to look exactly like a giant R2-D2 astromech, minus the sounds. On a related note, did you know that R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie and co-developed by John Stears but actually built by Tony Dyson, who ran his own studio called "The White Horse Toy Company" in the UK? Continue reading for three videos of it in-action.

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White Zenvo ST1

If stormtroopers had their hand at designing a hypercar, it'd probably look something like the all-new 2015 Zenvo ST1, priced at $950,000USD. Powered by a twin-charged 6.8L V8, the engine delivers a peak 1,104-horsepower and 1,054 pound-feet of torque, driving the rear wheels only. What sets this apart from its predecessor is a new sequential transmission that replaces the previous manual, with seven forward gears and a single clutch. Gear shifts take a mere 35-milliseconds, making it one of the fastest shifting, single clutch transmissions in the world. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Star Wars Wedding Photos

Mezame Shashin-ka, a Singapore-based photographer, specializes in incorporating science fiction themes into his work, and a newly-engaged couple approached him with a special request: an out of this world, Star Wars-themed wedding photo shoot. It took weeks to plan, partially due to the handcrafted lightsabers. Shashin-ka said: "Being Star Wars fans, they decided to portray themselves as Jedi Knights who have fallen in love with one another. Together, they are ready to battle the evil Galactic Empire together. It sees the groom-to-be Jedi turn from the Light Side of the Force to the Dark Side and eventually go through some sort of redemption mid-battle with his wife-to-be to return to the Light Side again (hence, why he took out the Sith groomsmen)." To capture the photos, he used a Canon 5D Mark III, two Bowens GM500 strobes, two Canon 580EX II flashes, and a smoke machine. Continue reading to see some of the best shots from the shoot.

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Star Wars Fire Pit

For those who rarely see fire pits, they're basically elaborate gas burning structures of stone, brick, and metal that are designed to prevent fire from spreading. They can either be simple structures, or Star Wars-inspired creations like the ones you see above. Our favorite? It's a toss up between the Darth Vader and Death Star, as both are fitting for a summer roast on a warm night. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a wingsuit stuntman weaving through an extremely narrow crack.

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Darth Vader Car

Here's another look at the life-sized Hot Wheels car modeled after Darth Vader's helmet. Not just an empty shell, this vehicle is powered by Chevy-sourced LS3 V8 engine that generates 526-horsepower, giving the car plenty of oomph on the streets. There's also a twin-tip, center exiting exhaust out back for a nice growl. Continue reading for two videos, including a making of.

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