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While the image above may seem to be a real Millennium Falcon hovering over someone's backyard, it's actually a toy. Finnish illustrator / photographer Vesa Lehtimaki is an expert at turning ordinary Star Wars figurines and accessories (LEGO included) into scenes worthy of a film. Every single shot takes an incredible amount of work to put together, ranging from collecting props to building the sets himself. Continue reading for more.

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Reddit user bergerfred is a movie prop and memorabilia aficionado, but building a Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite replica at home took his hobby to the next level. It was built entirely from scratch - face, box, paint and all. For those who don't remember what happened in the movie, during the solidifying process, gas was pumped into a freezing chamber where it was mixed with molten carbonite into a solid block; the gas was released later at its destination or at the processing center. Carbon-freezing could induce hibernation sickness after being released, as was the case with Han Solo. The Alderaanian Medical Association established that inhaling carbon-freezing smoke was a health risk. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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In the Stars Wars films, a lightsaber is an energy weapon that consists of a polished metal hilt which projects a brightly lit energy blade generally about 4-feet-long. The lightsaber's energy blade cuts or burns/melts through most substances without resistance. An active lightsaber gives off a distinctive hum, which rises in pitch and volume as the blade is moved rapidly through the air. The version you see above may not have any of those features, but it's arguably the coolest-looking lightsaber yet, at least in the real world. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Artist David Vancook specializes in purchasing cheap thrift shop art pieces and adding in characters and vehicles from the Star Wars universe for "May The 4th be With You", also known as Star Wars Day. The reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Thatcher's political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News that stated "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a cat that just wants to cuddle.

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A near fatal blow is struck against the Empire in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In the film's climactic battle, the Rebellion destroys the second Death Star and a number of capital ships that contain a great portion of the Imperial Navy's highest-ranking officers. During this battle, Vader is redeemed by throwing Palpatine to his death, but is mortally wounded by Force lightning intended to kill his son, Luke. Some of these quotes may have come in handy during this time. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a card trick explanation that is a trick in itself.

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What happens when skilled art students at a high school are combined with their love of the Star Wars franchise? Roger-Roger of course. A custom droid that can be shifted into a variety of poses, depending on what period they are discussing in class. Let's hope the next version boasts artificial intelligence and / or autonomous bipedal movement. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for three viral videos of incredibly fast food handlers.

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In the Star Wars universe, Stormtroopers are the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire. Similar to Imperial-class Star Destroyers and TIE fighters, stormtroopers served as ever present reminders of the absolute power of Emperor Palpatine. These faceless enforcers of the New Order were considered an extension of the Emperor's will, and thus they often used brutal tactics as a way to keep thousands of star systems throughout the galaxy in line. However, when they aren't working, you can find them doing a variety of things, such as cleaning up, going out with friends, etc. Continue reading to see all the activities.

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At first glance, this may look like a prop for an upcoming Star Wars movie, but it's actually the MorpHex II, which was created by Norwegian Engineer Kare Halvorsen. This updated version not only has the ability to transform from a ball to a robot, but it's also to roll about while in sphere form. To accomplish this, the six-legged robot uses the motors on one side of its body to push itself along while contracted into a ball. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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You read that right, there is a reason why you'll never see the iconic brown trucks make a left turn while on their delivery routes. In 2004 UPS announced that it would save fuel by minimizing left turns. Because drivers are idle at intersections while waiting to make left turns, UPS developed software that routes the day's packages with preference to right turns. Since UPS operates a fleet of over 96,000 ground vehicles, the fuel savings are considerable. In 2005, UPS eliminated 464,000 miles (747,000 km) from its travel and saved 51,000-gallons of fuel. Continue reading to see what happens when a wild turkey meets an unlucky UPS driver on the street.

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Did you know that Harrison Ford wasn't happy with the film roles being offered to him, so he became a self-taught professional carpenter to support his then-wife and two small sons? That's right, eventually he was then hired to build cabinets at the home of director George Lucas, who subsequently cast him in a pivotal supporting role for his film American Graffiti (1973). Continue reading for more cool and interesting, yet true, facts you never knew about.

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