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Electric Arc Lighter

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Electric arc lighters use a spark to create a plasma conduit between electrodes, which is then maintained by a lower voltage. The arc is then applied to a flammable substance to cause ignition, but this person has managed to modify one to play The Imperial March. "There's an unidentified microcontroller inside this unit, which we'll be replacing with a pin-compatible microcontroller (PIC12F1840) running our own code. The code drives the transformer using complementary PWM waveforms at ~15.6KHz to generate an arc, just like the previous microcontroller. It then modulates the waveform (and hence the arc) at audio frequencies to generate a tune without the need of a speaker/buzzer," said PodeCoet. Click to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of "The World of the Jetsons, Reimagined".

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Carrie Fisher Tribute

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The world has been saddened by the passing of Carrie Fisher, known for her role in the Star Wars films as Princess Leia, and now, her mother, Debbie Reynolds as well. However, her spirit lives on in many, and aside from the films, interviews, as well as, books, artists continue to create custom pieces, like the ones you see above. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Grafex Saber Lightsaber

Believe it or not, the Graflex FX Lightsaber you see above sold for a whopping $17,567, and after you see the device in-action, you may see why. "Created with original vintage parts, which were also used in the movies. But that is not the main feature of this weapon. The complete chassis inside this saber is custom designed, constructed and handcrafted by me. There is no other like this in our whole universe. Real quartz crystal (self-luminous, module, detatchable)," according to its creator. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an iPhone being placed in molten aluminum.

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Darth Vader Camera

The Darth Vader-inspired "Homecam" is a security camera that not only comes equipped with a removable helmet for simple access, but also features a LAN input for internet broadcasting. That's right, users can monitor their homes from anywhere in the world, while a micro SD slot enables you to record for extended periods. Other features include: an auxiliary-in and microphone ports. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a DIY steampunk R2-D2 teapot.

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Lucas Death Star

Although details, such as the superlaser's location, shifted between different concept models during production of Star Wars, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station over 100 kilometers in diameter was consistent in all of them. The Death Star model was created by John Stears. In the image above, George Lucas himself inspected the incomplete Death Star model, which was a mirror image of how it appeared in the finished movie. It's one of the few models that never leaves the Archives because it is too fragile. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes images from famous movies. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Photo Citizen Kane (1941)Photo The Great Escape (1963)Photo Blade Runner (1982)Photo Gladiator (2000)Photo Raging Bull (1980)Photo It's a Wonderful Life (1946)Photo The Misfits (1961)Photo Aliens (1986)Photo Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)Photo The Graduate (1967)Photo Edward Scissorhands (1990)Photo The Exorcist (1973)Photo The Godfather Part II (1974)Photo A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)Photo The Seven Year Itch (1955)Photo Apocalypse Now (1979)


Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool

Most multi-tools put function over for, but why not combine both into one geeky device? Introducing the Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool, one which offers four hex keys, two screwdrivers (one flat-head, one philipps), and an adjustable wrench built into the ship's helm. The hex keys fit snugly in the back underside of the ship, which is magnetized to ensure tight secure seal. Screwdrivers tuck away into the sides, while the wrench is adjusted by a wheel located in the ship's center section. Available now from ThinkGeek, priced at $29.99. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who gets stung by a bullet ant, the world's most painful insect sting.

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Rogue One Anime

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Twitter user "nohofrog" reimagines Jyn Erso, K-2SO and Cassian Andor from Star Wars: Rogue One in a Ghibli-style anime. Since Disney owns the rights to Star Wars, this idea may not be too far fetched, and we could see full-length anime features in the near future, either of the current characters or several from the other series, like Force Awakens. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Air Hogs Speeder Bike

Air Hogs' Star Wars Speeder Bike lets you recreate scenes from the movies, and it's being offered for only $64.51 shipped (free Prime trial), today only, originally $149.99. Loaded with 4-channel control and gyro stabilization for a smooth, high-performance flight, the Speeder Bike is easy-to-operate. The 2.4GHz long-range communication has up to a 200ft range so you run down Rebel forces anywhere in the galaxy. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Spherical Cloud Japan

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A Twitter user from Fujisawa, Japan who goes by However, Poppy (@pmxpvrtmx) managed to capture a spherical cloud, nicknamed "Death Star", hovering above Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. "When I looked out of the car window I saw a round ball-shaped cloud. I gazed at the cloud for a while then I rushed to take the photo. When I saw the cloud it was an even more spherical shape, so I regret not taking the photo more quickly," said Poppy. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Life-Sized AT-AT Walker


Standing 18-feet tall, this massive AT-AT Walker looks to be straight from a Star Wars movie, minus the weapons. It was created by inventor Colin Furze, and isn't just a static sculpture, but rather a man cave of sorts, that can be entered by climbing a ladder up into the body section. Inside, you're greeted with plenty of Star Wars memorabilia, as well as a pilot's chair that has its own LCD display. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Ken Block performing insane drifting tricks all throughout London.

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