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Death Star Trench Run Game

The team at Hyperdyne Labs, who are best known for their custom lightsabers, have unveiled their latest project, a cornhole game that takes place in a simulated Death Star trench run scene from the original Star Wars movie. Simply put, players throw beanbags into its thermal exhaust port, and a direct hit activates flashing lights, sound effects, and spoken dialogue from the film. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of incredible self-playing violins.

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Free Spirit Sphere

This is not a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi's planet Endor, best known for its sanctuary moon, a forested world (moon) covered by giant trees, but rather Free Spirit Spheres. This tree hotel is located is the forested section of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and it's comprised of three different dwellings located above the ground. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Star Wars Land

The 14-acre Star Wars lands, set to open in 2019, are claimed to be the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions in The Walt Disney Company's history. Attractions will include an all-new ride that puts fans in the Millennium Falcon's pilot seat, and another that places you right smack in the center of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, complete with a Cantina recreation offering post-ride refreshments. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Stormtrooper Jeep Wrangler

Priced at $59,900, this Stromtrooper Wrangler Unlimited Sport by Voltron Motors features the tuning company's 'Prestige Intimidator' upgrade package. It includes a custom bodykit that consists of a totally revamped front as well as rear fascias, a power dome hood, blue / white wheels wrapped with massive off-road tires. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Photo credit: Bored Panda

The IKEA PS 2014 Pendant Lamp already looks like something straight from a science fiction movie, and Star Wars fanatic "Lylelo" thought so as well. "As two big nerds we both love Star Wars. I always saw the IKEA PS 2014 lamp and thought 'it looks so much like a Death Star!'. With my boyfriend moving in, we took the chance and converted one of those plain white lamps into the exploding Death Star floating over our bed. We absolutely love it," said Lyelo. Continue reading to see the full build process.

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Electric Arc Lighter

Photo credit: Pode Coet

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

Photo credit: My Modern Met

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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