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How about some strange and creepy Japanese urban legends to start off your holiday weekend? First up, we have the Okiku doll, which can be found at the Mannenji temple in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido prefecture. The doll originally had cropped hair, but over the years the hair has mysteriously grown to 25 centimeters (10 inches), despite being trimmed annually. The legend has it that a teenage boy bought the doll for his two-year-old sister, Okiku. She played with it every day until her tragic and sudden death. Her family refused to get rid of the doll and noticed that its hair was growing, so they concluded that the spirit of their daughter resided within the doll. The doll was given to the temple in 1938 where it can be seen today. Continue reading for more.

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Sometimes, it's good to take a journey back in time to really appreciate all the things we have now, like high-resolution televisions, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. This little boy was photographed in awe as he stood watching television for the first time through an appliance store window in 1948. Continue reading for more amazing photos from the past that you might not have seen before.

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All of the images you are about to see have won an award in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 contest. The photo above was captured by Mark Hanson, and shows NGC 6888, also known as the Crescent Nebula. This cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in the wind-blown nebula in red, green and blue hues. Its central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136) and is burning fuel at a prodigious rate and near the end of its stellar life this star should ultimately go out with a bang in a spectacular supernova explosion. Continue reading for more.

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You've probably heard the term "game changer" in several different contexts, and these ingenious home inventions just might fall under that category. Starting off, we have "Mowi", an innovative robot lawn mower that automatically calculates where it needs to mow and compresses the cut grass into cylindrical blocks for easy disposal. Continue reading for more.

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In scientific terms, a chimera is essentially a single organism composed of genetically distinct cells, which can result in male and female organs, two different blood types, or subtle variations in form. Animal chimeras are produced by the merger of multiple fertilized eggs. Normally, chimerism is not visible on casual inspection; however, it has been detected in the course of proving parentage. Another way that chimerism can occur in animals is by organ transplantation, giving one individual tissues that developed from two different genomes. For example, a bone marrow transplant can change someone's blood type. Continue reading to see more.

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What happens when you combine a picture frame with a flatscreen television and a custom mount? A hidden television that retracts back into the wall when not in use of course. That is just one of the many genius ideas and products that we've rounded up for you today. Others include: an inflatable hot tub, a bacon-scented alarm clock, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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In the Transformers series, Ravage was strongly tied to Soundwave, spending the vast majority of time not battling stored in his chest compartment. Notably lacking in the power of speech, Ravage seemed marginally more intelligent than the animal he resembled - capable of basic deductive reasoning and the ability to manipulate simple mechanisms - but was treated by the Decepticons in much the same manner as a human being treats a pet. This is what he looks like as a USB drive. Continue reading for more cool and creative USB gadgets, accessories that geeks would love.

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The last thing you'd want happen before boarding your flight is to be stopped by airport security and searched, despite knowing there's nothing illegal hidden away in your bags or body. However, you'd be surprised at some of the items airport security has confiscated over the years, including the stash of masks and weapons above, which Illegal was seized at the Swiss border from a group of French citizens. Continue reading to see more.

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No, the image above isn't from an upcoming movie, but rather the new masks that Taiwan special forces soldiers wear. According to some military experts, the masks can shield the soldiers from close-range shots from a .44 magnum, but unfortunately offer very little in the way of peripheral vision. Continue reading to see 7 more awesome military special forces from around the world.

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Want some rusted batteries? If so, this National vending machine in Japan has you covered. However, this may be due to the fact that it's just an old (probably abandoned) specimen that's slowly rotting away. We've rounded up ten more cool and strange vending machines that you'll find in Japan for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

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