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Weird Kit Kat

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Green Tea Kit-Kats are nothing new, but what about Kinako Ohagi, Chunky Peanut Butter, and Ginger Ale? The origins of what is now known as the "Kit Kat" brand go back to 1911, when Rowntree's, a confectionery company based in York in the United Kingdom, trademarked the terms "Kit Cat" and "Kit Kat". Although the terms were not immediately used, the first conception of the Kit Kat appeared in the 1920s, when Rowntree launched a brand of boxed chocolates entitled "Kit Cat". This continued into the 1930s, when Rowntree's shifted focus and production onto its "Black Magic" and "Dairy Box" brands. Continue reading to see some weird, yet real, flavors from around the world.

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4D Batman Ride

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is set to get a 4D BATMAN: The Ride. More specifically, after riders are lifted straight up a 120-foot hill, they'll flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless, tumbling journey. There's also a few hills and unexpected drops along with an interactive ride experience, thrown in. For those who can't see the video, continue reading for an image of the track in its entirety and for more information.

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Norway Mansion

Not just any summer home, this one, located in Vestfold (southern Norway) took nearly a decade to complete due to its location, and spans approximately 300 meters of living space. Jarmund/Vigsnas Architects first had to level the boulders underneath, and even so, building the residence atop the rugged rocky terrain was a challenge. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hong Kong 1950s

Photo credit: Fan Ho Photography

Award-winning Chinese photographer Fan Ho spent the 1950s in old Hong Kong, and his photographs of the exotic land, can be published in his new book "Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir". Since moving to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1949, he's documenting these special everyday moments. There were some superstitious people along the way too, as Fan recalls: "With a knife in his hand, a pig butcher said he would chop me. He wanted his spirit back." Continue reading for more.

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Message in Bottle

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It may sound like something from a storybook or fairytale, but this touching tale is a real life experience that started along the shores of California. A Reddit user and friends were fishing when they came upon a glass bottle that had washed ashore. Inside, they found a laminated, sealed message, along with a photo and a note from a family who had recently suffered the loss of a beloved family member, Mel. Continue reading to see what the message said and what happened after.

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Stingray City

Going on vacation to a tropical island sounds fun for most people, but what if you throw in a bunch of stingrays? If that's your cup of tea, Stingray City is a dream destination. It's basically a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Southern stingrays are found here in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Historical Photos

It's time again for some more fascinating historical photos you might not have seen before, including a rare look at Times Square when it was still being built in 1903. As more profitable commerce and industrialization of lower Manhattan pushed homes, theaters, and prostitution northward from the Tenderloin District, Long Acre Square became nicknamed the Thieves Lair for its rollicking reputation as a low entertainment district. By the early 1890s this once sparsely settled stretch of Broadway was ablaze with electric light and thronged by crowds of middle and upper-class theatre, restaurant and cafe patrons. In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved the newspaper's operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square. Ochs persuaded Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. to construct a subway station there, and the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an awesome homemade hovercraft a geeky dad made for his kids.

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Climbing Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower stands approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). It is expected to open to the public in 2015. Following its topping out on 3 August 2014, the Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Russian daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov and managed to scale this building without the use of any specialized equipment. Continue reading for more.

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Unusual Beaches

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Pink sand beaches form in the few regions where tropical coral reefs flourish offshore, but what gives it the color is an amalgam of calcium-rich shells and fragments of invertebrate sea creatures, from minute, single-cell protozoa to spiny sea urchins. Chiefly responsible are foram, a type of protozoan that lives in great profusion in reef environments. The microscopic red Homotrema rubrum (red foram) gets mixed in with other (predominantly white) reef debris-broken clam and snail shells, fragments of coral-and, when washed ashore, forms the island's signature pink sand. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool party for unexpected guests.

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Paris, France

Photo credit: Bertrand Monney

Paris-based filmmaker Mayeul Akpovi has been all around France and rather than film random events, he decided to create stunning hyperlapse videos of cities like Besancon, Rouen, and lots more. Above, we have his most recent Paris in Motion video. In the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading center, the home of the University of Paris, one of the most influential centers of learning in Europe; and the birthplace of the style that later became known as Gothic architecture. In the eighteenth century, it was the center stage for many important events in French history, including the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and an important center of commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still holds today. Continue reading for more.

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