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Van Turned Home

Photographer Norbert Juhasz from Hungary decided that he didn't want to be tied down with rent or a mortgage, so he transformed a sixteen year old van into a solar-powered mobile home. Now this vehicle is used for both traveling and freelance projects, with fiancee Dora in tow. Featuring a couch, which can also be used as a double-bed, a full electrical system, plenty of storage space, and a kitchenette, complete with gas cooker / cylinder, sink, as well as a water tank. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-AMG Marauder Boat

For those who already have a Mercdes-AMG GT R, this sleek marauder boat is the perfect addition. It's powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1550/1350 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, which let the pilot switch between 3,100-horsepower and 2,700-horsepower output simply by swapping key fobs. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hanging Off Skyscraper

Photo credit: Viki Odintcova via Peta Pixel

Viktoria Odintsova, a model from Russia, has garnered plenty of attention online for her death-defying skyscraper shots, which do not involve Photoshop. Her latest shoot involved hanging off the ledge of a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper in Dubai, without the use of safety equipment. To be more specific, this 22-year-old model was simply holding onto the arm of a male assistant. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Autonomous Quadcopter Drone

Forget taxis, residents of Dubai may soon be transported in an autonomous quadcopter drone by China-based eHang. "This is not only a model. We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies," said Dubai Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer. The eHang 184 is capable of flying up to 23-minutes at a height of 500 meters on a single charge of its lithium batteries. Unlike conventional aircraft, the person inside the drone remains a passenger, while the 184 is preprogrammed to fly to a specific destination before they hop in. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the mysterious, yet oddly satisfying, Lotus Box puzzle.

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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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Quintessentially One

Quintessentially One is essentially a 220-meter superyacht being built at a cost of $264-million. When complete, it will be 40 meters longer than Azzam, the world's largest private yacht, owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Amenities will include a spa, beach club, shopping mall, library and even a hotel. One caveat: membership is by invitation only. "This is a wonderful way to cater and meet the demands of Quintessentially's global members when they all descend on the same high-profile events which currently don't have enough supply. It will be the world's largest floating private membership club. Where the traditional cruise model is to go somewhere, dock and get off, we will dock and people will want to get on," said Aaron Simpson, co-founder of Quintessentially. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-Benz Tiny Home

Auto enthusiast and broadcast systems engineer Jack Richens wanted his own tiny home, but one that could go anywhere without requiring it be towed. So, he purchased a used 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter for $10,000, and spent another $8,500 converting it into a home on wheels. Featuring sleeping pods, a kitchenette set with a small dining / seating area, and plenty of storage space underneath for shoes. "There really weren't any van conversions available that suited our requirements. We saw countless vans that looked amazing but were simply not practical. The whole thing about building your own van is that you can tailor it precisely to your requirements and taste. We built a van for a family of four to have adventures in and the main remit was that, if necessary, we could spend days on end inside the van with two hyper kids and still enjoy ourselves," said Richens. 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 floating water in zero gravity.

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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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Hyperlapse Google Maps

Photo credit: Matteo Archondis via Peta Pixel

Graphic design student Matteo Archondis created an incredible visual hyperlapse tour of the world using 3,305 screenshots that were taken entirely within Google Maps. It took him 2 days of work to compile all of the images, and then he spent countless hours over a week editing them together. "Thanks to the developer tools of Google Chrome, I was able to remove all the items that interfered with the user experience. I also removed the labels so that the final image could be as clean and realistic as possible, so that I could concentrate on the camera movements as if it was in real life," said Archondis. Continue reading for seven places you aren't allowed to see on Google Maps. Click here for a few bonus images of sights captured on Google Street View.

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TigerMoth Camper

Unlike other trailers, the TigerMoth Camper is a compact home on wheels that actually generates power while being towed. That's right, it boasts a built-in electrical system that generates energy, while the camper's battery stores that energy for at least seven days, making living off the grid a breeze. It can comfortably sleep two people, and comes complete with LED lighting installed in the kitchen area as well as the sleeping quarters. The 5.5-square-feet of countertop ensures easy food preparation. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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