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Eiffel Tower Then Now

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Constructed between the years of 1887-89, it was designed to be the 1889 World's Fair entrance, and is currently the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people climbed it in 2015. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17-feet. Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. Continue reading for more photos that show how famous landmarks changed over time.

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Adventure Van

This looks like a normal Mercedes Sprinter at first glance, but these Advanture Van Conversions are basically mobile homes on wheels that would be perfect for a zombie apocalypse. The base $36,000 package includes a trifold bed, ventilation system, and lighting package, while buyers can opt solar panels, custom racks, fridges and even toilets, at an additional cost. If money is no object, the company also offers fully custom conversions. 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 showing where spacecrafts go to die.

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Skyli Trekking Cabin

When trying to conquer a snowy mountain, the last thing you'd expect to see if Skyli, an otherworldly geometric structure. Designed by architectural firm Utopia, it's covered in blue corrugated steel siding, and boasts four floor-to-ceiling windows, while having the capacity to house up to 15 trekkers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tianjin Library

Designed by MVRDV and located at Binhai Cultural District in Tianjin, China, this five-story library, called "The Eye of Binhai," spans 34,000 square meters. It took 3-years to complete, can hold up to 1.2-million books, and features a reading area on the ground floor, complete with a giant sphere. There are also lounge areas in the middle sections, offices, meeting rooms, as well as computer / audio stations at the top levels. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Emirates New First Class Suite 777

Emirates unveiled a new Mercedes-Benz S-Class-inspired first class suite for its Boeing 777 aircraft. Each one features sliding doors that reach up to six feet and nine inches high, complete with floor to ceiling windows and 32-inch high-definition displays. That's not all, private suites in the middle of the cabin boast "virtual windows" that project the view from outside in real-time for guests who aren't able to book window seats. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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iPhone X Short Film

Photo credit: Amnesi Art via Peta Pixel

Shot by photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt, "Made in Paris" is a short film about a French pastry chef Elise Lepinteur, a protegee of another famous pastry chef, Christophe Adam of Paris, France. "We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of monopods and gimbals (DJI Oslo Mobile and Zhiyun Smooth Q). For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics," AmnesiArt told PetaPixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to dry a shirt in 30-seconds.

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Tatami Suite Luxury Train Japan

East Japan Railway Company's new Shiki-shima train takes luxury train travel to the next level, and despite just launching in May, tickets are already sold out until March 2018. It all starts with the retro-futuristic train design, and carries forth into the interior, which includes traditional tatami-style suites as well as modern cabins. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Uber Air Flying Taxi

Uber partnered with NASA to create Uber Air, a flying taxi service that will hit the skies in 2020. The vehicle will need to take off and land vertically, while operating safely while flying at a low altitude. "UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies," said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden. How much is a trip going to cost? Approximately what you'd pay for an UberX ride. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Volkner Performance S Motorhome

If you demand the ultimate in luxury on wheels, look no further than the $1.7-million Volkner Performance S, which boasts all the amenities you'd expect from a high-end hotel. Offering a bedroom with double bed, fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area, heated bathroom, and the best feature, a garage equipped with an electrohydraulic lift. This vehicle may not be as fast as a hypercar, but it will most certainly get you places in much more comfort. 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 the Thor Ragnarok post credit scenes (spoilers).

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Uber Service Dog

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Even if you've only called upon Uber one time, you have a passenger rating. In the same way that passengers rate drivers from one to five stars (one star indicates bad service and five stars indicates you were happy with the ride), every Uber customer is likewise assigned a score. Some drivers go beyond the call of duty to earn that five star rating, like this person who just so happened to have a service dog along for the ride. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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