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Filmed Heavens

TSO Photography climbed the highest mountain in Spain, El Teide, to captured this mind-boggling footage. It took him approximately 7-days to film, during which he only slept 10 hours. People claim Teide Observatory is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars. TSO says: "Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Ubari Oasis

At first glance, you wouldn't imagine there being an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert, that is unless...you're talking about Ubari, a Berber-speaking oasis town and the capital of the Wadi al Hayaa District, in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. For those interested in visiting, it has short, but very warm winters, and extremely hot summers. With the average annual rainfall hovering around 0.31-inches - one of the lowest found on the planet - the region sometimes goes decades without seeing any precipitation at all. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Yes, that really is a koala being served sparkling seltzer water on a Qantas flight. This lucky animal sat in first class on a trip from from Brisbane to Singapore as Australian airline Qantas celebrated the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence. The flight saw four koalas - Idalia, Chan, Pellita and Paddle - travel to the Southeast Asian city-state for a 6-month staycation at the Singapore Zoo, in an effort to strengthen ties between the nations, said a news release from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. At least one of the koalas enjoyed the perks of business class on the trip, as it chewed eucalyptus and received a towel and a drink from a Qantas stewardess.

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Stuttgart Public Library

What you're looking at above is not a museum or art exhibit, just the Stuttgart Public Library, also known as the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart. From 1965 on, the Central Library of Stuttgart has been located in the Wilhelmspalais in Stuttgart. This building was built 1834 - 1840 by Giovanni Salucci. It was the place of residence of King Wilhelm II. In 2011 the Central library moved to the newly built Stadtbibliothek am Mailander Platz. There is a various departments, including: a children's books section, music library, art library, information literacy, information for the elderly, administrative and so on. Continue reading for more.

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Godzilla Hotel
Godzilla Hotel Japan

The Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku - one of 23 city wards in Tokyo - will open its doors, but here's a first look inside. This 30-story hotel sits atop the Shinjuku's Toho Cinema and features several Godzilla-themed rooms that will run you a minimum of $334 per night. However, for just $125 a night, there's a room that looks directly out at this Godzilla head. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bell 525 Relentless

There are first class airline suites, and now the Bell 525 Relentless. This super-medium helicopter has many practical uses, including firefighting, rescue missions, and first-class transportation. Above, we see one of the many possible configurations, decking out the 88-square-foot cabin interior with lots of gold accents. The flight deck boasts several touchscreen displays, which are designed to minimize the hand and eye movements a pilot must use to control the vehicle, reducing fatigue during long flights. Continue reading for a video of the base model, more pictures and additional information.

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Dr. Seuss House

Called the "Dr. Seuss House", this strange home located in the Alaskan wilderness north of Anchorage consists of a series of tiered structures stacked atop each other. The original owner built this home 20-years-ago because he wanted a view of the Mount McKinley and Denali mountains nearby. A recent forest fire afforded him such views, but the surrounding trees started back, the views were once again lost. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Boeing 747-8 VIP Pictures

If you're a billionaire who demands only the finest in air travel, look no further than this private Boeing 747-8 VIP by Greenpoint Technologies. Perhaps the $65-million Gulfstream G650 or the Bombardier Global Series are good enough for some of the ultra wealthy, but there are a handful who convert commercial airliners, like the A380, 787 and 747-8, into private flying palaces. Airbus Corporate and Boeing Business Jet have started offering "VIP" versions of these airliners under these newly created companies. One confidential client recently took delivery of a personalized Boeing 747-8, complete with 4,786-squre-feet of space. You'll find a stateroom, lounges, an office, gigantic dining room and lots more. Continue reading to take a tour inside.

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Yujiapu China Manhattan Replica

China's $50-billion knock-off of Manhattan sits on a river bend, near the port city of Tianjin, some 120-miles from Beijing. It has its own Rockefeller Center and Twin Towers, and touted as the world's largest financial center in the making. Construction first began in 2008 on the back of a massive credit boom unleashed in China after the global financial crisis, appears to have ground to a halt. While the "Rockefeller Center" and its Twin Towers appear to be complete, but empty and fenced off. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Hobbiton

Just because The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have completed filming, doesn't a perfectly good film set has to go to waste. Introducing Hobbiton, the former movie set turned attraction in Matamata, New Zealand. This tourist hotspot features 44 unique Hobbit holes, a stunning double arched bridge, and The Green Dragon Inn and Bar. Yes, there are tours available that take you through a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm and then pass through the 12-acre movie set. Tired from your journey? Head on into the Green Dragon Bar for some traditional Hobbit fare and craft beer. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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