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Glass Floor Library

Photo credit: XL-Muse via Hype Beast

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor is this a computer-generated scene from Inception, just the Yangzhou Zhongshuge library in China. Architecture firm XL-Muse recently unveiled this futuristic 1,000-square-meter design, and in addition to the black mirrored floor, you'll also find sweeping bookshelves, arched walls, and seating areas. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Etra Ale Volcano Lava Lake

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Erta Ale is basically a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. It's noted for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century, since 1906. Erta Ale means "smoking mountain" in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as "the gateway to Hell". Continue reading for a two-part video series on the volcano, and more information.

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Getaway House

This Sandcrawler-inspired Getaway House allows you to disconnect from bustling city life, without sacrificing comfort. Each one can sleep up to 4 people, and include lots of windows, a reading nook, sleeping area, as well as a cocoon hammock for those lazy Sundays. Unfortunately, they can only be rented if you're in the New York or Boston area...for now. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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EXP-6 Trailer

Most campers include the bare minimum to survive outdoors, but the Bruder EXP-6 Off-Road Trailer takes things to the next level. It was custom designed from the ground-up for off-road use, complete with a four corner independent air suspension system that gives it twice the adjustability and wheel travel of its competitors. Continue reading for an interior tour video and more information.

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Riva Rivamare Speedboat

At first glance, the Riva Rivamare appears to be just another speedboat, but once you step below the deck, it's a luxurious penthouse suite fit for a Bond villain. The Rivamare measures 39' x 11.6', and is powered by dual 400-horsepower Volvo Penta D6 400 engines, good for a cruising speed of 31 knots and a top speed of 40 knots. The deck is lined with rich mahogany, and it's where you'll also find a joystick control system and docking mode functions, along with a rear hatch that extends to form a beach-like area with water access. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Christ the Redeemer

Photo credit: Oliver Curtis via Bored Panda

Christ the Redeemer is basically a 98-foot-tall Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Photographer Oliver Curtis decided to point one of his cameras the opposite of crowds to capture what most people don't see for his " Volte-face" series. Continue reading for more.

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iKamper

Designed to be setup in 30-minutes or less, the iKamper takes road trips to the next level, as it folds-out to reveal a large sleeping area, along with a small annex room for relaxing during the day. It's made from 600 denier polyester ripstop fabric that has a 3000mm waterproofing treatment to withstand even the harshest of weather. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an abandoned Disneyland knockoff in Osaka, Japan.

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Seabreacher X Personal Submersible

Innespace's Seabreacher X just got updated, and this personal submersible is unlike any other. It's designed to zoom underwater and shoot up high in the air, thanks to a 1500cc 4-stroke Rotax engine that generates 260-horsepower. The 1,350-pound watercraft can achieve 25mph underwater and 50mph on the surface. Since each one is made to order, they can be customized with several different kinds of animal graphics, like the shark you see above. Inside this two-seater, you'll find an intuitive control panel, audio system, and an LCD screen display for a live feed of your surroundings. 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 a nifty butane torch trick.

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VW Transporter Doubleback

On the outside, this looks like a classic Volkswagen Transporter van, but once the rear section has been pulled out, it becomes a mobile home. Called the "DoubleBack", the van comes equipped with a 6-foot electric slide out rear pod, pop up roof, kitchenette set, a sleeping area, and plenty of extra storage space. There's only one problem, pricing starts at $85,000, and going much higher once you start adding in options. 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 Seinfeld's apartment recreated with the Doom 2 engine.

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Flash Falcon

Oscar Vinals unveils Flash Falcon, a double-decker supersonic aircraft that would reach a top speed of Mach 3 (approximately 2,300mph), enabling you to travel from London to New York in just 2.5-hours. It has capacity for 250 passengers, and is powered by carbon-free energy, with a portable fusion reactor-based supersonic engine, as well as six electric-combustion engines that would tilt 10 to 20 degrees and allow the plane to take off or land vertically. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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