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Cool Unusual Vending Machines

Did you know that the first commercial coin operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s for the convenience of busy and hungry businessmen? Or, that the word "vending" in vending machine comes from the term for automatic retailing, from a machine? With that said, there are many cool and unusual vending machines from around the world. Our favorite? Definitely the "Let's Pizza" made from scratch pies. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a puppy that apparently is an expert at "Cat Fishing 2" for the iPad. In the early 1920s, the first vending machine that sold soda dispensed it into a cup.

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Golden Rays

This massive swarm Munkiana Devil Rays were spotted in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by German conservation photographer Florian Schulz. Here's what he has to say: "During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it. As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone drop testing every single iPhone generation - including the 6 and 6 Plus.

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Y-40 Deepest Pool

Y-40 sounds like the name of a sci-fi flick, but it's currently the world's deepest indoor swimming pool, located in the small Italian town of Montegrotto Terme. Measuring 21 X 18 meters (69 X 59 feet) with a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet), it contains approximately 4,300 cubic meters of spa water and is kept at the constant temperature of 32°C - 34°C (about 90°F). Continue reading for a Y-40 free diving video as well as the entire inauguration ceremony.

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Waterfall Restaurant

Dining at a nice restaurant is good enough for most people, but for those who demand an extreme restaurant experience, look no further than the Villa Escudero Waterfall Restaurant. Located in San Pablo City, Philippines, this unique restaurant lets guests get up close and personal with a real roaring waterfall while enjoying their a tasty meal. The dining area sits at the foot of the Labasin Falls, and afterwards, guests can even lie against the rushing water covered wall for quick massage or post-lunch rinse off. Continue reading for another video, more images and additional information.

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Floating House

Let's face it, you don't get to see much when traveling by plane or ship (cruises, etc.), but a floating house boat is another story. Dymitr Malcew is a Singapore-based architect who designed the beautiful sustainable floating house above, complete with floor to ceiling windows for 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. Inside, there are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room kitchen, and terrace. Continue reading for more.

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Grand Canyon Waterfall

Havasu Falls (above) is a waterfall of Havasu Creek, located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. It is within Havasupai tribal lands. The falls are known for their natural pools, created by mineralization, although the configuration of the falls and the pools are damaged or destroyed repeatedly by large floods that wash through the area. A small man-made dam was once constructed to help restore the pools and to preserve what is left. High calcium carbonate concentration in the water creates the vivid blue-green color and forms the natural travertine dams that occur in various places near the falls. Continue reading for more.

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School Meal

As many already know, trends, nutritional values and economics have influenced menus. Marketing and a push for healthier meals are two major factors which have influenced school meals around the world in the past decade. In recent years, some schools have served breakfasts in the morning before school starts. Only Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Estonia provide free school meals to all pupils in compulsory education regardless of their ability to pay. Continue reading to see a few school meals from around the world.

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Marble Caves Chile

The beautiful marble cave you see above is located on a peninsula of solid marble bordering Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border. It was formed by 6,000+ years of waves washing up against calcium carbonate. The smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake's azure waters, which change in intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year. Continue reading for more majestic and breathtaking caves you can actually visit.

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Honghe Rice Terrace

The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (above) looks like a painting, but it's just a man-made landform. It's located in the Honghe Prefecture, Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China. The terraces has 1,200 years of history. The core area of the Rice Terraces is located in the Yuanyang County. Continue reading for more cool landforms that you won't believe are man-made.

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Room of Rainbows

This may look like a fake movie scene, but it's a real room, created by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja. This breathtaking installation is located at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid, which was originally constructed in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines. Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a real-life room of rainbows. Continue reading for more images and information on how the illusion was created.

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