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Photo credit: Chris Morgan

If you've ever tried getting close to a hummingbirds, the only thing you saw was probably a hum, blur, and then nothing. While in-flight, they are nearly impossible to see clearly, that is unless..you have a Phantom high-speed camera ready to go and already set up. Scotland-based photographer wanted to capture this beautiful creature during a recent trip to Costa Rica. He says: "It took a while to be able to get any shots of one. In the space of an hour I took nearly a thousand shots. A good proportion were excellent out of focus pictures of bushes with no birds to be seen." Continue reading for a couple more images.

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Here's another stunning look at a real-life Flinstones house in California, formerly owned by late radio personality Dick Clark. Priced at $3-million, this blast from the past spans 2,500 square foot, complete with one bedroom, two bathrooms, and expansive ocean views. Wonder why there aren't more rooms? Dick Clark built this specifically for him and his wife. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Photo credit: Chris Beck / My Modern Met

No, you're not looking at a computer-generated scene from the upcoming Avatar sequel, just shots taken by photographer Chris Beck of newlyweds Torsten and Sarah posing in the Mendenhall Glacier ice cave near Juneau, Alaska after their nuptials. To even reach this location, they had to "hike over rugged terrain for over two hours, kayak through freezing water, and climb the side of a mountain," says My Modern Met. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how one kid parks a go-kart like a boss.

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Aquatopia is an attraction you'll only find at the Tokyo DisneySea theme park in Japan, located in the Port Discovery area of the park. It's touted as the second of only three attractions in the world to use a new trackless ride system designed by Walt Disney Imagineering. This ride is the successor to both Disneyland's Motor Boat Cruise and the Autopia, from which Aquatopia received its name as homage. It consists of around three dozen vehicles designed to look like personal hovercrafts which move independently from each other at quick speeds through a large water lagoon. Continue reading for more.

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When viewed from the outside, this structure in Bangkok, Thailand doesn't look like much, but it was once the bustling New World Mall. Built in 1982 by the Kaew Fah Plaza Company, the 11-story New World Mall enjoyed a brief period of success, Unfortunately, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) shut the mall down 15-years later in 1997 when they realized that the owner had obtained permission to construct only four floors. They then destroyed the seven upper levels and a subsequent fire in 1999 left the mall roofless. Without cover, rainwater filled the basement and this pool of stagnant water soon became a breeding place for mosquitoes. So, local vendors decided to release a few fish into the water, to get rid of them. Soon, the fish began to multiply and take over the once stagnant, mosquito-laden waters. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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You read that right, visiting medieval-style castles doesn't mean an expensive European vacation, as they can be found scattered across the US. Starting off, we have Belvedere Castle above. This castle is located in Central Park in Manhattan. Featuring exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, the castle has also been the location of the official Central Park weather station. It was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the late 1800s. Continue reading for more.

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Unlike other roller coasters, Gravity Max inside Taiwan's Discovery World theme park features a specially designed track that splits apart from horizontal to vertical before clicking into place and releasing the safety lock to drop the train down. This attraction takes home the titles of being the world's first coaster to feature a true 90-degree drop and the world's only tilt coaster. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile, and it boasts the world's largest swimming pool, at 0.629-miles long, covering 20 acres, and containing some 66,000,000 US gal of seawater. It has a maximum depth of 35 m (115 ft) and the water is pumped, filtered, and treated from the Pacific Ocean. The pool was developed by Fernando Fischmann and his Chilean company Crystal Lagoons. It's estimated to have cost $1.5-billion to $2-billion total to build, with almost $4-million in annual maintenance. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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If Harry Potter owned a tree house, it'd probably look something like this. Fortunately, this structure isn't just some fantasy, a British family actually owns this. It's called "Living the Highlife Tree House" and was designed by Blue Forest and is actually comprised of two sections: one is for the kids, the other for adults. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Photo credit: Rosanne de Lange

At first glance, this may appear to be a computer-generated scene from The Walking Dead, but it's actually the Chatillion Car Graveyard, Belgium. These vehicles were purportedly left behind by US soldiers from World War II that could not ship them back to the country, so they decided to hide them in a forest until they could come back and retrieve them. There were up to four car graveyards in Chatillon with as many as 500 retro vehicles, but many of the cars were stolen or removed by the locals. Continue reading for more pictures.

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