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LED Chandelier

Officially called "A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends", light installation flickers and clicks when local ambient radioactivity is detected, thanks to the 92 Geiger counters connected to each of the hanging LED lighting elements. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011 drove artist Phillip David Stearns to create this installation. If the sculpture ever fully illuminates it would indicate fatal levels of ambient radiation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why foil boarding is awesome.

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Sliding House

It looks like an oversized red barn at first, but it's actually a very modern home by architecture and design studio dRMM. This Sliding House in Suffolk, England consists of three separate buildings (house, garage, and guest annex), and was built for multiple purposes, including letting the owners grow food, entertain, and enjoy the surrounding landscape. Each segment is connected by a 20-ton, motor-driven roof which slides up and down the buildings to create constantly changing coverage for the home, and exposes open-air living areas. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Capsula Mundi Burial Pods

Why bury (or cremate) loved ones in coffins, when you can use their remains to fertilize a tree? The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel from Italy lets you do just that. They've developed an organic, biodegradable burial pod that turns the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ghost Haunted Mansion

Countless stories about certain areas of Disney Parks being haunted have circulated throughout the years. Some theories say that Walt Disney himself walks the park after it closes each night, to this day, and you're about to see why. A video that first emerged a few years ago, shot from the security control room after the park was closed, show a vaporous figure walking down the Haunted Mansion pathway and right through a gate. Continue reading for the video.

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Surreal Photo Manipulations

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson masterfully blends fantasy with reality (props, real trees, etc.) to create some surreal scenes. Not all of these are purely for show, as the photos below involving cars were commissioned by the Transportation Accident Commission of Australia to illustrate the disorientation that can occur when driving under the influence of drugs. He says: "Although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images...[they] look like it could have been captured." Continue reading for more.

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Ladyzunga Cyborg

A Columbian teacher has spent the past two-years trying to change her name to all 26 letters of the alphabet. The 36-year-old constantly feels the need to "redefine" herself depending on her mood, and that includes changing names quite often. She was previously called Ladyzunga Cyborg. She said: "I've changed my name so people wouldn't know it's me. But it's not because I was disturbed by it but because I wanted to always bring an element of surprise." Continue reading for a news report and more information.

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Google Street View

Google Street View is a great way to go on a virtual vacation during your free time, but sometimes, you end up stumbling upon things that even money can't buy, like a rare image of your late grandmother sitting on her porch. Sure, seeing an expensive hypercar might lift an eyebrow or two, but family is one thing you can't buy, no matter how wealthy you are. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today - including the world's unluckiest buzzer beater.

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Funny Receipt

Let's face it, the bill is probably one thing you aren't looking forward to after a meal, but sometimes, a simple drawing may change that. Or, the only reason why you'd check a receipt after buying something is to make sure they didn't overcharge (or to return an item). However, checking it again just for fun, may result in a funny item or two. Continue reading to see more funny and strange receipts that will make you look twice.

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McDonalds Cheeseburger 20-Years

Friends Eduard Neetz and Casey Dean purchased a quarter pounder from a McDonald's store in Adelaide, Australia when they were 13 and 14 years old respectively, in 1995. They were out buying food for a party, when they decided to pick up an extra burger for their friend Jono, who never showed up. "It started off as a joke, you know we told our friend we'd hold his burger for him but he never turned up and before we knew it 6-months had passed. The months became years and now, 20 years later, it looks the same as the day we bought it, perfectly preserved in its original wrapping," says Casey. Continue reading for a video of the famed burger and more information.

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Frozen Car Sculpture

What happens after a piece of ice breaks off from a frozen Jeep Wrangler after a storm? A beautiful sculpture is created of course, or so you'll think after seeing these pictures. According to WITN, they "did a double take after receiving photos of an ice imprint from the front of a Jeep," spotted in North Carolina in the visitor's parking lot at Vidant Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading to see it from the other side.

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