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Water Tourmaline Stone

While bismuth crystals can easily be found online, the watermelon tourmaline" - a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium - is definitely something you don't see everyday. Supposedly, this is a rare variety that displays 3 different colors in the same gemstone: green (watermelon skin), pink (the fruit) and white (the rind). Similar to the ametrine gemstone, the colors of the watermelon tourmaline occur 100% naturally in nature. Continue reading for more.

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Spherical Drive Motorcycle

Engineering students at San Jose State University have designed what may be the strangest and / or coolest motorcycle yet. Max Ratner and a team of undergrads invented the "Spherical Drive System," which instead of wheels and tires, the motorcycle rides on spheres controlled by six motors on top of them. The result is an extremely maneuverable vehicle that can move in any direction. Continue reading for a video of the omnidirectional system and more information.

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Super Mario Bros. Guitar

An internet user who goes by the name "Geeked Out" has created a guitar that appears to be straight from the Mushroom Kingdom. The Australian artist designed the guitar's body to replicate the silhouette of Mario from the iconic Super Mario Bros. franchise. No detail was spared, as it also includes mushroom inlays that run along the neck of the guitar. Continue reading for a video and an interesting fact about Mario's many voice actors.

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Steampunk Gatling Gun

Just about everyone on the internet has seen or at least heard of the steampunk movement, and for those who haven't, it's basically a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Now if handheld gatling guns existed during the 1800s, this is probably what they would look like. The example you see above is a completely revamped Ruger 10/22 - the gun's action is concealed nside the copper container. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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WaterCar Panther

Amphibious vehicles are nothing new, WaterCar's Panther is claimed to be the "most fun vehicle on the planet". It's based on a Jeep CJ-8, powered by a Honda Acura-sourced 3.7LV6 that produces 305hp, and boasts a fiberglass hull, retracting wheels, along with a jet boat drive. Capable of doing over 80mph on land and 44mph (70 km/h) in water, the Panther sports a long-travel off-road suspension enabling access to less user-friendly lakes. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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100-Year-Old Life Hacks

There are modern life hacks, and then these century-old tips from Gallaher's Cigarettes. During the early 1900s, many cigarette manufactures included stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to reinforce the packaging. Gallaher's didn't want to waste paper on these cards, so the company decided to print trivia, artwork and even well-known people onto them - including the famous Honus Wagner. The entire 100 card collection can be viewed at the New York Public Library's George Arents Collection. Continue reading for more.

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Cracked Screen Wallpaper Phone

Sometimes, your phone accidentally slips out of your pocket or off a table, resulting in a cracked display. When that happens, you could either take it in for repair, or just find some clever wallpaper that fits right in with the cracked screen theme, like the Iron Man and Street Fighter Ken examples you see above. Continue reading for more funny and geeky ways of solving everyday problems.

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Extreme Close-Up Eye

Here are some mind-boggling macro shots of the human eye, captured by Suren Manvelyan. His photographic interests span from portraits to creative photo projects and the traditional landscape shots. Suren's photos have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in Armenia and worldwide, but his "Your Beautiful Eyes" project is currently the most viewed project of all time on Behance. In addition to photography, he also teaches physics, mathematics, projective geometry and astronomy at the Yerevan Waldorf School. Continue reading for more interesting images.

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The Cliff House

Have millions of dollars and always wanted to live on the edge? The Cliff House lets you do just that, literally. Designed by architecture collective Modscape, this home was created for an Australian couple as spot to stay during vacation near the South-West coast of Victoria, Australia. Once completed, it will be a five story structure with the main entry point being a carport on the top floor. All levels will be connected by an elevator as well as a staircase. Rest assured, there will be plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows for dramatic ocean views. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Flower Shell

They look like normal shotgun shells, but The Flower Shell, developed by a small Scandinavian creative lab called Per Cromwell, is actually a 12-gauge shotgun shell that shoots flower seeds into the ground when fired. That's right, you can shoot 12 types of seeds, including sunflower, lavender, carnation, meadow flowers and more. Then, just grab a fire hose to water the lawn, a tool to prune the bushes and you'll be set for spring. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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