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Truck Tent

Truck tents are nothing new, but this clever model includes sleeping space for two, a dining table, and benches that can be folded down to form yet another bed if needed. When designers think outside the box, ideas like this, become a reality. Sure, some of them look ridiculous, but they actually make sense if you think about it. Other examples include: clocks that knit scarfs, a dollhouse made from a real boot and more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Bananas Into Plastic

Elif Bilgin, a 17-year-old student from Istanbul, Turkey discovered that the starches and cellulose contained in a banana's outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. So, she developed a chemical process that turns banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that will hopefully replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution as well. Bilgin says: "For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already." 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 Bach being played on a dot matrix printer.

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Photobombing Animal

Internet meme experts know photobombing as a practical joke that involves trespassing in the foreground or background of a picture during a shoot, typically unbeknownst to the photographer. It became a widespread phenomenon following the technological transition from traditional film to digital photography in the early 2000s, along with the emergence of social media (MySpace, Friendster, etc.). Continue reading for a few more strange animals who have become experts at this art of distraction.

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Blowtorch Sculpture

Cal Lane works specializes in making intricate patterns on everyday items - like car parts, oil tanks, and shovels - with a blowtorch. The patterns are inspired by traditional decorative art forms, such as tapestry, lace, and metal filigree. She says: "Like a Wrestler in a tutu, the absurdity of having opposing extremist stances is there for reaction and not rational understanding; the rational discussion arises in the search for how one thing defines the other by its proximity." Continue reading for more examples.

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Fort Knox Inside

Fort Knox, also known as The United States Bullion Depository, is an ultra secure fortified vault building located within the U.S. Army post of Fort Knox, Kentucky. The exact contents of the United States Bullion Depository are unknown as there has never been an approved full audit since the early 1930s, but some say that it it holds roughly 3% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history. One thing you may not know is that during World War II and into the Cold War, until the invention of different types of synthetic painkillers, a supply of processed morphine and opium was kept in the Depository as a hedge against the US being isolated from the sources of raw opium. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to get a message to your dad in space.

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Book Restoration Japan
Okano Nobuo Book

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Master craftsman Okano Nobuo from Japan has spent the past 33-years repairing damaged books and reconstituting them to look brand new, without the use of high-tech machinery. Recently, a customer brought in an old 1,000 page Japanese-English dictionary that looked tattered to say the least. Okano delicately began the repair process using basic tools, such as a wooden press, chisel, water and glue. Before you ask, yes, the job required Okano to flatten and iron all 1,000 pages by hand, using tweezers and an iron. The entire process was documented on a Japanese show called "Fascinating Craftsman" (Shuri, Bakaseru). Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Freedom Cove Island

Building something on an artificial island isn't anything new - Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong International Airport, etc. - but rarely do we see one floating miles from civilization. Introducing Freedom Cove. Built by Canadian couple Wayne Adams and Catherine King, the complex consists of 12 separate platforms, which support wooden buildings, greenhouses, a lighthouse, along with living spaces that are all interconnected through wooden pathways. Fruit and vegetables are grown year round in several greenhouses, while electricity is generated through solar panels / photovoltaic energy generators. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Funny Facebook Crime

Everyone has tough days, but one thing you shouldn't do is post an image of yourself on Facebook holding a beer can while driving, especially if you have a public profile. Let's just say that this guy's post went viral shortly after, and if someone were to release his name, things may get a bit tricky with law enforcement. Unfortunately, there are many more people who have confessed to crimes on the social media network. Continue reading to see a few of the strangest examples.

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Deus Ex Twin Towers

In Deus Ex, whenever the New York City skyline is visible in the background, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are conspicuously absent, despite the game being released in 2000. This was reportedly due to texture memory limitations that arose during the game's development, but the in-universe explanation for the missing towers is that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack. A year after the game's initial release, the real Twin Towers were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Continue reading for more.

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Ubari Oasis

At first glance, you wouldn't imagine there being an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert, that is unless...you're talking about Ubari, a Berber-speaking oasis town and the capital of the Wadi al Hayaa District, in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. For those interested in visiting, it has short, but very warm winters, and extremely hot summers. With the average annual rainfall hovering around 0.31-inches - one of the lowest found on the planet - the region sometimes goes decades without seeing any precipitation at all. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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