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Passage du Gois

Le Passage de Gois is a periodically flooded passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier in France. It's situated between Ile de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer, and flooded twice a day by the high tide. Despite the flooding, there is a foot race, the Foulees du Gois, held every year across it, starting at the onset of the high tide. Even more surprsing, the Passage du Gois was used by Tour de France bicycle race during Stage 2 in 1999. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an insane homemade water-cooled 72,000-Lumen flashlight.

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Projected Mountains Magazine Photo

We know that movies and television utilize green screens, but what about magazine photos? Let's just say that things aren't much different, and the techniques used are probably much simpler than you initially thought. For example, this model looks to be standing in front of beautiful mountains, but in reality, the entire background was projected onto a white wall in a house. Continue reading for more interesting examples of magazine photo magic.

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The Vessel Building

"The Vessel" by British designer Thomas Heatherwick may look like an alien structure at first, but it's actually an interactive 15-story-tall building that has 154-flights of stairs, or 2,500 steps to be exact. At 600-tons, this behemoth will be located in Hudson Yards on NYC's Far West Side. "New Yorkers have a fitness thing. We had to think of what could act as the role of a landmarker. Something that could help give character and particularity to the space," said Heatherwick. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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9/11 WTC Angel

Rich McCormack, a freelance photographer from Jersey City, thought he snapped a normal photo of the beams of light at the World Trade Center tribute site, but at the very top, a silhouette of what appears to be an angel, appeared. "Oh my goodness. Richard - incredible. So many signs and wonders. You must be a very special human being to have captured this. We have to believe there is more than the horrors that manifest on this planet. Thank you Jesus," said Cristina Fontanelli. Click here for the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Lava Lamps are made.

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Can Cannon

It may not be practical, but for those wanting to experience an AR-15 or M16 rifle like never before, simply attach a Can Cannon. This BATF approved accessory can be used to launch a variety of soda, beer, energy drink cans, or even fruits. There's no need to spend a weekend piecing things together before having some fun, as each 2.8-pound unit comes pre-assembled. Future upgrades include a t-shirt and net launching functions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including Ken Block's highly-anticipated Gymkhana 9.

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Matrix Simulation

Bank of America said yesterday that there is around a 50% chance we're living in The Matrix, or in other words, a simulation. "The argument is that we are already approaching photo-realistic 3D simulations that millions of people can simultaneously participate in. It is conceivable that with advancements in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and computing power, members of future civilizations could have decided to run a simulation of their ancestors. Unless we are now living in a simulation, our descendants will almost certainly never run an ancestor-simulation," said a report. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Cutting Kinetic Sand

Photo credit: Reddit

Kinetic Sand is basically a three-dimensional building toy made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane (a type of silicone oil) that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. This material was originally designed for sculpting, but is now commonly sold as indoor play sand. Appearance wise, it resembles light brown sugar, and can be molded. Even though it sticks to itself, the sand won't adhere most other materials or surfaces, and doesn't dry out to boot. Continue reading for more oddly satisfying things.

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Fidget Cube

Fidgeting out of boredom is inevitable, but what if there was a gadget that could replace the habit, and in a productive way? Meet the "Fidget Cube," a pocket-sized gadget invented by brothers Matthew and Mark McLachlan that lets you click, spin, glide, or flip to your heart's content. Each of its eight sides features a different feature to keep your fingers busy. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.

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Modern Neanderthal

Ever wonder what a Neanderthal would look like in modern wear? If so, then head on over to The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, as a Neanderthal mannequin in a suit is currently on display to remind visitors of connections between modern and ancient humans. One thing you may not know is that Neanderthals had a lower surface-to-volume ratio, with shorter legs and a bigger body in conformance with Bergmann's rule, as an energy-loss reduction adaptation to life in a high-latitude (i.e. seasonally cold) climate. Continue reading for more cool pictures from around the web.

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SETI Alien Signal

Photo credit: Mikhail Turnovskiy / Alamy Stock Photo

A mysterious signal, which appeared to come from the star HD 164595, a sun-like star located roughly 95 light-years from Earth, was detected on May 15, 2015 by a radio telescope operated by the Russian Academy of Science. The system has only one known planet: a warm gaseous Neptune-like planet that orbits its star in 40-days - the star could have other rocky planets as well. SETI researchers claim that such a bright signal might have been produced by a radio beacon built by an intelligent Type II civilization. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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