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Modified Austin Mini

When is an Austin MINI Cooper not just a small economy car you commonly see on roads? When it's been widened by approximately 2 feet (0.6m) compared to the original. That's right, this owner spent hours on the project by adding an additional front seat, a wide bench at the rear, three windscreen wipers, a rebuilt 1,275cc petrol engine, mated to manual gearbox, and a full electric sunroof. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Han Soon Doong World's Largest Cave

Here's another look inside Han Soon Doong Cave, the largest known cave passage cross-section in the world, located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. It was discovered by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991. The whistling sound of wind and roar of a rushing stream in the cave heard through the entrance as well as the steep descent prevented the local people from entering the cave at first. Continue reading for another expedition video, more pictures and information.

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The Pearl Underwater Scuba-Diving Restaurant

"The Pearl" in Brussels, Belgium, is the world's first restaurant located at the bottom of a swimming pool, five meters below the surface. To reach the spherical cabin, customers have to dive into the pool to get to their table. Once you make it inside, diners will enjoy a meal of lobster salad, foie gras, and champagne, all for €99. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Inverted Pyramid Home

Photo credit: Sadao Hotta

This is not a scene from the upcoming Bladerunner 2049 movie, just an inverted pyramid home in Spain by TNA. Several large windows flood the interior with natural light, while also providing ventilation. the internal living spaces are feature mezzanines / platforms set at different heights, and guests enter at the middle floor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lightning Storm Home

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Daniel Modol, a 38-year-old man from Gjerstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, stepped outside his home to film a lightning storm, but he experienced much more than expected. As just seconds after the film starts rolling, a lightning bolt strikes his backyard merely 15-20 feet away from where he was standing. Continue reading to see the aftermath if the video above isn't working.

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Game Boy Eclipse

Photo credit: ZHX via Peta Pixel

The Game Boy Camera was first released on September 17, 1998 in Japan, and is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (with the exception of Game Boy Micro). The camera itself sports a 128x128 pixel CMOS sensor, and can store 128x112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. Reddit user "ZHX" decided to use one to shoot the solar eclipse from Portland, Oregon this week, and the image above was the result. Continue reading for another video, a picture of the actual rig, and more information.

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Underpass Studio

With home prices continue to soar, architects like Fernando Abellanas, are looking for unconventional living spaces that may not look pretty, but definitely work. Called the "Underpass Studio," this living space located beneath a busy highway in Valencia, Spain, consists of a wooden platform that hangs by a steel frame that grips the bridge's concrete lip. A hand crank allows you to move the platform from side to side, directly under the bridge to the column where the living space is. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Pixelated Wood Sculptures

Photo credit: Bored Panda

This is not an optical illusion, just a real pixelated sculpture made entirely from wood by artist Hsu Tung Han. The block-shaped details were all hand-carved separately from the other parts of the sculpture to create the eye-popping effect. His latest project depicts a snorkeler underwater, with the wooden pixels representing the water that surrounds the man. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Mini Chevy Nova

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real miniature 1970 Chevy Nova. It rides on a handmade tube chassis and fiberglass body, with a Ford Mustang-sourced front suspension, Toyota 8-bolt differential and coolest of all, a fuel-injected Kawasaki ZX motorcycle motor pushing nearly 200-horses sent trough a 6-speed transmission. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany is currently the world's largest model railway, and to give those who aren't able to visit a closer view, Google last year built a miniature version of its Street View car to capture the streets within. By 2020, the exhibition is expected to have reached its final construction phase, including at least a total of ten new sections in a model area of over 24,757 sq ft. It includes 1,300 trains made up of over 10,000 carriages, over 100,000 moving vehicles, ca. 500,000 lights, 130,000 trees, and 400,000 human figurines. Continue reading for another video tour and more information.

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