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Pyro Fireshooter

The Pyro Fireshooter may look like a gadget straight from a superhero movie, but it was actually designed by Adam Wilber for magicians. It was inspired by flashguns that also shoot fireballs, and are loaded with specially-treated instant burn paper and cotton. He spent 2-years developing Pyro, building 4 prototypes along the way. Wilber says, "This is the first physical product that I have developed. I bought one of these flashguns a while ago and had way too much fun playing with it." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Disease Look Old

Hu Juan is a 27-year-old mother of two from Hunan, China that doesn't look her age to say the least, but not in a good way. She suffers from a rare disease known as Cutis laxa, which causes the skin on one's face and neck to age at an accelerated rate, leaving them looking decades older than they really are. After giving birth to her eldest son, Juan was diagnosed with Cutis laxa, the connective tissue disorder that causes the skin to become loose, saggy and wrinkled at a very rapid speed due to loss of elasticity. Fortunately, it has only affected her face and neck, leaving her in otherwise good health. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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Roller Coaster House

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

A real estate agent in Holland has come up with a clever way to sell a home: viewing it by roller coaster. Visitors to the property simply step into a car that takes them on a whirlwind tour of the property, starting with a ride up a staircase through the lower levels, before bringing them around the kitchen, living room and bedrooms. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a magician who managed to get out of a speeding ticket using a Rubik's Cube.

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Burrito Babies

A restaurant in Seattle has gone viral online because customers have been photographing their newborn babies next to the restaurant's four-pound grande burrito to illustrate just how monstrous in size they are. Gorditos offers a free burrito to parents who submit a photograph, as long as they are younger than 1-month old. The burrito normally costs $9 and can come with two tortillas, a choice of meat, guacamole, cheese as well as sour cream. Continue reading for more cool and geeky restaurants you won't believe actually exist.

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Halfbike

It's a scooter, it's a bicycle, it's the Halfbike? This compact transportation device was designed for maximum urban mobility, with a wheel in the front and two smaller ones in the rear, giving riders ability to swiftly swerve as they pedal through the city streets. Turning is as simple as leaning in the desired direction. Continue reading for a video of it in-action, more images and additional information.

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Apple 9:41 Secret

Ever wonder why all the devices in Apple ads, including print and television commercials, are set to 9:41? Well, there's actually a simple reason, and it doesn't involve some government conspiracy. Originally, the time used to display 9:42, but that's the time Steve Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone one the morning in 2007. More specifically, it happened approximately 42 minutes into his keynote address, when he said, "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone," and the device popped up behind him with that time. Continue reading to watch the iPad unveiling and to see why it changed to 9:41.

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Unusual Facebook Status Update

If a police department is posting your mugshot on Facebook, it would probably be best to not comment on it. This person apparently didn't get the memo and proceeded to crack a joke, only to have a the police department respond back with something even wittier. Despite Facebook limiting the reach of your posts (businesses, friends and family alike), you'll still come across a few gems like this each week. Continue reading to see a few more.

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Pentagon Net

A group of daredevils, known as The Moab Monkeys, wanted to experience The Grand Canyon like never before. So, they set up a giant net over a canyon that sits 400-feet above ground to both relax and BASE jump. This hand-woven, pentagonal web was installed 200-feet away from the nearest cliff, meaning they had to first walk the distance before being able to jump. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Ann Arbor Fairy Doors

They're officially known as the Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, and this series of tiny hidden first one appeared in the baseboards of the home of Jonathan and Kathleen Wright in 1993. Subsequently several others were discovered in their home; in the fireplace surround and two in the kitchen. On April 7, 2005 the first was seen in public on the exterior of Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea. Since then, ten more have shown up around Ann Arbor (as well as a "goblin door" parody), and seven of the original "public" doors still exist.

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Wow! Signal

The Wow! signal was essentially a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of Ohio State University. It lasted for the full 72-second window that Big Ear was able to observe it, but has not been detected again. Amazed at how closely the signal matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal in the antenna used, Ehman circled the signal on the computer printout and wrote the comment "Wow!" on its side. This comment became the name of the signal. Continue reading for more strange mysteries.

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