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Hutzler Banana Slicer

Hutzler's 571 Banana Slicer doesn't sound too exciting, but apparently, it has changed the lives of many people, including some employees at the US Postal Service maintenance department, a wine taster / rodeo clown, as well as a person who happened to lose a finger or two cutting bananas the tradtional way. The official description states that it's: "faster, safer than using a knife; great for cereal; pastic, dishwasher safe; slice your banana with one quick motion; kids love slicing their own bananas." Product page. Continue reading to see more funny kitchen gadgets and accessories that you (probably) never knew existed.

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Dog and Owl

Photo credit: Tanja Brandt

Dogs is best known as man's best friend, but Ingo, a handsome shepherd dog has an unlikely friend... Poldi, an adorable owl that loves posing for pictures and cozying up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt managed to document their unlikely friendship in a series of heartwarming portraits that show the their incredible bond. Whether if they are splashing in a creek, enjoying the evening light together, or just cuddling beneath a blanket, they are definitely best friends for life. Continue reading for more pictures.

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The Wolfpack Siblings

These 7 siblings - Bhagavan (23), twins Govinda / Narayana (22), Mukunda (20), Krisna (18), Jagadesh (17), and their sister Visnu - were kept indoors for the past 14-years by their father Oscar, a Peruvian immigrant and Hare Krishna devotee. They had no idea what New York City was like, as they spent their entire childhood confined to their parents' four bedroom apartment, learning about the outside world solely through films. Filmmaker Crystal Moselle is now documenting their lives in her latest movie, called "The Wolfpack". Oscar was convinced that the outside world would corrupt his children and kept the front door locked at all times. One of the brothers managed to escape after 14-years, paving the way for his siblings to break free. Continue reading for an interview video and more information.

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Mega Cave

Officially called the Mega Underground Bike Park, it's currently touted as the largest indoor bike park in the world, situated 10 stories (100 ft/30.5 m) underground in an old limestone mining cavern. It's located in Louisville, Kentucky, measures 320,000 sq ft (29,729 sq m) and features over 45 looping dirt trails, including jump lines, pump tracks, dual slalom, BMX, as well as an easier-to-ride single track. Best of all, the temperature remains a comfortable 60°F (15°C), year-round. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's first and only Magneto Cat.

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Martian Plumes

Photo credit: Gizmag / Mysterious Universe

Researchers at the European Space Agency noticed a plume of dust on two separate dates while reviewing Hubble images, but coming from the same general location. Dust plumes aren't entirely unheard of on Mars, but none were ever this big, at more than 250-kilometers (155-miles) high. The strange thing is that no one really know why these dust plumes are happening, as previous plumes have never exceeded 100-kilometers (62-miles) high. For the record, Mars has experienced planet-wide dust storms that can last for up to a year, and the reason for the longevity of these storms is that the dust is so light it stays airborne for a very long time once picked up. However, a dust storm and a localized dust plume are two very different things. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Heterochromatic Eyes Cat

Heterochromia is basically an ocular condition in which one iris is a different color from the other iris, and is a result of the relative excess or lack of pigment within an iris or part of an iris. This uncommon condition usually results due to uneven melanin content. A number of causes are responsible, including genetic, such as chimerism, Horner's syndrome and Waardenburg syndrome. This is what a cat looks like with heterochromia. Continue reading for more.

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Dementia Village

The isolated Dutch village of Hogewey looks normal on the surface, but each and every one of the 152-residents in this town is being constantly monitored. Why? Hogewey is an elder care facility for those who suffer from dementia. Unofficially called "Dementia Village", its administrators take great care to maintain the illusion that life is normal for the residents, so that the patients have no idea that their home is actually a mental institution. The residents do not live in wards, but rather in groups of 6-7 to a house, with 1-2 caretakers. The homes are furnished according to the time period when the residents' short-term memories stopped functioning properly - i.e. the 1950s, 1970s, and the 2000s, all accurate right down to the tablecloths. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Abandoned Shopping Mall

Photo credit: Seph Lawless

Shopping malls just aren't what they used to be, due to online super stores like Amazon, but even beauty can be found in abandoned structures such as the one above. Photographer Seph Lawless recently revisited one of the malls - Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio - he shot for his previous photo series, titled "Black Friday", and discovered that it had become a winter wonderland. The broken ceiling and skylights allowed snow to just pour in. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tuna Crab

Zoe Butler from Nottingham, England, opened a can of Princess tuna for lunch last month and discovered a strange creature looking back at her. According to a company representative, the creature is a Megalopa, a very small, immature crab and "poses no food safety risk." Continue reading to see what the creature looks like now.

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Batman Turkey

Batman is a real city in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey and the capital of Batman Province. It lies on a plateau, 540 meters above sea level, near the confluence of the Batman River and the Tigris. This city even has a local airport and a military airbase, which was used for transit of aircraft and helicopters in some search and rescue operations of the Gulf War. However, in recent times, the mayor of Batman is trying to sue Warner Brothers for illegally using the city's name. Continue reading for more.

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