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Wizard of Oz Theme Park

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This is not a horror movie, just pictures from The Land of Oz, a now-defunct amusement park located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. Grover Robbins opened its doors in 1970, and the costumes of the actors were based more on the book descriptions until later on in the park's history when they were changed to look more like the film. Visitors could take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road, "experience" the tornado which struck Dorothy's house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Yellow Brick Road led to a show at the Emerald City where the characters met with the Wizard. An artificial balloon ride, a specially modified ski lift installed by Goforth Brothers, allowed visitors to get a bird's-eye view of the park and mountain scenery before leaving Oz. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.

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Egypt Desert UFO

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Mysterious structures - two long pointed buildings surrounded by mysterious circles - have been spotted in the desert of Egypt's capital Cairo. Some claim it has links to UFO research due to its futuristic look, while others say it's just a secret military installation. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Real Dr. Seuss House

Here's another look at Goose Creek Tower, better known as the real-life Dr. Seuss house, by attorney Phillip Weidner. Standing 185-feet tall in the Alaskan wilderness, this odd-looking home boasts plenty of staircases and ladders inside connecting each floor, while the windows off 360° views of the landscape. At the basement level, there's a hidden escape tunnel that leads to a safe room. Click here for more pictures of Goose Creek Tower. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Useless Light Switch

Before this April Fools' weekend ends, we'd like to finish it off with ThinkGeek's "Useless Light Switch", yet another interesting product that may become a reality sooner than later. Based on The Useless Box, this interesting switch ensures that nobody will ever leave the lights on again by accident. Simply put, once you flip the lights on, a lever comes out of the top screw hole in the switch plate to turn the lights right back off for no good reason. That's all it does, period. Best of all, it's easy to install, and there's no need to worry about electrical connections, since the switch oes doesn't use wall power for operation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bowling ball being crushed by a hydraulic press.

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Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko may look like a Pokemon character, but it's actually a real species of gecko, native only to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger. They appear to be just a dead leaf at first glace, as its veins are visible, and look just like the ones found on a leaf. The gecko's also looks like it has been rotted or nibbled by insects. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Jeep Adventure Tires

There are summer, winter, all-season, and now, Jeep Adventure Tires, which looks to be just a bunch of giant rocks. "Inspired by nature, engineered by Jeep Natural rock formations connected with the latest tire technology lead to an unprecedented driving experience. Perfectly tailored to the needs of the adventure deprivation suffering, urban Jeep driver," said the company. Continue reading for up-close shots of the tire itself.

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San Francisco Pod

Peter Berkowitz, a 25-year-old illustrator living in San Francisco, decided to avoid paying high-rental fees in the city center, and designed a pod to live in. Measuring in at a svelte 8 x 3.5 x 4.5 feet, this tiny wooden box resides in a corner of his friend's apartment, paying him just $400 per month. Inside, there's a bed, storage shelves, a fold-out desk, a string of LEDs up top for ambient lighting, and a fan system for proper ventilation. Future upgrades including cork-based soundproofing. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a rocking chair that uses its own kinetic motion to knit a hat.

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Keret House World's Skinniest House

Keret House, located in Warsaw, Poland, is currently the world's skinniest house, measuring 92cm at its narrowest point and 152cm at its widest point. It was designed by the architect Jakub Szczęsny through the architecture firm Centrala, and named after Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, who was the building's first tenant. The iron structure contains two floors, and has one bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living area. It has two non-opening windows, with sunlight also entering through translucent glass panels that make up the walls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Quad-Barreled Shotgun

The Remington Model 870 is a pump-action shotgun widely used by the public for sport shooting, hunting, and self-defense. It features a bottom-loading, side ejecting receiver, tubular magazine under the barrel, dual action bars, internal hammer, and a bolt which locks into an extension in the barrel. This person decided to take two of them and create a custom quad-barreled shotgun, called the "QB12". Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Daisy Ridley's emotional Star Wars Force Awakens audition.

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Labyrinth Watch

Imagine buying an extremely expensive watch as just a showpiece, rather than a functional timepiece. Introducing the "Playground Labyrinth" by Hautlence. Priced at $12K, this watch is basically an 18K gold maze with an extra-hard sapphire crystal "crown" to keep the platinum ball in place. To win the game, simply navigate the ball into one of the two tiny holes at which point the crown can be used to activate a small "mechanical lift" to reset the board. "Labyrinth is an old game that we have decided to bring back in a watch. What we are presenting here is a new vision of time and this new vision of time obviously doesn't show traditionally the time. We want people to disconnect and go [to] this dimension of time where you decide what you want to do," said Hautlence co-founder Sandro Reginelli. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you pour molten copper on french fries.

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