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Living Church

At first glance, it looks like a garden, but get closer, and you'll see it's a living church in New Zealand. Created by Brian Cox in his very own backyard over 4-years, a variety of trees were selected, including some with stone-colored trunks, while, others, with sparse foliage, to ensure that his church will always be illuminated by sunlight. How could he afford such a project? No, he's not a billionaire, but rather his gardening company Treelocations specializes in replanting whole, live trees using enormous mechanized spades. This gave him access to all the resources he needed to complete the church in record time. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hot Tub Hammock

Before asking why anyone would use a hammock as a bath tub? Consider that the Hydro Hammock comes equipped with a Portable HotTub liner that can also be used in sand or snow, in a small beach pit. The Hydro uses a heating system that heats water from a garden hose, beach, lake, river or other water source to fill into the hammock. So you're essentially able to create a hot tub on the fly regardless of your location, even on a snowy mountain. That's not all, there are two integrated USB ports to charge your mobile devices while you relax. Best of all, you can pick one up for just $260 from the Kickstarter page now. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including someone who laser-etched a tortilla and turned it into a playable record.

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Swimmable Ball Pit Washington DC

A unique ocean has surfaced in Washington DC at the National Building Museum. Created by Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture, "BEACH" is basically a 10,000-square-foot interactive installation made up of a million recyclable translucent plastic balls. Visitors to the museum are welcome to swim in the interactive exhibit or just lounge on the sidelines. It features a 50-foot-wide shoreline that sports a mirrored wall at one end to give the ocean greater visual depth. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an insane road bike freestyle.

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Functional Bionic Eye

Allen Zderad, a blind man from Forest Lake, had his sight restored after he became the first person in Minnesota, and 15th person in the country, to receive a bionic eye. He hadn't seen his wife or grandchildren in more than a decade, until the new device was turned on at Mayo Clinic. Zderad suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative, genetic eye disease that slowly stole his sight over the course of his life by deteriorating the part of the retina that turns light into vision. Continue reading for more amazing facts about the human body.

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Adidas Ocean Trash Shoes

From afar, these sneakers look like any other, but Adidas recently partnered with conservation organization "Parley for the Oceans," so what you see is actually made from re-purposed ocean trash and illegal fishing nets from poachers. That's right, the two parties created a shoe whose upper region and exterior skin mainly consists of ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. The conservation society gathered the materials on a 110-day expedition to track an outlawed poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa. Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch said: "We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Photo-Realistic Hand Portraits

California-based Russell Powell is a teacher and skilled artist who paints photo-realistic portraits of celebrities directly onto palm of his left hand, but what he does next, might surprise you. After completing the drawing, he stamps it on paper canvas to create a permanent imprint of the artwork. He calls the process "hand-stamping"; a tricky technique because he needs to work fast before the paint dries, and also for the uneven painting surface. Continue reading for a video and more pictures of his work.

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Kitten and Owl

A photographer in Japan has captured the unlikely friendship between Fuku, the owlet, and Marimo, a small kitten who not only hang out as well as play together, but also nap in their home inside the Osaka-based Hukulou coffee shop. The cafe occasionally welcomes other owl visitors despite not being an official owl cafe. Continue reading to see just what these two have been up to lately.

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Cliff Home

Casa Brutale may not be the first home that hangs directly off a cliff, but it's still not for anyone afraid of heights. Located on the Italian island of Capri, this wood, glass, and concrete home boasts a crystalline glazed-bottom swimming pool that doubles as its rooftop. Guests descend fifty steps down to the entrance, which is basically a large rotating wooden door, while the bare concrete and wooden planks give an air of minimalism throughout. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre robot finish line full of inflatable arms.

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Skylodge

You can either stay in a tent and camp like a normal person, or stay in a Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suite that hangs 400-feet off a cliff, boasting mystical views over the heartland of the Inca Empire in Peru's Sacred Valley. One problem, guests must first climb a 400 foot cliff face to get to their suite. That's right, there are a total of three capsule suites, which can sleep eight people. Made from aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each 24 x 8 foot suite comes complete with four beds, a dining area and a private bathroom. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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NASA Live Feed Cut

Mysterious lights in the sky are quite a common sight, especially in space, but when unidentified flying objects are spotted leaving Earth right before NASA cuts its live feed, it's a dream scenario for conspiracy theorists. Fortunately, "Mister Enigma" on YouTube recorded the stream, and even includes a zoomed-in portion that shows what seem to be two rotating dots rising from the atmosphere. Continue reading for the clip.

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