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How about some strange and creepy Japanese urban legends to start off your holiday weekend? First up, we have the Okiku doll, which can be found at the Mannenji temple in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido prefecture. The doll originally had cropped hair, but over the years the hair has mysteriously grown to 25 centimeters (10 inches), despite being trimmed annually. The legend has it that a teenage boy bought the doll for his two-year-old sister, Okiku. She played with it every day until her tragic and sudden death. Her family refused to get rid of the doll and noticed that its hair was growing, so they concluded that the spirit of their daughter resided within the doll. The doll was given to the temple in 1938 where it can be seen today. Continue reading for more.

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Another day, another batch of unusual kitchen and home accessories you probably never knew about. They include: a "Rock and Pour" drink dispenser, NY fork pizza slicer, battery-powered ice cream cone twirler, microwave S'mores maker, a vacuum pan that's built directly into the wall, veggie pasta maker, and a weight alarm clock. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to speak British.

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Despite coming across them regularly, there are still tons of vending machines that you probably haven't seen, including ones that dispense umbrellas, Skittles, ceramic dining ware for anger release, LEGO sets, and even soft serve ice cream. Click here to view the first image in this week's internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an optical illusion painting that will blow your mind.

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There are some countries where copyright / intellectual property laws don't exist, and that's where you'll find items such as the iPhone 5 ice cream you see above. Many Apple fanatics may already know this but before they started opening official stores in China, knockoff shops, complete with employees wearing blue t-shirts, were popping up all over China. Continue reading for more strange and geeky things that actually exist.

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Ever heard of an island so dangerous that the government actually bans people from visiting? Introducing Ilha de Queimada Grande, a small isnald 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Sao Paolo, Brazil, home to the world's most venomous viper: the golden lancehead. The serpent's venom is 5-times more deadly than other snakes, and can even melt human flesh if enough if injected. Before the island was condemned, several people have succumbed to the deadly vipers. Continue reading to watch a full-length VICE documentary on the island.

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No, you aren't looking at an alien world, but rather a natural phenomenon known as penitentes. They are found at high altitudes and look like tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice. You'll find these ice formations around snow-covered areas in the Dry Andes above 13,120 feet, ranging in size from a half-inch to 16-feet. Continue reading for five more natural phenomena you won't believe exist.

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If you're a human with blue eyes, you're very likely related to every other blue-eyed person on the planet, since researchers from Copenhagen University in Denmark say that this trait descends from a single "founder," an ancestor whose genes mutated 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. That's right, until that time, everyone had brown eyes. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an honest Call of Duty game trailer.

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According to Van Tilburg, a researcher at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, "The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues. This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] that they are heads only." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a car with one of the strangest engine problems you'll ever encounter.

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Another week, another batch of cool inventions you probably never knew existed. In this roundup, we bring you the upside down helicopter ceiling fan, a nifty Prodyne fruit infusion beverage pitcher, anti-theft lunch bags, a stick-anywhere digital clock, and very cool-looking Steampunk USB drive cufflinks. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 4-year-old who foiled her babysitter's robbery plot.

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For our science post of the day, let us revisit the double-slit experiment. The video you're about to see whos scientific proof that there's something not quite logical about the universe. In other words, you'll see that the mere act of observation can completely change the outcome of an event. Scientifically speaking, classical particles don't interfere with each other; they merely collide. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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