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Friends Build Town

Photo credit: Alexander Stross

Let's face it, no matter how close one group of friends may be, they normally drift apart as life happens, that is unless...you decide to create your own town. After acquiring 10 acres of land in Llano, Texas, four lifelong friends, along with their partners, hired architect Matt Garcia to help them build them a mini town of sorts with maximum eco-efficiency. Each one of these $40,000, 350-square-foot cabins have a bathroom, kitchenette and sleeping area. They also feature slanted roofs with water barrels that can hold up to 5,000-gallons of rainwater. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Kit Car

Another week, another Lamborghini replica. This one, modeled after the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, is based on a Volvo chassis with many parts sourced from scrap yard, like BMW X5 wheels. The auto enthusiasts from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan spent just 3-months building this vehicle from scratch, heavily modifying the Volvo's chassis to fit the smaller size of the Sesto Elemento. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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AeYo Rollerblade Bicycle

Think of AeYO as a cross between bicycle, scooter and rollerblades. The German company claims this design combines the efficient and dynamic motion of inline skating with the convenience and safety of a bicycle. Featuring a handle bar, brakes levers and basket of a bicycle, but with a pair of skates attached to the steering column. Compatible with any regular shoe, riders strap their feet in and then use a skating-like motion to propel the vehicle forwards, keeping both legs moving. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sewer Pipe Hotel Austria

Sewer pipes and hotel rooms usually aren't used in the same sentence, but Das Park Hotel is definitely an exception. Designer Andreas Strauss created an entire hotel using old sewage pipes, called "Das Park Hotel". It's located in Ottensheim, Austria, within each 6.5-foot diameter pipe there are paintings by Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa, along with a small window for natural light to enter. Other amenities include a double-bed, storage space, and even a small charging station for your gadgets. How much does it cost? It's "ay as you wish" system that lets guests pay exactly what they think their stay was worth. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hello Kitty Restaurant Hong Kong

The world's first Hello Kitty-themed dim sum restaurant has opened in Hong Kong, and diners will be able to order from a menu of around 37 dishes, including these buns, which take 17 steps to make. Owner Man Kwong said: "Hello Kitty is more popular in Hong Kong than in [her native] Japan." These isn't your typical dim sum fare, as owner Kwong plans to "stick to all-natural ingredients," rather than crammed with MSG and what not. The restaurant is officially slated to open on June 1st. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Park and Slide


Ever wonder what a 300-foot-long water slide would be like in the middle of a busy city? Wonder no more, as Park and Slide is just what you're looking for. This crowdfunded project, created by artist Luke Jerram, turned Park Street in Bristol, England, into one of the most unique water slides yet. It's quite simple really, just plastic sheeting and hay-bales. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of some awesome Mongolian throat singing.

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Hippo Couch

This isn't some bizarre Photoshopped hippopotamus, but rather a real couch by Maximo Riera. It's a life-sized 1:1 scale recreation, and the black upholstery was given a realistic leathery texture, just like the real-life animal. No detail was spared, as te hippo's face is intricately detailed. No word yet on pricing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Scratch Off World Map

The Scratch-Off World Map may look and work like a giant lottery ticket, but it's actually a clever way to keep track of the countries you've already visited. This poster-sized creation is printed with every country hidden underneath a layer of silver paint and latex. Simply use any metal coin to scrape off the material to reveal the colorful world below. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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INKAS Huron APC

In case of zombie apocalypse, make sure you're in an INKAS Huron APC. It's designed to be a SWAT team vehicle, and can withstand rounds from both 7.62x51 SC ammunition along with 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball ammunition. Despite the armor, this monstrous vehicle is extremely maneuverable, and lightweight for its size. The exterior plating is bullet proof, and it's also equipped with a blast-protected floor that lets you drive the APC right through land mines and grenades. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Bran Castle Dracula's Castle

Construction on Bran Castle, best known as "Dracula's Castle", first began in 1377 on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, and was completed in 1388. Its nickname comes from the fact that it closely matches the description of the castle in Bram Stoker's "Dracula," in which Stoker himself never visited, but is believed to have read about it and based the castle in his novel on what he read. If you want to own this mythical castle, it's going cost you a pretty penny, or at least $135-million. Believe it or not, the 57-room manor on 22 acres has been on the market several times in recent years. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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