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Not just any dueling pianos performance, this one by Japanese pianist Yoshiki, performed in Austin at the SXSW Festival, had the holographic performer appearing first who then later introduced the real performer. While there's not much word on the hologram technology, it's believed it was created using an updated version of an illusion known as 'Pepper's ghost', a system developed by London-based Musion. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey., a 4.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Los Angeles early Monday morning at approximately 6:25am. Local news station KTLA was broadcasting live when the quake hit, and both newscasters were startled to say the least. Continue reading to see the madness that ensued.

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What happens when your dog is never allowed to play on the bed, but is left home alone with the cat? Well, this homeowner soon found out after installing a hidden camera to see just what goes on. Let's just say that nothing is off limits for this dog when there's nobody around to say no. Continue reading to see why this video has received over 2-million-views in just 2-days.

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You'd think an anxious dog would just bark when their owner leaves them for a quick shopping run or stop at an art gallery, but this boxer decided to do something unexpected...honk the horn for 15-minutes straight. That's right, Fern, an 18-month-old boxer, was filmed leaning back in the driver seat with her left paw resting on the steering wheel and repeatedly pressing the horn on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading for the video. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery.

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For those who've never heard of Between Two Ferns, it's basically an internet comedy series starring Zach Galifianakis that appears on Funny or Die. As the show's title suggests, host Zach Galifianakis conducts celebrity interviews sitting with his guests between two potted ferns: the set intentionally resembles a low-budget amateur production for public-access television. In his latest episode, he interviewed President Barack Obama, all the while racking up 9.5-million video views in under 24-hours. Continue reading to see why.

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Just when you thought elevator pranks were going out of style, a Japanese television show decided to create one of their own. Similar to the others, they lead unsuspecting guests into an elevator that's been fitted with fake wall panels so the supposed *ghost* can climb through when the power is cut. Continue reading to see the madness that ensued.

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Let's face it, most concepts just don't quite make the grade, aesthetics wise, but Sam Beckett's iPhone Air could quite possibly be the coolest fan design we've seen yet. At 7mm thick, it features a 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display and a 10.0-megapixel camera. Continue reading for the video.

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While it may sound like the setting for an upcoming horror film, these amazing (yet real) photos show the astonishing result of a giant snake as it slithered slowly away with a crocodile filling its body. Tiffany Corlis, a Lake Moondarra, Queensland resident, saw a python heading towards the freshwater crocodile on the edge of Lake Moondarra, some 12 miles north east of Mount Isa. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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By now, anyone who follows the news has probably heard about the capture of El Chapo Guzman, the world's most powerful drug kingpin, but if you've wondered just how he managed to stay hidden in plain sight for so many years after his first escape, here's an inside look. According to Business Insider, "Guzman had a penchant for high-tech gadgetry to keep ahead of authorities, as AP reported on Wednesday. He utilized sophisticated communications equipment and scanners to detect surveillance. But it was his last ditch low-tech underground tunnel that helped him almost get away again. With Mexican Marines surrounding his house, temporarily hampered by a steel-reinforced door, Guzman fled through a secret door beneath a bathtub into his tunnel network." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Here's one naturally occurring science phenomena you probably didn't know about: frost flowers. Technically speaking, the formation of frost flowers is dependent on a freezing weather condition occurring when the ground is not already frozen. The sap in the stem of the plants will expand (water expands when frozen), causing long, thin cracks to form along the length of the stem. Water is then drawn through these cracks via capillary action and freezes upon contact with the air. As more water is drawn through the cracks it pushes the thin ice layers further from the stem, causing a thin "petal" to form. In the case of woody plants and (living or dead) tree branches the freezing water is squeezed through the pores of the plant forming long thin strings of ice that look uncannily like hair i.e. "hair ice" or "frost beard". Continue reading for more.

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