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From the pictures and afar (if you're fortunate enough to visit in person), this looks to be a place straight from Middle Earth, but it's actually the Magic Mountain Lodge at the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in northern Chile's Patagonia. To get inside, visitors need to cross a suspended rope bridge and then greeted by a cascade of water coming down from waterfall volcano. Continue reading for a video, additional pictures and more information.

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In 1979, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng started planting trees along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India's Assam region. Floods during that time washed a number of snakes onto the sandbar. When 16-year-old Payeng found them, they had all died. So he alerted the forest department and asked they grow trees there, but they insisted that nothing would grow there. More than 30-years-later, that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest that several thousands of varieties of trees and wildlife, including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers, call home. Continue reading for more pictures and a documentary.

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You'd think that a scorching hot summer day with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) would mean lots of sunshine, but not for this Siberian beach. A freak hailstorm suddenly occurred and one sunbather said: "It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky." While another woman noted, "My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it." Continue reading for the video.

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What happens when you combine an old ship and a truck? The UHAC of course, which stands for Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector. Built to succeed hovercrafts, the final production UHAC will feature 2,500 square feet of parking space on the deck and be capable of carrying 150 tons of gear - 190 tons if modified with special upfitting. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Before reading any further, if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy or are sensitive to flashing lights, we highly recommend not watching this video. With that said, this mind-bending trick, known as 'motion aftereffects', makes viewers see movement in objects that are in fact stationary. Here's how it works, according to The Daily Mail: "When watching a waterfall, or the strobe illusion, the brain cells that detect motion in one direction become tired. When the eyes look away, the cells that detect motion in the other direction are more active and a stationary object appears to be moving." Continue reading to watch - make sure you click the icon in the bottom right for full screen mode.

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If you guessed "fake", you're definitely right, but this clip had to be doing something right to get over 4-million views in just a week. Frank Wunderlich's version of the upcoming film shows Frankfurt International Airport as a staging area for the Galactic Empire, starting with Tie Fighters escorting an Imperial transport to the Galactic Starport in Germany. Continue reading for the clip.

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Schlitterbahn water parks out of Kansas City have just released footage of Verruckt's - the world's tallest waterslide - first launch with human riders. Measuring a towering 168 feet and 7 inches high, it's taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. Approximately 264 steps will take riders 17 stories in the air before they make their journey down the slide. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Building a real-life hoverboard isn't that tough, if you use...water as the propulsion method. Introducing French jet ski champion Franky Zapata's latest invention: Hoverboard by ZR. This water-propelled device allows you to soar 16-feet (5-meters) above the surface of the water at speeds of up to 16mph (25 km/h). Simply put, it's attached to a hose and propelled by a powerful jet of water. Continue reading for a trick video and more information.

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Scientifically speaking, a super-hydrophobic coating is a nanoscopic surface layer that repels water. The silica-based coatings are perhaps the simplest to use. They are gel-based and can be easily applied either by dipping the object into the gel or via aerosol spray. Continue reading for five crazy videos showing why superhydrophobic nano-coated surfaces are the future.

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Richard Dunn, a Canadian man who is now living in the States, agreed to getting bumped off of two flights out of Las Vegas' McCarran Airport and then this Celine Dion music video ensued, which has received 4.4 million plus views in just a few days. How did he get the inspiration? Well, Dunn Googled songs about loneliness and came up with "All by Myself" and the night cleaners didn't bat an eyelash to boot. Continue reading to watch.

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