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Skydiver No Parachute

Skydiving is already an extremely dangerous sport, but imagine jumping from an airplane at 25,000-feet without a parachute? Daredevil Luke Aikins will attempt this very stunt tomorrow, and without a wingsuit. He'll have just one chance to land in a safety net the size of a 1/3 the size of a football field while descending at speeds up to 120mph. The total free fall time will be approximately 126-seconds, giving him enough time to maneuver towards the net. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Null Stern Hotel

Don't need all the amenities of a luxury resort, and just want to relax with some fresh air? The Null Stern Hotel is a perfect getaway. Conceptualized by hoteliers Frank and Patrick Riklin, it's located in the Swiss town of Graubunden. You won't find any walls, a ceiling, bathroom, or any type of structure, just a double bed, a nightstand, as well as a lamp. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Hidden Trapdoor

After moving into a new place, you don't expect to find any hidden rooms and / or trapdoors, but for "Czar Matt", that wasn't the case. One day, his wife discovered a small handle in one of the closets, and decided to tell her husband. Upon closer inspection, they discovered an empty crawl space of sorts, except for an intricate wooden box. Continue reading for many more pictures documenting their find.

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Crash Proof Human

Artist Patricia Piccinini teamed up with a leading trauma surgeon and a crash investigation expert to create Graham, a hyperrealistic sculpture of a human designed to survive a fatal car crash. A massive helmet-like head replaces the traditional neck, while hoof-like feet, as well as other strange features show a human body evolved to sustain the forces in major auto collisions. The skull is larger to hold more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to sustain the brain in case of a crash. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tiniest Home

Liam Culbertson and Rachel Newby may not come from an architecture or construction background, but that didn't stop the couple from building their very own tiny home using only recycled materials. At just 67-square-feet and located in the Gunai district of Gippsland, Victoria in Australia, the total cost of this build was just $420 USD. There are a few store-bought supplies, and they are: foundation cement, steel bracing tape, wood glue, hinges, and chains to prop the windows open. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the all-new Justice League trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic Con yesterday.

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Octopus Tomato Tree

There are tomato trees, and this mutant-like creation, discovered by Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, in Beijing China. He brought a few seeds back to the resort, planted them, and proceeded to set a record harvest from a single plant consisting of 32,000 tomatoes with a total weight 1,150-pounds. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Soviet Spy Satellite

Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Roman Statue Mars

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YouTube user "Paranormal Crucible" has discovered a rock that resembles the head of a Roman soldier, but is it from a larger statue? "Interesting relic I found in the Curiosity Rover archives, this one looks like a statue's head, possibly Roman inspired or very similar in design. Even without any processing or enhancement this relic stands out in the raw image, and in my opinion it's definitely not a regular rock," said Crucible. Since humans are set to land on the red planet by 2027 via the Mars One Mission, it may be a while until we can actually confirm this finding. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of battle bots duking it out for supremacy in the arena.

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Guy Marries Smartphone

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Artist Aaron Chervenak drove to The Little Las Vegas Chapel in his purple Cadillac last month to marry his smartphone. "It's not yet legal to marry smartphones, but what I hope my wedding will do is to somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show just how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives, and hopefully get other to ask the same question of themselves and their relationships," said Chervenak. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing NASA test firing a massive rocket booster that could take humans to Mars soon.

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Funniest Photoshop Troll

Photo credit: James Fridman

There's nothing wrong with using Photoshop to retouch images, as even professionals use the software for such tasks, but when you ask a prankster for help, things can get a bit weird. For example, the person above wanted to look more like Tony Stark in full Iron Man gear, but instead was Photoshopped to resemble a vitamin bottle, complete with cap and arm holes. Continue reading to see more of the hilarity that ensued when James Fridman started editing.

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