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Earth Pyramids

Photo credit: Kilian Schonberger

You're not looking at pictures of an alien world from a science fiction movie, but rather real "Earth Pyramids" captured by photographer Kilian Schonberger in South Tyrol, a province in Northern Italy. These otherworldly structures are created by erosion, in which they rise from clay soil left behind from glaciers during the most recent Ice Age. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Pilot Smart Earpiece Translator

Developed by New York-based Waverly Labs, the Pilot is essentially a three-part system: two small Bluetooth earbuds and a smartphone app for the actual translation. How does it work? Simply talk to the other person as you normally would - each in your own language - and the app instantly translates the dialogue before sending the translated speech to the earpiece. The prototype supports a number of European languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian). Other languages, like Hindi, Semitic, East Asian, Arabic, Slavic, and African will be included in later versions. Continue reading for five more weird gadgets that actually exist.

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Lucid Dreamer


Lucid Dreamer is essentially a device programmed to detect REM sleep, or the time when dreams become more vivid, and emit low electrical impulses to help you realize that you're dreaming, which then enable you to take control of your dreams. After having their brain stimulated two times per night, for seven nights, approximately three out of five participants became lucid the first night, one participant became lucid on the second night and one participant on the third. The number of nights with at least one lucid dream varied between participants - the maximum was five nights out of seven, and the minimum was two nights out of seven. Continue reading for more crazy products you won't believe are real.

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Smart Fork

Japan-based Nissin has created a smart fork designed to cancel out noodle-slurping noises, called the "Otohiko fork". It uses a highly sensitive microphone to picks up on the slightest slurping noise, and as soon as they're detected, it's forwarded to an application on your smartphone that triggers a slurp neutralizing sound. The sounds, which can range from a wooshing sound or a musical instrument, like the xylophone, makes the noodle-slurping noises inaudible to other people. Continue reading for five more bizarre, yet real, gadgets.

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Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife

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Wenger's 16999 Swiss Army Knife has been making its rounds on the internet for nearly a decade now, but the reviews continue to roll in. Just to recap, this monster has "87 implements", "141 functions", and is "perfect for the collector". One caveat: a used example will still cost you $8,999 plus shipping, so you may need to take out a small loan just to purchase it. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more reviews.

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Andrew Basiago Mars


Andrew Basiago, a Seattle attorney, claims that he was a 'chrononaut' in a secret United States government time travel program called Project Pegasus, back when he was a child. The goal was to allegedly protect Earth from space threats, to establish territorial sovereignty over Mars, and to acclimate Martian life to our presence. Believe it or not, he says that then 19-year-old Barack Obama, who went by the name 'Barry Soetero' was also a Mars visitor. Continue reading for five more people who claim to be time travelers.

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Bacon Rock

Whether if you're photographing things with a smartphone or high-end DSLR, there's no denying that you'll capture a few random things, such as a rock, that appear to resemble something else. Other examples include: a chocolate bar-like gemstone, salmon belly toothpaste, a meaty golf ball, potato rock, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Liquid Sand

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober managed to turn normal sand into what he calls "liquid soup", or in other words making sand behave like water. Technically speaking, this physical phenomenon occurs when a quantity of a solid particulate substance is placed under appropriate conditions to cause a solid/fluid mixture to behave as a fluid. "I've wanted to build one for a long time. But you can find literally NO information online on how to make one like that. So I started combing through a bunch of patent drawings for massive industrial-sized fluid beds, and I noticed that instead of one big inlet, they all had a bunch of small holes to deliver air," said Mark. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Vocktail Virtual Cocktail

Vocktail is touted as the world's first virtual cocktail, or in other words, a high-tech glass that transforms normal water into various other drinks. This is made possible through multi-sensory stimulation, which tricks your eyes, nose and taste buds into thinking they're consuming something completely different. The glass comes equipped with color-changing LED lights, sliver electrodes on the rim of the glass, and three micro air pumps equipped with flavor cartridges, which are activated when a person drinks from the glass. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Good Mythical Morning showing how to cook a turkey on a car engine.

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Devel Sixty

First, there was the 5,000 hp Devel Sixteen, and now, the company has unveiled the monstrous Sixty. Powered by a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 that generates 720 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque, it has more than enough power to take on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6. If this ever makes it to production, expect it to exceed the Sixteen's $1.6-million price tag. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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