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Wenger 16999

Wenger's 16999 Giant Swiss Army Knife is currently the world's most complex with a whopping 87 implements that perform 141 functions, making it the only tool you'll need to get any job done. Whether in your pack or on display, this massive tool is sure to be a conversation piece. Unfortunately, the $2149 knife is currently sold out, but apparently, there have been many people over the years who've enjoyed its service. For those who want the next best thing, check out the Victorinox SwissChamp XAVT, which packs 80 functions and is priced much lower than its big brother. Product page. Continue reading to see more reviews.

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Human Thumb USB

Photographer Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer from Toronto, Canada, who wanted his portfolio to really stick out, as he specializes in building physical props for his surreal photos. So, he created literal thumb drives that look like severed human thumbs. He says his goal was "allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of my craft." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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World's Largest BBQ

Officially known as the "Undisputable Cuz", this barbecue pit is claimed to be the world's largest, located at the Folsom residence along highway 290, in Brenham, Texas. Weighing a massive 40-tons and measuring 75-feet-long, it's ventilated with 7 chimneys, and so large that it needs to be carried around on a large truck. Owner Terry Folsom says: "It has 24 doors - 12 on this side, 12 on the other." In addition to being able to cook 4-tons of meat at a time, the pit also has a walk-in cooler with space for kegs attached to beer taps on the outside. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Whittier Alaska

On the outside, it looks like nothing special, but nearly all of the 200 residents of Whittier, Alaska all live inside the 14-story Begich Towers condominium on the edge of town. This building also houses a police station, a health clinic, a convenience store, a laundromat, and even a church in its basement. The town can only be reached by sea, or a long, one-lane tunnel through the mountains, which is closed completely at night. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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NYC Subway Car Reef

New York City's subway system is currently the world's sixth busiest, with 1.6-billion annual passenger rides. This means that old subways cars are constantly being replaced with new ones. You might think that the last stop for these old trains would be at some junkyard, but photographer Stephen Mallon tracked the to their watery graves at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, where they basically act as artificial reefs. Continue reading for a rare video look, more pictures and additional information.

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BLK Water Black

BLK water may not look like something you'd want to rehydrate with, but believe it or not, this spring water is fully safe to drink, despite its appearance. It's essentially Canadian spring water that has been infused with fulvic acid - a natural nutrient-rich compound that has been used in alternative therapies for centuries. Fulvic acid has been called a "miracle molecule" in recent times for its detoxifying properties, mainly its ability to bind to metals. Product page. Continue reading for a video review of the flavored version and more information.

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Romanesque Cauliflower

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No, this isn't a planet from another planet, just the Romanesque Cauliflower, an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. It was first documented in Italy, and light green in color. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, as a vegetable its texture is far more crunchy, and its flavor is not as assertive, being delicate and nutty. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Adam Rainer Dwarf Giant

Adam Rainer, born in 1899 in Graz, Austria-Hungary, is currently the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant. At the age of 18 (1917), he was measured at 4 ft 0.25 in. Then, likely as a result of a pituitary tumor, he had a dramatic growth spurt in 1931, reaching 7 ft 2 in. As a result of his gigantism he became bedridden for the rest of his life. When he died in 1950 he had reached a height of 7 ft 8 in. He weighed 241-pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Self Destructing Book

Author James Patterson is going all out to promote his latest title, by using an explosive marketing scheme that involves a self-destructing book. For the one fan who shells out $294,038 USD, they'll be invited to an unknown location and given 24-hours to read a 'self-destructing copy' of 'Hope to Die. According to Patterson, "a well-trained bomb squad", first-class airfare, a five-course dinner, a pair of golden binoculars and reading space, complete with chilled Champagne," is included in the package price. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to extinguish a car fire.

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Ice Drill

Researchers in Antarctica used heavy machinery to drill into 2,400-feet of solid ice, but at those depths, you wouldn't expect to find any living animals, like fish, right? That's exactly what they discovered. Scientific American says: "People in the cargo container stared at an image of the sea floor panned out on one of the video monitors, captured by the forward-looking camera. Then someone started to yell and point. All eyes swung to the screen with the down-looking camera. A graceful, undulating shadow glided across its view, tapered front to back like an exclamation point - the shadow cast by a bulb-eyed fish. Then people saw the creature casting that shadow: bluish-brownish-pinkish, as long as a butter knife, its internal organs showing through its translucent body." Continue reading to see the fish and a strange shrimp they found.

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