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Air-Conditioned Lawn Mower

Mowing the grass isn't the most glamorous of jobs, but what if you could do so in an air-conditioned bubble? That's exactly what the machine above allows you to do, but unfortunately it never made it to production. However, it was more than just a rendering, as the actual machine was featured on the 1958 cover of Mechanix Illustrated. Continue reading to see nineteen more strange inventions from the past that were clearly ahead of their time. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery.

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Glass Sky Pool

This may not be the first glass-bottom pool, but Ballymore developers' "Sky Pool" is the first to actually connect two buildings. This unique structure is suspended 10-stories high between two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens development, giving swimmers a view of the London streets 115-feet below. Other luxurious rooftop amenities include: sky decks with a bar, spa, and panoramic views of the Palace of Westminster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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570GT Feather Wrap

The McLaren 570GT might be the best everyday supercar currently available, but that doesn't mean absurd options, such as the "Feather Wrap," aren't available to potential buyers. McLaren Special Operations spends 300-hours hand-layering these feathers, and use approximately 10,000 on each vehicle. "Our engineers and designers have long been inspired by nature in our aim to create the lightest and most aerodynamic shapes on the road. We call this biomimicry. And it was on a beautiful day walking around our Woking campus that one of us looked up at the birds circling our lake, then picked up a feather from the ground and placed it on a car. That turned into a conversation with the craftsmen and women at MSO that led to the creation of the Feather Wrap," said Robin Crane, McLaren's Biomimicry Specialist. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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OctopusGripper Bionic Tentacle

Inspired by real octopus tentacles, Festo's OctopusGripper is a bionic robotic arm that consists of a silicone structure fitted with two rows of suction cups. It can be pneumatically controlled, and once compressed air is applied, the tentacle curls inwards, wrapping itself tightly around objects and gripping them with its vacuum-like suction cups. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of Steampunk robots, gadgets and cars, all made entirely from scrap metal.

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Alien Actor

Photo credit: Bored Panda

For most of the film's scenes the Alien was portrayed by Bolaji Badejo. A latex costume was specifically made to fit Badejo's 6-foot-10-inch (208 cm) slender frame, made by taking a full-body plaster cast of him. Badejo attended t'ai chi and mime classes in order to create convincing movements for the Alien. However, in a few scenes, such as when the Alien lowers itself from the ceiling to kill Brett, the creature was portrayed by stuntmen Eddie Powell and Roy Scammell; in that scene a costumed Powell was suspended on wires and then lowered in an unfurling motion. Continue reading to see more actors outside their parts, compiled by Bored Panda. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Dream Like Photos

Photo credit: Huseyin Sahin via Bored Panda

Artist Huseyin Sahin from Istanbul blends dream-like scenes with real photos to create surreal worlds straight from a fantasy movie. Whether it be a giant whale swimming in a cliff pool, or London's Big Ben reclaimed by nature and stuck in a mountain, you'll find the scenes in his digital manipulations series. Sure, they may just be layered images, but there's no denying that all of them get your imagination going. Continue reading for ten of his most liked pieces on social media. Click here for a few bonus manipulations.

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Skull Fire Logs

Photo credit: Hi Consumption

These human skull fire logs may not be the most practical, but they're most certainly an interesting coversation piece. Each one is handmade from reinforced steel that has been coated with lave granules and fireproof ceramic, the same kind NASA uses to test rocket engines. They measure between 8 and 9 inches in diameter, and can be used many times over. Get them here now. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hushme

Need to take an important phone call in public, but don't want others eavesdropping on your conversation? Introduing Hushme. This strange voice mask basically blocks the sound of the wearer's voice so others can't listen in, and it connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Simply put the mask on, and Hushme will start playing variety of sounds when you talk. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Genderless Alien

Makeup artist and model Vinny Ohh from Los Angeles, California, has invested $50,000 into 110 cosmetic procedures to become a "genderless alien". His journey began at age 17, when he got his first lip fillers, followed by two rhinoplasty surgeries, various cheek / brow bone fillers, and other various procedures. "The overall image I want to do is an alien. I want to be a hybrid, not male or female. I've wanted to be sexless and genderless since I was 17, I've been going to doctors to see if it's possible but had no luck. I don't want people to think I'm trying to change into a woman," said Ohh. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Nintendo Switch Drop

Brandon Baldwin of GizmoSlip wanted to see just how durable the new Nintendo Switch really is, so he decided to see if it could survive 11 drops from approximately 5-feet. Rather than use just a few normal cameras, a high-speed camera was thrown in the mix to see just how the casing bends after it hits the pavement. How did it fare? Well, let's just say you might want to stick the Switch in a protective case before attempting this yourself. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone testing a USB Killer on the Switch, a GT-R and a PS4 Slim.

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