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Gamers know DOOM as one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. Now here's something you don't see everyday: an ATM running the game. YouTube user "Aussie50" and friends managed to play DOOM "on an NCR Personas ATM using the OEM PC and display, plus an i-Pac controller for mapping the side buttons, and eventually, the PIN pad." Continue reading for a viral video of crazy things you may not have known about DOOM.

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If seeing yourself in the mirror every morning isn't enough, the Selfie Toaster should do the trick. Created by the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, this weird toaster allows customers to burn impressions of their photos to create personalized toast. After uploading your selfie, transfers them into their CAD program for use with the CNC plasma cutter. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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This past Thursday morning, a river in eastern China turned a shade of crimson red, which residents say reminds them of a blood-like color. China Radio International reports, "Local residents say the river was running normally at 4am, but it started to redden at around 6am, and in no time turned as crimson as blood. The villagers pointed out that there wasn't a chemical plant along the upper stream." Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how every park bench should work.

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Researchers have just discovered a new member of the Megaloptera on a mountain in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. This giant insect has a wingspan of 8.3 inches and can be found in or near a variety of wet environments including ponds, lakes and swamps. Don't let its mandibles fool you, they are not used for eating, but rather attracting females. Continue reading for the news report and more images.

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Sam Van Aken created a tree unlike in any other because it's designed to bear 40 different kinds of fruit. Science Alert says, "Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It's then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree." Continue reading for a video of him explaining this at TED Talks.

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Millions of mayflies emerged from the Mississippi River near and around La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 20th, producing a swarm so large that it appeared on radar. According to news station KARE 11, "As the flies dispersed moving north-northeast, they also gained altitude with some of the echo being detected as far north as Black River Falls and as high as 2500 feet above ground." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's fastest bus boy.

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To promote their forthcoming Star Wars toy line, Hot Wheels unveiled a life-sized Darth Vader sports car - will be at San Diego Comic Con this week. Based on the C5 Corvette chassis, this real-life Hot Wheel is exactly like its palm-sized counterpart, "right down to its lightsaber side pipes, red wheel trim, [and also] Darth Vader breathing sounds," says Road & Track. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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When humans start building things (roads, walls, buildings, etc.) around trees, they simply learn to adapt and grow their roots around whatever is nearby, including sidewalk stones. However, there are some tree species that have developed special root extensions that pop out of soil, in order to get oxygen, when it is not available in the soil because of excess water. These root extensions are called pneumatophores, and are present, among others, in black mangrove and pond cypress. Continue reading for more.

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While no official explanation has surfaced (yet), new footage has emerged from deep inside the mysterious crater on the Yamal Peninsula - known as the 'end of the world' to locals - in Siberia. There are many theories as to what caused the hole, including aliens, a meteorite, a stray missile, or an explosive gas cocktail released due to global warming. Continue reading for a video from Russian scientists who recently returned from the first expedition to look inside the giant hole.

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Brothers Admir and Ibi Adili own the Valentino ice cream shop in Tisnom, on Croatia's Murter island. Admir's 15-year-old daughter Bibi spends quite a bit of time on the social network, so he decided to create a flavor commemorating it. The secret ingredient? There is no secret, as all he did was use plain bubblegum ice cream, add some blue syrup, and then slap "Facebook" on the flavor. So far, it's been a big hit with tourists this summer. Continue reading for more.

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