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Prove Real Superpowers

If you can scientifically prove your superpowers, The Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), a group of German physicists, biologists and psychologists, will reward you with €10,000 ($11,700). Whether it be telekinesis, telepathy, or the ability to generate fire, you'll need to prove it in controlled laboratory conditions. To date, over 60 people have been tested, but as you might've already guessed, none have been able to claim the money. Continue reading for another video on real superpowers and more information.

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Square UFO NC

Javion Hill, 35, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, managed to snap several photos of what appears to be a square UFO with glowing lights hovering in the night sky above the treeline. "I was on my way home with my wife on the speaker phone, and it looked like there was a tornado coming, so I was trying to take a picture of the clouds for my wife. But then I saw something that wasn't normal and I was, like: 'Oh my god, what is that?' I started trying to take as many pictures of it as possible while I was driving," said Hill. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Real-Life Homer Simpson

Photo credit: Miguel Vasquez via Bored Panda

Digital artist and 3D illustrator Miguel Vasquez has made a name for himself on Instagram, but not in the way you may think. He specializes in creating realistic versions of popular cartoon characters, like Homer Simpson, and as you can see, the results aren't very pretty. Others include: SpongeBob, Luigi, Patrick Star, and more. Continue reading to see more of his popular works.

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Aerial Biped Robot

Quadcopter drones are nothing new, but this is the first to be used in this way, or so we've seen. Called the "Aerial-Biped," it was designed by researchers at the University of Tokyo, and uses a quadcopter to help reduce gravity, thus staying upright on on its thin flamingo-like legs. "We aim to develop a biped robot that has the ability to display desired motions, including various dances, in addition to walking...by enabling movements that have been impossible due to the constraints of the mechanisms," said University of Tokyo's lead project researcher Azumi Maekawa. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Wrap Around Spider

The dolophones conifera, better known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. What makes it stand out is its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. During the evening, it stays in webs, while during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground. Continue reading for more creepy natural phenomena that you might not have seen before.

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Kurasa Wash Dish Washing Gadget

If you hate washing dishes, there may be a solution, the "Kurasa Wash". This handheld gadget by Japan-based Thanko features two crab-like arms that start spinning at the push of a button, which means all you need to do is add detergent beforehand, and rinse once all the grime is scrubbed off. When fully charged, you can expect up to 1-hour of continuous use. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Struck by Lightening Lichtenberg Figure

Photo credit: Nejm via Bored Panda

When humans get struck by lightning, a fascinating pattern appears on their skin, better known as a Lichtenberg figure. To be more specific, these are reddish, fern-like patterns that may surface for hours or even days. These lightning flowers are thought to be caused by the rupture of capillaries under the skin due to the passage of the lightning current or the shock wave from the lightning discharge as it flashes over the skin. A lightning strike can also create a large Lichtenberg figure in grass surrounding the point struck. These are sometimes found on golf courses or in grassy meadows. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Its purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. Today the Exclusion Zone is one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world and draws significant scientific interest for the high levels of radiation exposure in the environment, as well as increasing interest from tourists. Continue reading for more strange places that you may not have known about.

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Panasonic Shoe Smell MS-DS100

Have stinky shoes, and at least 5-hours to spare? Look no further than the Panasonic MS-DS100 Shoe Deodorizer. Simply plug the device in with the bottom nodes placed over the top of your shoes, and then highly charged ions are used to penetrate through the material, thus dissolving odor-causing particles. If the normal 5-hour mode just isn't enough, there's also a 7-hour long mode, which according to the company, is for "when you are especially concerned about smell or pollen." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Autozam AZ-1

The Autozam AZ-1 is basically a mid-engined sports kei (the Japanese legal category for the smallest and most limited power, highway-legal motor vehicles) car that was designed and manufactured by Suzuki, but sold by Mazda under its Autozam brand. It was available in Siberia Blue or Classic Red from October 1992 to 1994, and most noted for its gullwing doors. Power came from the same Suzuki-sourced 657 cc turbocharged engine used by the Mazda Carol that produced 65 hp at 6500 rpm and 63 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Continue reading for another test drive video, more pictures and information.

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