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April Fools Gadgets

ThinkGeek is back at it again, and some of their April Fools Day' products could become a reality, or so we hope. First, we have the Game of Thrones Clue, which includes a game board, 48 player pieces, 48 weapons, 126 cards (suspect, weapon, and location), 2 d6, confidential folder, inspector pads, and instructions. Next up, EnCounter, a wearable interactive quest that uses algorithms to "translate your steps, distance, heart rate, movements, active time, and idle time into roleplaying metaphors to challenge and encourage you." One of our favorites is the Power Wheels Desert Drifters. These miniature vehicles let your kids enjoy the insanity-inducing road chases of the Mad Max movies - 5 to 7.5mph forward and 5mph in reverse. Have a cat and love Voltron? The Voltron Cat Condo is just for you, as it's almost "6-feet of sci-fi magnificence for you and your cat(s) - includes 8 fleece-covered play tunnels." Lastly, we have the DoItYourSelfie 360° Selfie Rig, which takes a full 360&Deg; selfie around your head, and supports 12 cameras that work together with a free app that stitches together the photos. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today, including Google's SmartBox.

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Abandoned Star Wars Movie Set

About 5-years-ago, artist photographer Ra di Martino wandered into the Tunisian desert to find the abandoned movie sets from Star Wars. This desert location was used to film Lars Homestead on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine, in 1976. She says: "This is a series of photographs taken in the abandoned movie sets of the film saga Star Wars, filmed through the years in different locations in the south of Tunisia. Unexpectedly those sets have been left on location, probably because in the middle of nowhere and because no-one from the local authorities complained and therefore after years some of it have now become ruins, almost as some sort strange archaeological sites. The particular hot and dry climate has helped maintain intact many parts of the sets, or buried under the sand just sections of it. The sets visited are in four different locations." Continue reading for more.

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Bank of England Gold Vault

Ever wonder where the Bank of England keeps its 400,000 gold bars? In a secret vault hidden underneath the streets of London, and you can rest assured, that even if you were to find it, getting inside for even a look would be next to impossible. According to one anonymous bank worker, the huge doors are opened with 3-foot-long keys, and the locks on them also require a password. Continue reading for more ultra secure locations located around the world.

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Ce6 Night Vision Eye Drops

Researchers claim that they have found a way to inject people's eyes with 'night vision', enabling them to see up to 164-feet in almost total darkness for 'several hours'. One test subject could spot people running among trees in dark conditions 100% of the time, while others who hadn't been treated with the drops were successful in only a third of cases. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Granny Hair Internet Trend

Another day, another internet trend, and this time it's called "Granny Hair". Just as the name implies, young women worldwide have started dying their hair gray and posted the ensuing images to social media services, like Instagram. As you're about to see, there are many who end up looking more like Storm from X-Men rather than an elderly grandma. Continue reading for eighteen more interesting examples of this fad.

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McLaren X-1

First unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2012, the McLaren X-1 is a one-off sports car based on the McLaren 12C and built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This was built specially for a McLaren customer who already owns a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a McLaren 12C. According to Paul MacKenzie, MSO Programme Director, the X-1 has been developed for the past three years. To style the X-1, McLaren used ideas from a 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 Citroen SM. Continue reading for a two more videos and additional information.

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The Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock

You know what they say..."the best part of waking up is the coffee in your cup". Most (if not all) coffee machines do not have the ability to wake you up as well as brew a fresh cup of Joe, but British designer Joshua Renouf's creation will do just that. Called The Barisieur, coffee-making alarm clock that first gently wakes you up with the sounds of steel ball bearings vibrating as they boil the water through induction heating, then incentivizes you to get vertical with a freshly made cup of joe. One caveat: you'll need to prep the beans, sugar, as well as milk before you go to sleep. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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10-year-old Reincarnation

Meet Ryan, a seemingly normal 10-year-old who lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was born to Baptist parents in 2005, but at the age of four, Ryan started having nightmares, and would often talk about his heart exploding as well as Hollywood, a city located several thousands of miles away from Oklahoma. His mom, Cyndi, said he would always talk in a "matter-of-fact" manner during these episodes. After a year, Ryan finally confided to her about his past life, and said: "Mom, I have something I need to tell you. I used to be somebody else." Speaking at length about Hollywood, his five marriages, vacations in Europe, his old houses, and his career as an actor / agent. Ryan stumbled upon a still in one of the books, from the 1932 movie "Night After Night" starring Mae West, and pointed to an extra in the film while shouting "That's me!". The family later found out that the man in the picture was bit-actor-turned-agent Marty Martin. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Underground Home Las Vegas

When it comes to real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location. With that said, where would a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era build a home? In Las Vegas, Nevada of course, hidden 26-feet below the ground. It's a furnished home, complete with fake clouds. To get there, you go through the completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator (or stairs) that takes you down into the secret lair. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living and should be turned into a museum if nobody decides to shell out the $1.7-million it costs to purchase the unique home. Successful businessman Girard Henderson built the home in 1978 and intended to ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Ice Suspended Trees

Photo credit: Isai76 / Reddit

There's no doubt that this winter has been harsh for many parts of the world, but sometimes, the flooding can cause some unexpected natural phenomena, such as these icy sculptures suspended from trees. At first glance, they appear to be fake images, but these are all real ice formations. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how they keep the toilets clean in Germany.

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