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Pink Pineapple

Del Monte Fresh Produce spent the past decade working on a pink pineapple, and they've finally received FDA approval to sell them in the United States. They're currently being grown in Costa Rica and Hawaii, thanks to scientists who figured out how to genetically engineer the variety to produce lower levels of an enzyme present in conventional pineapple that converts the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Translucent Glass Frog


The world's first naturally fluorescent frog has been discovered in Argentina by scientists at the Bernardino Rivadaiva Natural Sciences Museum. They made the discovery while studying the metabolic origin of pigments in a tree-frog species common to South America. Under normal light, the animal's translucent skin is a muted yellowish-brown color with red dots, but under ultraviolet light, it turns a celestial green. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Real Elf

Cosplay is nothing new, but 25-year-old Luis Padron from Argentina, wanted to take things to the next level. So, he spent $35,000 on surgery, and other various cosmetic procedures, to transform himself into a real-life elf. To date, he's received 40 fillers, Botox injections, jaw liposuction, a nose job, laser skin bleaching, full body hair removal, and a dangerous operation to change the color of his eyes from brown to crystal blue. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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