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Buddhist Oil

A YouTube video of a monk sitting calmly in a vat of hot oil has already been more than a million times, and is also seen sharing his magical powers with others by touching objects that they pass to him. Apparently, they believe that his touch can make their amulets or pieces of fabric powerful / lucky, and these objects are then sold to the locals and other places of worship. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Unnecessarily Gendered Products

There are some gender-specific items we understand, but for the most part, there really doesn't need to be a "for women" version. Starting off, there are these toy laptops with a "girl" version that has half the functions of the "boys" model, and priced accordingly. Other examples include: hammers, binoculars, and lots more. Continue reading to see more unnecessarily gendered products that will make you wonder.

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Blue Objects Shore

These mysterious blue objects washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and while they look like something out of a sci-fi flick, they're actually just Velella. In other words, jelly-like "purple sails" that are known to flood California beaches in the springtime. Fortunately, they make for some interesting photos and land wherever the breeze takes them. Continue reading for more.

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Ice Hummock Candy

Photo credit: Alexey Trofimov

At first glance, this looks like a surreal frozen landscape that was either computer-generated or made in a movie studio, but they're real ice formations captured by Alexey Trofimov at Lake Baikal in southern Siberia. According to Alex: "These unique frozen formations are in fact called ice hummocks. The knolls are created in part by pressure that develops gradually and unevenly in the layer of ice that covers Lake Baikal in winter. The physical make-up and temperature of the ice sheet then also become imbalanced, and hence the hummocks form and rise above the frozen surface." Continue reading for more picures.

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Mysterious Flash Russia

A mysterious silent flash lit up the Russian night sky yesterday, and it has baffled researchers while sparking theories of extraterrestrial activity. Weather experts claim that the blue and white burst of light that illuminated Stavropol in southern Russia, is not a natural phenomenon, since it was not accompanied by any sound. Adding to the strangeness is the fact that the flash actually made the city's street lights briefly go out. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Random Gadgets Inventions

For a cool $58,000, you too could own a real golf cart hovercraft, which is designed to easily glide over sand traps as well as water hazards on a cushion of air. Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels it up to a top speed of 45mph and 9-inches off the ground without harming the grass. The fan's streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole game, and transports up to 4 passengers beneath a lift-up roof or 2 golf bags in an open rear compartment. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today.

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World's Largest Stingray

A stingray weighing nearly 800-pounds, measuring in at 8-feet wide and 14-feet long, was caught by American TV show host Jeff Corwin on the Mae Klong river in Thailand earlier this week. It was so large that several men on board a small fishing boat had to take it in turns to help on the rod during the 2-hour ordeal. After getting it alongside the boat the ray was pulled into a specially-prepared pen where 7 people lifted it out of the water so it could be properly measured. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Blooming Flower Dessert

This looks like a simple dessert, but after pouring some cream on the dish, you'll can watch it bloom like a flower. This is the creation of Chef Joaquim Sousa at the Ipsylon Restuarant inside The Oitavos Hotel in Cascais, Portugal. We're not sure if you're able to order just this dessert, or if a course-based prix fixe meal, but either way it's definitely worth a taste if you're in the area. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy foot archer.

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Stray Dog Revenge

One driver in China did not follow the saying "let sleeping dogs lie," and he paid the price. This person drove home one day in Chongqing to find a stray dog lying in his favorite parking spot, so he got out and kicked it. Well, a short while later, the animal returned with some of its pals and chewed up the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the driver's car. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Emergency Nap Kit

There are travel kits and then this "Emergency Nap Kit", which consists of two items: an inflatable mattress and a full-body sleep suit. When you only got an hour or less of sleep the night before, and want a slightly comfortable place to sleep while on the go, just roll this mattress on the floor, zip up the suit (acts as a blanket of sorts), and you'll be ready to snooze. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of urban biking like you've never seen before.

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