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You'd think that a scorching hot summer day with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) would mean lots of sunshine, but not for this Siberian beach. A freak hailstorm suddenly occurred and one sunbather said: "It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky." While another woman noted, "My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it." Continue reading for the video.

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The mind-bending pictures above may look Photoshopped, but rest assured they are as real as can be. We've rounded up images of Dubai "Cloud City", a floating faucet illusion at Aqualand, Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, the "Black House" in Germany, the world's largest goldfish captured in France, and then Billy Owen holding his prosthetic eye. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to test drive a Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.

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When viewed from the outside, this structure in Bangkok, Thailand doesn't look like much, but it was once the bustling New World Mall. Built in 1982 by the Kaew Fah Plaza Company, the 11-story New World Mall enjoyed a brief period of success, Unfortunately, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) shut the mall down 15-years later in 1997 when they realized that the owner had obtained permission to construct only four floors. They then destroyed the seven upper levels and a subsequent fire in 1999 left the mall roofless. Without cover, rainwater filled the basement and this pool of stagnant water soon became a breeding place for mosquitoes. So, local vendors decided to release a few fish into the water, to get rid of them. Soon, the fish began to multiply and take over the once stagnant, mosquito-laden waters. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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While there probably isn't much use for a "Cash Cannon" in daily life, we could imagine something like this being useful at parties. The company describes it "as a toy that dispenses paper items in a rapid but user controlled manner. The preferred item of choice to dispense is of course cash but any item that fits in the loading compartment and out of the slot will work with the device. The Cash Cannon is the first device that performs this function and is simple enough in terms of design to be mass manufactured for the public use." Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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Scientifically speaking, hybrids refer to an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera. Here are some cool hybrids from the animal kingdom that you might not have known exist in nature, which include the Zonkey, Leopon, and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of The Onion's take on video game customization being taken to new heights.

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Being at the right place and time doesn't always turn out the way you expect, especially when they involve things in the background. For example, it appears as if this boy is holding a lightsaber and / or using The Force while riding a horse, but that's actually just sunlight shining through a crack in the barn door. Continue reading for more funny photos that were taken at the right time and angle.

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The Social Pool installation is a public pool unlike any other. Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia is the mastermind behind this project and decided to construct it on an isolated stretch of the Mojave Desert. It's basically an 11ft x 5ft pool that features a solar-powered filtration system, and a lockable cover. Continue reading for a video news report and what it takes to access this pool.

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Photo credit: Sebastian Magnani

This followup to Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani's series Underdogs basically matches cats with their respective owners. To create these interesting photos, he first shot the owners and their cats in the same portrait style. Next, Magani spent 6-8 hours on each set of images, splicing them together. These photos were shot all over Switzerland and the results are quite weird to say the least. Continue reading to see them all.

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Despite coming across them regularly, there are still tons of vending machines that you probably haven't seen, including ones that dispense umbrellas, Skittles, ceramic dining ware for anger release, LEGO sets, and even soft serve ice cream. Click here to view the first image in this week's internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an optical illusion painting that will blow your mind.

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Called the White Goat, this gigantic machine turns shredded office paper into rolls of TP. That's right, simply feed 40 A4 sheets into the machine, and in 30-minutes, you'll have one roll coming off the assembly line. The machine actually takes the shredded paper and transfers it to a pulper, where it's dissolved in water, thinned out into wet paper, dried, and lastly, rolled into regular-sized toilet paper. One cavet: it'll set you back a cool $100,000 - not too bad actually, if you plan on running a toilet paper roll business. Continue reading for the video.

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