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Pig Island

Pig Island is an uninhabited island (or cay) located in Exuma, the Bahamas, and known for being populated by many swimming feral pigs. The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas. The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach by the locals. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Cube Home

It looks to be a scene straight from an apocalyptic movie, but this home is no optical illusion generated by digital artists. Atelier 8000, a Czech architectural, has constructed a cubical home set on its side, called the Kezmarske Hut. It was built to provide sustainable, year-round, off-the-grid shelter for adventurers. Its unique exterior consists of aluminum, glass, and photovoltaic panels. Plus, there's also a wraparound patio for when the weather gets warmer. Continue reading for more images and information.

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UFO Encounter Strange

Fredrick Valentich radioed Melbourne Flight Service at 7:06 PM to report an unidentified aircraft was following him at 4,500 feet and was told there was no known traffic at that level. Valentich said he could see a large unknown aircraft which appeared to be illuminated by four bright landing lights. He was unable to confirm its type, but said it had passed about 1,000 feet overhead and was moving at high speed. Valentich then reported that the aircraft was approaching him from the east and said the other pilot might be purposely toying with him. He said the aircraft was "orbiting" above him and that it had a shiny metal surface and a green light on it. Asked to identify the aircraft, Valentich radioed, "It isn't an aircraft" when his transmission was interrupted by unidentified noise described as being "metallic, scraping sounds" before all contact was lost. A sea and air search was undertaken that included oceangoing ship traffic, a P-3 Orion aircraft, plus eight civilian aircraft. The search encompassed over 1,000 square miles. Search efforts ceased on 25 October 1978. Continue reading for more.

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Diamonds Are Forever

In 1947, a real-life copywriter named Frances Gerety coined the phrase "A Diamond Is Forever." Fast forward to 2014, Switzerland-based company Algordanza aims to make that phrase a reality (prices start at $4,474) by compressing, super-heating your cremated ashes and turning them into a man-made diamond that can be worn. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Solvay Hut

This is not an optical illusion, but rather a real hut. Called "The Solvay Hut", this mountain hut is located on the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais. At 4,003 metres (13,133 ft) it is the highest mountain hut owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, but can be used only in case of emergency. The Hornli Hut lying on the same ridge is the starting point of the normal route to the summit. It was built in 1915, 50 years after the first ascent of the Matterhorn which took place on the same ridge. It offers 10 beds and is equipped with a radiotelephone. The hut was named after its founder Ernest Solvay, a Belgian chemist and industrialist. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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232 Extra Teeth

Ashik Gavai, a 17-year-old teenager from Mumbai, India, had an astonishing 232 teeth-like growths extracted from his mouth. The entire ordeal began when he complained about a swelling in his lower jaw and was admitted to JJ Hospital where doctors discovered that the teen had complex odontoma. This condition, commonly occurring during the teenage years, results in haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths composed of enamel, dentin, and pulp tissue. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast spans from Namibia to Angola, and sounds like a place you'd find Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out at. The Bushmen of the Namibian Interior call the desolate place "The Land God Made in Anger," complete with animals remains and rusted boats. The name Skeleton Coast was invented by John Henry Marsh as the title for the book he wrote chronicling the shipwreck of the Dunedin Star. Since the book was first published in 1944 it has become so well known that the coast is now generally referred to as Skeleton Coast and is given that as its official name on most maps today. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lion Living with Family

Actress Tippi Hedren, her husband Noel Marshall, and their actress daughter Melanie Griffith, wanted to make a movie about lions after a trip to Africa. Animal trainer Ron Oxley said that the best way "to get to know about lions" is by living with them. So, they decided to have Neil the lion live with them, and it was documented by LIFE photographer Michael Rougier during the 1970s. Continue reading to watch the full "Roar" movie and for more pictures.

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Hammock Festival

Festivals, such as Coachella, can be exciting to attend, but it's definitely nothing like the International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana. Highline Meeting brings together the world's most extreme slackliners. Approximately 18 highlines are set up, ranging from 18 feet high to more than 300 feet off the ground. For those not afraid of heights, a mere $40 gets you a place at one of the most dangerous napping places in the world. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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V8 Chainsaw

Photo credit: Hot Rod

Unlike other chainsaws, this one, built by the team at Whitlands Engineering from Victoria, Australia, is powered by a 4.1L Holden-sourced V8 engine. Just for reference, this engine has the power to mow right through performance 550m hardwood in just 2.4 seconds, and with ease. It's been outfitted with a 3/4 Harvester chain along with a 1000mm Harvester bar. Earmuffs are required when standing anywhere near the 120-horsepower beast when it's in use. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a cyclist who definitely does not put safety first.

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