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YotaPhone 2

Not just any phone, the YotaPhone 2 has two fully-functional displays, with one being on the rear casing. It's powered by Android 4.4.3, a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 PRO-AA processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of integrated storage, a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED touchscreen up front, and a 4.7-inch e-ink touch display on the back. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Cool Things Spotted in Clouds

Carl Sagan once hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are "hard-wired" from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces. This is particularly true with the clouds we see in the sky, and these five images are perfect examples. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a little girl dancing in an NYC subway station that's designed to melt your heart.

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Shrimp Fry Cannon

Japan-based DoCoMo has unveiled a food cannon system that's capable of firing shrimp through the air at breakneck speed towards a drenching of flour, eggs and breadcrumbs before hurtling towards a flamethrower, where they are flash-fried to perfection. In the video, you'll see two ladies pour beaten eggs into a large silver canteen, then inverted triangular containers filled with flour, and last, but not least, a glass air cannon, which the shrimp have been stuffed into. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Weird Christmas Gifts

Photo credit: Reddit

Reddit recently started a thread that asked its users what has been the worst present(s) they've ever received for Christmas, and these were some of the responses. Starting off, we have someone who received a 6-pack of batteries with only 4 units inside the package. Other strange things include: a Magic Eye 3D poster book for someone blind in one eye, a 10-year-old that received a cooking wok, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Giant Stick Insect

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

At first glance, this look like a tree branch, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's actually a gigantic stick insect, the second largest ever discovered in fact. Meausring 54cm with its legs spread, this Phryganistria heusii yentuensis was found in the Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, 150km northeast of the Vietnam capital Hanoi. They captured the insect by simply beating trees with a pole until the it fell to the ground. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Gate to Hell

The Door to Hell is basically a natural gas field in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan, noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petroleum engineers in 1971. It's fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance. The name "Door to Hell" was given to the field by the locals, referring to the fire, boiling mud, and orange flames in the large crater, which has a diameter of 70 metres (230 ft). Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Ann Arbor Fairy Doors

They're officially known as the Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, and this series of tiny hidden first one appeared in the baseboards of the home of Jonathan and Kathleen Wright in 1993. Subsequently several others were discovered in their home; in the fireplace surround and two in the kitchen. On April 7, 2005 the first was seen in public on the exterior of Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea. Since then, ten more have shown up around Ann Arbor (as well as a "goblin door" parody), and seven of the original "public" doors still exist.

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Obama Mars Face

Photo credit: Daily Mail

UFO researchers have spotted yet another face on Mars, but this time, they claim to have spotted Barack Obama's likeness on the Red Planet. Taken by the Spirit rover, this rock apparently bears uncanny semblance to the current President's head, and it could very well may be part of a statue. Scott Waring says, "From the way its standing up I would say that it is a full statue, but is buried from the shoulders down. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Gift of Nothing

Gift of Nothing is exactly like it sounds...a nice pre-packaged half sphere of just air. While the oxygen we breathe is free, this particular item will set you back $8.98, though shipping is free. According to the packaging: "Congratulations! You have received the gift of nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is the ultimate in minimalism. Less is more, more is less. Nothing is precious. Nothing is simple. Nothing is sacred. Open the pack and be enthralled when nothing happens. Allow nothing to flow through your mind and calm your soul. Savor the moment. Soon you'll discover that nothing really is so much better than something." Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Construction Failures

Some construction blunders, like a missing screw or misplaced sign, can be forgiven, but these seven FAILS just defy explanation. Whether it be creating a staircase that was incorrectly measured or a ceiling fan designed to obliterate walls, you'll find them above. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a little 5-year-old girl who decided to let a cow inside the house.

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