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Spiky Shower Curtain

Say goodbye to long wasteful 15-minute showers, and hello to this spiky shower curtain by Elisabeth Buecher, which is designed to kick you out after 4-minutes. If you're still in there after when the 4-minute mark, the shower curtain inflates with colorful spikes. Fortunately, the aren't metal spikes, but rather inflatable ones that just make showering annoying, and possibly messy as the water hits off them. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bright Spots Ceres

Scientists have discovered mysterious bright spots as well as haze over a crater in Ceres. This haze, spotted by the Dawn spacecraft, can be seen at certain times of day, suggesting it could be providing some atmosphere to this area of the dwarf planet. Chris Russell, the mission's principal investigator, said: "At noontime, if you look at a glancing angle, you can see what seems to be haze. It comes back in a regular pattern." Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Julia Sound

It's like something straight from a sci-fi movie, but "Julia" actually happened. A bizarre sound was recorded on March 1, 1999 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was sufficiently loud to be heard over the entire Equatorial Pacific Ocean autonomous hydrophone array for at least 3,000-miles. The unidentified sound lasted for about 15 seconds. Due to the uncertainty of the arrival azimuth, the point of origin could be between Bransfield Straits and Cape Adare. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a $725-million ranch in Texas you can actually buy.

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Mutant Daisies

Images, posted by Twitter user @San_kaido from Nasushiobara city, located about 110kms from Fukushima, of mutant daisies are going viral online, 4-years after the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The white flowers are claimed to be the latest in the long-list of victims, which have experienced deformation over nuclear disasters. San_kaido said: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 uSv/h at 1m above the ground." Continue reading for more images and information.

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Sea Slug Photosynthesize

At first glance, this appears to be an other-worldly alien creature, but it's just a Costasiella kuroshimae, also known as a "Leaf Sheep". Unlike other sea slugs, the cartoon-like kuroshimae feeds on algae, and is one of the only animals in the world that can photosynthesize. In other words, they suck out the chloroplasts from algate and incorporate them into their own bodies in a process called kleptoplasty, essentially making them solar-powered slugs. They can be found in waters near Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Fried Bacon Seaweed

Bacon lovers rejoice! Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new type of seaweed that tastes just like fried bacon. Not even kidding. The strain is based on a type of dulse - a common sea vegetable popular in Asian cooking for its high protein content. This red marine algae is not only fast-growing, but super nutritious as well, packed with up to 16% protein by dry weight as well as being an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Continue reading for another picture of the seaweed and more information.

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Flower That Becomes Transparent

Officially known as Diphylleia, a group of small flowers in the Berberidaceae family described as a genus in 1803, these skeleton flowers have white petals that turn transparent with rain. When it stops raining, they revert to white when dried. According to researchers, they're native to the eastern United States and eastern Asia - mainly Japan, China and the Appalachian Mountains Continue reading for more pictures and a short video that depicts what happens to the flower when it starts raining..

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Real-Life Ecto 1

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Paul Harborne, from Sedgley, West Midlands, England, bought a rare 1960 Cadillac miller-meteor in 2010 and spent the past 3-years, along with $156,000, transforming it into the iconic Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. He said: "I do get some weird looks when I'm out and about in it - people look at me like 'what on earth are you doing'. You get all sorts of weird and wonderful comments, it has a good effect on people. Someone even asked us once if we were from the air ambulance service!" Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Rabbit Sea Slug

Sea slugs and the internet usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a fluffy bunny. "This tiny sea slug's bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan, where photos of them have become popular," according to Bored Panda. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Citroen Karin

For those who've always wanted to drive a spaceship on Earth, look no further than the 1980 Citroen Karin, a pyramidal-shaped concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980. Designed by Trevor Fiore, the exterior of this bizarre car incorporated flush glass panels, faired rear wheels, and butterfly doors. The roof of the Karin was only the size of an A3 sheet of paper due to its truncated pyramid shape. One of the Karin's most noticeable interior features was the unique three-seat layout with the driver located in the middle of the two passengers. Also among its features were a 4-cylinder engine, front wheel drive, and a hydropneumatic suspension like the Citroen DS. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog who lands an amazing accidental front flip.

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