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Truck Tent

Truck tents are nothing new, but this clever model includes sleeping space for two, a dining table, and benches that can be folded down to form yet another bed if needed. When designers think outside the box, ideas like this, become a reality. Sure, some of them look ridiculous, but they actually make sense if you think about it. Other examples include: clocks that knit scarfs, a dollhouse made from a real boot and more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Bioluminscence Phenomenon Beach

Photo credit: Remco Douma via My Modern Met

Remco Douma, a Dutch photographer who resides in Uruguay, managed to capture the crazy, yet beautiful, bioluminescence phenomena at Brava beach near Punta del Este. The "Sea Sparkles" he photographed were caused by a non-toxic, dinoflagellate species called Alexandrium fraterculus. Dinoflagellate bioluminescence is controlled by circadian rhythms and only occurs at night. More than 18 genera of dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, and the majority of them emit a blue-green light. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the oldest footage of London ever.

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UV Thread Room

This is not a light painting illusion, just a real installation by French artist Julien Salaud, called "Stellar Cave". Each piece of art you see is made of cotton thread coated with ultraviolet paint, and then woven into the shapes of stunning creatures. Thousands of nails are used to form a glowing tapestry that transforms the room into a unique grotto. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Hatton Garden Heist

The Hatton Garden heist may sound like something straight from a movie (Ocean's 11), but it's a real robbery that happened in London. Approximately 72 safe deposit boxes were raided at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd in central London over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Inside the main vault, discarded safe deposit boxes, power tools, including an angle grinder and concrete drills, as well as crowbars, were discovered. Above, we see a 45cm (17.7in) wide hole made by a heavy duty drill in which the thieves used to enter the vault. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Branching and Looping Table

At first glance, this looping wooden table looks like an optical illusion, but it's a real furniture piece designed by artist Michael Beitz, called "Not Now". It's basically an 8-foot-long tangle of looping wood with an "anti-social design." There's also "Tree Picnic," a functional 50-foot-long picnic table that branches like a tree at the Michigan Riley Farm in Buffalo, New York. These sculptures were on display at the Maybe Later at the Roswell Museum and Art Center last year. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Freedom Cove Island

Building something on an artificial island isn't anything new - Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong International Airport, etc. - but rarely do we see one floating miles from civilization. Introducing Freedom Cove. Built by Canadian couple Wayne Adams and Catherine King, the complex consists of 12 separate platforms, which support wooden buildings, greenhouses, a lighthouse, along with living spaces that are all interconnected through wooden pathways. Fruit and vegetables are grown year round in several greenhouses, while electricity is generated through solar panels / photovoltaic energy generators. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ice Cream Burrito

What do you get when you combine the classic burrito shape with freshly-made ice cream? Ben & Jerry's "BRRR-ito." Simply put, this sweet concoction contains two scoops of your favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and then it's topped with a fudge drizzle as well as crispy cookie crumbs before being rolled up into a chewy waffle wrap. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Real Kermit Frog

Researcher Brian Kubicki discovered a new species of glass frog that looks just like Kermit from The Muppets, complete with translucent skin so you can see its insides. Officially named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, it was found in the mountains of eastern Costa Rica Its 'advertisement call' consists of 'a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note with a duration of 0.40-0.55 s...and a dominant frequency of 3.35-3.44 kHz'. This call is used to find a mate in the mountain forests. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Earthflow Phenomenon Russia

In Russia, land slides you, or at least that's what internet meme experts have been saying. One thing's for sure, many would start running immediately at the sigh of soil and rubble creeping towards them as if it had a life of its own. A Russian YouTube user managed to capture this bizarre earthflow phenomenon, a rare type of landslide, on video. Technically speaking, it's a viscous flow of fine-grained materials, such as clay / sand / silt that have been saturated with water and moves downhill due to the pull of gravity. As it runs down a slope, the earthflow remains covered with any vegetation and typically leaves a bowl-shaped depression behind. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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3D Printed Shoes

Some would say that architecture and fashion go hand in hand. These unique 3D-printed shoes that by 3D Systems show why. They were designed by five of the world's greatest living architects: Ben van Berkel, Fernando Romero, Michael Young, Ross Lovegrove and Zaha Hadid. Many of these would fit in right at a museum, like for example Young's creation, titled "Young Shoe," uses an intricate lattice pattern that camouflages the foot when worn. Continue reading for more.

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