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Ingenious Solution

Everyone needs hydration, but when thirst hits you during the middle of a game, things can go bad really quickly. So, this 9-year-old came up with an ingenious solution that consists of two clips, a zip-lock bag, and an extra long straw. Sure, you could always wear a Camelbak, but who really needs 50-ounces of water while gaming. Continue reading for more fun and clever solutions to everyday problems.

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A real-life Batman has been spotted on the streets of Japan, and he's been dubbed "Chibatman", due to the Chiba prefecture sightings. The residents seem to know as much about Chibatman's real identity as your average Gothamite knows about Batman's, but that hasn't stopped them from making him an internet sensation. Unlike other real-life superheroes that loiter in Times Square, there have been no reports of "Chibatman" attempting to fight crime. On the other hand, unlike the real Batman, there have been several pictures and videos posted where he's seen waiting patiently (like any good citizen) in traffic. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Ghost Clock

At first glance, this appears to be a sheet covering something, but as you step closer, you'll realize that it's just all one piece of wood. That's right, this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. The drape effect was achieved by bleaching that section of wood and the base a walnut brown. According to the Smithsonian Institute, "Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity - the absence of time." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Weird Kit Kat

Photo credit: Kotaku

Green Tea Kit-Kats are nothing new, but what about Kinako Ohagi, Chunky Peanut Butter, and Ginger Ale? The origins of what is now known as the "Kit Kat" brand go back to 1911, when Rowntree's, a confectionery company based in York in the United Kingdom, trademarked the terms "Kit Cat" and "Kit Kat". Although the terms were not immediately used, the first conception of the Kit Kat appeared in the 1920s, when Rowntree launched a brand of boxed chocolates entitled "Kit Cat". This continued into the 1930s, when Rowntree's shifted focus and production onto its "Black Magic" and "Dairy Box" brands. Continue reading to see some weird, yet real, flavors from around the world.

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Classic Art Modern Technology

Photo credit: Kim Dong Kyu

What happens when you combine classic paintings with modern technology? These 5 mashups by artist Kim Dong Kyu of Korea. There's the "Girl With a Pearl Earring (and iPhone)", "Relax[-ing with Some Music]", "Balcony [Shots for Instagram]", and a couple more. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pilot attempting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Doppelganger Twin

Photo credit: Francois Brunelle

If you're constantly on the move, or are just out meeting lots of people, there have probably been some that made you look twice and not because they look strange, but rather due to them looking exactly alike. There are some superstitions such as your doppelganger being an omen of death, but many have found that to not be true. This ongoing project by Francois Brunelle, seen here before, has spanned the last fourteen years and consists of monochrome portraits of unrelated doppelgangers. To date, he has found and photographed over 230 look-alikes to date. Continue reading for more.

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You'd think any plant that hasn't been watered for even a year would be long gone, but not this garden David Latimer. His bottle garden, now almost in its 53rd year (last watered in 1972), hasn't taken up much of his time. The bottle garden, known as a terrarium, has created its own miniature ecosystem, despite being cut off from the outside world. This is made possible because it's still absorbing light to photosynthesize, the process by which plants convert sunlight into the energy they need to grow. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Funny Signs

Let's face it, driving to and from work or school isn't the most exciting of tasks, but sometimes, you'll come across a sign worth noting. For example, this truck decided to mix things up by placing a "Notice: Drivers Do Not Carry Burritos" placard on the side of their container. Other examples include: bizarre restaurant signs, hacked traffic messages, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Mystery Red Lights Pacific Ocean

A Boeing 747-8 pilot and his co-pilot spotted a mysterious orange and red glow over the Pacific Ocean, south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka, during a routine flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska. Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst said: "There were no thunderstorms on their route or weather-radar, suggesting the lightning did not originate in a storm. The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow, in a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Brazil Video Game

Brazil has full potential to be the largest market for games in Latin America, a position currently occupied by Mexico. According to Daniel Cervantes, director of games and entertainment division of Microsoft for Latin America, Brazil occupies the 15th position in world ranking of video games, with 600,000 consoles sold annually. National companies of games trying to change that with the government: in August 2006, Abragames submitted to the Ministry of Finance a plan suggesting ways of reducing the tax burden to the games. For now, the proposal is under evaluation. Continue reading for more.

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