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Octopus Tomato Tree

There are tomato trees, and this mutant-like creation, discovered by Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, in Beijing China. He brought a few seeds back to the resort, planted them, and proceeded to set a record harvest from a single plant consisting of 32,000 tomatoes with a total weight 1,150-pounds. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Soviet Spy Satellite

Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Roman Statue Mars

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YouTube user "Paranormal Crucible" has discovered a rock that resembles the head of a Roman soldier, but is it from a larger statue? "Interesting relic I found in the Curiosity Rover archives, this one looks like a statue's head, possibly Roman inspired or very similar in design. Even without any processing or enhancement this relic stands out in the raw image, and in my opinion it's definitely not a regular rock," said Crucible. Since humans are set to land on the red planet by 2027 via the Mars One Mission, it may be a while until we can actually confirm this finding. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of battle bots duking it out for supremacy in the arena.

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Guy Marries Smartphone

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Artist Aaron Chervenak drove to The Little Las Vegas Chapel in his purple Cadillac last month to marry his smartphone. "It's not yet legal to marry smartphones, but what I hope my wedding will do is to somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show just how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives, and hopefully get other to ask the same question of themselves and their relationships," said Chervenak. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing NASA test firing a massive rocket booster that could take humans to Mars soon.

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Funniest Photoshop Troll

Photo credit: James Fridman

There's nothing wrong with using Photoshop to retouch images, as even professionals use the software for such tasks, but when you ask a prankster for help, things can get a bit weird. For example, the person above wanted to look more like Tony Stark in full Iron Man gear, but instead was Photoshopped to resemble a vitamin bottle, complete with cap and arm holes. Continue reading to see more of the hilarity that ensued when James Fridman started editing.

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Largest NERF Gun

Even NASA engineers need some time away from work, including former NASA engineer and inventor Mark Rober. So, he decided to build the world's largest functional NERF gun with friends Ryan and David of Eclectical Engineering. It boasts a wooden frame and utilizes a modified paintball tank to propel custom pool noodle / plunger darts. These projectiles exit the chamber at 40mph, which means it's something you don't want to mess with. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when an electrified powerline meets swing set.

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World's Oldest Twinkie

Roughly 40-years-ago, in 1976, then chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti at George Stevens Academy, in Maine, opened a fresh Twinkie and placed it on top of the chalkboard for observation. Today, the experiment continues because mold refuses to grow on unofficially the world's oldest Twinkie. The recommended shelf-life of a Twinkie is 25 days, but this particular specimen has been sitting in a glass case for four decades while retaining its classic shape. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Terminator 2 Movie Mistake

Terminator 2's visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. However, there were still some mistakes left in the final cut, such as T-1000's head splitting even before T-800 (Arnold) even shoots his weapon. Continue reading to see more interesting movie mistakes. Click here for a few bonus movie mistakes.

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9-Foot Giants

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YouTube user "MrMBB333" was using Google Earth to browse the Great Pyramids before stumbling upon an image he claims shows two giants walking around Giza. "That man's waist is over the top of the car. That guy is eight foot tall and not only is there one there's two. I think this guy over here is taller than him. Woah. Talk about return of the Annunaki," said MrMBB333. To view this location yourself, here are the instructions: "Go to '6th of October City', just west of Cairo. Go to Dolci St and find the little coffee cup icon. Click on the icon. Supposed to be a bakery." Continue reading for a video on the secrets of the Great Pyramids.

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Mimic Octopus

The mimic octopus is essentially a species of shape-shifting octopus capable of impersonating other local species and/or predators. They can instantly change their skin color and / or texture in order to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock, a poisonous sea snake, and even nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. It's currently the only known marine creature that can imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone who hacked a black & white television for HDMI gaming fun.

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