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Hot Air Balloon Festival

Just when you thought you've seen it all, this Darth Vader hot air balloon shows up. According to Hi Consumption, "Originally the concept was just a joke, but after a few loose ends were tied with Steve Sansweet from Lucasfilm, these die hard Star Wars fans dream became a reality with this incredible Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon." Continue reading for more.

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Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast spans from Namibia to Angola, and sounds like a place you'd find Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out at. The Bushmen of the Namibian Interior call the desolate place "The Land God Made in Anger," complete with animals remains and rusted boats. The name Skeleton Coast was invented by John Henry Marsh as the title for the book he wrote chronicling the shipwreck of the Dunedin Star. Since the book was first published in 1944 it has become so well known that the coast is now generally referred to as Skeleton Coast and is given that as its official name on most maps today. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Homeless Photographer

Photo credit: Symbiosis Photography

Justin Brosey is a talented photographer who had to go through some rough times. During better years, his work was published in National Geographic, but that's not the most interesting part of his story. After losing a steady job, Brosey decided to move himself, his girlfriend, and his 7-year-old daughter into the forest. Despite being technically homeless, he still takes amazing photographs with an old Canon 60D and a "malfunctioning EF100mm macro lens". All of these shots are uploaded to the internet when he can make it into a WiFi-enabled coffee shop. Continue reading to see some of his latest work.

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Breathe Underwater

Thanks to specially synthesized crystalline materials, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have invented a substance capable of absorbing and storing oxygen in such high concentrations that a mere bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is then able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when needed, so a few grains is enough to replace the big and bulky scuba tanks. Continue reading to see what the actual crystals look like.

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Drinkable Book

Approximately 3.4-million-people die each year from water-related diseases across the world. WATERisLIFE teamed up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to do something about it. Costing just a few pennies to manufacture, "The Drinkable Book" both teaches water hygiene and serves as an advanced filter that kills deadly bacteria as well as diseases. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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How to Read Russian

Always wanted to learn Russian? This handy infographic should definitely help you out. Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language. Another important aspect is the reduction of unstressed vowels. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Batman Evolution by The Piano Guys.

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McDonalds Cookies and Cream Pie

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Now that you've seen the strangest Lay's flavors, weirdest Doritos flavors, Pepsi flavors and strangest Pringles flavors from around the world, it's time to check out more strange items from the world's largest fast food hamburger chain. What you're looking at above is a limited edition Cookies'N Cream pie that was available at McDonalds locations in Canada. As you can see, it's exactly as it sounds, an Oreo infused outer layer with cream filling on the inside. Now get yourself a cold glass of milk, and have the perfect after work / school snack. That is just one of the many cool and unusual items you won't find in the states - minus #8, which can be found in Hawaii. Continue reading to see them all.

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Iceland Police

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BBC reports that Iceland, the most sparsely populated country in Europe with a population of 325,671 and an area of 103,000 km2, has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. Their police officers are all unarmed, partially due to 'hard drugs' usage being low and tensions between economic classes virtually non-existent. Reykjavik is Iceland's capital and also largest city of Iceland. Reykjavik's Metropolitan Police Department has a very popular Instagram account that posts their daily antics. Continue reading for more.

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Indian Man Cuts Down Mountain

In 1967, Dashrath Majhi's wife, Falguni Devi was injured and needed immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, the nearest town with a doctor was located 70 km away, as he had to travel around the Gehlour mountain hills; as a result, his wife died from the lack of timely medical treatment. Dashrath was taken aback with the loss of his wife. He realized that his village was situated in the lap of rocky hills and so the villagers would often face lot of trouble crossing the small distance between Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town. Given this to consider, Dashrath then committed himself to manually producing a shorter route. This was done in hopes of potentially limiting or preventing the outcome he and his wife suffered. Continue reading for more people who make the world a better place.

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Y-40 Deepest Pool

Y-40 sounds like the name of a sci-fi flick, but it's currently the world's deepest indoor swimming pool, located in the small Italian town of Montegrotto Terme. Measuring 21 X 18 meters (69 X 59 feet) with a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet), it contains approximately 4,300 cubic meters of spa water and is kept at the constant temperature of 32°C - 34°C (about 90°F). Continue reading for a Y-40 free diving video as well as the entire inauguration ceremony.

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