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Apple Bookstore Romania

With physical bookstores in the states closing in droves, it'll only be a matter of time before Barnes & Noble shuts its doors for good. However, they're still going strong in Romania, or so we think after Carturesti Carusel (The Carousel of Light) opened in Bucharest, Romania. Previously, it was a XIX century structure that was completely transformed into a minimalist, Apple Store-style bookstore. In all, there are 6-floors filled with 10,000 books, 5,000 albums and even DVDs. You'll find a coffee shop on the top floor, a multimedia space in the basement and a modern art gallery dedicated on the first floor. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Dementia Village

The isolated Dutch village of Hogewey looks normal on the surface, but each and every one of the 152-residents in this town is being constantly monitored. Why? Hogewey is an elder care facility for those who suffer from dementia. Unofficially called "Dementia Village", its administrators take great care to maintain the illusion that life is normal for the residents, so that the patients have no idea that their home is actually a mental institution. The residents do not live in wards, but rather in groups of 6-7 to a house, with 1-2 caretakers. The homes are furnished according to the time period when the residents' short-term memories stopped functioning properly - i.e. the 1950s, 1970s, and the 2000s, all accurate right down to the tablecloths. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Mysterious Beam of Light

An electrical power plant substation exploded in Escanaba, Michigan over a weekago, knocking out power and causing rolling blackouts for days in the area. Eyewitnesses recorded a beam of light either shooting out of the station or if even possible, something shooting a beam straight down. The explosion occurred at approximately 1:30am. Power immediately went out throughout the city and residents there were asked to keep non-electric furnaces on due to the cold weather or move to a local shelter. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Polar Bear London

At first glance, this looks like a giant polar bear roaming the streets of London, but it's actually an animatronic creature of sorts. You see Sky Atlantic created this polar bear to promote an upcoming television show. It took 19 prop specialists eight weeks to design and build the high-tech puppet from 60 kinds of material. Two puppeteers studied the movements of real polar bears before they stepped inside of the creature. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Audi R8 Destroyed

This woman discovered that her husband was cheating and decided to take revenge by destroying his beloved Audi R8. As you can see in the images, some type of hammer or handheld device was used to smash all of the windows, the dashboard, speedometer, taillights, engine cover, radio console, and more. In other words, this car is now a total loss and will need to be salvaged by the insurance company. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 10-year-old girl who beats NBA superstar Stephen Curry in a 3-point shootout.

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Tuna Crab

Zoe Butler from Nottingham, England, opened a can of Princess tuna for lunch last month and discovered a strange creature looking back at her. According to a company representative, the creature is a Megalopa, a very small, immature crab and "poses no food safety risk." Continue reading to see what the creature looks like now.

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Batman Turkey

Batman is a real city in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey and the capital of Batman Province. It lies on a plateau, 540 meters above sea level, near the confluence of the Batman River and the Tigris. This city even has a local airport and a military airbase, which was used for transit of aircraft and helicopters in some search and rescue operations of the Gulf War. However, in recent times, the mayor of Batman is trying to sue Warner Brothers for illegally using the city's name. Continue reading for more.

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USB Project Wall

When you see a USB drive randomly sticking out of a wall, the last thing you'd think of would probably be an anonymous file sharing network, but that's exactly what this project is all about. Started 4-years-ago by Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl, "Dead Drops" encompasses a wide variety of file types, including movies, games, television shows, comics, family videos, photos and even art projects. To partake in "Dead Drops", you need to first find or create a hole in a wall, crack open the USB drive, wrap it in waterproof tape and then place it in the hole, with only the port exposed. To ensure that it doesn't fall out, use fast-setting concrete to cement the stick into the crack or hole. The largest capacity drive so far was is located in Sydney - a 120GB drive installed by a Chinese exchange student. Continue reading for a video, more information and a link to the Dead Drops database page.

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James Robertson Detroit

All it takes is a little spark for something to go viral online, and this time, it's for a great cause. James Robertson from Detroit has been walking 21-miles a day to get to and from work for over a decade, in rain, snow, or shine. This inspired a Michigan college student to launch a crowdfunding campaign to buy him a car. Thanks to the generosity of strangers, the campaign has raised more than $274,000 in just a few days. Robertson begins his day at 8am, catching several buses that take him to a Troy, Michigan mall - buses don't cover the entire 23-mile route - before he walks to Schain Mold & Engineering, where he begins his 2pm - 10pm shift. He's been making the same commute to the plant since 2005, when his 1988 Honda Accord broke down for good. Continue reading for an updated news report and the Gofundme page.

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TransAsia Plane Crash

TransAsia Airways announced that one of their planes with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into Keelung River shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and leaving two dozen missing. Currently there are 15 known people survivors, including a small child, after the plane lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with its port-side wing and crashed upside down in the shallow water. Continue reading for a video of the survivors and wreckage.

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