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Guinea Pig Road

There are normal streets, highways / freeways, and then this guinea pig road at the Nagasaki Bio Park Zoo in Japan. Simply put, it's an ingenious way of moving large herds of guinea pigs between enclosures. When the zoo's staff needs to move the furry creatures from one play enclosure to another, they extend a makeshift suspension bridge to get the job done in an orderly fashion. Continue reading to watch the forever looping video.

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Hyperloop Train

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, unveiled a futuristic plan for a new type of transport a year ago that would shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound. He suggests that it would take a mere half hour to travel the 381 mile distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which is approximately half the time it takes by plane. The Hyperloop concept is based on the pneumatic tubes that fire capsules of paperwork between floors in offices, but in this case, they would carry peoplein low-pressure tubes to minimize turbulence and maximize speed. Continue reading for another video of Elon Musk explaining the idea and more information.

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Charge Your Gadgets

Power banks are dime a dozen now days, but when you're looking for an out-of-the-box charging solution, these five products should do the trick. They range from a Darth Vader-inspired mask charger to one that requires you to pedal (at Paris Gare du Nord) to keep the power flowing. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for viral video of this year's "People Are Awesome" compilation.

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TRON GT-R

Why settle for a standard Nissan GT-R, when you could have one that looks to be straight from the TRON universe? According to Zeng Chaoyi, a car tuner in China, the trend of covering vehicles with reflective 3M vinyl tape is the current rage. This particular vehicle was spotted in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. The owner adjusted parts of the wrap to make it more impressive, covering even vents on the bonnet. Continue reading for more cool and unusual cars you won't believe exist.

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Stepping on Lava

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you step on molten lava? Neuroscientist Alex Rivest decided to find out on a recent vacation to Kilauea, Hawaii, when his tour guide offered to step onto a pool of the 700°C to 1,200°C molten rock. Rivest says, "While this may not be surprising (it is liquid rock), I think that many people think of lava as more of a hot-watery-like substance. You would never fall into a lava lake the way you would a swimming pool, the molten rock is much more dense, so you would simply land on it, sink a little, and be burned." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Smiling Gator

A crocodile's physical traits allow it to be a successful predator. Its external morphology is a sign of its aquatic and predatory lifestyle. Its streamlined body enables it to swim swiftly, it also tucks its feet to the side while swimming, which makes it faster by decreasing water resistance. While the words "cute" and "adorable" usually don't come to mind when describing these reptiles, but the image above begs to differ. Continue reading for more cool reptiles captured at the perfect place and time.

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GAEMS Vanguard

GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment is exactly as it sounds, an accessory that transforms your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, or PS4 into a fully portable system. It comes with an integrated 19-inch LED HD display, stereo speakers, and dual headphone jacks for the ultimate immersive gaming experience no matter where you are. Product page. Continue reading for another video preview, more pictures and additional information.

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Funny Craigslist Ad

Craigslist is good for many things, such as home rentals, finding someone to fix a cracked iPhone screen, and apparently, selling koalas. This Denver man has crafted the perfect ad, with both good and bad points. Best of all, this koala loves going for car rides. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guy who kicks the crap out of an arcade game.

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Boba Fett Veloster

Rebekah Stieg Knuth, an artist at Knuthart Studios, has just unveiled her latest project: a Boba Fett-themed Hyundai Veloster that looks to be straight from the Star Wars universe, battle worn paint job and all. She officially named her car "Ivor Fett," and all the work you see is custom, with the wrap installation performed by Josh Bevers and Tom Hrubesky of Fastsigns in Appleton, Wisconsin. Continue reading for more images of the geeky car after the break.

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Hurdy Gurdy

You might think this is a futuristic weapon of some sort, but it's just a Hurdy Gurdy. This is basically a stringed instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents - small wedges, typically made of wood - against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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