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JAG BBQ Grill Table for 8

From afar, this looks like any other large outdoor table for 8 people, but once you fire it up, everyone sitting around JAG will be able to grill their own food. Shaped like a giant octagon, this table is basically communal grilling station, with a massive firepit in the center. As you can see, there are 8 individual grilling stations for all your guests as well as a wooden tabletop for enjoying the food. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one showing what happens to antacid tablets in space, when combined with water.

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Funny Coincidence

Nintendo may not have modeled the N64 after a koala, but when you look at it upside down, the case does slightly resemble the animal, or so the internet thinks. As most of you already know, there's an official term for this, pareidolia, which is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern - like a face - where none actually exists. Continue reading for more everyday coincidences that cannot be unseen.

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NES Cartridge Hard Drive Mod

Photo credit: Cheesey24 / Imgur

Repurposing an old game cartridge isn't something new, but this is one of the first projects we've seen with a custom label. Imgur user "cheesey24" started with an old hard drive and a Championship Bowling cartridge, but gutting the latter wasn't the easiest of tasks. Since Nintendo uses custom screws, he had to make his own tool - using an old runner from a model kit and a lighter to mold it - before cracking open the case. After some dremeling, a custom label from UnconventionalHacker and securing the hard drive, the rest is history. Continue reading to see the project from start to finish.

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Old Hard Drive 1950s IBM

Hard drives with massive storage capacities are getting smaller, but back in 1956, it was an entirely different story. Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Assembled with covers, the 350 was 60 inches long, 68 inches high and 29 inches deep. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters, for a capacity of 5 million characters. Disks rotated at 1,200 rpm, tracks (20 to the inch) were recorded at up to 100 bits per inch, and typical head-to-disk spacing was 800 micro-inches. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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Most Realistic Racing Simulator

There are racing simulators, and then this high-tech piece of wizardry. Officially called "The Most Realistic Racing Simulator," it was selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, and the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. In other words, it's as close as you'll get to simulating entering a turn at 200MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, at home. The chassis' front end even dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron. One caveat: it costs $185,000. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Chromecast HDMI Streaming

Get a Google Chromecast + $10 Amazon GC for just $29.99, today only, originally $39.99. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorite shows to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. Product page - be sure to add both items into your cart before checking out for the discount. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Empulse TT Electric Motorcycle


Victory Motorcycle's Empulse TT is basically a street legal, electric super bike that is built on the same platform that set an American lap-speed record at the Isle of Man. This motorbike quickly accelerates up to 100MPH+ and the battery is not only good for 140-miles on a single charge, but recharging it fully only takes 3.5-hours. Other features include: sport-tuned inverted front forks, dual Radial Mount Brembo brakes, adjustable suspension engineered to provide track-level performance, and an advanced regenerative braking system. Pricing starts at $19,999 and could go up depending on options. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a cyclist who decided to move a car with his bare hands out of the bike path.

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Floating Villa

BMT Asia Pacific has unveiled SeaScape, floating villas that can be equipped with either a sun deck or a covered pool, making them as large as 1,800-square-feet in size. Don't need that much space? There are also 700 square-foot units available that still have an open room design with for unobstructed views of the surrounding sea. However, what you may be most interested in is the underwater bedroom, in which residents can walk down a set of spiral steps into a clear acrylic cylinder and sleep among the fishes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Star Wars Woodblocks

If Star Wars franchise existed during medieval / early-modern Japan, this is what some of the characters might have looked like. Called "The Rhythm Project", this installation combines centuries-old craft with pop culture icons, fusing Darth Vader, R2-D2, etc. with the art of Japanese woodblock printing. It re-imagines the films' scenes in the style of ukioy-e, a popular Edo-era genre depicting the likes of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, shogun and landscapes. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Gazebox Carport

For anyone who needs the protection of a garage but don't have access to one, the GazeBox should do the trick. It's essentially a folding carport made from anti-UV polycarbonate panels to protect your vehicle. The GazeBox isn't just a simple temporary garage, its design enables you to easily showcase a prized motorcycle or car, thanks to the transparent panels. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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