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Rainworks

Known for its constant rainy weather, Seattle is the perfect home for "Rainworks", new water-activated interactive installations. These can either be illustrations and / or hidden messages that only appear when wet. It was created by Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church. Each installation is made from a water-repellant coating that lasts anywhere from 4 months to year.

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Star Wars Forcefield

Boeing has just won a patent for a protective force field that could prevent vehicles from being harmed by explosions. No, patent doesn't entail stopping bullets or lasers using some sort of exotic dark matter or anything like that, but rather, it detects explosions near a vehicle, quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle as well as the blast, and the heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense than normal air, adding to the vehicle's protection. Continue reading to see the real patent.

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Funny iPhone Notifications

Let's face it, there are some iOS notifications Apple hasn't included that would actually come in handy, such as one for drunken texting. If your text message contains more than "x" amount of typos, a notification pops up that either fixes them automatically, or closes out "Messages" entirely. Also, for the times you feel speakerphone is appropriate in public, but we all know how that goes. Continue reading for more.

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Blind Artist Paintings

John Bramblitt's life has always been filled with art, but it wasn't until he completely lost his sight due to epilepsy that he tried to paint for the first time. Starting at age 11, the disease was diminishing his vision, and by the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely blind. He says: "[It sent me into] the deepest, darkest hole" of depression. All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone," he says. "I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero." It was then when he attempted to learn how to draw using a kind of fabric paint with raised edges, and the rest is history. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Game Changing Inventions

Sometimes, less is more, and it's even more true when you throw in some creativity. For example, the vanishing doorknob. This simple invention has a knob that retracts into the door when locked. To make it even safer, you could remove the little key / card hole at the bottom and have it have some sort of biometric scanner. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including Nissan's glow-in-the-dark electric Leaf vehicle.

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Underground Home Las Vegas

When it comes to real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location. With that said, where would a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era build a home? In Las Vegas, Nevada of course, hidden 26-feet below the ground. It's a furnished home, complete with fake clouds. To get there, you go through the completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator (or stairs) that takes you down into the secret lair. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living and should be turned into a museum if nobody decides to shell out the $1.7-million it costs to purchase the unique home. Successful businessman Girard Henderson built the home in 1978 and intended to ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Scrap Metal Transformers

The Transformers franchise is a massive success in China, so much so that Yu Zhilin, a farmer by trade, with a background in fine arts, decided to start creating life-sized robots using spare car parts in his free time. Fast forward three years and he's finished his first scrap sculpture with his son Lu Yingyun in tow, and things only got bigger from there. His latest project consisted of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, assembled in their makeshift home workshop. Continue reading to see more build pictures and for additional information.

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The Bottle Light

The Bottle Light is exactly as it sounds, a rechargeable LED cork that transforms old bottles into fully-functional lamps. It looks like a large tapered wine cork at first glance, but at the bottom, you'll find a bright white LED light. When placed in a bottle's neck and turned on, the light will shine for up to 3-hours before needing to be recharged - one hour via USB. Want a different color? The white LED light can be filtered by the color of the bottle used, giving you plenty of options for mood lighting. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Iain Sinclair Knife

Iain Sinclair's Cardsharp2 looks like a credit card, but when an emergency strikes, it folds out to reveal a functional knife, all for just $3.99 shipped - today only. This updated version is not only lighter, but slimmer as well, due to its 420-series surgical stainless steel makeup. This tool may not be as large as its hunting or kitchen counterparts, but it's sharp enough to easily cut through a seatbelt. You can pick one up for just $3.99 shipped here. Continue reading for a video review and additional information.

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Coffee Portraits

Maria A. Aristidou is a commercial artist by day, but during her free time she creates amazingly detailed portraits using only coffee - several blends - on watercolor paper. After her first "accidental" portrait, the rest was history, and features characters like, R2-D2, Yoda, Davy Jones, Girl with Pearl Earring, and a host of Disney characters. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't fall asleep in the military.

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