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Homemade Batmobile Australia

Batman fanatic and real-life superhero Zac Mihajlovic, from Camden, Australia, turned down several 6-figure offers for his homemade Batmobile. It's not for personal reasons, but rather so he can continue helping sick children via the Make-A-Wish foundation. These offers came from businessmen worldwide, including a Sheik in Dubai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral music video from OK Go with lots of robots and umbrellas.

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Skull Camera

With Halloween just being days away, what better time to create a fully-functional camera fashioned from a real human skull, than now? That's exactly what Tuscon-based geek and photographer Wayne Martin Belger has done. He's known for making one-of-a-kind cameras to capture a variety of subjects. However, he's best known for his collection of real human skulls, in which many are re-purposed into jewel-encrusted, pinhole cameras. Continue reading for more pictures.

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300: Rise of an Empire VFX

Visual effects are often integral to a movie's story and appeal. Although most visual effects work is completed during post-production, it usually must be carefully planned and choreographed in pre-production and production. Visual effects primarily executed in Post-Production, with the use of multiple tools and technologies such as graphic design, modeling, animation and similar software, while special effects such as explosions and car chases are made on set. A visual effects supervisor is usually involved with the production from an early stage to work closely with production and the film's director design, guide and lead the teams required to achieve the desired effects. Continue reading for more examples.

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World Beard & Mustache Championships

The World Beard and Moustache Championships is basically a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA) in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly styled facial hair. There are 3 brackets of facial hair: Moustache, Partial Beard and Full Beard. Each bracket is broken into individual categories. There are usually 17 categories but there were 18 different categories for the 2009 championships. Continue reading to see some of the craziest entrants from this year's competition.

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Mind-Blowing Pumpkin Carving

Photo credit: Ray Villafane

Most pumpkin carvings don't stand out, the ones by NYC-based artist Ray Villafane most certainly do, almost to the point where people would think these images are computer-generated. He's been commissioned to create these pumpkin carvings by art houses and private individuals worldwide. His other work includes making his very own toys, action figures included. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a homeless man who has an unexpected talent.

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UDI 818A Quadcopter

UDI's U818A Quadcopter w/Camera is currently being offered for only $61.30 shipped, today only, originally priced at $499.99. The UDI 818A offers new and experienced pilots both a 6 axis stabilized quadcopter that is capable of loops and high speed flight. 2 flight modes offer enhanced performance. Everything you need for alien missions is included in the box. Just add (4) AA batteries for the transmitter. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

Notable features:
  • 6 AXIS GYRO with posture control - Integrated design guarantee the precise positioning of the aircraft.

  • 4 CHANNEL function provide stable flying and easy operation. Video Camera FPV.

  • High Capacity Battery And Strong Power Motors Enable The Helicopter To Fly Much Longer And More Efficiently.

  • Modular Design makes it easy to install and repair. Remote Distance is up to 30m.


[via Amazon]

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Puppies Shaking

Photo credit: Carli Davidson

Oregon-based photographer Carli Davidson is back at it again, and her latest photo series is a shaker that involves lots of puppies to say the least. Here's what she has to say: "I was also drawn to the idea of surrounding myself with puppies. It was almost medicinal-spending the day overdosing on cuteness. I love making books that focus on animals. I love knowing that these pictures can make people smile. While I feel a strong ethical responsibility to keep up with current events, these feel good creative projects to keep me from feeling hardened. They are mini escapes from the important but harsh realities we have in our faces 24/7." Continue reading for more.

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Shed Home

When closed up in storage mode, this looks like a giant shed, but step inside, and you'll see that it is much more. This home, called the Sol Duc Cabin, was built for a couple that loves weekend fly fishing trips. Designed by the talented team at Olson Kundig Architects, this home boasts a protective steel exterior that slides across all of the windows, and can be easily controlled with a mechanically driven wheel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Barra International Airport

Barra Airport, first opened in 1936, is situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends, in directions 07/25, 11/29, 15/33. This almost always allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea: flight times vary with the tide. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights used to illuminate the runway and reflective strips laid on to the beach. Continue reading for more.

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F4 Ejection Seat Chair

Most office chairs are boring, this one is made from a real Mk.7 rocket-assisted ejection seat from a Boeing F-4 Phantom II was made by British manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., the king of ejection seats for some six decades. Everything has been professionally cleaned, refurbished and riveted to a durable, hand-finished sturdy steel base with a natural-looking weathered finish. Continue reading for a video of the actual ejection seat they use, more pictures and additional information.

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