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Cave Hotel

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Don't let its medieval appearance fool you, every room at the La Grotta della Civita hotel - nested in the grottos of a medieval mountain village within the Gravina River Valley in Matera Italy - has Wi-Fi. This hotel consists of 18 cave rooms and a restaurant. To keep things toasty during the colder winter months, they heat the cobblestone floors. However, Civita began as a deserted network of hand-carved limestone caves back in the 1950s. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why weatherman should never bring dogs onto live television.

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Falling Asleep in Class

Falling asleep in class could be the result of staying up late to finish a paper or just partying with friends, but one thing you don't expect to see in class is someone sprawled out on the lecture hall's floor, complete with blanket and pillow. That is exactly what the students in this class saw, and a few Snapchat images later, we have a new internet star, but probably not in the best light. Continue reading for one more image.

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Amchit Residence

Lebanon, a country in Western Asia tat's bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, isn't known for luxury ocean view mansions, unless...you're talking about the Amchit Residence. Designed by Blankpage Architects, this residence is situated in Nahr el Mott, Lebanon, and has all the amenities you'd expect in a 6-star resort, including s citrus, olive and sea-salted palm trees as well as a minimalistic open design. Rooms are connected by outdoor bridges and the mid-level living room, along with kitchen, are graced by floor to ceiling glass windows, suspended lighting, and dark hardwood floors. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Wild Mice

While the image above may appear to be from a storybook or animated film, it's just a real wild mouse. Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators. Mice build intricate burrows in the wild. These burrows typically have long entrances and are equipped with escape tunnels/routes. In at least one species, the architectural design of a burrow is a genetic trait. Continue reading for more.

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Automated Store

Before these unusual vending machines, there was Keedoozle. It's basically a vending machine-style supermarket from 1948 that was founded by Clarence Saunders. This store was ahead of its time and proposed to be the world's first self-serving store. Unfortunately, the logistics of such a process were not ironed out, as selecting an item required shoppers to have keys. Electric circuits caused perforations to be cut in a ticker tape attached to the face of the customer's key. The customer then took the punched out tape to the cashier for processing. The cashier would insert the tape into a reading mechanism that would electronically read it. That set off electrical and electronic circuits which started the goods sliding down conveyor belts and did the cost tallying in the process. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Tablet (certified refubished) is currently being offered for only $159 shipped, today only, originally priced at $299. Enjoy your favorite content on a large, beautiful 1920x1200 display, capable of playing movies and TV shows in up to 1080p high definition. At 254 ppi, the display on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is high enough quality that individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye. The result, an unparalleled viewing experience, no matter what you want to watch. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

Notable features:
  • A Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G is a pre-owned Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G that has been refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.

  • Includes a full one-year limited warranty, just like a brand-new Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G.

  • Features 4G LTE technology, letting you connect to the internet, stream, and download at speeds even faster than Wi-Fi.

  • 1920x1200 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle.


[via Amazon]

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Weirdest Lock

Anyone worries about the security of traditional locks, might want to look into this one. Simply put, the key required to open it isn't just a straight, flat piece of metal, but rather a watch strap-inspired flexible chain that's contained in a hard slip-casing for insertion into the winding snake-like lock. Continue reading for the video.

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Bead Kitchen

This is not a fake image or painting, but rather a real kitchen created by artist Liza Lou. She spent 5-years building this life-sized kitchen and backyard using lots of tiny glass beads. These brightly colored glass beads are known as "seed beads" and often used for making jewelry. These "seed beads" cover the food, the water in the sink, the furniture and fixtures, and all 250,000 blades of grass in the backyard. No machines were used, just her hands and a pair of tweezers to place each one in the right place. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Hate Mondays

While Mondays are usually sluggish for many people at work, there are others who definitely need a week-long vacation away from the office. For example, this person decided to create a box illusion that looks normal from the front, but when you walk around the back, you'll see that all of them have been stitched together to create a makeshift sleeping place of sorts. Continue reading for more.

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Airline Meal

Not everyone can afford a $20,000 suite when they fly, but these photographers wanted to show that things aren't so bad in economy and / or business classes. On a related note, the first airline meals were served by Handley Page Transport, an airline company founded in 1919, to serve the London-Paris route in October of that year. Passengers could choose from a selection of sandwiches and fruit. Now, as you can obviously tell from the Air France economy class meal above, things have changed quite a bit. Continue reading for more.

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