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Winnebago Travato

Why bother with a giant motor home, when you could just get a Winnebago Travato 59G? Based on the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis, this "Adventure Mobile" measures 20ft. long and 9ft. tall, and is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 280-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Not just for comfortable living, it's capable of towing up to 3,500-pounds, which means you can bring several off-road toys along. Inside, there are Bluetooth / USB ports, swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, a split dinette area, 22" HDTV, MCD blackout roller shades, outdoor speakers, retractable awning, the company's Flex Bed System, 2,800 Watt power generator, 16,000 BTU furnace, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Mammatus Clouds

These cotton ball clouds may look computer-generated, but they're just mammatus formations, or a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. They are most often associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Mars Crater

Researchers have discovered an "alien plughole" on Mars with an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130-feet thick, that defies explanation. "There have been a lot of climate changes between now and the tens of millions of years ago when we suspect the ice was put there. But it shouldn't be stable today, and other past climates of ice instability in this region mean the ice should've sublimated away into the dry Martian atmosphere by now. So, that's what we need to investigate. What kept the ice around all this time? There's no climate model that we have now that explains this," according to Shane Byrne, associate professor in University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Continue reading for another video of Mars anomalies.

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Dogs and Owners

Photo credit: Ines Opifanti via Bored Panda

Most dogs do not look like their owners, but after seeing these portraits by German photographer Ines Opifanti, you might think otherwise. "I photographed the dogs first, letting them sit on a small podium. Owners had to interact with them, telling them phrases they know the dogs will react to. Of course they got lots and lots of praise and treats so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera. It's important that dogs are calm and relaxed, so they can show their natural behavior and are not frightened. After the dogs were photographed, the owners have to interpret and mimic. I noticed that dog people get really good in interpreting their own dogs. It's really a fascinating thing because we're two completely different species after all," said Opifanti. Continue reading for more pictures.

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USB Snake Camera Endoscope

CrazyFire's USB-Powered Endoscope lets you explore the deep, dark and unknown, all for $18.39 with coupon code: Z5JBDVHR, this weekend only, originally $59.99. This waterproof borescope endoscope features a 2.0-megapixel CMOS camera that can capture snapshots or video and a built-in LED light (with brightness control) on the camera to illuminate the inspection area. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: Z5JBDVHR during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chewbacca Sofa

Designed by Nersi Nasseri, this strange-looking sofa looks to be lined with wookiee fur. It features a base constructed from reclaimed American oak boards, and is covered in long wool Icelandic sheepskin. The sheepskin is not only extremely soft to the touch, but it will keep you warm throughout the winter season. Each one of these stylish pieces is made to order. Click here to view the first image in today's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone moonwalking on their knees.

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Wolverine R-Spec

While Yamaha's Wolverine R-Spec sounds like a character from the upcoming X-Men film, it's actually a rugged all-terrain UTV. Powered by a 708cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine, paired with Yamaha's Ultramatic CVT automatic transmission, this two-person vehicle can handle anything nature throws at it. Other features include a 4-wheel independent suspension, KYB ultra-long-stroke nitrogen gas charged piggyback shocks, a flat cargo bed (300lb payload and 1,500 lb towing capacity), and exclusive 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. Continue reading for two more videos and additional pictures.

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Human-Electric Hybrid GinzVelo

This is not some weird art installation, but rather a "human-electric hybrid vehicle" (HEH). GinzVelo utilizes a 500W electric engine to increase your pedaling power to over 30 miles per hour, and is good for 100 miles on a single charge. Featuring a recumbent-style cycle with a weather-resistant outer shell, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and side rearview mirrors. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Largest LEGO Warship

Fisherman Jim McDonough spent 3-years building a 24-foot scale model of the 890-foot USS Missouri using thousands of LEGO bricks at his home in Redford, near Arbroath. When he started the project in his garage, his research told him it was going to be the biggest LEGO ship in the world, but his effort was in vain after Minneapolis-based enthusiast Dan Siskind created a 25.5-foot long version of the USS Missouri. Continue reading for a video of Siskind's model and more information.

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Gurkha RPV

If the Tumbler were crossed with a tank, Gurkha's 19,500-pound RPV Civilian Edition would be the result. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, it's powered by a 6.7L Powerstroke diesel generating 300-horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You also get full exterior LED lighting, remote power door locks and GPS navigation. Options on this 4x4 beast include: a front winch for off-road applications or a rear trailer hitch to haul your race car to the track. 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 of a highly volatile substance that explodes when disturbed.

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