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Hurdy Gurdy

You might think this is a futuristic weapon of some sort, but it's just a Hurdy Gurdy. This is basically a stringed instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents - small wedges, typically made of wood - against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Girl with Earring Recreation

Squarespace employees Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick were bored at work today, so they decided to recreate a famous work of art using only objects found in their workplace. Eventually, this lead to the start of their imaginative series called "Fools Do Art", where they recruited their coworkers to join in on the fun and asked their fans for what they wanted to see. There are only a few rules: First, all of the props must be found in the office, and second, all the editing must be done on a phone. Continue reading to see more.

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The Interview

Due to the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with several of the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they would be canceling the December 25 theatrical release of "The Interview." This is a heavy blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks over the last several weeks by an anonymous group called "Guardians of Peace." This unprecedented cancellation came even after officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States." Continue reading for the final trailer and more information.

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GhostSwimmer

The US Navy has officially unveiled "Ghost Swimmer", an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. It measures 5-feet-long, weighs nearly 100-pounds, and can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. Practical uses include security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections. Ghost Swimmer is capable of operating autonomously for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether. "Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe," said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering's Advanced System Group. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized Star Wars Christmas lights on a house.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Ever wonder what a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport looks like when you cut it in half? The images above should give you an idea. This targa top model was limited to just 150 units, with the first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. It has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The standard version costs €1.4 million, while the Qatar Motor Show 2012 car costs €1.58 million. Continue reading to see more images of everyday things cut in half.

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Wild Red Fox

Photo credit: Roeselien Raimond via Bored Panda

While some may look computer-generated, all of these majestic images of wild red foxes were captured by Dutch photographer Roeselien Raimond. She says: "While the whole world is being absorbed in blankness and the sound of my shutter is muffled by the steadily falling snow, a red fox suddenly appears on stage. She embellishes my white canvas so perfectly. Never had I been happier with a little touch of red in my colour palette." Continue reading to see more photographs that look to be straight from a fantasy movie.

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9 Hours Capsule Hotel

No, you're not looking at a futuristic space station, just the 9h capsule hotel in Japan. Nestled in Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 9h features 125 modern capsules spread over 9-levels, complete with separate male and female quarters, designer locker rooms, showers, as well as a lounge. Every guest receives a sleek 9h amenity kit during the $65/night stay, which includes: bottled water, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, slippers and optional lounge wear. Inside the capsules, guests will find a Panasonic alarm clock, controlled lighting, curved mattresses and pillows made of four different materials to maximum comfort. Continue reading for more.

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Finger Blood Oxygen Monitor

Nubee's NUB-50D1 Pulse Oximeter is currently being offered for only $21.66 shipped with coupon code: OXD15OFF, today only, originally priced at $129.99. This Finger Pulse Oximeter is approved by FDA and can be used without medical prescription by a variety of sports enthusiasts, including mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, bikers, as well as by those who have the need to measure and monitor oxygen saturation and pulse rate/strength/regularity. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: OXD15OFF during checkout for the additional discount.

Notable features:
  • Measure and monitor your oxygen, pulse and pulse strength. CE FDA and health Canada approved.

  • Easy and Convenient One Button Operation, Auto power-off after 5 Seconds. Adjustable brightness.

  • Fast, accurate measurements of SpO2 and pulse rate by digital processing. Pediatric to adult finger sizes.

  • 4 directions display with Waveforms and Bar Graph, one button touch for setting and last display mode saved after power off.

  • Comes with carrying case, Neck/wrist cord and 2 x AA 1.5V alkaline batteries , perfect for sport use. Batteries Last for 1000's of Readings.


[via Amazon]

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Kittens Using Computers

On the internet, nobody knows you're a cat, which makes it even stranger when one of these geeky and adorable kittens comes across a photo of themselves while browsing. Who knows, we may only be a few years off from actual tablets designed specifically for animals, but in the meantime, app developers will continue pushing the limit. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the weirdest instrument you'll see today.

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Giant Rubik's Cube

A standard Rubik's Cube is hard enough to solve for most people, but this Pillow 13x13x13 IQ Brick takes things to a whole new level. There are 13 squares in a row on each side of the cube, and in total, the 3D puzzle features 1,014 colored tiles - 169 colored tiles on each side, compared to 9 found on a regular Rubik's Cube. Hong Kong-based Brando says that it's "good for creative thinking and improving both your IQ and EQ [emotional intelligence]." Unfortunately, you'll have to pay $320 to even try it out. Continue reading for more pictures, the product page and additional information.

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