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LEGO safe has functional 3-number combo lock

LEGO safe has functional 3-number combo lock

When people aren't amazing us with virtual blocky creations in Minecraft, they're using real-world LEGO blocks to do the same. In this case, one crafty LEGO user has created a safe with a functional 3-number combination lock. The safe itself looks about 6 x 6 x 6 inches overall, but it's not the size that matters -- it's the lock, which the creator, Jason Allemann, shows off on video (available after the jump!).

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ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

ZFC-1 anti-zombie cabin is fortified, ready for apocalypse

Just in time for the latest doomsday prediction and Halloween comes a fortified zombie shelter, one designed to keep the zombies out and your loved ones free from horrific end-of-world deaths. It’s called the Zombie Fortification Cabin, ZFC-1 for short, and it features items you’ll need to live off the grid, stay in shape, eat well, and maybe play some Xbox, depending on how well you’re holding up psychologically.

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Star Wars mugs change design when hot

Star Wars mugs change design when hot

It's getting cold out, at least for those in the north/east, and that means hot beverages. Sure, you could swing by Starbucks for a hot apple cider or some coffee, but paper cups are boring, and life is too short for that. Enter the temptation to bring your own mug, a temptation amplified by the new beauties ThinkGeek has rolled out. The couple of new Star Wars mugs change their design when filled with hot liquids.

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No, the world (probably) won’t end tomorrow

No, the world (probably) won’t end tomorrow

In case you missed it, there's a new doomsday prediction circling the Internet stating that tomorrow will be the end of the world and that all of humanity as we know it will perish. For many, the recent blood supermoon spurred predictions that the world would end, but it didn't (obviously). Now a revised prediction says that the world will be burned to a crisp on October 7 -- tomorrow -- via some kind of fire-based apocalypse.

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Jabba the Hutt inflatable lawn decor launches for Halloween

Jabba the Hutt inflatable lawn decor launches for Halloween

The month of Halloween is upon us, and with it comes lawn decorations — commonly the tacky, giant inflatable ones that flap around in the autumn wind. If you’re into tacky inflatables, we’re not judging — they’re fun, especially when they come in the form of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars. The inflatable is pretty big — it measures in at 6ft x 10ft, making it big enough to see from any direction.

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‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

Big machines span the globe, tasked with doing things that would otherwise take humans long periods of time to achieve. One such machine is called the "Jaw Crusher", and it exists to turn big chunks of granite into much smaller pieces of granite -- even dust, which is produced to satisfactory degrees. What would you do with a bunch of granite gravel? Probably not much. But watching it get pulverized is oddly enjoyable.

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North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea tries to entice tourists with “Internet Room”

North Korea, threats of war aside, is trying to entice more tourists to its little nation via a new “Internet Room” at the world’s worst airline. The little facility in Pyongyang International airport, however, has one big problem: despite being an Internet room, it does not in fact have Internet access, at least according to reports coming from the nation. The nation’s residents are, at the most, given access only to North Korea’s very limited intranet. Tourists have a little bit more freedom.

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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Oldest message in a bottle ever found on German beach

Between 1904 and 1906, researcher George Parker Bidder released a bottle into the North Sea as part of an experiment. Now, about 108 years later, a couple in Germany has discovered the bottle washed up on a German beach. It is believed this is the oldest message in a bottle discovered thus far, joining the ranks of other bottles that has been founded dating back to the early 1900s. The discovery was made back in April, but has only recently been publicized.

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Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

If that levitating speaker has given you a fondness for floating objects, the new Magic Cube will satisfy your showcasing needs. Magic Cube is basically a levitating display, though it also serves just as well as a funky modern decorative piece. The unit is comprised of a large cube-shaped base that houses the technology, and a small saucer-shaped levitating platform upon which you can place an available clear prism, or a small object of your choosing, or both.

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Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

Striking ‘Virgin Rainbow’ opal to be showcased in Australia

A beautiful opal called the Virgin Rainbow is currently on its way to an Australian museum, where it will be showcased alongside some other rare, valuable and otherwise precious items. The opal will go on display starting late next month and will remain in the exhibition until February 2016. Opals are unique, at least as far as gemstones go, but this one is particularly notable due to its striking colors and rare shape. It is said to be the finest opal in the world.

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3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

3D-printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ blows 14,000 bubbles per minute

You can use your 3D printer for utilitarian things like printing a replacement battery cover for the TV remote, or you can use it for something fun like building your own bubble-blowing contraption. The latter is what one designer decided to do, and the end result is a relatively simple-to-make 5 gallon bucket full of watery soap, a revolving band of bubble-blowing wands, and a motor that takes it in a loop. The output is enough to drive dogs and kids alike crazy: 14,000 or so bubbles per minute.

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