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  • Admit it, all you "Star War" fans out there. If you could get your hands on a real-life lightsaber, you would go for it, right? It just might be the holy grail for the biggest of "Star Wars" enthusiasts, and one man claims to have created it.

    In a YouTube video that is causing quite a stir throughout the galaxy, user "The DIY Laser Guy" demonstrates his "handheld laser" cutting through objects such as paper, cardboard, tape and a pingpong ball. The blue laser itself is 3,000 milliwatts, which the laser guy says is the strongest he has ever used. He writes in the video's description, "I usually try to refrain from using the term 'lightsaber' when referring to my lasers but there really isn't much else out there to describe this laser." He also notes that owning a lightsaber is legal in the U.S.

    The video is proving to be a hit, with more than 330,000 views and counting so far. Some commenters were thrilled by this potential light sword. One person was particularly enthusiastic and wants

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  • The Internet has become a vital tool for reconnecting lost objects with their rightful owners. You might remember the story of Todd Bieber, who helped return a roll of film filled with pictures to New York City tourists, traveling all the way to Paris to do so. Now, Bieber's friend Abbi Jacobson needs some help.

    Jacobson recently received a letter delivered to her apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood. However, the letter was not intended for her; it was addressed to someone who lived in the apartment in 1944. The letter was sent by Joseph O. Matthews to his wife on December 2, 1944. And it had already been opened.

    On receiving the letter and realizing how old it was, Jacobson said, "Imagine getting this. I was like, this is crazy!"

    Jacobson is searching for the owner of the letter, or at least the owner's family members so that she can give it to them. She started her search at the municipal archives. After searches at historical societies and libraries yielded

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  • Are you aware that there is an unofficial ongoing battle to be the cutest animal on the Internet? Everyone gets a vote, and certainly it seems as if everyone contributes a picture of their cuddliest, most adorable pets, or animals they encounter at the zoo. We're all familiar with Grumpy Cat and Boo. Get ready, because new competition has entered the cyberspace.

    Meet Ray Charles the dog: He's a blind Golden Retriever who is stealing hearts left and right on the Web. Born in a Boston shelter last December, there was some concern that he would have trouble getting adopted, because blind dogs tend to have problems finding a suitable home. But according to his very own Facebook page, there is no reason to worry about Ray Charles. His owners, who also serve as his human interpreters, write for him on his page: "I can run and play and do everything else other dogs that can see do."

    His Facebook page also contains pictures of Ray wearing silly outfits, taking baths, and playing with his

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  • A Colorado man who served in the United States Army has done something that is not for the faint of heart or those who might be out of shape. To make it even cooler, he traveled almost 5,000 miles to be the first American to ever win it.

    Kenny Rackers is not your average 27-year-old. No, sir. He's an all-American athlete, and he has been training for an extremely intense event. What event? A cheese-rolling competition -- and not just any cheese-rolling competition.

    Yes, Rackers competed in and won the historic Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake near Gloucestershire, England. The 200-year-old annual event took place over the weekend. In case you're unfamiliar with the art of running after a wheel of cheese, let me explain the event.

    A woman named Diane Smart makes the wheel of cheese -- she's been doing it every year for the past 25 years. Competitors climb to the top of a steep hill, as more than 2,000 spectators watch. The cheese master hurls the cheese down the hill, and the

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  • Ever heard the phrase 'The past is dead and gone?' It usually rings true, except when photography is still around to keep it alive. Now, a new trend has taken the web by storm that attempts to connect with the past using old photos. It has been called both 'reenacting old photos' and 'young me now me,' but it is definitely one thing-- hilarious.

    The trend involves finding an old photo of oneself, perhaps as a baby, and doing all that is possible to reenact the photo. We are talking props, locations, even sometimes photo editing tools to make the picture look dated. The combination of a young child next to what is usually a much, much larger individual sheds light on just how much changes even in a matter of a decade or two.

    Some examples include a girl who somehow found some boots that used to be oversized, as well as a dad feeding his son a beverage that is a little more adult than a bottle of milk. The pictures are gathered in many places, but credit can go to Ze Frank's blog for

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