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12 Surreal Moments That Made Us Pinch Ourselves

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1. When humanity put a toy car on Mars.

Let's take a moment to appreciate how amazing that is.
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Let's take a moment to appreciate how amazing that is.

2. When the tri-state area inexplicably smelled like maple syrup for days.

The delicious phenomenon was first reported in 2005 and continues to mystify residents and authorities.
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The delicious phenomenon was first reported in 2005 and continues to mystify residents and authorities.

3. When Mario Kart came to life at SXSW.

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Video helmets, sensors, and karts that responded to "power ups" turned karting into basically the coolest thing that has ever happened.

4. When a college basketball game was played on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

It was called "The Carrier Classic," and it was too cool to live forever.
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It was called "The Carrier Classic," and it was too cool to live forever.

5. Any of those times when Bill Murray showed up randomly and made the party.

"They'll never believe you."
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"They'll never believe you."

6. When San Francisco came together to make one child's dreams come true.

Read more about Bat Kid and the real-life Gotham City here.
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Read more about Bat Kid and the real-life Gotham City here.

7. When hundreds of people rode the subway without pants.

Ever had that dream where suddenly you realize you have no pants on? Improv Everywhere brought that dream to life. And now they're doing it every year.
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Ever had that dream where suddenly you realize you have no pants on? Improv Everywhere brought that dream to life. And now they're doing it every year.

8. When art group Site 3 recreated Ryu's stage on Street Fighter II.

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Complete with real flames.

9. When a normal family moved into this house:

You've got to wonder if they moved from West Philadelphia...
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You've got to wonder if they moved from West Philadelphia...

10. When New Yorkers walked through the set of The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Real webs... were slung.

11. When a man built a real, full-sized house out of LEGO bricks.

And all of our childhood dreams came true.
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And all of our childhood dreams came true.

12. And of course: when we put a man on the moon.

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Then there's that time the Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49 mph...

View this video on YouTube

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