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In the year 2017, doctored photos - the shutterbug equivalent to "fake news" - seem to be spreading online faster than ever. Here are just a few of the images we've seen swirling around the internet lately. And none of them are what they appear to be at first glance.

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Over a thousand years ago, Chinese alchemists created an early form of gunpowder. Made primarily of potassium nitrate, sulfur and charcoal, the ingredients were packed into bamboo shoots and thrown into the fire. The idea was that the subsequent explosion of noise and light would ward off evil spirits.

A millennium later, we use this same basic concept to paint the night sky with a myriad of patterns and colours for pure enjoyment. The practise is so integral to our collective sense of celebration that barely an eyelid is batted at the $45,000 per minute price tag attached to the iconic Sydney Harbour new years fireworks.

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When your friends express hurt feelings over something you deem trivial, it is appropriate to take the piss out of them by miming a violin performance. If you want to take your mockery to the next level, this video tutorial explains how to make tiny violins out of paddle pop sticks.

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We now live in a world where a slash through the air can create a cornucopia of sound and light. One movement provides an oratory and visual feast that is free from the spacial confines presented by traditional instruments. What you're about to witness is the future of electronic music. And it all started with a video game controller.

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Those who can, can't always teach. When you've studied a skill for years, it can be hard to break down your steps and remember what new learners don't know. Which is how you end up writing instructions like the above, which Reddit user kdesh titled "Step 1. Threaten the coconut with a machete".

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ScareHouse, one of Pittsburgh's most famous haunted house attractions, has earned national press, and praise from fantasy-horror director Guillermo del Toro. We talked to a leader at ScareHouse: Design manager Nicole Conniff, who started at the house in 2009 as a makeup artist and actor. She's also a longtime vendor at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, where she sells her own custom masquerade masks, terrariums and candles. We asked her how she works.

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If you're a casual Photoshop user, you probably know how to find the cropping tool and have a vague idea of what the lasso function does. But what about all those other mysterious looking icons? As it turns out, they all have something meaningful to contribute to the editing process and can vastly improve the appearance of your photos. This handy pictorial explains what every major tool on the taskbar does -- from the clone stamp to the colour selection tool.

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Steampunk, that unique style that combines industrial antiques and technology, isn't for everyone. Nonetheless, it's hard not to appreciate how dedicated this couple has been to designing their home office to infuse it fully in the Steampunk style.

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A large source of my creative procrastination comes from this notion that my idea "just isn't ready yet", like it's fruit ripening on a tree. But you know what? That's bullshit.

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Last week, my favourite web-based photo editor, PicMonkey, started charging users. As it turns out, PicMonkey has also been a favourite with a good number of my Lifehacker coworkers. It's easy, lightweight and makes small edits like resizing photos or creating collages (stuff we do here pretty regularly) super simple. I've been using it almost every day, multiple times a day, for years.

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Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone's camera roll. While the idea is that I'll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I remember I took a picture years ago, and I search through Google Photos or my Facebook photo gallery to see if I can find it, which I do roughly 50 per cent of the time. Now, Kodak has a new app and Facebook bot designed specifically to help you unearth those awesome memories that you captured by then forgot about.