In Pictures: 14 cool, but off-beat inventions

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Farmer Shu Mansheng hovers above the ground in his self-designed and homemade flying device during a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei province Sept. 21, 2011. The round steel flying device, which cost more than $3,135, is the fifth model made by Shu, a junior middle school graduate. It measures around 5.5 meters (18 feet) in diameter, and is powered by eight motorcycle engines. Shu managed to hover for 10 seconds at about 1m (3.3 feet) above ground during a recent test flight, according to Reuters.

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