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Migrant Mother Colorized

Photo credit: Zahulie / Reddit

Florence Owens Thompson was the subject of Dorothea Lange's photo Migrant Mother in 1936, an iconic image of the Great Depression. Reddit user "Zahulie" decided to give this famous photo a color makeover, and the result is beautiful to say the least. Film colorization is most often completed in photo-editing programs nowadays, but there are still some who prefer the hand-coloring method of painting directly onto the film stock. Continue reading for more monochrome historical photos that have been given new life with color.

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Scharde SCHA5B Knife

Schrade's SCHA5B Magic Folding Knife looks to be straight from a sci-fi flick, but it's a real gadget, and can be picked up for $40 shipped, this week only, originally $69. Featuring a 3.5" fine edge blade crafted from durable, bead blasted AUS-8 high carbon stainless steel that is designed to take withstand the elements and more. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Zeus 370-inch 4K TV

At $1.7-million, the massive 370-inch Titan Zeus boasts 65-billion colors, 4k native resolution, weighs just under a ton and measures in at 26 feet by 16 feet. The display was designed to show up crystal clear in direct sunlight, without glare, and is water resistant to boot. No word yet on where you'll be able to go to see one of these monsters in-action. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the heaviest strawberry yet.

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Airless Bicycle Tire

Forget having to worry about air pressures in tires, or accidentally puncturing them on rugged terrain, and say hello to the Energy Return Wheel. Designed by Britek's Brian Rusell, these special tires use rubber that has been stretched over a series of carbon nano tube reinforced composite rods rather than air. They were designed to provide the same cushioning as traditional, air filled tires would provide, and the rods can be easily adjusted, allowing the tension on the rubber to adapt to different road conditions and terrains, improving both flexing and recoil cycling for riders. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Batman Hot Rod Batmobile

Fans of the original 1966 Batmobile based on the Lincoln Future concept rejoice! This amazing hot rod-inspired Batmobile by Mark La Frenais boasts the classic silhouette, and is drenched in black with contrasting red accents found throughout, including the famous Batman-symbol stamped on the door. There's even a Batwing up top top as well as gatling guns positioned on the front fenders to let everyone know that Gotham City's protector is on his way. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Apollo 13 Moon

With the flight being commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. Unfortunately, the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. The image above shows just how close the crew got to the lunar surface. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970. Continue reading for more interesting historical photographs.

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Mammuth Rewarron

Not just any R/C car, the Mammuth Rewarron is currently the world's first 1:3 scale production R/C car. It's one-third the size of a real race truck, powered by a 4-stroke engine, and equipped with a rigid, durable steel frame, oil disc brakes w/ABS, traction control, as well as telemetry. The 175-pound, 6.5-foot-long vehicle has a top speed of 40mph, making it perfect for tackling dirt roads. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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DTV Shredder


Yes, the DTV Shredder project is still alive and going strong. It's basically a cross between an ATV, tank and skateboard. Instead of wheels, the vehicle uses two continuous tracks, and is powered by a 15hp 200cc Honda engine. Forward motion is activated by twisting the handlebar grip and steering is controlled by leaning left or right on the platform that sits above the tracks. By using continuous tracks, it's able to tackle the toughest of terrain: tarmac, sand, dirt, mud, or snow and even slopes of up to 40° and reach speeds of up to 30mph. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an awesome LEGO first person shooter.

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Photo credit: Sam Kwok

In an alternate universe, there just might be a Tony Stark-designed Batman suit, but unfortunately, we'll have to settle for this custom figurine. Artist Sam Kwok takes various store-bought Iron Man figurines, adds elements and then repaints them to whatever style his heart designers. Whether it be Gundam or Helly Kitty inspired, you'll find it here, and as you'll see, no detail was spared. Continue reading to see them all.

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Interactive Cloud Lamp

Think of "The Cloud" as an interacdtive art installation that is both a lamp and Bluetooth speaker combined into one. Modeled after a real cumulus cloud, this creation uses motion sensors to detect a user's presence and then creates a brilliant show of lightning and thunder. You can also use it to play music with your Bluetooth-enabled smart device and / or sample modes like nightlight. The cloud is made by "felting hypoallergenic fiberfill to a sponge casing that forms the frame of the cloud, holding the speakers and componentry within." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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