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Park-Car Fifth Wheel

Even back in the 1950s, they had a car that could almost park itself, called the "Park-Car". This vehicle was invented by Brooks Walker in the 1930s and patented in the 1950s. It included a fifth wheel that allowed it to rotate in and out of parking spaces, as well as turn in a full circle. Basically, it had a series of hydraulic pumps and gears that pushes the spare wheel out from the trunk and rotates the back of the car easing the parallel parking process. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Christina in Red

Photo credit: Mervyn Ogorman / Bored Panda

Scholars have been perplexed over this photograph from over a century ago, called 'Christina', the blonde who was captured by photographer Mervyn O'Gorman in a series of dreamlike photos taken in Lulworth Cove, Dorset, in 1913. Afterwards, she disappeared into history, but now we know her full name is Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan, and she died in 1981 when she was 84, with no listed husband or children. Continue reading for more incredible colorized photos from a century ago. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Apple Sneakers

Before the iMac, iPod, and several other famous Apple products, the company gifted their employees a pair of white sneakers. Designed exclusively designed for employees in the early '90s, one pair of these rare kicks are headed for auction, with an exorbitant starting bid of $15,000. Believe it or not, the event's organizer, Heritage Auctions, estimates the value of the pristine pair of US size 9 1/2 at $30,000. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Peel Trident

The Peel Trident was launched at the 1964 British Motorcycle Show held at Earls Court. The glass-fiber shell was a monocoque with coil-sprung, undamped wheels. It featured a clear bubble top and either two seats or one seat with a detachable shopping basket. Similar to its predecessor, the P50, it's powered by a 49 cc DKW engine that produces 4.2 hp, good for a top speed of 28 mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Warmest Night US

The 1936 North American heat wave was the most severe heat wave in the modern history of North America. It took place in the middle of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and caused catastrophic human suffering and an enormous economic toll. The heat wave started in late June, when temperatures across the US exceeded 100° F. The Midwest experienced some of the highest June temperatures on record. The heat wave and drought largely ended in September, though many states were still drier and warmer than average. Many farmers' summer harvests were destroyed. Grounds and lawns remained parched. Annual temperatures returned to normal in the fall. Cotinue reading for more unusual weather phenomenon. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery.

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Colorized World War II

Photo credit: Imperial War Museums via Peta Pixel

Photographers during World War II shot the battle in black-and-white due to the high-cost of color film, but there were a few that managed to slip through the cracks. Many of them can be found in a book published by the Imperial War Museums (IWM), which were captured between 1942 and 1945. Above, we see an Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) 'spotter' at a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun site in December 1942. Continue reading for more.

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Air-Conditioned Lawn Mower

Mowing the grass isn't the most glamorous of jobs, but what if you could do so in an air-conditioned bubble? That's exactly what the machine above allows you to do, but unfortunately it never made it to production. However, it was more than just a rendering, as the actual machine was featured on the 1958 cover of Mechanix Illustrated. Continue reading to see nineteen more strange inventions from the past that were clearly ahead of their time. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery.

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Young Joseph Stalin

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Most, if not all, who have studied history, know of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, but there are some that may have not seen a young portrait of him. This particular photo was taken in 1902, when Stalin was just 24-years-old. His mustached face was pock-marked from smallpox during childhood. After a carriage accident in his youth, his left arm was shortened and stiffened at the elbow, while his right hand was thinner than his left and frequently hidden. Continue reading to see more rare historical photos of world leaders in their youth. Click here for a few bonus images of young world leaders.

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Photo Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of IraqPhoto King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954Photo Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul IIPhoto Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law StudentPhoto Portrait Of Fidel Castro In New York In 1955, During An InterviewPhoto Hugo Chavez In Military AcademyPhoto Bashar al-Assad as a Child, Now The President Of SyriaPhoto Young Margaret Thatcher Aka 'The Iron Lady' The Former PM Of The United KingdomPhoto Pope Francis As A Young BoyPhoto Young 14th Dalai LamaPhoto Pope John Paul II ShavingPhoto Kim Jong-il With His Father, Kim Il-sung, And His Mother, Kim Jong-suk - 1945


Apollo 11 Speech

For those who weren't yet around to witness this grand event, Apollo 11 was basically the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent just under a day on the lunar surface before rendezvousing with Columbia in lunar orbit. Now if this mission had failed, the speech you see above would have been presented to the public. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery.

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9/11 Pentagon

The FBI has just released never-seen photographs from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released, and they show the massive destruction that faced first responders. When American Airlines Flight 77, which flew out of Dulles International Airport, slammed into the Pentagon's western wall, it killed all 64 people aboard, including the 5 hijackers, and 125 on the ground. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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