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1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Jonckheere Coupe

The Phantom was Rolls-Royce's replacement for the original Silver Ghost. Introduced as the New Phantom in 1925, the Phantom had a larger engine than the Silver Ghost and used pushrod-operated overhead valves instead of the Silver Ghost's side valves. According to Jalopnik, this particular "1925 Phantom 1 was originally bodied and sold as a Hooper Cabriolet to one Mrs. Hugh Dillman of Detroit, MI. Amusingly enough, it seems the car never left England before it again changed hands and was purchased by the Raja of Nanpara. It was at this point that the Rolls discovered its true fate at the hand of the Belgian coach builder Jonckheere Carrossiers. The car was rebodied in the entirely fabulous hand crafted aero-coupe livery you see today." Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a car driving in reverse at full speed on a Polish highway.

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Iter Avto First GPS

Before GPS navigators, there was the Iter Avto, which used a map on a scroll, and is believed to be the first on-board direction guide. Similar to modern devices such as a Tom Tom or Garmin, the device was positioned on the dashboard of a car, and came complete with a set of paper maps, which were wound from one roll to another across a display. A cable connected to the speedometer controlled the scroll rate. To make things easier to read, the speed at which the display moved was proportional to the speed of the car so it always showed the correct point.

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Oldest NYC Footage

New York City has changed dramatically in the past century, but a surprising amount has remained the same, as you'll see in this rare footage, which dates back to 1896. It's touted as the oldest known footage of recognizable attractions, like Bryant Park, Washington Square Park, Times Square and the Williamsburg Bridge - in New York City. They have even added maps to help pinpoint the location of ever shot. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Adobe Photoshop First


February 19th marked the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop's first release. To celebrate its birthday, we bring you the very first demo, along with a minute-long compilation animation made up of a host of Photoshop creations. In the second video, you'll see everyone from Bilbo Baggins to the lovable green Shrek, made from the original working files provided by the artists themselves. In 1987, Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, began writing a program on his Macintosh Plus to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. This program, called Display, caught the attention of his brother John Knoll, an Industrial Light & Magic employee, who recommended that Thomas turn it into a full-fledged image editing program. Thomas took a six-month break from his studies in 1988 to collaborate with his brother on the program. Thomas renamed the program ImagePro, but the name was already taken. Later that year, Thomas renamed his program Photoshop and worked out a short-term deal with scanner manufacturer Barneyscan to distribute copies of the program with a slide scanner; a "total of about 200 copies of Photoshop were shipped" this way. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why moms get nothing done.

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1956 Kitchen

Furniture designer and creator Nathan Chandler recently purchased a home that has remained sealed since 1956. Its mid-century American interior was kept perfectly intact to boot. Whether it be the pastel pink counters or manuals still attached to the unused GE home appliances, every detail is straight out of a 1950s American family television show. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Largest Plane in World

Here's another look at the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest. The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Lamborghini LM0002

Unofficially called "Rambo Lambo," the LM002 (Lamborghini Military) was Lamborghini's first foray into the world of military vehicles, and also the company's first four-wheel-drive model. After much testing and altering of the prototype, it was finally unveiled at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986. Civilian models were outfitted with a full luxury package, including full leather trim, tinted power windows, air conditioning, and a premium stereo mounted in a roof console. In order to meet the vehicle's tire needs, Lamborghini commissioned Pirelli to create the Pirelli Scorpion tires with custom, run-flat tread designs. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Egypt Pyramids Old

Photo credit: Old School Cool / Reddit

Yes, that is an actual Zeppelin airship flying above the Egyptian pyramids in 1931, the same kind that were first flown commercially in 1910 by Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG, the world's first airline in revenue service. In 1926 the restrictions on airship construction were lifted and with the aid of donations from the public work was started on the construction of LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin. This revived the company's fortunes, and during the 1930s the airships Graf Zeppelin and the larger LZ 129 Hindenburg operated regular transatlantic flights from Germany to North America and Brazil. Continue reading for more historical photos.

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Real Spy Gadgets

Here's a fascinating look at some cool gadgets that were used by real KGB spies during the Cold War, most of which are guns disguised as everyday objects. On a related note, the KGB was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. Its main functions were foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, operative-investigatory activities and guarding the State Border of the USSR. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to view the five most popular internet videos of today.

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Flying Carpet Car

If someone asked you what technologies we'd have 50+ years from now, it probably wouldn't be too different from what others thought would be available today in 2015. First up is the "Flying Carpet Car", which uses compressed air to hover above ground, a precursor to the Maglev trains of today. The description says: "Look, pa, no wheels! Use of a thin layer of compressed air may allow autos to hover and move just above ground level. A pipe dream? Not at all. The concept (already proved) comes from scientist Andrew Kucher, vice-president of engineering at one of our major motor companies. His people are studying how to maintain stability. Special highway engineering is one way. Another is skillful design, evidenced already in experimental ideas from the staff of motor stylist George W. Walker. Today's earthbound cars won't turn into low flying carpets right away. But it may happen sooner than we think!" Continue reading for more.

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