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Creepy Historical Photographs

You'd think that with all of the technology, computers, etc. available to us now, creating creepy scenarios would be easier than ever, but things have always been a bit strange. For example, these face protectors look to be straight from an old sci-fi flick, but they're actually face masks to protect from the ravages of snow storms. Continue reading to see more rare historical photographs.

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Electric Scooter 1916

Before the Segway, there was this nifty scooter in 1916. Retronaut says: "Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman." Continue reading for more rarely seen historical photographs.

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Moon Footstep AS11-40-5878

Switzerland-based photographers Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger specialize in recreating some of the most iconic photos from the past two centuries, whether it be Stuart Franklin's Tiananmen or Marmaduke Wetherell's Nessie, Cortis and Sonderegger. These famous snapshots are built entirely using everyday materials like paper, cement, and model vehicles. They avoid choosing photos with human subjects in order to avoid having to construct realistic people, and stick with objects like tanks and buildings. Continue reading for more.

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R2 D2 Actor

Did you know that R2-D2 has been played by English actor Kenny Baker in all 6 original Star Wars films and is due to reprise the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first installment of the upcoming sequel trilogy? This makes him one of just two characters/actors along with C-3PO - portrayed by Anthony Daniels - to appear in all seven films. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes photos that will forever change how your favorite films are seen.

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Reg Spiers Crate

Photo credit: The Mirror

In 1964, Aussie javelin thrower Reg Spiers visited Great Britain to recover from an injury that interrupted his athletics career. When he realized he would not make the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, he decided to work at a local airport to earn some money to fly home. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby otters reacting to the return of their favorite trainer.

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First Antarctic Crossing

Here are some rare photos from the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (CTAE). It was a Commonwealth-sponsored expedition that successfully completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica, via the South Pole. That's not all, it was also the first expedition to reach the South Pole overland for 46 years, preceded only by Amundsen's and Scott's respective parties in 1911 and 1912. Continue reading for more - plus a bonus 5-part video series.

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Sony PS-F5 Portable Record Player

Photo credit: Mattythedog

Before portable compact disc players, there was the Sony PS-F5, which is a marvel of engineering to say the least. First sold by Sony in 1983 (prototype unveiled in 1982), it's essentially a small, portable turntable which runs off regular batteries or an external power supply. It plays 7" or 12" records at 45 or 33.3 RPM and most impressively it will do so either laying down or standing up, due to its linear tracking, direct drive and record clamping system. There are also dual headphone sockets so you can listen with a friend or plug it into an amplifier. A nifty swiveling foot arrangement stows in the base of the player. Upon rotating the rubber-covered chrome plated steel feet, they extend out of the front and rear, giving extra stability when standing upright. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very clumsy baby elephant.

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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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