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BMW M1 Procar

Canepa has completed their fully restoration of a 1979 BMW M1 Procar, number 31 of just 40 made, which served as a spare car during the BMW M1 Procar Championship. Originally sold to a German customer in November 1979, it was then purchased by an American collector 4-years-later. The race car was driven and displayed at numerous events throughout the 1990's, and was placed in storage until October 2012. It was made street-legal by replacing the BMW race components with OEM Procar parts, including BBS center lock wheels, suspension uprights, hubs, control arms, tie rods, axles and mirrors. The engine was rebuilt and equipped with Motec electronic fuel injection, boosting total engine output to 414 hp and 357 lb-ft of torque. Click here for more pictures of the fully restored M1 Procar. Continue reading for a Top Gear review of the original M1.

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Modern Neanderthal

Ever wonder what a Neanderthal would look like in modern wear? If so, then head on over to The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, as a Neanderthal mannequin in a suit is currently on display to remind visitors of connections between modern and ancient humans. One thing you may not know is that Neanderthals had a lower surface-to-volume ratio, with shorter legs and a bigger body in conformance with Bergmann's rule, as an energy-loss reduction adaptation to life in a high-latitude (i.e. seasonally cold) climate. Continue reading for more cool pictures from around the web.

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Untouched 1970s House

It's impossible to travel back in time to the 1970s, or at least that we know of, but visiting this home - located in Framingham, Massachusetts - just might be the next best thing. Currently on the market for $624,900, this time capsule spans 4,133-square-feet, complete with 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a swimming pool. "The original owner built the house and customized it and did all the decor in the early '70s. The most recent owners also appreciated the decor and lived in the house for more than 20 years without changing any parts of the quirky and multicolored interiors," said realtor Matthew Cuddy. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why virtual reality makes some people sick.

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Douglas C-47 Skytrain Pyramids

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain, also known as Dakota (RAF designation), is essentially military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remains in front line service with various military operators to the present day. The photo above shows one of the aircraft flying over the Giza pyramids in Egypt sometime during 1943. Continue reading for ten more fascinating colorized historical photos.

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First Underwater Photograph

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Taken in 1899 by diver and photographer Louis Marie Auguste Boutan, this amazing image was captured at a depth of 164-feet with a 30-minute exposure time on dry plates. Due to this lengthy period, Boutan suffered nitrogen narcosis, or a drowsy state induced by breathing air under higher than atmospheric pressure. He may have used a custom underwater flash rig, which essentially consisted of an alcohol lamp on an oxygen-filled barrel. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a talented musician who uses his guitar to make Formula 1 racing sounds.

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Porsche Jagdwagen

Before today's Cayenne, there was the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen (German for "hunting car"), which was basically a light military vehicle, designed to compete with the likes of Jeep and Land-Rover. Power came from an induced air-cooled flat-four taken from the Porsche 356, located in the rear of the vehicle, producing 50-horsepower, mated to a 5-speed manual box with additional on-the-fly two/four wheel drive shifter. A total of 71 Porsche 597s were manufactured, between 1955 and 1958, 49 of which were built for the civilian market (chassis numbers starting from 597-000101). Continue reading for another video and more information.

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1940s Los Angeles

Los Angeles continued to spread out, particularly with the development of the San Fernando Valley and the building of the freeways launched in the 1940s. When the local street car system went out of business, Los Angeles became a city built around the automobile, with all the social, health and political problems that this dependence produces. The famed urban sprawl of Los Angeles became a notable feature of the town, and the pace of the growth accelerated in the first decades of the 20th century. Keven McAlester created a perfectly synced short film showing that time period with today. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a man who sliding off a water slide and into a rocky cliff - David Salmon broke his arm and some ribs but is expected to be OK. He said he's "too dang old to be going down water slides."

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136-Year-Old Camera

French photographer Mathieu Stern wanted to try something new for his "Weird Lens Experiment", so he acquired a 136-year-old lens from a large format camera - one of the first to have a mechanical iris aperture system - and mounted it onto a Sony a7 II. "After mounting it with some cardboard pieces to keep it tightly blocked in a M42 macro tube, I then screwed it on different macro M42 tubes and to a M42 helicoidal ring that was screwed to a M42 to NEX Adaptor ring, then to the Sony A7II. Thus, the lens was able to focus," said Stern. Click here to view the first image this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining how SpaceX will get us to Mars.

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Apple Garage Sale

Imgur user "crunchybits" recently stumbled upon a neighborhood garage sale, and what he found was something you don't see everyday, even in fancy electronics stores. What is this goldmine exactly? Well, it includes a Power Macinstosh 7100/66AV, Apple Multiple Scan 15 monitor, software bundle, keyboard, and a few more goodies. Best of all, everything was in like new condition, used just a few times. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Pokemon Go players causing a stampede in Central Park, NYC over a Vaporeon.

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Nintendo 64DD Disc Drive

The Nintendo 64DD (Disc Drive) basically plugged into the extension port on the underside of the console, enabling you to use proprietary 64MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Only ten titles were ever released, and the peripheral itself now fetches upwards of $1,000 on the secondary market. YouTube user "MetalJesusRocks" managed to snag one of them. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why movie theaters in Korea are so much better than in the US.

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