The Power Glove was originally released in 1989, and although it was an officially licensed product, Nintendo was not involved in the design or release of this accessory. Rather, it was designed by Grant Goddard and Samuel Cooper Davis for Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (AGE), made by Mattel in the United States. For those who grew up in the 80s and could afford an NES, this was a must-have accessory for the console, especially after seeing it in The Wizard. The glove has traditional NES controller buttons on the forearm as well as a program button and buttons labeled 0-9.The user presses the program button and a numbered button to input commands, such as changing the firing rate of the A and B buttons. Along with the controller, the player can perform various hand motions to control a character on-screen. Continue reading for more everyday things that only 80s geeks might still cherish today.
Adam Rainer, born in 1899 in Graz, Austria-Hungary, is currently the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant. At the age of 18 (1917), he was measured at 4 ft 0.25 in. Then, likely as a result of a pituitary tumor, he had a dramatic growth spurt in 1931, reaching 7 ft 2 in. As a result of his gigantism he became bedridden for the rest of his life. When he died in 1950 he had reached a height of 7 ft 8 in. He weighed 241-pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
What makes these World War II images so incredible? First off, they weren't taken by a professional photographer, but rather a real soldier. Second, Levi Bettweiser, discovered the undeveloped film at an auction in Ohio. Many rolls were water damaged and had rust. He said: "There is a large possibility that I might not recover a single image from any of these rolls of film. When I pulled the film that I had just developed out of my film development tank and look at them, I'm the very first person that has ever seen that picture." What you're looking at above is what he managed to salvage. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.
The rise of railroading during the last half of the 19th century led to the widespread use of pocket watches, and even a vending machine in Berlin, Germany during the 1960s designed specifically for these timepieces. Did you know that the first vending machine in the US was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company? It sold gum on New York City train platforms. The idea of adding games to these machines as a further incentive to buy came in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures, which would move around whenever somebody bought some gum from their machines. The birth of slot machines and pinball is ultimately rooted in these early devices. Continue reading for more.
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic" and the Type 55 sports car. The image above shows a Veyron placed next to a Bugatti 22. Continue reading to see more. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery.
Believe it or not, entrepreneur and treasure hunter Gregor Sporri came across a 15-inch-long (38 cm) mummified finger during a 1988 expedition in Egypt. Chopped at the bone, this giant appendage is a dark color and peeled at the edges like crumpled paper with the finger nail still intact. Found in the grave of a giant mummy somewhere near the Giza pyramids, if the finger belonged to a normal human being, they would stand 16-feet tall. Continue reading for more fascinating historical artifacts that will make you look twice.
There are the many systems that SEGA, Nintendo, and Atari released throughout the 80s and 90s, but the View-Master Interactive Vision might be one console you've never seen. It was an interactive movie VHS console game system, introduced in 1988 by View-Master Ideal Group, Inc., that came with a simple controller which included a joystick and five colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, and ask the player to make a choice by pressing one of the buttons. Zadoc Paet of Reddit rounded up many more interesting video game controllers you might not have seen before. Continue reading for more.
Back to the Future II predicted many things for 2015, including the very famous hoverboard, but just what will come to fruition this year, nobody knows. However, Tony Hawk has the hoverboard technology covered, showing off his skills on the Hendo Hover. In the movie, Marty McFly of 2015 and family answer calls with glasses, use a dehydrated pizza machine, holographic movie billboards, and even flying cars. One thing the movie never saw coming was the invention of smartphones, tablets and other connected mobile devices. Get the trilogy here.
You'll find these giant arrows on the ground all over the US, but they weren't placed their by Google. These were used by pilots for the US Postal Service, before the digital age, in the 1920s. The line of beacons bisect the country longitudinally from San Francisco to New York City. After World War II, these beacons were obsolete due to advancements in radio technology. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Siberian Husky mom handling her pups like a champ.
The Elliott 803 is a medium speed digital computer which was manufactured by the British company Elliott Brothers, and approximately 250 were built. The 800 series started with the 801, a one-off test machine built in 1957. The 802 was a production model but only seven were sold between 1958 and 1961. The short-lived 803A was built in 1959 and first delivered in 1960; the 803B was built in 1960 and first delivered in 1961. Here's what one of the boxes / crates that were used to deliver the computer looked like. Continue reading for an image of the actual computer and more information.