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Orange BMW M1

Have $745,000 and always wanted a pristine BMW M1? If so, then look no further than this specimen, with just 8,441-miles on the odometer. For those who don't know, it's the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced, the second is the BMW i8. It employs a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L six-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection. The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the motorsport division of BMW as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Continue reading to see it pit against the BMW i8, for more pictures and information.

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1929 Camera

Photo credit: Martijn van Oers via Bored Panda

Photographer Martjn van Oers recently purchased an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 - a folding medium-format camera - from a second-hand store, and inside, he discovered roll of undeveloped film with the word 'EXPOSE' on it. So, he took it to his friend Johan Holleman, who has been developing his own films for the most part of his life, to help recover some of them. "We scanned the negatives and found four images had enough detail in them to tell that the last time this camera was used, it belonged to a man (who's even in one of the pictures, carrying the camera's case) who probably brought his expensive piece of gear on one of his travels," said Oers. Continue reading to see what he found.

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Tracked Land Rover

When you cross a tank with the a 1958 Land Rover 109 Series II, you get this tracked beast. Created by James A. Cuthbertson, it was designed to tackle the adverse winter conditions in Scotland or war. The base vehicle was first required to be dropped onto a sub-frame for clearance and movement of the treads, while the original Land Rover drivetrain remained. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Amelia Earheart Spotted

A retired federal agent claimed to have discovered a photograph of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in the National Archives that could prove they successfully crash-landed in the Marshall Islands before being allegedly captured by the Japanese military. The photo alleges to show the duo in front of a barge towing an airplane, and the image is even stamped with the official markings of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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