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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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1800s Camera

Photo credit: Giles Clement via My Modern Met

Nashville-based photographer Giles Clement wanted to produce moody portraits, but with vintage equipment. So, she decided to use equipment that dates back 160-years, "from an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience and feel." Her techniques involve the use of tintype and ambrotype, with the former taking up to 10-minutes to make. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Seiko TV Watch

Before other smartwatches, there was the Seiko T001, which basically linked a portable television receiver to a 1.25-inch LCD screen. It actually has 2 separate displays, with the one up top just for displaying the time, date and alarm features, while the lower is used for video output. However, each one also came with a Walkman-sized TV receiver that enabled you to choose from VHF / UHF channels or FM radio. Even back in 1982, this beauty retailed for $495 - around $1,232.30 today. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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George Lucas Mark Hamill

When principal photography began on March 22, 1976 in the Tunisian desert for the scenes on Tatooine, the project faced several problems. Lucas fell behind schedule in the first week of shooting due to malfunctioning props and electronic breakdowns. Moreover, a rare Tunisian rainstorm struck the country, which further disrupted filming. Mark Hamill can be seen in the photo above conversing with director George Lucas. Continue reading for more hand-colorized images that give vintage photos new life.

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Bombshell Betty

Looking like a vehicle straight from Gotham City, this record-setting 1952 "Bombshell Betty" Buick Riviera can be yours for a cool $195,000. This is a Frankenstein-like vehicle because it combines the front end of a 1968 Chevy Van, with the rear from a 1973 Ford Thunderbird, whereas under the hood, you'll find a 1950 Buick Roadmster-sourced 340HP 5.2L engine. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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Twin Pines Mall Back to the Future

Photo credit: Phil Grishayev via Peta Pixel

Twin Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall is a shopping center located outside Hill Valley, where Doctor Emmett Brown first experiments his time machine, making his dog Einstein the first time traveler in the world. The site where the mall was filmed for the movie is actually Puente Hills Mall, located in City of Industry, California. The J.C. Penney location seen in the movie has been shut down, and is now occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness center. Continue reading to see more iconic movie locations that film buff Phil Grishayev revisited.

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