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Graflex Big Bertha

H/T: PetaPixel | Photo credit: Geoffrey Berliner / Penumbra Foundation

Before fancy DSLRs, sports photographers used the Graflex "Big Bertha" to capture action shots at events. This massive 120-pound camera snapped 5 x 7 photos, and were quite the hassle to transport. "These old Graflexes have limited shutter speeds because the tension springs are tired with age. I was able to shoot at 650/sec at f8. The lens has a focal length of 1000mm," said photographery Geoffrey Berliner. Continue reading for more pictures, including a test shot, and additional information.

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Abraham Lincoln Without Beard

Photo credit: Marina Amaral via Bored Panda

What if we could see the past in full vibrant color, like it should be viewed. Well, thanks to artists like Marina Amaral, we're able to see many historical photographs like never before. She combines her interest in history, with Photoshop, to create these incredible recreations. "When we look at the photo in color, we can easily have the feeling that we are living that moment again," said Amaral. Continue reading to see more.

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Steinwinter Supercargo

The Steinwinter Supercargo 2040 Cab was essentially a vehicle built to decrease the size and aerodynamic drag of the typical semi-truck. However, this strange design proved unpopular with drivers and suffered from handling problems - testing was stopped after 3000km. It was first unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, is based on a Mercedes chassis, and powered by a 400hp Daimler-Benz engine. Other features included an independent air suspension, limited slip differential, anti-lock brakes, and climate control. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why molten table salt and water is an explosive mix, literally.

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Rocket to the Moon


The show was originally named Rocket to the Moon and it opened in 1955 along with Disneyland. The ride was refurbished as Flight to the Moon in 1967. On March 21, 1975, the destination was changed to Mars because humans had already been to the Moon. During that time, the attraction was considerably dated. The show was designed in cooperation with NASA and was basically a revised and updated version of the previous attraction Flight to the Moon. Guests would now be launched on a spacecraft into space and then approach the surface of the red planet Mars. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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Heart Attack Pistol

This unclassified footage reportedly shows a modified Colt 1911 pistol that shoots a dart, filled with a special serum, that causes a heart attack when fired into the victim, leaving no trace, other than a red dot. That's right, it can pierce through clothing without leaving signs of impact on the skin, and the serum dissolves without a trace. "The poison was frozen into some sort of dart and then it was shot at very high speed into the person. When it reached the person it would melt inside them, and there would be a tiny red dot on their body, which was hard to detect. There wouldn't be a needle or anything like that left in the person," said whistleblower Mary Embree. Continue reading for the unedited clip.

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Albert Einstein Office

Most of you already know that Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics, alongside quantum mechanics. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. The image above shows the physicist in his office at work. Continue reading for more amazing colorized historical photos.

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Overland Train

In the 1950s the LeTourneau company developed several overland trains, essentially oversized semi-trailer trucks that could travel over almost any terrain. Their intention was to be able to handle logistics needs without being dependent on local road or rail systems, allowing them to operate in back-country areas. The US Army had three experimental units built, the largest reaching almost 600 feet (183 m) long, which holds the record for the longest offroad vehicle. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the train.

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Rolls Royce Phantom

This 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I was originally fitted with a convertible by Hooper, but in 1934, that body was scrapped and was sent to Jonckheere in Belgium for a complete overhaul. From the huge front fenders on to the oval doors to the tall fin on the back, this vehicle is luxury at its finest. After being completed, it won the 1934 Prix de Cannes Concours d'Elegance, and was shortly after sold to an American auto enthusiast. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Old 70s Hard Drive

In 1973, IBM introduced the IBM 3340 "Winchester" disk drive, the first significant commercial use of low mass and low load heads with lubricated platters. This technology and its derivatives remained the standard through 2011. This particular model weighs around 80-pounds, can store 3.78GB of data, and costs $250,000. It was used primarily by banks to store account data. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lighter Camera

Back in the 1950s, before digital cameras and smartphones, spies relied on inconspicuous objects, like the Echo 8 Lighter Camera, to conduct surveillance operations. As the name suggests, it's essentially a combination of camera and cigarette lighter, made by the Suzuki company from 1951. A few years later, in 1955, they released a simplified Camera Lite model, designed to simply snap and go. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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