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The first patented roller skate was introduced in 1760 by Belgian inventor John Joseph Merlin. His roller skate wasn't much more than an ice skate with wheels where the blade goes, (a style we would call inlines today). They were hard to steer and hard to stop because they didn't have brakes, as such were not very popular. The initial "test pilot" of the first prototype of the skate was in the city of Huy, which had a party with Merlin playing the violin. These motorized versions from 1961 are another story. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions and gadgets from the past.

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Another week, another round of fascinating photos that you probably haven't seen before. This batch includes a samurai helmet belonging to the Mitsudaina family from 1730, a comparison between old vs. new Mercedes-Benz F1 steering wheels, a breathtaking aeriel view of the Grand Canyon at 35,000 feet, and the futuristic interior of the Bloodhound SSC, which is set to go supersonic by hitting speeds in excess of 1,000mph. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 2-year-old amputee that will restore your faith in humanity.

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Recreating childhood photos has become the next big thing online, and some of these people decided to take this trend to the next level by going to the same exact location and wearing the same clothes as before.We've got the two brothers eating pizza, father & son, and an entire family performing acrobatic moves. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 9 ways to pass time at an airport.

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US Navy captain Mark D. Anderson and historian Jean Muller stumbled upon something unexpected when trying to recover artifacts from The Battle of the Bulge in a Luxembourg mountainside. Their metal detector lead them to foxhole that was dug during the battle, and inside, it contained the belongings of an American soldier, Technician Fifth Grade Louis J. Archambeau. There was one item that stood out, a camera with an undeveloped roll of film in it. Continue reading to see the images they found.

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Sometimes, it's good to take a journey back in time to really appreciate all the things we have now, like high-resolution televisions, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. This little boy was photographed in awe as he stood watching television for the first time through an appliance store window in 1948. Continue reading for more amazing photos from the past that you might not have seen before.

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What's old is new again, or at least with Qwerkywriter. Simply put, this is a mechanical USB keyboard that comes complete with the click feedback found in old typewriters. It's compatible with tablet via an integrated stand, and also boasts a detachable USB cable.Continue reading for a video, more information and a link to the Kickstarter campaign.

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It's hard to imagine people living 100 years ago in cities filled with smog and steam-powered machinery could picture technologies that would exist in modern times, but these old postcards drawn by artists reveal scarily accurate predictions of 21st century gadgets. They're called En L'An 2000 (In the Year 2000) and feature scenes that look strangely familiar, despite being created between 1899 and 1910. Above, we have an early version of Facetime, which basically shows a cine-phono-telegraph that enables people to speak over the telephone and see each other on a screen at the same time. Continue reading for more.

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Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, its similarities in role and shape to the Ho 229 has led many to retrospectively describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber". A static reproduction of the only surviving Ho 229 prototype, the Ho 229 V3, in American hands since the end of World War II was later tested by the U.S. military who found the basic shape, paint and laminating adhesive composition of the mockup copy would provide for 37% reduction in detection range against the Chain Home radar of the 1940s. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very intelligent dog who frees itself and friends from cages.

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Before all the fancy DSLRs, mirrorless point-and-shoots, etc., people were already taking selfies, albeit using older technology, but still self shots nonetheless. Above, we have retired general Colin Powell who snapped this selfie back in the 1950s, which didn't hit the internet until March 13, 2014. Continue reading to see more vintage selfies that might actually surprise you.

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The city of Tikal, later to be one of the most important of the Classic Period Maya cities, was already a significant city by around 350 BC, although it did not match El Mirador. The Late Preclassic cultural florescence collapsed in the 1st century AD and many of the great Maya cities of the epoch were abandoned; the cause of this collapse is as yet unknown. Continue reading for more incredible ancient cities you might not know about.

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