Before high-resolution displays, NASA scientists frequently used large chalkboards to convey idea and / or solve equations. Whats' even more significant is the U.S public's perception of the Soviet lead in putting the first man in space. This motivated President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress on May 25, 1961 to commit the federal government to a program to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which effectively launched the Apollo program. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never mess around with a $70,000 video camera.
Just when you thought amusement park rides couldn't get any crazier, this attraction from 1919 surfaces. Devised by two New York inventors, the electromagnetic cannon shoots a bullet-like shell onto a large cushion of water, and upon striking the lagoon, it's guided back to the starting point by a link-belt. Special electric cars carry the "rockets" back to the station, thence around to the gun breech, where a hydraulic plunger loads the carrier into the gun. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who fell asleep with Tesla's Autopilot turned on.
For $1998 back in October, 1994, you could have purchased a Packard Bell 486DX2/50MHz computer system with 720MB hard drive, 4MB of RAM, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16-bit stereo sound card, Canon Bubble Jet printer, and a 14-inch Super VGA monitor. If you didn't already know, Best Buy was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Continue reading to see the rest of this circular - SNES and SEGA Genesis included.
The first camera-equipped smartphone was released in 2000, yet a video has surfaced of an alleged time traveler with one at a 1995 Mike Tyson boxing match against Peter McNeeley. While some may say it's a Casio QV-10 or Logitech Fotoman, the lens and flash placement just do not match up. "I dunno if it's a time traveler or not, but no one can explain what camera it is; a QV-100 doesn't have a silver bit on the right, and this camera doesn't seem to have a black line under the lens," said one commentator. Continue reading for a hands-on video of one of the purported cameras.
Lotec is basically a German sports car manufacturer that was founded in 1962 by Kurt Lotterschmid. In 1983, they began to create aftermarket aerodynamic and performance parts for Mercedes-Benz cars. Fast forward to 2004, and the Lotec Sirius was introduced, powered by a Pagani Zonda C12S-sourced, twin-turbocharged V12. The company claims that the car will produce 1000hp, or up to 1200hp when tuned. Continue reading for a video of its incredible engine and more information.
The Lamborghini Countach is a legendary supercar in its own right, but for those who prefer extreme vehicles, this amphibious version should do the trick. It's registered in England as a Ryan Rover V8 Sports, and sits atop a multi tube semi-space frame, with a composite body molded from a Countach 5000QV. Other specifications include: fully adjustable AVO gas coil-overs with push-rod suspension, vented discs brakes, and a leather dash. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
The Nintendo M82 was a essentially a demon unit for stores that allowed customers to try several games before purchasing them. Officially called the "M82 Game Selectable Working Product Display," it could hold 12 game cartridges, and can be selected by pressing buttons next to the desired title. The play time could also be set: 30-seconds, 3-minutes, 6-minutes or 128 minutes. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photos.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower, constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fairon, on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It's named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. The image you see above is from 1888 during its construction. Continue reading for more amazing colorized vintage photos.
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.
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.