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Ford Beatnik Bubbletop

It looks like something straight out of The Jetsons, but the 1955 Ford "Beanik" Bubbletop is no computer-generated vehicle. This outstanding looking custom automobile is up for grabs. It started as a 1955 Ford, but now rides on a modified 1988 Lincoln Town Car chassis, and the rear bumper is actually a front bumper taken from a '58 Cadillac. The car was created by Gary "Chopit" Fioto, as many parts had to be custom fabricated, including the teardrop skirts, pancaked hood and the largest-ever handcrafted Bubbletop roof. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Back to the Future Then vs Now

Photo credit: Jared Cowan via Acidcow

Back to the Future's Hill Valley town square scenes were shot at Courthouse Square, located in the Universal Studios back lot because, as Bob Gale said: "...because no city is going to let a film crew remodel their town to look like it's in the 1950s." The filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then we would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes." The interiors for Doc Brown's house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. The exterior shots of the Twin Pines Mall, and later the Lone Pine Mall (from 1985) were shot at the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. The exterior shots and some interior scenes at Hill Valley High School were filmed at Whittier High School in Whittier, California. Continue reading for more then and now shots of famous locations.

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Set to be auctioned off in August, this BMW M1 is a supercar that time forgot, and in prime condition. It was originally designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and hand-built between the years of 1978 - 1981, for a total production of 453 vehicles. Powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5L inline-six that generates 273hp, it has a top speed of 162 mph - turbocharged racing versions were capable of producing around 850hp. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Lamborghini LM002

The Urus may be just months away from its official debut, but long before that futuristic-looking vehicle, there was the rugged Lamborghini LM002. Also known as the "Rambo Lambo," it's one of the most excessive vehicles ever produced, weighing a hefty 5,952-pounds and powered by the same 450hp 5.2L Quattrovalvole V12 engine from the Countach. It was capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in 7.7-seconds and has a top speed of 130mph. Believe it or not, the fuel tank capacity was 76 gallons to ensure that your personal safari won't be abruptly interrupted by the LM002's extreme guzzling. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Antarctic Snow Cruiser

Before the monster trucks, off-road SUVs and giant exploration vehicles of today, there was the Antarctic Snow Cruiser. It was designed from 1937 to 1939 by Thomas Poulter, intended to facilitate transport in Antarctica. The Snow Cruiser was also known as "The Penguin," "Penguin 1" or "Turtle". Some of its innovative features at the time included: Wheels and tires retracted into housings where they were heated by engine exhaust gases to prevent low-temperature cracking of the natural rubber compound; Long front and rear overhangs on the body to assist with crossing crevasses up to 15 feet (4.6 m) wide; The front wheels were to be retracted so the front could be pushed across the crevasse. The front wheels were then to be extended (and the rear wheels retracted) to pull the vehicle the rest of the way across. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Game Boy Light

Smartphones and portable game consoles today all come with backlit screens, but back in the day, you actually needed a special light attachment to play in the dark. For those who don't remember, there were also other Game Boy accessories as well, including a camera + printer, Super Game Boy (lets you play GB games on television), battery pack and even a pocket sonar by Bandai, which is a fish-finder peripheral. Continue reading for more funny and geeky things people born after 1999 probably won't understand.

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Functional Steampunk Computer

Photo credit: Steampunk Artwork

If modern computers existed in the 1800s, this is probably what they'd look like. Though it may look like a vintage typewriter, this functional computer actually is comprised of iron, steel, wood, brass, glass and leather. According to its creators, this computer is "perfect for time-travelers' office. It [has] a 150 years old base frame, a keyboard, a monitor, a mouse, together with a separate, free-standing mouse pad, webcam, plasma tubes, lighting, a Nixie clock and various gadgets. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars World War II

When the Star Wars universe entered World War II, scenes like these would be common. Unfortunately, these brilliant machines are only a work of fiction, but on the bright side, these prints by Thirteenth Floor exist. There are soldiers taking AT-ATs, a few running right at a Stormtrooper as well as TIE Fighters shooting down a warplane. Lets not forgot the print titled "Invasion" with soldiers looking up at the Death Star above. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an extremely sharp-eyed bus passenger.

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Migrant Mother Colorized

Photo credit: Zahulie / Reddit

Florence Owens Thompson was the subject of Dorothea Lange's photo Migrant Mother in 1936, an iconic image of the Great Depression. Reddit user "Zahulie" decided to give this famous photo a color makeover, and the result is beautiful to say the least. Film colorization is most often completed in photo-editing programs nowadays, but there are still some who prefer the hand-coloring method of painting directly onto the film stock. Continue reading for more monochrome historical photos that have been given new life with color.

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Apollo 13 Moon

With the flight being commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. Unfortunately, the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. The image above shows just how close the crew got to the lunar surface. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970. Continue reading for more interesting historical photographs.

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