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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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Volkswagen Schimwwagen

Before modern amphibious cars, like the WaterCar Panther, there was Volkswagen's Type 166 Schwimmwagen, used extensively in World War II. It's essentially a four wheel drive vehicle on first gear - reverse gears with some models - that has ZF self-locking differentials on both front and rear axles. Similar to the Kubelwagen, the Schwimmwagen had portal gear rear hubs that gave better ground clearance, while at the same time reducing drive-line torque stresses with their gear reduction at the wheels. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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100-Year-Old Life Hacks

There are modern life hacks, and then these century-old tips from Gallaher's Cigarettes. During the early 1900s, many cigarette manufactures included stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to reinforce the packaging. Gallaher's didn't want to waste paper on these cards, so the company decided to print trivia, artwork and even well-known people onto them - including the famous Honus Wagner. The entire 100 card collection can be viewed at the New York Public Library's George Arents Collection. Continue reading for more.

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Famous Photo Colorized

Thanks to a dedicated photographers and designers, many historical photographs have been given new life with a variety of colorization techniques. Despite all the technology available, many preview the manual method of adding color to a black-and-white photograph using watercolors, oils, crayons or pastels, and other paints or dyes. The toughest manual method? Using crayons or pastel sticks of ground pigments since it requires knowledge of drawing techniques. Continue reading for more.

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Sword of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian

Photo credit: Calculuslight / Reddit

Elected King of the Romans February 16, 1486 in Frankfurt-am-Main at his father's initiative and crowned on April 9, 1486 in Aachen, Maximilian I stood at the head of the Holy Roman Empire upon his father's death in 1493. During his first year as an Emperor, much of Austria was under Hungarian rule as they had occupied the territory under the reign of Frederick. In 1490, Maximilian finally reconquered it and entered Vienna. The photos above provide a rare look at one of his swords. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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Autochrome Portrait

Mervyn O'Gorman, an electrical engineer, captured these beautiful photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England over 100-years-ago. These century-old photos from 1913 depict her wearing vivid red clothes, with the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background, using a process called Autochrome Lumiere process. This technique involved using glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Retro Game Collection

There are specialty stores that may carry old classics, but for the ultimate in retro games, look no further than this collection, which fills an entire room. As you can see, there's everything from the original R.O.B. to a tower of limited edition N64 consoles. If you look closely, you'll also spot the stacks of Game Boys and also Nintendo's original Famicom. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including something you'd never expect to see in Brussels, Belgium.

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