Many have watched Star Wars: A New Hope dozens of times or more, but the colorized image above provides a look at the original cast out of costume during a 1977 photo shoot. Plus, did you know that it was only screened in about 50 theaters when it first opened? In comparson, The Phantom Menace opened in nearly 3,000 in 1999. Or, that before the movie opened, there was a theft issue at the production offices. As the hype built, people were desperate for Star Wars memorabilia and information. Thousands of color transparencies were stolen, and at the time, the going rate for a black-market purchases was $5 each. Continue reading for more incredible colorized historical photos from much simpler times.
Constructed between the years of 1887-89, it was designed to be the 1889 World's Fair entrance, and is currently the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people climbed it in 2015. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17-feet. Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. Continue reading for more photos that show how famous landmarks changed over time.
Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is basically an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. It's approximately 360 pages long, and written in a cipher alphabet in a constructed language. The language of the book has defied complete analysis by linguists for decades. The illustrations are often surreal parodies of things in the real world: bleeding fruit; a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a master craftsman making a natural draft furnace using primitive technology.
Photographer Norman Seeff released a few rarely seen outtakes of Steve Jobs from a 1984 photo shoot with the Macintosh design team. This is the same shoot that produced the iconic photo of Steve Jobs holding a Mac on his lap, which was on the cover of Time Magazine and the book jacket of Walter Isaacson's biography. His aim was to portray a personable side of the young Steve Jobs, rather than show him as a demanding leader. Continue reading for more rarely seen historical photos.
Vinicius Araujo, a graphic / motion designer from Rio de Janeiro, has created an electronic alphabet of sorts that turns all 26 characters into classic gadgets. You'll find everything from the Apple Macintosh to the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sony Walkman. For anyone wondering, all of these letters are based on the Helvetica typeface helvetica. Continue reading to see more.
The Lamborghini LM002 has been discontinued for 25-years, and the company plans on launching its all-new Urus SUV on December 4. So, they decide to release new pictures and a video of the classic SUV to celebrate. This failed military project, also known as "Rambo Lambo", is powered by a Countach-sourced 450hp 5.2-liter V12 that generates, and was the first Lamborghini with four-wheel drive. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Yes, the CIA had a real-life "heart attack gun" about 42-years-ago, and we can only imagine the tools they possess now. This secretive weapon was used for assassination missions, and shoots a small poison dart that can penetrate clothing. It leaves nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin, and causes a lethal heart attack. The target may feel as if they were bitten by a mosquito, or maybe nothing at all, as the poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target's bloodstream. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what would happen if video games were 10% more realistic.
Have $745,000 and always wanted a pristine BMW M1? If so, then look no further than this specimen, with just 8,441-miles on the odometer. For those who don't know, it's the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced, the second is the BMW i8. It employs a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L six-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection. The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the motorsport division of BMW as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Continue reading to see it pit against the BMW i8, for more pictures and information.
Photographer Martjn van Oers recently purchased an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 - a folding medium-format camera - from a second-hand store, and inside, he discovered roll of undeveloped film with the word 'EXPOSE' on it. So, he took it to his friend Johan Holleman, who has been developing his own films for the most part of his life, to help recover some of them. "We scanned the negatives and found four images had enough detail in them to tell that the last time this camera was used, it belonged to a man (who's even in one of the pictures, carrying the camera's case) who probably brought his expensive piece of gear on one of his travels," said Oers. Continue reading to see what he found.
When you cross a tank with the a 1958 Land Rover 109 Series II, you get this tracked beast. Created by James A. Cuthbertson, it was designed to tackle the adverse winter conditions in Scotland or war. The base vehicle was first required to be dropped onto a sub-frame for clearance and movement of the treads, while the original Land Rover drivetrain remained. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.