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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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While it was one of the most watched moments in television history, with more than half billion viewers, Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the Moon July 20, 1969 were accidentally taped over. That's right, NASA admits that it erased its only high resolution images of the first moonwalk to make room for electronic data from a satellite. Officials from the agency have concluded that the data that could have produced high resolution images of those already seen was in fact inadvertently erased. Continue reading for more.

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Sure, all of these strange prototypes aren't functional, but they do show what Frog designer Hartmut Esslinger and Steve Jobs had in mind back during the 1980s. Their partnership began when the "Snow White" project began in 1982, which was a design competition won by Frog. According to Twisted Sifter, "The result of this partnership between entrepreneur and designer is of historic dimensions: Steve Jobs was the first to make Strategic Design the core of Apple's Business Strategy. By this, Apple grew from an originally technology focused company into one of the world's most successful, global brands, and this was achieved by creating and delivering innovative and intelligent products." Continue reading to see more.

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The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) was founded in 1987 and created to care for sites important to the history of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration located in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. In December 2013, the trust found 22 relatively intact negatives at the Scott site, left by the Shackleton expedition, some of which showed McMurdo Sound landmarks. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of one of the craziest tractors you'll ever see.

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Work on the Eiffel Tower's foundations started on January, 28 1887. The foundations were complete by June 30 and the erection of the ironwork began. The very visible work on-site was complemented by the enormous amount of exacting preparatory work that was entailed: the drawing office produced 1,700 general drawings and 3,629 detailed drawings of the 18,038 different parts needed. The critical stage of joining the four legs at the first level was complete by the end of March 1888. Although construction involved 300 on-site employees, only one person died thanks to Eiffel's stringent safety precautions and use of movable stagings, guard-rails, and screens. Continue reading for more rare photographs from the past you might not have seen before.

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Ever wonder what the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs at Broadway in New York looked like sometime between the years of 1900-1915? This stunning colorized photo shows just that. Hand-colored photographs (often combined with sepia-toning) are still popular for aesthetic reasons and because the pigments used have great permanence. Digital image processing has been used in recent times to recreate the appearance and effects of hand-coloring, with colorization now available to the amateur photographer using image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop. Continue reading for more.

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