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Adobe Photoshop First


February 19th marked the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop's first release. To celebrate its birthday, we bring you the very first demo, along with a minute-long compilation animation made up of a host of Photoshop creations. In the second video, you'll see everyone from Bilbo Baggins to the lovable green Shrek, made from the original working files provided by the artists themselves. In 1987, Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, began writing a program on his Macintosh Plus to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. This program, called Display, caught the attention of his brother John Knoll, an Industrial Light & Magic employee, who recommended that Thomas turn it into a full-fledged image editing program. Thomas took a six-month break from his studies in 1988 to collaborate with his brother on the program. Thomas renamed the program ImagePro, but the name was already taken. Later that year, Thomas renamed his program Photoshop and worked out a short-term deal with scanner manufacturer Barneyscan to distribute copies of the program with a slide scanner; a "total of about 200 copies of Photoshop were shipped" this way. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why moms get nothing done.

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1956 Kitchen

Furniture designer and creator Nathan Chandler recently purchased a home that has remained sealed since 1956. Its mid-century American interior was kept perfectly intact to boot. Whether it be the pastel pink counters or manuals still attached to the unused GE home appliances, every detail is straight out of a 1950s American family television show. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Largest Plane in World

Here's another look at the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest. The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Lamborghini LM0002

Unofficially called "Rambo Lambo," the LM002 (Lamborghini Military) was Lamborghini's first foray into the world of military vehicles, and also the company's first four-wheel-drive model. After much testing and altering of the prototype, it was finally unveiled at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986. Civilian models were outfitted with a full luxury package, including full leather trim, tinted power windows, air conditioning, and a premium stereo mounted in a roof console. In order to meet the vehicle's tire needs, Lamborghini commissioned Pirelli to create the Pirelli Scorpion tires with custom, run-flat tread designs. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Egypt Pyramids Old

Photo credit: Old School Cool / Reddit

Yes, that is an actual Zeppelin airship flying above the Egyptian pyramids in 1931, the same kind that were first flown commercially in 1910 by Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG, the world's first airline in revenue service. In 1926 the restrictions on airship construction were lifted and with the aid of donations from the public work was started on the construction of LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin. This revived the company's fortunes, and during the 1930s the airships Graf Zeppelin and the larger LZ 129 Hindenburg operated regular transatlantic flights from Germany to North America and Brazil. Continue reading for more historical photos.

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Real Spy Gadgets

Here's a fascinating look at some cool gadgets that were used by real KGB spies during the Cold War, most of which are guns disguised as everyday objects. On a related note, the KGB was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. Its main functions were foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, operative-investigatory activities and guarding the State Border of the USSR. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to view the five most popular internet videos of today.

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Flying Carpet Car

If someone asked you what technologies we'd have 50+ years from now, it probably wouldn't be too different from what others thought would be available today in 2015. First up is the "Flying Carpet Car", which uses compressed air to hover above ground, a precursor to the Maglev trains of today. The description says: "Look, pa, no wheels! Use of a thin layer of compressed air may allow autos to hover and move just above ground level. A pipe dream? Not at all. The concept (already proved) comes from scientist Andrew Kucher, vice-president of engineering at one of our major motor companies. His people are studying how to maintain stability. Special highway engineering is one way. Another is skillful design, evidenced already in experimental ideas from the staff of motor stylist George W. Walker. Today's earthbound cars won't turn into low flying carpets right away. But it may happen sooner than we think!" Continue reading for more.

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Original Power Glove

The Power Glove was originally released in 1989, and although it was an officially licensed product, Nintendo was not involved in the design or release of this accessory. Rather, it was designed by Grant Goddard and Samuel Cooper Davis for Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (AGE), made by Mattel in the United States. For those who grew up in the 80s and could afford an NES, this was a must-have accessory for the console, especially after seeing it in The Wizard. The glove has traditional NES controller buttons on the forearm as well as a program button and buttons labeled 0-9.The user presses the program button and a numbered button to input commands, such as changing the firing rate of the A and B buttons. Along with the controller, the player can perform various hand motions to control a character on-screen. Continue reading for more everyday things that only 80s geeks might still cherish today.

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Adam Rainer Dwarf Giant

Adam Rainer, born in 1899 in Graz, Austria-Hungary, is currently the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant. At the age of 18 (1917), he was measured at 4 ft 0.25 in. Then, likely as a result of a pituitary tumor, he had a dramatic growth spurt in 1931, reaching 7 ft 2 in. As a result of his gigantism he became bedridden for the rest of his life. When he died in 1950 he had reached a height of 7 ft 8 in. He weighed 241-pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Restored WW2 Pictures

Photo credit: Rescued Film via Bored Panda

What makes these World War II images so incredible? First off, they weren't taken by a professional photographer, but rather a real soldier. Second, Levi Bettweiser, discovered the undeveloped film at an auction in Ohio. Many rolls were water damaged and had rust. He said: "There is a large possibility that I might not recover a single image from any of these rolls of film. When I pulled the film that I had just developed out of my film development tank and look at them, I'm the very first person that has ever seen that picture." What you're looking at above is what he managed to salvage. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos for today.

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