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.
The rise of railroading during the last half of the 19th century led to the widespread use of pocket watches, and even a vending machine in Berlin, Germany during the 1960s designed specifically for these timepieces. Did you know that the first vending machine in the US was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company? It sold gum on New York City train platforms. The idea of adding games to these machines as a further incentive to buy came in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures, which would move around whenever somebody bought some gum from their machines. The birth of slot machines and pinball is ultimately rooted in these early devices. Continue reading for more.
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic" and the Type 55 sports car. The image above shows a Veyron placed next to a Bugatti 22. Continue reading to see more. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery.
Believe it or not, entrepreneur and treasure hunter Gregor Sporri came across a 15-inch-long (38 cm) mummified finger during a 1988 expedition in Egypt. Chopped at the bone, this giant appendage is a dark color and peeled at the edges like crumpled paper with the finger nail still intact. Found in the grave of a giant mummy somewhere near the Giza pyramids, if the finger belonged to a normal human being, they would stand 16-feet tall. Continue reading for more fascinating historical artifacts that will make you look twice.
There are the many systems that SEGA, Nintendo, and Atari released throughout the 80s and 90s, but the View-Master Interactive Vision might be one console you've never seen. It was an interactive movie VHS console game system, introduced in 1988 by View-Master Ideal Group, Inc., that came with a simple controller which included a joystick and five colorful buttons. As the video plays, the characters address the player directly, and ask the player to make a choice by pressing one of the buttons. Zadoc Paet of Reddit rounded up many more interesting video game controllers you might not have seen before. Continue reading for more.
Back to the Future II predicted many things for 2015, including the very famous hoverboard, but just what will come to fruition this year, nobody knows. However, Tony Hawk has the hoverboard technology covered, showing off his skills on the Hendo Hover. In the movie, Marty McFly of 2015 and family answer calls with glasses, use a dehydrated pizza machine, holographic movie billboards, and even flying cars. One thing the movie never saw coming was the invention of smartphones, tablets and other connected mobile devices. Get the trilogy here.
You'll find these giant arrows on the ground all over the US, but they weren't placed their by Google. These were used by pilots for the US Postal Service, before the digital age, in the 1920s. The line of beacons bisect the country longitudinally from San Francisco to New York City. After World War II, these beacons were obsolete due to advancements in radio technology. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Siberian Husky mom handling her pups like a champ.
The Elliott 803 is a medium speed digital computer which was manufactured by the British company Elliott Brothers, and approximately 250 were built. The 800 series started with the 801, a one-off test machine built in 1957. The 802 was a production model but only seven were sold between 1958 and 1961. The short-lived 803A was built in 1959 and first delivered in 1960; the 803B was built in 1960 and first delivered in 1961. Here's what one of the boxes / crates that were used to deliver the computer looked like. Continue reading for an image of the actual computer and more information.
Just about everyone has seen photographs of the theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, Albert Einstein, but here are three images from different time periods showing how he aged. With that said, one interesting event that happened during his life was that on the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. Continue reading for more rare and fascinating historical photographs.
Back in the 90s, being a cool geek meant having an N64, even though they were sold out everywhere for months. The N64's suggested retail price was $199.99 at its launch and it was later marketed with the slogan "Get N, or get Out!". However, many were scalpers were offering them for much higher prices, similar to what people did for the previous iPhones. The console was ultimately released in a range of different colors and designs, and an assortment of limited-edition controllers were sold or used as contest prizes during the N64's lifespan. Continue reading for more.