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Deus Ex Twin Towers

In Deus Ex, whenever the New York City skyline is visible in the background, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are conspicuously absent, despite the game being released in 2000. This was reportedly due to texture memory limitations that arose during the game's development, but the in-universe explanation for the missing towers is that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack. A year after the game's initial release, the real Twin Towers were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Continue reading for more.

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Comanche Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche is basically an advanced 5-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. During the early 1980s, the U.S. Army began formulating a requirement for the replacement of its helicopters then in service, resulting in the Light Helicopter Experimental program. In 1991, the Boeing-Sikorsky team was chosen to produce prototypes. The Comanche would incorporate stealth technologies, featuring a number of designs previously untried. Continue reading for more.

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Mir Mine

The Mir Mine is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It's approximately 525-meters (1,722-feet) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200-meters (3,900-feet), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. Continue reading for more fascinating facts about the world's largest open pit diamond mine.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is basically a single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Continue reading for more.

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Ninja Wallet

Wallet Ninja may look like a credit card at first glance, but it's oh so much more. It packs 18 tools into 1 flat card, and easily slips into your wallet. To ensure durability and ruggedness, it's made from from 4x heat treated steel, complete with a lifetime guarantee that it will never rust, bend, or dull. Plus, the Ninja Wallet is TSA approved. Product page. Continue reading for more simple pocket gadgets.

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Eric Stoltz Back to the Future

Back to the Future would have been quite different to say the least, if actor Eric Stoltz was in the movie. You see Stoltz was originally cast as the teen time-traveler Marty McFly, but fired after director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg watched the rough footage and decided he was too serious, as well as not getting enough laughs in the early preview screeners. Michael J. Fox, who appeared facially similar, was brought in. Continue reading for more.

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Guatemalan Sinkhole Gigantic

No, the image above isn't a CG-render, but rather the 2010 Guatemala City sinkhole. This disaster, in which an area approximately 65-feet across and 100-feet deep collapsed in Guatemala City's Zona 2, swallowed a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for a combination of reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the Pacaya Volcano eruption, and leakage from sewer pipes. Immediately after the sinkhole's collapse, there were plans to fill it in with a soil cement made from cement, limestone, and water known locally as lodocreto. Continue reading for more.

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Blue Objects Shore

These mysterious blue objects washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and while they look like something out of a sci-fi flick, they're actually just Velella. In other words, jelly-like "purple sails" that are known to flood California beaches in the springtime. Fortunately, they make for some interesting photos and land wherever the breeze takes them. Continue reading for more.

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Toshiba Satellite A8

Toshiba's Satellite C55D-B5310 is priced at a mere $349 shipped, but it still manages to pack an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 Accelerated Processor, 4GB of DDR3L graphics, as well as a 15.6" LED-backlit display. "Graphics are run by the AMD Radeon R5 which can take on Skyrim or Dead Souls 2 at a reasonable clip, though it admittedly doesn't like Windows 8," says Hi Consumption. Product page. Continue reading to see more awesome budget gaming laptops that you can pick up today for under $500 shipped.

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F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor conducted its first flight in 1997, and is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It was initially designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. While Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The flyaway cost for a single unit is $150-million, as of 2009. Continue reading for more.

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