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Lamborghini Cala

Lamborghini Cala, also known as the Italdesign Cala to some auto enthusiasts, was a concept car designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. The vehicle made its official debut at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, and unlike other concepts, this was a completely functional prototype that never made it into production. Its name was derived from the Piedmentese dialect of Northern Italy and meant "look, over there!". Continue reading for more cool facts.

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AA-12 Automatic Shotgun

The Auto Assault-12 (AA-12) is basically a fully-automatic shotgun that fires at a rate of 300 rounds per minute, making it possible to fire one round at a time with brief trigger pulls. It's fed from either an 8-shell box magazine, or a 20- or 32-shell drum magazine. For those wondering, it can be completely submerged in water and still function perfectly, without needing time to dry. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Active Denial System

The Active Denial System, also known as ADS, is basically a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by Raytheon for the U.S. military. Its main purposes are area denial, perimeter security and crowd control. Sometimes, it's referred to as a ray gun since it works by heating the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects. Raytheon is currently marketing a reduced-range version of this technology. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Lamborghini Marzal

If DeLorean and Lamborghini made a car, it would probably be the Marzal, which made its official debut at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. Designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, it was created to supply Ferruccio Lamborghini with a true four-seater car for his lineup which already included the 400GT 2+2 and the Miura. Continue reading for five cool and unusual things you may not have known about this stylish supercar.

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Lamborghini Zagato Raptor

The Lamborghini Raptor is basically a one-off vehicle created in 1996 by Zagato in partnership with Alain Wicki for Lamborghini. The body features the Zagato "double bubble" as well as an innovative door design where the whole middle section of the car swivels up and forward. There was also a removable hard top (not pictured) for those nice and sunny summer cruises. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Seiko UC-2000 Wrist Computer

Before smartwatches, there was the Seiko UC-2000 wrist computer. This wearable computer may look advanced, but it was only capable of storing 2K of data, telling the time, and performing calculator functions. The gadget made its debut in 1984, and retailed for $300 ($689.04 in today's dollars). What you're looking at above is the UC-2000 mounted in its keyboard. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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LEGO Tomislav

Building LEGO sets is one thing, YouTube user "ZaziNombies" takes the bricks and builds life-sized video game weapons with them, like the Team Fortress 2 Tomislavy above. "Weighing in at over 10 pounds, and 3 feet long, we bring the Heavy's Tomislav to life entirely from LEGO bricks. Complete with its oversized drum magazine, and custom wooden furniture, here is the gun's real life, and oh so heavy, replica," said its builder. Continue reading for more.

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Lockheed F-35B VTOL

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is basically a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter jets undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant. Continue reading for more cool facts about the aircraft.

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V-22 Osprey

At first glance, you may think the aircraft above is a Transformers robot, but it's actually the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor military aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Ferrari F150 Concept

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Before the LaFerrari, there was the F150 Concept. This model received no input from Pininfarina, making it the first Ferrari since the Bertone-styled 1973 Dino 308 GT4 not to have Pininfarina bodywork or other styling. This decision is a rare exception to the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina that began in 1951. However, Ferrari has stated that two new models designed jointly with Pininfarina are yet to be unveiled and that there are no plans to end business relations with Pininfarina. Continue reading for more weird Ferrari concepts.

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