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Sony PSX

Sony's PSX is essentially a digital video recorder with a fully integrated PlayStation 2 video game console, first released in Japan on December 13, 2003. Since the device was designed to be a general-purpose consumer video device, it was marketed by the main Sony Corporation instead of Sony Computer Entertainment and does not carry the usual PlayStation branding. Unfortunately, its high cost resulted in poor sales, and ultimately, its demise. The PSX fully supports both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software by its slot-loading DVD drive, as the onboard EE+GS chip is a unification of the PS2's Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips. Online game compatibility is available using the broadband connection; Games that use the PS2 HDD (such as Final Fantasy XI) are supported as well. Continue reading for more.

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Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves may look like a dream, but it's a real cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand, and can grow up to the size of an average mosquito. The glowworms of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are closely guarded by a Scientific Advisory Group. This group has automated equipment that continually monitors the air quality especially the carbon dioxide levels, rock and air temperature, and humidity. Data from this equipment is carefully analyzed by specialist staff. The advisory group uses the information to establish how the cave should be managed. They determine if and when air flow patterns should be changed and how many people are allowed to visit the caves each day. Continue reading for more.

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Rockwell XFV-12

The Rockwell XFV-12 was basically a prototype supersonic United States Navy fighter which was built in 1977. It attempted to combine the Mach 2 speed and AIM-7 Sparrow armament of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) fighter for the small Sea Control Ship which was under study at the time. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Ceres Bright Spot

Several bright spots were discovered on the dwarf planet Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft in 2015. The brightest cluster of spots ("Spot 5") is located in an 80-kilometer (50 mi) crater called Occator. The largest and brightest component of the cluster is in the center of the crater, with dimmer spots located towards this crater's eastern rim. To this day, scientists still have not yet figured out what exactly is in these crater. Continue reading for more interesting Ceres facts.

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Nissan R390 GT1

The Nissan R390 GT1 was a mid-engined super car built in Atsugi, Japan. It was designed primarily to gain a suitable racing entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 1998. It was built to race under the grand tourer style rules, requiring a homologated road version to be built. Therefore, the R390 was built originally as production road car, then a racing version of the car was developed after. Continue reading for more cool facts about the supercar.

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Selfie Toaster

The Selfie Toaster may have been an actual gag gift at one point, but now, it's real, and can be purchased online today. "This toaster comes with the ability to customize the appearance of your toast with a Selfie or Custom image! It does this with a redeemable Code and instructions on how to create your custom insert for your toaster at a later date. The Vermont Novelty Toaster Company will create and mail your custom insert within ten days of receiving a good photograph," according to the description. Get one here now. Continue reading to see more bizarre gadgets you can actually buy today.

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Dirt Tornado

Photo credit: James Smart via National Geographic | Twisted Sifter

James Smart's breathtaking "DIRT" photograph took home the grand prize in National Geographic's 2015 Photo Contest, and was selected from over than 13,000 entries. He was gifted with $10,000 (USD), along with a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in a special seminar next month. "Jaw-dropping, rare anti-cyclonic tornado tracks in open farm land narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado," said Smart. Continue reading for more winners.

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Tupolev Tu-22M

The Tupolev Tu-22M is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau. According to some sources, the bomber was believed to be designated Tu-26 at one time. Significant numbers remain in service with the Russian Air Force, and as of 2014 more than 100 Tu-22Ms are in use. Continue reading for some more interesting facts. Click here to view bonus images of the Tu-22M.

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Upland Moa Claw

The upland Moa was a species of Moa bird endemic to New Zealand. It was a member of the ratite family, a type of flightless bird with no keel on the sternum. It was the last Moa species to become extinct, vanishing around 1500 AD. Researchers found an extremely well preserved claw belonging to one in the caves of Mount Owen in New Zealand during an expedition. Continue reading for more strange discoveries right here on Earth.

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SEGA VR

The Sega VR is basically a head-tracking virtual reality headset that was under development by the game company in 1993. There were versions were planned for both arcades and consoles (Genesis + Saturn), but only the arcade version was released, while the home console versions were cancelled. The Sega VR was based on an IDEO virtual reality headset (HMD) with LCD screens in the visor and stereo headphones. Inertial sensors in the headset allowed the system to track and react to the movements of the user's head. Because of development difficulties, the console Sega VR headset remained only a prototype, and was never released to the general public. Then CEO Tom Kalinske stated that the system was not released due to it inducing motion sickness and severe headaches in users. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus retro gaming ads.

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