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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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Lamborghini Cheetah

The Lamborghini Cheetah was basically Lamborghini's first attempt at building an off-road vehicle. It was built on contract from Mobility Technology International (MTI), which in turn was contracted by the US military to design and build a new all-terrain vehicle. The basis of the design came from MTI, and was largely a copy of FMC's XR311 prototype developed for the military in 1970. Continue reading for more interesting facts about this vehicle.

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Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Refrigerator

In the Star Wars universe, carbon-freezing basically referred to a process where gas was pumped into a freezing chamber and then mixed with molten carbonite to form a solid block. The gas was released later at its destination or at the processing center. Darth Vader ordered the modification of a freezing chamber on Bespin's Cloud City so that he could freeze Luke Skywalker, but as a test, the process was tried on Han Solo, and the rest is history. On a side note, carbon-freezing could induce hibernation sickness after being released, as was the case with Han Solo. Continue reading to see a few Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite items you probably never knew existed.

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Monolith Electric Skateboard

Sometimes, driving may not be the best (or funnest) way to get somewhere, and that's where these electric skateboards come in, starting with The Monolith. This model is the world's first and only with motors built directly in the wheels, paired with swappable battery packs. Since everything is inside the deck and wheels, the board looks like any other. It has a top speed of 24mph, a range of 10-miles when fully charged and an accompanying smartphone app can set your desired pace. Regenerative braking means the Manta Drive in-wheel direct drive motor uses this energy to charge the battery. Continue reading for more.

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

Winston Yeh and the team at Rough Crafts have it again, and this time, they've revealed the stunning Harley-Davidson Softail Slim. The bobber-style bike has been nicknamed "Crowned Stallion," seamlessly fusing vintage design with modern technology. Looking like it rolled right off the Harley Davidson showroom, this bike has been outfitted with a 16-inch vintage wheel up front and a 15" in back. Continue reading to see five more custom Harleys that auto enthusiasts would love.

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Boeing X-51 WaveRider

The Boeing X-51 WaveRider is an unmanned scramjet aircraft for hypersonic (Mach 6, approximately 4,000 miles per hour at altitude) flight testing. It completed a 6-minute flight and reached speeds of over Mach 5 for 210 seconds on May 1, 2013 for the longest duration hypersonic flight. The aircraft has been nicknamed "WaveRider" because it uses its shock waves to add compression lift. Continue reading for more information.

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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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