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Back to the Future Aging Where Are They Now

Most film buffs know that the first Back to the Future movie was released on July 3, 1985 and grossed over $381 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 1985. However, did you know that the filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then [they] would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes"? The interiors for Doc Brown's house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Exploding Star Wars Ships

Photo credit: Plastic Star Wars via Peta Pixel

No, these exploding ships aren't from upcoming Star Wars movies, but rather models cleverly shot with cotton and LEDs by Instagram user "@plasticstarwars". "They are just Bandai model kits lit up with LEDs hidden in cotton wool. I also used fiber optics to simulate sparks," @plasticstarwars told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video of one of the models.

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Real Inception LIMBO Top

Remember the LIMBO top from the Christopher Nolan masterpiece "Inception"? Well, now you can own a functional replica that currently holds the world record for spinning continuously for 27 hours 9 minutes and 24 seconds. The top is machined from solid aluminum and boasts a hollow interior that houses an electric gyroscope that can spin at 10,000 RPM to keep it spinning on just about any surface. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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Pencil Tip Sculpture Carvings

Photo credit: Salavat Fidai

Salavat Fidai, an extremely talented artist from Russia, specializes in carving incredible miniature sculptures onto the tips of lead pencils. Roughly 3-years-ago, he quit his comfortable executive job to become a freelance artist, and the rest was history. When he's not carving miniature masterpieces, he's also an accomplished painter and photographer. Continue reading for more pictures.

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HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker

This year is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey film, and to celebrate, the Master Replicas Group has created a functional replica of the iconic computer HAL-9000. That's right, this is no prop, but rather a functional speaker with Amazon's Echo technology integrated, which makes it double as a virtual assistant. The replica consists of two parts: the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker Edition modeled after Discovery One, and the limited, internet-connected HAL 9000 with Command Console that incorporates one of the Bluetooth speakers with a 10.1-inch HD display as well as 10 buttons that can be used to interact with HAL. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and the Indiegogo page.

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Kano Programable Harry Potter Wand


Kano has partnered with Warner Bros. to release a Harry Potter Coding Kit, or in other words, a programmable wand that teaches you about coding. It includes a computer board with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and programmable sensors, which enable users to do things like cast spells as well as explore coding challenges embedded within the included six Wizarding World settings. "This is not a carbon copy of anything in the series. There's a small, secret group of wizards in our world who can move objects and who operate behind a veil of secrecy. They're called programmers, and their powers are only given to a select few by design. But you can learn those powers and create your own magic," said CEO and cofounder Alex Klein. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone casting an iPhone X in liquid glass.

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Audi R5

Yes, it's true, Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame is set to direct MGM's upcoming RoboCop reboot, set for release in 2019 - 2020, and this Audi R5 Concept by Maik Muller would fit right into the film. Featuring air intakes up front, in the back, and even on top of the vehicle, while covers make it appear to be gliding on the roads. There's no need for a normal glass windshield, as the car is fully autonomous, so all windows are completely opaque and armored. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ennis House Bladerunner

Frank Lloyd Wright's mysterious Ennis House, located in Los Feliz, California, was featured in the 1982 neo-noir science fiction film Bladerunner, and now, it could be yours for $23-million. It was built in 1923, and is the largest of Wright's textile block home designs, based on the ancient Mayan holy places. Continue reading for a video tour, more pictures and information.

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Land Rover Defender James Bond Spectre

A total of 10 Land Rover Defender SVX models were built specifically by the Special Vehicle Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover to star in Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie, all sporting a Santorini Black paint jobs. Now, you can own one if the price is right, complete with 37-inch tires, bead-lock wheels, Bilstein dampers, a roll cage, Recaro racing seats, harnesses, a Warn winch, and lots more. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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SpeedKore Mustang 302 RDJ

SpeedKore Performance Group built this custom vehicle specially for Robert Downey Jr., and it's stunning to say the least. In addition to the new paint, the muscle car is now powered by a twin-screw supercharged 5.0L V8 that increases power output to an impressive 667 horsepower. The chassis now features a modern aluminum frame for added rigidity, while an upgraded suspension system provides a low stance for maximum cornering performance. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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