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Lighter Camera

Back in the 1950s, before digital cameras and smartphones, spies relied on inconspicuous objects, like the Echo 8 Lighter Camera, to conduct surveillance operations. As the name suggests, it's essentially a combination of camera and cigarette lighter, made by the Suzuki company from 1951. A few years later, in 1955, they released a simplified Camera Lite model, designed to simply snap and go. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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Snow Turns Statue Into Vader

Jakub Wejher, a 17th century Polish nobleman and military leader, stands proud and tall in Wejherowo, Poland, that is until...a snowstorm blanketed the town a few days ago. Artur Hutnik, a reporter from the local newspaper, Wejherowo.pl, snapped a picture showing its new Darth Vader-like semblance. Since then, the image has been shared millions of times online through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Leblanc Mirabeau

When you combine the Koenigsegg CCX with an F1 car, you get the sleek Leblanc Mirabeau. This is basically a street-legal race car with an rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, designed to the specifications of the FIA/Le Mans standards. Its supercharged 4.7L Koenigsegg V8 engine produces approximately 700 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, topping out at 230mph. Click here for more pictures of the Mirabeau. Continue reading for two additional videos and more information.

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Accidental Camouflage

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More often than not, you'll spot another person wearing the same shoes, shirt, etc., but once in a while, these items seamlessly blend with their surroundings, and these photographers managed to capture a few funny examples. As you're about to see, these instances happen just about anywhere, including hotel hallways, furniture stores, and even in class. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for a few bonus images.

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2017 DeLorean

DMC bought the parts and the tooling required to build the DMC-12 from the defunct DeLorean Motor Company that originally made the car, but the company's business model of selling like-new models, built from the ground up, took an unexpected hit when the federal government passed a law last month that enables small automakers to sell complete, turn-key models instead of offering DIY kits. The 2017 model will feature a modern V6 that produces between 350-400 horsepower as well as larger brakes. Click here to view more pictures of the DeLorean. Continue reading for a full video review of the car, inside and out.

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Concorde at Altitude

The Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet that was operated until 2003. It had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1,354mph at cruising altitude), with seating for 92 to 128 passengers. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. One thing you may not know is that it flew to an altitude of 68,000 ft (20,700 m) during a test flight in June 1973. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Extreme Window Cleaning

Cleaning windows on skyscrapers is nothing new, but when you're a resident who decides to step out onto the 10th floor ledge, without a safety harness, it's considered extreme to say the least. Fortunately, this person survived, and was apparently "just bored" that day, so he decided to get a little thrill by completing mundane chores in a crazy way. Continue reading for more random images that make absolutely no sense.

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Iron Giant Clouds

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Software support team manager Nick O'Donoghue snapped a perplexing image at 30,000-feet, which shows a figure that resembles the robot from the animated movie The Iron Giant. "I was flying back from a work ski trip in Austria, I was on the window seat with two work colleges beside me. They were talking like crazy and I was gazing out the window, as you do. I could see this figure in the distance in front of us and then as we flew closer this shape appeared. I asked the ladies beside me to look at it too in case I was seeing things. They too were amazed! I then took some pictures and then the aircraft slowly passed it. It was in view for about two minutes as it was a good bit away in the distance. To me it looked like the Michelin man but to be honest I have no idea what it was," said O'Donoghue. Continue reading for two enhanced images of the object.

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Inside Hydrogen Atom

Physicist Aneta Stodolna and her research team at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in the Netherland used a high-tech quantum microscope to capture the first image of a hydrogen atom's orbital structure. Scientists had described quantum particles by studying their wavelength in the past, but they never observed the electrons themselves, until now. Continue reading for more "first" images throughout history.

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HP-110 Portable Laptop

Priced at $2995 ($6841.40 in today's dollars), the Hewlett-Packard HP 110, also known as the HP Portable, was basically an MS-DOS compatible laptop released in 1984. It featured a Harris 80C86 running at 5.33-MHz with 272 KB of RAM, and had an 80 character by 16 line monochrome (480 x 128 pixel) liquid crystal display. The device ran MS-DOS 2.11, and had the application programs MemoMaker, Terminal Emulator and Lotus 123 in ROM. Its LCD could be tilted for better viewing, or just folded down over the keyboard for easy transport. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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