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Nissan NRV II

The Nissan NRV-II Concept from 1982 was ahead of its time, as it came equipped with both LCD digital and graphic instrumentation, radar automated cruise control, anti-lock / anti-skid brakes, as well as several fiber-optic controls, along with automatic functions. It was powered by a turbocharged 1.3L engine that produced 120-horsepower on methanol. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Star Wars Kettlebells

Fitness enthusiasts who love Star Wars, rejoice! Onnit is set to release a line of kettlebells shaped like some of your favorite characters, including a 50-pound Boba Fett, 60-pound Stormtrooper and 70-pound Darth Vader models. They may look cool, but these kettlebells do not sacrifice any functionality for aesthetics. They're all made from custom sculpted, chip-resistant iron and pricing starts at $149.95. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Super Soaker

The Super Soaker, invented in 1982 by Air Force and NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson, is basically a water gun that utilizes manually-pressurized air to shoot water with greater power, range, and accuracy than conventional squirt pistols. The prototype combined PVC pipe, acrylic glass, and an empty plastic soda bottle. During that same year, Lonnie Johnson decided to shift his focus from his current scientific career at NASA to the Super Soaker because the Super Soaker could potentially create enough funding for his own research goals. The revenue that Lonnie received from the Super Soaker licensing provided enough money for Lonnie to create Johnson Research & Development Co., Inc. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Lift eFoil Surfboard

How about an electric surfboard that lets you fly over water? Introducing the Lift eFoil. Constructed mostly from carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass, and stainless steel, this watercraft boasts a motor powered by a lithium battery pack good for a top speed of 15 miles per hour. On a full charge (2.5-hours to recharge), expect up to 1-hour of riding time. Riders control it with two handheld Bluetooth devices, and by simply pressing the lever on the controller, the motor responds instantly, while letting you also throttle the speed back in case the power is low. One caveat: pre-orders will currently run you $12,000 per board. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Halcyon Phone

If you only need the most basic functions in a phone, look no further than the Halcyon. Sporting a flexible design that can easily fit in your pocket, its UI only shows if you receive new calls or texts, rather than emails, game notifications, social media. etc. Other features include a single speaker and a USB Type-C charging / data port. It's a pay-as-you-go phone that accepts payments either via direct-debit or PayPal. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Hankook Flexup

Hankook may be known for their tires, but they've revealed two futuristic transportation devices that could become a reality soon. First up, we have the "FlexUp" (top), which boasts a single-wheeled design with multiple expanding treads that can be used to go anywhere, even climb stairs. Next, there's "Magfloat" (bottom), a skateboard-like device with magnetic field technology to rotate on surfaces. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Menzi Muck Excavator

Unlike other heavy machinery, the Menzi Muck Spider Walking Excavators are based on a sophisticated high-tech chassis and the patented boom: various hydraulic cylinders enable the all-rounder to adapt its wheels and supports to any terrain. Whether it be mud or steep hills, this high-tech machine is capable of traversing it. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Product Warning

Let's face it, people don't stock their bathrooms with magazines like they used to, and rely more on smartphones / tablets to keep up with their daily reading. However, sometimes you're caught without one, and that means reading random product labels becomes the next best thing. Sainsbury's realized this, and decided to add this extra little bit at the end. Continue reading for more funny product warnings. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Full Moon Service

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson has revealed his latest project, titled "Full Moon Service," and it depicts workers swapping in a full moon to show the lunar phases. "This is a photo I've been working on from now and then for the past 8 months. Shot in late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden. I brought out 7 rice lamps, 7 light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. The main part that has been retouched in this photo is to replace the rice ball with a moon texture, the light and the mood was very close to what you see in the photo," said Johansson. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Krubera Cave

Krubera Cave is currently the deepest-known cave on Earth, located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia. The Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition reached a depth greater than 6,600-feet, and explored the cave to -6,824-feet. The original name "Krubera" had been assigned to the cave by Georgian speleologists who explored the entrance pit in 1960. This name was given after the noted Russian geographer Alexander Kruber. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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