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Rezvani Beast X

Unlike its predecessor, the all-new Rezvani Beast X now makes 700-horsepower (200-horsepower increase), thanks to a twin-turbocharged (Borg Warner) 2.0L, 4-cylinder Honda engine, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, good for a 0-60 time of 2.5-seconds; a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters is also available. Other upgrades on this $325,000 track monster include a new 10-way adjustable suspension system and revamped carbon fiber bodywork. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for two videos of the original Rezvani Beast in-action.

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Stormtrooper Force Awakens Dressing Room

Photo credit: Wired

Wired UK managed to get a sneak peak into the Star Wars Force Awakens stormtrooper dressing room, and they posted these images online for all fans too see. Costume designer Michael Kaplan's revised stormtrooper designs retain the spirit of the original films, while giving them a more "battle ready" look. Unlike the original vacuum-formed suits, the team cast the new ones in polyurethane, resulting in much more flexibility as well as durability. Continu reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Playing Games at Work

Playing games during a work break is one thing, enjoying Solitaire while you have a crowd of people waiting to be serviced, is another. While we don't know the entire story behind this time, or if there's anyone else in the back, there could be one possible explanation...the window hasn't yet opened for business, so one of the workers is trying to keep their mind off the chaos that is about to ensue. Continue reading for more employees who don't care about your rules.

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Jabba the Hutt

For those who have never seen any of the original Star Wars films, Jabba the Hutt is basically a large, slug-like alien, or as some like to say, a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat, who first appeared in Return of the Jedi (1983), though he is mentioned in A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The puppet required three puppeteers to operate, making it one of the largest ever used in a motion picture. Stuart Freeborn designed the puppet, while John Coppinger sculpted its latex, clay, and foam pieces. Puppeteers included David Alan Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, who were members of Jim Henson's Muppet group. Barclay operated the right arm and mouth and read the character's English dialogue, while Philpott controlled the left arm, head, and tongue. Edmonds, the shortest of the three men (he also played the Ewok Logray in later scenes) was responsible for the movement of Jabba's tail. Tony Cox, who also played an Ewok, would assist as well. The eyes and facial expressions were operated by radio control. Continue reading for more fascinating photos.

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Fenyr SuperSport

Dubai-based W Motors has just unveiled the fighter jet-inspired $1.6-million Fenyr SuperSport, and unlike its previous offering, the Lykan HyperSport, this one sports a body made from carbon fiber, bolted to a tubular aluminum chassis. The supercar is powered by a 4.0L, twin-turbo flat-six engine, made by RUF in Germany, that generates 900-horsepower, paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. All that power helps it sprint from 0-60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds, as well as helping the vehicle achieve a top speed of 250 mph. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.

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1700HP Twin-Turbo Ford GT

Johnny Bohmer, owner of this heavily modified, twin-turbo 1700-horsepower Ford GT took this car to the landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and set a new, verified Guinness World Record for the fastest standing mile in a street car. He managed to hit an eye-watering 283.3mph (456 km/hr). Powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.4-litre Ford V8, complete with an upgraded intercooler and fuel system, the gearbox had to be strengthened to support the massive power, while the chassis remains completely stock. However, it's not just a show car, as Bohmer regularly drops off and picks up his kids from school in the monstrous vehicle. Continue reading for more interesting, yet random, photos.

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Fallstreak Hole Rainbow

Photo credit: My Modern Met

A photographer located in Eastern Victoria, Australia managed to capture this once-in-a-lifetime image of a rainbow-filled fallstreak hole. This phenomenon is basically a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form it will set off a domino effect, due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Old Computer Ad Hard Drive

Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Continuously improved, HDDs have maintained this position into the modern era of servers and personal computers. As the 1980s began, HDDs were a rare and very expensive additional feature in PCs, but by the late 1980s their cost had been reduced to the point where they were standard on all but the cheapest computers. This vintage ad shows just how much they used to cost. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.

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$5,995 10-Megabyte Computer Old Computer Ad

The IMSAI Series Two is a personal computer which combines modern hardware with the original IMSAI 8080 hardware and case, with the original front panel LEDs and switches. The Series Two supports USB and Ethernet and is a co-operative development from Howard Harte (Harte Technologies LLC.) and Thomas Fischer (Fischer-Freitas Company). Several options are available for the IMSAI Series Two, such as a Mini Drive enclosure for external drives. Unfortunately, even back in the 80s, it would have set you back $5,995, which equates to $17,311.65 in 2015. Continue reading for more interesting pictures.

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R2-D2 Pinball Coffee Table

ALTAR Furniture is no stranger to re-purposing old pinball machines into sleek coffee tables, but their latest project is definitely targeted at Star Wars fanatics. Called "The Droid", this pinball coffee table features the innards of an authentic Star Wars pinball machine, complete with tiny wheels for easy transport. There's also a built-in mini slide projector, flashlight, lighting programs and a even an animated droid on the playfield. One caveat: it'll set you back a cool $13,054. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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