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Smallest W-32 Engine

Assembling a full-sized engine is daunting enough, but imagine doing so on a much smaller scale. Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro, also known to gearheads as "Patelo", is a retired Spanish naval mechanic specializes in this task, creating intricate mini-motors from scratch that is. After 2,520 long hours, 850 hand-machined pieces and assembling them with 632 individual screws, the world's smallest W-32 engine was born. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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McLaren F1 Black

McLaren Special Operations is offering a pristine-condition F1 from their vaults for a whopping $10-million, and considering only 106 were built, with 64 being street-legal, the price doesn't sound all that bad. This particular Carbon Black specimen from 1998 is chassis no.069, and has less than 2,800-miles on the odometer, complete with a serially numbered McLaren F1 manual and limited edition owner's watch. Continue reading for an F1 vs. P1 showdown video and more information.

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Travolta Airport Home

John Travolta is not only a successful actor, but also a certified private pilot who owns five aircraft, so it's no surprise that he owns a home in Florida with two runways. "We designed the house for the jets and to have at our access the world at a moment's notice, and we succeeded at that. For the last 11 years, we've been able to globe-trot for Qantas and movies...I've been really able to operate out of this house for business and personal reasons," said the actor. Travolta has been a Qantas "ambassador-at-large" since 2002 and keeps his personal Qantas Boeing 707 parked in the front yard, just a 10-minute flight from Orlando. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Amphibious Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Countach is a legendary supercar in its own right, but for those who prefer extreme vehicles, this amphibious version should do the trick. It's registered in England as a Ryan Rover V8 Sports, and sits atop a multi tube semi-space frame, with a composite body molded from a Countach 5000QV. Other specifications include: fully adjustable AVO gas coil-overs with push-rod suspension, vented discs brakes, and a leather dash. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Scarlett Johansson Robot

Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old graphic designer from Hong Kong, taught himself everything about robotics from scratch, and spent over $50,000 building a Scarlett Johansson-like robot. He was able to manufacture 70% of the robot's body using a 3D printer, and through trial-and-error, setbacks, like burnt-out electric motors and it continuously toppling over, were overcome. "When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromagnetics, and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code? Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot. Also, I had to make sure the robot's external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult," said Ma. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Frank Westfall of Syracuse, NY create the original 1930 KJ Henderson Custom (bottom). In addition to its custom bodywork, this bike is powered by an inline-4 air-cooled engine. A group of auto enthusiasts in Vietnam decided to recreate Frank's custom bike, but using a Honda Shadow 600 as the base. Unlike its predecessor, the replica features an air-ride suspension, enabling it to maintain a very low stance when parked. Continue reading for more cool photos from around the web. Click here for a few bonus random facts.

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PL-01 Stealth Tank

First unveiled at the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce on September 2, 2013, the PL-01 is finally in production, and will hit battlefields by 2018. This tank has a modular ceramic-aramid shell, which is designed to provide protection compatible with NATO standard STANAG 4569 Annex A at level 5+ across the front portions of the hull and turret. The hull of the vehicle provides protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines in accordance with appendix B parts 4a and 4b of the STANAG 4569 standard. The entire vehicle will be covered with radar and radiation-absorbent materials. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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How Not to Fix Things

Let's face it, fixing things properly usually comes with a large bill, or at least if you're not a handyman, or know someone who is. However, there are some lines you should never cross, such as fixing a brick pillar with plastic wrap that is normally used for shipping. Or, replacing a broken couch with a separate wooden chair entirely. Continue reading for more strange fixes. Click here for a few bonus fixes.

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Crew Compartment Jet

For those who have been on long-haul international flights, you may think flight attendants rest by just catching a few winks in the back, but in reality, they have their very own sleeping quarters. These secreat areas are often hidden in a compartment at the top of the plane, or a sealed off section in the same main cabin. On at least one configuration of Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER, there's a secret staircase at the rear of the plane that leads up to the area, which itself is tunnel like. Surprisingly enough, it comfortably sleeps up to eight flight staff at once. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Real-Life GTA Tank

Shawn Nelson was a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California, and went on a rampage on May 17, 1995. He led police on a 23-minute, televised chase through the streets of the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. The tank had a top speed of 30mph, making the chase slow compared to police chases involving automobiles. The 57-ton tank easily plowed through road signs, traffic lights, fire hydrants and crushed a van against a recreational vehicle, then plowed through the RV. He even attempted to knock down a bridge by running into the supports, but gave up after he failed to topple it with the first few hits. Nelson eventually became caught on a concrete median of State Route 163, as he attempted to cross the median into the oncoming traffic. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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