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1912 Henderson Motorcycle

Henderson was a manufacturer of 4-cylinder motorcycles from 1912 until 1931. They were the largest and fastest motorcycles of their time, and appealed to sport riders and police departments. The company promptly announced a new 57 cubic inch (934 cc) IOE four-cylinder 7 hp motorcycle, with the engine mounted inline with the frame and chain drive. Production began in 1911, using the in-line four-cylinder engine and long wheelbase that would become Henderson trademarks, and it was available to the public in January 1912. Advertisements boasted 7 HP and a price of $325. It was the third four-cylinder production motorcycle built in the United States, and featured a folding hand-crank starter handle. Continue reading for 18 more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Naica Crystal Cave

The Cave of the Crystals is connected to the Naica Mine 980-feet below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found, similar to the ones seen in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 39-feet in length, 13-feet in diameter and 55 tons in weight. It's extremely hot inside, with air temperatures reaching up to 136° F at 90% - 99% percent humidity. The caverns are relatively unexplored due to these factors, as without proper protection, humans can only endure approximately 10-minutes of exposure at a time. The Cave of the Crystals was discovered by brothers Eloy and Javier Delgado. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Locker Vending Machine

I built a vending machine inside my school locker

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Blake Hawkins, a senior at Valley Center High School in Kansas, aspires to become an electrical engineer, and spends his free time inventing things, like "The Soda Locker". Some of the parts he used to create this locker-sized vending machine include an Arduino chip, LCD display, a coin acceptor, and a reed switch. "After that, I was on a roll. I decided to sell two different kinds of pop in order to fit the machine into the locker. I hooked up two arcade buttons to buy the pop, two servos, and added the reed switch to give myself an admin access page. My plan is, if I get approval to move it to the Student Council room, I'll use it as a fundraiser for Student Council, selling healthier choices like lemonade and orange juice," said Hawkins. Continue reading for

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Uncomfortable Things

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Placing shortcuts of your most used programs on a MacBook Pro's OS X desktop is understandable, but when it's used as a download folder, things may get cluttered to say the least, and the image above shows what happens. That is just one of the many oddly uncomfortable things internet users have compiled, with some ranging from a horizontal cup holder to parking outside the lines, you'll find it here. Continue reading to see them all. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Mystery Box Dumpster

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"TramStopDan" on Reddit discovered a handmade wooden box in a trash bin, and at first, everything looked normal, but when opened, he saw stacks of papers with diary entries about flying saucer visits in the late 1960s to 1980, along with strange biblical creatures. He called it "The Box Of Crazy," and rightfully so, as there were sketches of UFOs and and even four-headed entities from the book of Ezekiel. Not everything was crazy though, as he also found non-patented drawings of train wheels and hand-drawn maps from the late 1930s marked with a pinhole in the center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Glass FedEx Packages

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Artist Walead Beshty used FedEx to ship laminated glass boxes, constructed to the exact dimensions of standard FedEx boxes, for approximately 8-years (2007-2014). "Fueled by his interest in how art objects acquire meaning, Beshty's FedEx works record their movement from place to place, in both the shattering patterns left behind on the glass box, and the shipping labels on the FedEx packaging. Beshty's motivation in this series is also to comment on the 'perversity of a corporation owning a shape,' as the boxes are proprietary volumes owned by FedEx," said Artnet. To keep things fresh, each time the project was exhibited the glass boxes were placed back inside the original FedEx packages and shipped yet again. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Vantablack S-Vis

This is what a perfect circle looks like when coated with Vantablack S-VIS, a substance made of carbon nanotubes. It's currently the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. When light strikes vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat. The outgassing and particle fallout levels of Vantablack are low. The high levels in similar substances in the past had prevented their commercial usefulness. Vantablack also has greater resistance to mechanical vibration, and has greater thermal stability. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Coin Stacking

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A guy from Japan, who goes by Tanu online, has mastered the art of coin stacking, and despite how some of his sculptures appear to defy the laws of physics, none have been digitally altered. He starts with a variety of denominations, and then builds a strong base using staggered coins. Next, the coins are carefully placed upright and put edge-to-edge without them falling over. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures, and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Tesla SolarCity Island

Tesla's SolarCity is now powering the island of Ta'u in American Samoa, which is located 4,000-miles off the west coast of the United States. The microgrid offers 1.4-megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6-megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months. We rely on that boat for everything, including importing diesel for the generators for all of our electricity. Once diesel gets low, we try to save it by using it only for mornings and afternoons. Water systems here also use pumps, everyone in the village uses and depends on that. It's hard to live not knowing what's going to happen. I remember growing up using candlelight. And now, in 2016, we were still experiencing the same problems," said said Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Best Buy Black Friday

Remember when a 33.6K modem could be picked up for $9.99, or a 200MHz AMD K6 computer package for $999.99? If not, this Black Friday Best Buy ad from 1999 should refresh your memory. Back then, the lines were even longer, since online shopping wasn't as prevalent yet, which meant local news stations lining right up with the customers to catch all of the madness on video. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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