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Humans Survive Space

Scientists have estimated that a human will have about 90-seconds to be recompressed, if exposed to the vacuum of space, after which death may be unavoidable. Unconsciousness is likely to occur within 14-seconds, primarily due to the much lower pressure outside the body causing rapid de-oxygenation of the blood. One incident that occurred in 1966, involved NASA test subject Jim LeBlanc who lost consciousness after approximately 15-seconds of being accidentally depressurized in a ground-based depressurization chamber. Less severe effects include the formation of nitrogen gas bubbles and consequent interference with organ function (decompression sickness), which is less severe in space than in diving. Continue reading for more geeky facts.

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Funny Design Fail

Giving the bakery a USB drive with the photo you'd like printed on your cake isn't anything special, or new, but when the bakers don't quite understand the instructions, this could happen. That's right, instead of printing the image with edible ink, they recreated the USB drive itself, and placed it right smack dab in the middle of the cake. Continue reading for more design FAILS that will make you wonder what they were thinking.

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New Testament eBay

H/T: Daily Mail

You really can find anything online these days, including a 2,000-year-old New Testament manuscript that allegedly dates to between A.D. 250 and A.D. 350, from the Gospel of John. As you can see from the image above, it includes six lines of text written in Greek from John 1:50-51 on one side, along with an unidentified Christian text on its other side. Continue reading for an up-close zoomed image of the manuscript.

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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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Bear Sleeping Bag

H/T: Eiko Ishizawa via Bored Panda

Most sleeping bags are designed with function in mind, rather than how cool it may look to others, but this one, by Japanese artist Eiko Ishizawa, is definitely an exception. This custom creation was inspired by Bruno the "problem bear" who was put down by officials after it wandered from the Italian Alps into the streets of Bavaria. One caveat: it'll cost you $2,350. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Grammar Police

H/T: Bored Panda

Whether it be YouTube or random websites, internet users love pointing out grammatical mistakes. These geeky products put a new twist on the term "grammar police". On a side note, did you know that the first letters of the months separating June and December spell "JASON"? Or, that the chess term "checkmate" comes from a 14th century Arabic phrase, "shah mat", which means "the king is helpless"? Continue reading for more.

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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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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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