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Carbon E-Bike

Most electric bikes look boring, this one, by Moto Parilla, does not. Starting off, it comes equipped with fat tires and extreme shocks designed to traverse just about any kind of terrain. The seat is directly molded onto its carbon-fiber body, while the cafe racer-style handlebars add some style. On uphill battles, the 250 watt, 36V Shimano Steps motor kicks in to boost you up, with a top speed of 15.5mph. Or, buyers can opt for an even more hefty 48V motor, good for 22mph. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Steampunk Car

Inventor Paul Bacon gathered some scrap metal, along with random car parts, and turned them into "Automatron". Despite looking like a vehicle straight from the Victorian-era, it boasts a supercharged V8 engine and uses a switch gear from a Lancaster Bomber to start. The wheels up front are sourced from an Austin 7, while the biggest street legal tires can be found out back. "This car has been the most expensive car that I've ever built and has been the most labor intensive up till now," said Bacon. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing someone skateboarding on fire in the rain.

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Thermite Launcher

Inventor Colin Furze is back at it again, and this time, he's created a Steampunk-style thermite launcher that will burn anything in its path, literally. For those who aren't familiar with the substance, Thermite is basically a pyrotechnic composition of metal powder fuel and metal oxide. When ignited by heat, thermite undergoes an exothermic reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction. Most varieties are not explosive but can create brief bursts of high temperature in a small area. Continue reading to watch the two-part "making of" series.

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Steampunk Car

British inventor Paul Bacon took scrap parts and turned it into "Automatron", a steampunk vehicle that looks to be straight from the Victorian-era. Don't let its vintage looks fool you, it's powered by a supercharged V8 engine and uses a switch gear from a Lancaster Bomber to start. The front wheels are sourced from an Austin 7, while the largest street-legal tires were used for the rear wheels. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the Elide, a magical fire ball that extinguishes flames near instantly.

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Star Wars Victorian

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Star Wars fan and talented artist Terry Fan combined his two passions in a new series called "Victorian Wars". This is exactly as it sounds, famous characters from the franchise, such as R2-D2, Chewbacca, wearing outfits from the Victorian / Steampunk era. For those who have never heard of Steampunk, it's basically a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. This genre features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Click here to view some awesome Star Wars cosplay. Continue reading for more Star Wars characters in Victorian times.

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Steampunk Bar

Alexandru Tohotan and Zoltan Zelenyak of "The 6th Sense Interiors" have opened Enigma Cafe, the world's first steampunk-themed bar, in Cluj, Romania. In addition to the numerous kinetic sculptures - artworks in constant motion from light and ceiling fixtures, customers will also find gigantic wall clocks, rotating wheels, metallic flowers opening up on the ceiling, a live moving bird as well as a Giger-inspired robot on a bike. Continue reading for more pictures and a few animated GIFs.

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Steampunk Monitors

When is a display, not just something used to play games, surf the web, work, etc.? When they're transformed into things that look to be straight from the Victorian-era. This computer geek transformed not one, but two, of his displays, and they look classy to say the least. Now if only there were a matching keyboard and mouse...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery Continue reading for a viral video of Petr Spatina being played in a glass harp.

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Functional Steampunk Computer

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If modern computers existed in the 1800s, this is probably what they'd look like. Though it may look like a vintage typewriter, this functional computer actually is comprised of iron, steel, wood, brass, glass and leather. According to its creators, this computer is "perfect for time-travelers' office. It [has] a 150 years old base frame, a keyboard, a monitor, a mouse, together with a separate, free-standing mouse pad, webcam, plasma tubes, lighting, a Nixie clock and various gadgets. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Steampunk Gatling Gun

Just about everyone on the internet has seen or at least heard of the steampunk movement, and for those who haven't, it's basically a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Now if handheld gatling guns existed during the 1800s, this is probably what they would look like. The example you see above is a completely revamped Ruger 10/22 - the gun's action is concealed nside the copper container. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Scrap Metal Animals

Iran-based sculpor Hasan Novrozi uses scrap metal, automotive parts and even random hand tools to create a magnificent series of steampunk animals sculptures that are seemingly full of life and emotion. Aside from the epic Pegasus statue you see above, he's also created other sculptures in a variety of styles, some of which are made from clay. Continue reading to see more of his amazing creations.

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