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Eric Stoltz Back to the Future

Back to the Future would have been quite different to say the least, if actor Eric Stoltz was in the movie. You see Stoltz was originally cast as the teen time-traveler Marty McFly, but fired after director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg watched the rough footage and decided he was too serious, as well as not getting enough laughs in the early preview screeners. Michael J. Fox, who appeared facially similar, was brought in. Continue reading for more.

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Guatemalan Sinkhole Gigantic

No, the image above isn't a CG-render, but rather the 2010 Guatemala City sinkhole. This disaster, in which an area approximately 65-feet across and 100-feet deep collapsed in Guatemala City's Zona 2, swallowed a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for a combination of reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the Pacaya Volcano eruption, and leakage from sewer pipes. Immediately after the sinkhole's collapse, there were plans to fill it in with a soil cement made from cement, limestone, and water known locally as lodocreto. Continue reading for more.

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F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor conducted its first flight in 1997, and is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It was initially designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. While Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The flyaway cost for a single unit is $150-million, as of 2009. Continue reading for more.

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SCG-003C

Limited to just 2 road-going units priced at $2.35-million USD, the Glickenhaus SCG-003C (Competizione) will be powered by a Honda-sourced, twin-turbo V-6, but James has previously said that owners will be able to choose whatever engine they like, even a twin-turbo V-12, mated to a Hewland sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Continue reading for more.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

At $2.1-billion (fly away cost) per unit, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, is basically a heavy strategic bomber that features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons. It has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pounds (1,100-kilograms) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only known aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. Continue reading for more.

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Aogashima

Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island that some consider the real-life Jurassic Park, in the Philippine Sea. It's administered by Tokyo and located approximately 222-miles south of Tokyo and 40-miles south of Hachijo-jima. In addition to being a potential dinosaur theme park, it would be a great hideout if a zombie apocalypse should ever occur, as it's the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. Continue reading for more.

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Princess Juliana Airport

People flock to Maho Beach in Saint Martin for up-close encounters with airplanes. This particular jet might have gotten a little too close as it approached Princess Juliana International Airport. If you're wondering why aircraft are forced to land so close to the beach, it's to touch down near the start of the short Runway 10, which is 2,300 meters in length. Continue reading for more crazy and dangerous airports.

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Google Smart Contact Lens

Google may have quietly killed off its Glass Explorer program to work on smart contacts. Who really wants to wear a strange-looking headset, when they could just slip on a single contact. Google says the first version of their "Smart Contact Lens" lets diabetics measure their glucose levels through their tears, using a miniscule electronic chip and antenna to read blood sugar levels. Once the technology becomes readily available, these lenses could be used to display a lot more information. Continue reading for more.

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Modular Laptop

How nice would it be if all laptops were modular? In other words, swapping out the processor, RAM, and even display would only require you purchase that single part, pop out the old component, and screw in the new one. These modular laptops would probably reinvigorate a slowly dying PC modding scene with lots of custom hacks. For example, the Fujitsu Lifebook you see above has removable parts that can also be used on their own. Continue reading for more.

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Real Time Traveler

Andrew Carlssin is allegedly a time traveler who was arrested in January 2003 for SEC violations for making 126 high-risk stock trades and being successful on every one. He supposedly started with an initial investment of $800 and ended with over $350-million, which drew the attention of the SEC. Later reports suggest that after his arrest, he submitted a four-hour confession wherein he claimed to be a time traveler from 200 years in the future. He offered to tell investigators such things as the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and the cure for AIDS in return for a lesser punishment and to be allowed to return to his time craft, although he refused to tell investigators the location or workings of his craft. Continue reading for more bizarre cases of time travelers.

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