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Monolith Electric Skateboard

Sometimes, driving may not be the best (or funnest) way to get somewhere, and that's where these electric skateboards come in, starting with The Monolith. This model is the world's first and only with motors built directly in the wheels, paired with swappable battery packs. Since everything is inside the deck and wheels, the board looks like any other. It has a top speed of 24mph, a range of 10-miles when fully charged and an accompanying smartphone app can set your desired pace. Regenerative braking means the Manta Drive in-wheel direct drive motor uses this energy to charge the battery. Continue reading for more.

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

Winston Yeh and the team at Rough Crafts have it again, and this time, they've revealed the stunning Harley-Davidson Softail Slim. The bobber-style bike has been nicknamed "Crowned Stallion," seamlessly fusing vintage design with modern technology. Looking like it rolled right off the Harley Davidson showroom, this bike has been outfitted with a 16-inch vintage wheel up front and a 15" in back. Continue reading to see five more custom Harleys that auto enthusiasts would love.

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Boeing X-51 WaveRider

The Boeing X-51 WaveRider is an unmanned scramjet aircraft for hypersonic (Mach 6, approximately 4,000 miles per hour at altitude) flight testing. It completed a 6-minute flight and reached speeds of over Mach 5 for 210 seconds on May 1, 2013 for the longest duration hypersonic flight. The aircraft has been nicknamed "WaveRider" because it uses its shock waves to add compression lift. Continue reading for more information.

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Deus Ex Twin Towers

In Deus Ex, whenever the New York City skyline is visible in the background, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are conspicuously absent, despite the game being released in 2000. This was reportedly due to texture memory limitations that arose during the game's development, but the in-universe explanation for the missing towers is that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack. A year after the game's initial release, the real Twin Towers were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Continue reading for more.

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Comanche Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche is basically an advanced 5-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. During the early 1980s, the U.S. Army began formulating a requirement for the replacement of its helicopters then in service, resulting in the Light Helicopter Experimental program. In 1991, the Boeing-Sikorsky team was chosen to produce prototypes. The Comanche would incorporate stealth technologies, featuring a number of designs previously untried. Continue reading for more.

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Mir Mine

The Mir Mine is a former open pit diamond mine, now inactive, located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It's approximately 525-meters (1,722-feet) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200-meters (3,900-feet), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. Continue reading for more fascinating facts about the world's largest open pit diamond mine.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is basically a single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Continue reading for more.

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Ninja Wallet

Wallet Ninja may look like a credit card at first glance, but it's oh so much more. It packs 18 tools into 1 flat card, and easily slips into your wallet. To ensure durability and ruggedness, it's made from from 4x heat treated steel, complete with a lifetime guarantee that it will never rust, bend, or dull. Plus, the Ninja Wallet is TSA approved. Product page. Continue reading for more simple pocket gadgets.

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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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