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James Bond Battleship Island

If the island above looks familiar that's because it was featured in 007 Skyfall. The uninhabited Battleship Island in Nagasaki Prefecture, served as an inspiration for the lair of villain Raoul Silva. Although exterior footage of the island is featured, no scenes were filmed on the island itself. Exterior sets of the island were recreated using a combination of CGI and practical effects at Pinewood Studios in Great Britain. Continue reading for more.

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Plutonium

Plutonium is basically a radioactive chemical element, an actinide metal of silvery-gray appearance, that tarnishes when exposed to air, and forms a dull coating when oxidized. Both plutonium-239 and plutonium-241 are fissile, meaning that they can sustain a nuclear chain reaction, leading to applications in nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. According to the team at Chemicool, it will cost you $4,000 per gram. Continue reading for more.

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Donald Trump Private Jet

So, you've seen the world's most luxurious Las Vegas villas / suites, Maldives resorts, and first class airplane suites. Now here are some of the coolest private jets for wealthy geeks, and there's no better way to start off this list than with a tour of none other than Donald Trump's own private Boeing 757, which is worth an estimated $100-million. It's double the size of the property tycoon's previous Boeing 727 and comes with 24 carat gold, from the sink and faucets in the master bathroom right down to the seat belts. The meeting area features a 52" television and a control box that has a button that instantly gives Mr. Trump access to over a thousand of his favorite movies. Continue reading for more.

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Polaroid Z2300

Modern instant film cameras were invented by American scientist Edwin Land, who unveiled the Land Camera, in 1948, a year after unveiling instant film in New York City. The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment, was invented in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock. Fujifilm is now the only remaining supplier of instant film in the United States. Camera models sold by Polaroid now print the image on a small card, rather than develop the image, but it does emerge from the camera in a short time. Continue reading to see some of the coolest models out on the market today.

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Oculus VR Headset

For those who have been living under a rock and have never heard of this product, Oculus VR is basically a virtual reality technology company founded by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe. Their first product, still in development, is the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted display for immersive virtual reality (VR). It utilizes a set of lenses on the screen to focus and reshape an image for each eye, which creates the 3D image illusion. This image matches a wearer's movements and makes it seem as if they have stepped into the realistic world they are seeing in front of them - with 360° views. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Alastair Philip Wiper

The Maersk Triple E class is a family of large, fuel-efficient container ships, designed as a successor to the Maersk E-class, currently the largest in the world. The name "Triple E" comes from the class's three design principles: "Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved". These ships are expected to be not only the world's longest ships in service, but also the most efficient container ships per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) of cargo. Continue reading for some cool facts.

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Honghe Rice Terrace

The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (above) looks like a painting, but it's just a man-made landform. It's located in the Honghe Prefecture, Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China. The terraces has 1,200 years of history. The core area of the Rice Terraces is located in the Yuanyang County. Continue reading for more cool landforms that you won't believe are man-made.

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Play-Doh

The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be known as "Play-Doh" was originally a pliable, putty-like substance concocted by Noah McVicker of Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer Kutol Products; it was devised at the request of Krogers Grocery, which wanted a product that could clean coal residue from wallpaper. Following World War II, with the transition from coal-based home heating to natural gas and the resulting decrease in internal soot, and the introduction of washable vinyl-based wallpaper, the market for wallpaper cleaning putty decreased substantially. McVicker's nephew, Joe McVicker, joined Kutol with the remit to save the company from bankruptcy; he subsequently discovered that the wallpaper cleaner was being used by nursery school children to make Christmas ornaments. Continue reading for more accidental inventions that you might not have known about.

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Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

Hello Kitty like you've never seen the cat before in contact lens form. Even if you don't need contacts, these are purely cosmetic and also comes complete with a themed case as well as box, making it a perfect gift for any Hello Kitty fanatic. One caveat: it'll set you back $105 for a single set. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Lamborghini Facts

Lamborghini grew rapidly during its first decade, but sales plunged in the wake of the 1973 worldwide financial downturn and the oil crisis. The firm's ownership changed three times after 1973, including a bankruptcy in 1978. American Chrysler Corporation took control of Lamborghini in 1987 and sold it to Malaysian investment group Mycom Setdco and Indonesian group V'Power Corporation in 1994. In 1998, Mycom Setdco and V'Power sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen Group where it was placed under the control of the group's Audi division. Continue reading for more.

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