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Buy Your Own Boeing F-4 Phantom Ejection Seat

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What on earth are you going to do with a non-functional McDonnell F-4 Phantom II two-seat twinjet fighter ejection seat? Who cares?! It’s an honest-to-goodness ejection seat that was once in an actual airplane. It’s been ripped out and refurbished for your owning pleasure.

This genuine Mk.7 rocket-assisted ejection seat from an F-4 Phantom II was made by British manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., the world leader in ejection seats for more than 60 years. The seat has been professionally cleaned and refurbished and riveted to a durable, hand-finished sturdy steel base with a natural-looking weathered finish. It includes a seatbelt, grip handle on right side of seat, empty oxygen tank and release button on left side of seat, Boeing Custom Hangar plaque permanently attached to the seat back, and Certificate of Authenticity. Each piece is unique and may vary slightly from photograph.

Owning a piece of aviation history is rarely a cheap endeavour, and this seat is no exception. You’ll have to pay $15,000 for it, with shipping charges apparently not being included in that pricetag.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Is This The World’s Oldest Smart Ring?

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This is a ring straight out of China’s Qing Dynasty era. It’s 1.2 centimetres (0.47in.) long, 0.7cm (0.28in.) wide, and happens to have a fully functional abacus on it. That’s right, the Chinese were doing arithmetic on a finger-mounted “smartring” long before the gesture sensitive rings of today.

This ring was in fact too small to use with your fingers, but a needle or other sharp pointed object would take care of that. We like to think of this accessory as a prototypical stylus, long before Steve Jobs was even around to be able to hate them.

[ ChinaCulture ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Histagram: History as It Happened on Instagram

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You know something’s really popular when people start making meant-to-go-viral galleries based on that certain something. In this case, it’s Instagram and fictional posts made by well-known figures. There was the Harry Potter Instagram gallery last week, and the most recent one that’s making the rounds is Histagram, which features well-known historical figures posting about key events.

The people and the events are real, but clearly the posts are not. The images are lifted from movies, random pictures, and edited images, which are put into proper context by their captions. Hit the break for a couple more.

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A Really Long Picture About The Evolution Of Cell Phones

Phew… that’s a lot of vertical pixels. 3,962 to be exact. And in that towering graphic you have Japanese communication company NTT Docomo’s depiction of 25 years’ worth of cell phone evolution. They made this because they’re celebrating their own 20th anniversary and have concocted an exhibition for the occasion, which is on display at Tokyo’s Designers Week. The picture above is one thing, but if you hit the jump you can see a bunch more pics of vintage cellphones. Out here we’ll just say… we’ve sure come a long way.

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