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Retro

1930s Parkour

1930s Parkour

And we thought the building jumping, wall climbing acrobatics of Parkour were a recent phenomenon. Check out this 1930 footage of Arnim Dahl which proves that it’s been around much longer than that.

Totally Tiny Arcade

Totally Tiny Arcade

Not only is it loaded with over 20 mini-games inspired by 1980s arcade classics, the normally $20 game is yours for exactly the price of one e-mail address if you grab it before Monday, 7/26.

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Street Fighter To Go

Street Fighter To Go

If you always loved the Street Fighter games, keep the game with you all the time with these SFIV sound effect keychains, complete with joystick and arcade buttons which let you pull off combo moves.

DieHard x Gary Numan

DieHard x Gary Numan

New Wave performer Gary Numan conducts an orchestra of car horns playing his classic hit Cars, all powered by a single DieHard battery. Corporate America, this is how to make a viral commercial.

Super-Easy Mode

Super-Easy Mode

If you’ve ever struggled to complete a video game, then you might want to check out this video that shows off what “super-easy” mode might look like in classic games. Ninja Gaiden needs this.

Randy Regier’s Toys

Randy Regier’s Toys

Randy Regier creates wonderful retro style toys and packaging. Although they may look like they’re from a bygone era, Regier’s works are actually attempts to reflect modern American culture.

Bruce Lee’s Screen Test

Bruce Lee’s Screen Test

In this insightful video, a charming and confident 24-year old Bruce Lee auditions for the role of Kato in The Green Hornet, showing just how wise and talented he was. His speed was just insane.

London Tube Time Capsule

London Tube Time Capsule

Elevator passageways at London Underground’s Notting Hill Tube Station were sealed to modernize in the 1950’s; recent work at the station has revealed a rich time capsule filled with vintage ads.

20 Awful Anti-Drug Ads

20 Awful Anti-Drug Ads

The guys over at Heavy put together this compilation of PSAs from the 1980s, with everyone from Pee-Wee Herman to Captain Lou Albano to talking, singing pills telling us to just say no!

Auction: Austin Powers’ Shaguar

Auction: Austin Powers’ Shaguar

Feeling randy, baby? Or just never could get enough of Mike Myers’ shag-a-delic Austin Powers flicks? Now’s your chance to own one of the custom 1970 Jaguar E-Types used in the movies.

ALT/1977

ALT/1977

Designer Alex Varanese illustrations envision an alternate version of the disco era, with the assumption he could go back in time with 2010 technology and market it to a whole new audience.

The History of the Typewriter

The History of the Typewriter

Remember Michael Winslow? You know, the guy with the stupid sound effects in the Police Academy flicks? Well, here he is doing what he does best. Here’s your 21 minute history lesson for the day.

Care Bears: Back in Action

Care Bears: Back in Action

Following in the footsteps of other retro franchises being remade with an edge, those cute and cuddly 1980s bears are back, and this time, they mean business. Do not mess with The Care Bears.

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Historic #1 Odd Job Tool

Historic #1 Odd Job Tool

Originally made from 1888 to the early 1930’s, the solid brass and steel Odd Job is an inside miter and tri-square, depth gauge, scribing tool, T-square, depth marking scribe, plumb level and ruler.

Mortal Kombat 9 – E3 Teaser

Mortal Kombat 9 – E3 Teaser

Not to be confused with the awesome live-action Mortal Kombat Rebirth vid clip, the latest MK game looks like a flashback to the roots of the classic fighter – with much better graphics.

Mac Classic iPad Dock

Mac Classic iPad Dock

Got an old Macintosh Classic lying around? One enterprising modder in Japan figured he could use his old Mac as the perfect doc for his iPad, and it just plain works. Don’t you want one now?

Giveaway: Caddyshack Blu-ray

Giveaway: Caddyshack Blu-ray

Grab your clubs and kill all the golfers! The 30th Anniversary edition of Caddyshack hits Blu-ray today, chockful of bonuses. Update: Contest has concluded. Congrats to the winners!

My Desk is 8-Bit

My Desk is 8-Bit

This short animated film by Alex Varanese is a wonderful tribute to 8-bit video game style. Alex says he was inspired by both Michel Gondry and R-Type, and you can definitely see both influences.

The Distant Future, TV Style

The Distant Future, TV Style

Check out the goofy opening credits for the TV show UFO, a British series set in the early ’80s featuring space aliens kidnapping Earthlings and a secret military organization set up to stop them.

Game Boy Soap

Game Boy Soap

Lather up and scrub off your game-sweat with this soap from Two Eggplants that looks just like an original Nintendo Game Boy. For some reason we couldn’t get our copy of Tetris to play on it.

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BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

Marty McFly had the coolest mode of transportation in Back to the Future II, but the hoverboard was never actually made. Artist Nils Guadagnin decided to make his own version for a recent exhibition.

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

So we all know that Airplane! is one of the great comedies of all time, right? Well, did you know that the film actually drew much of its inspiration from a 1957 movie called Zero Hour!? Well, you do now.

Mercedez Benz C111-III Concept

Mercedez Benz C111-III Concept

Mercedes Benz used the C111 series to test new engines and other technologies. The 1977 C111-III had a 230hp diesel engine, and broke nine speed records. Why didn’t they produce this car again?

The Scout Bag

The Scout Bag

Handmade in an edition of 150 pieces from 1940’s dead stock Filson tin cloth and 1950’s military webbing, the very cool looking Scout bag from Farm Tactics has style and a story behind it.

Premake: Empire Strikes Back

Premake: Empire Strikes Back

What might The Empire Strikes Back have looked like if it were created in the 1950s, and filmed in groundbreaking 3D? Thanks to this new “premake” by Ivan Guerrero, we now know.

MC Chris x Twin Peaks

MC Chris x Twin Peaks

NSFW: Adult Swim’s MC Chris takes on David Lynch’s cult-classic, Twin Peaks in his rap “This Pie’s So Good it is a Crime.” This fan-made video is the perfect complement to Chris’ hysterical lyrics.

Vintage Camera Found Film

Vintage Camera Found Film

John Kittelsrud recently acquired a Kodak Duaflex IV and found that it included an exposed roll of vintage 620 format Kodacolor-X, waiting for someone to process it. These are the results.

U-Boat U-1942 Watch

U-Boat U-1942 Watch

Limited to just 29 pieces, and built to specs produced by the Italian military in the 1940s, the U-Boat U-1942 watch is water-resistant and can handle undersea pressures up to 1200-feet deep.

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

Celebrating 30 years of production of BMW’s classic GS series of motorcycles, the Bavarian vehicle-maker revealed these limited-edition F800GS, R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure bikes.

Atari Pint Glasses

Atari Pint Glasses

Get your drink on with these retro Atari arcade pint glasses. Each set comes with Missile Command, Asteroids, Centipede and Tempest glasses. Of course, they’re perfect for playing quarters.

Apple Website 1983/1993

Apple Website 1983/1993

With the recent buzz surrounding the iPad, it’s easy to forget Apple’s more humble roots. Newtonpoetry imagines what the Apple website might have looked like back in 1983 & 1993. Love that Lisa!

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