5 Common Myths About Zombies

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The generic stereotypical zombie is a slow, rotting, drooling, mindless shell of a human with a desire for the consumption of brains to make up for their own lack thereof, with the “off button” being the destruction or detachment of their head. But there are many other kinds, and when — not if — the apocalypse happens, the odds of dealing with the standardized Hollywood walker are unlikely. These are five of the most common myths about “real” zombies and why they are wrong.

They eat brains. This one is somewhat obvious. When a person’s brain degrades so far that they become cannibalistic animal-like beasts, they attack to kill, and they don’t care what body part they are chewing on. If they are simply reprogrammed or repurposed by a substance or disease, eating brains is the last thing they would do.

They’re rotting. While it makes sense that a senseless creature would not have the sense to keep up a sensible appearance, it’s unlikely that a human could walk around with their guts hanging out of their stomach. To some degree they are probably filthy, but not rotting.

They make noise. “Brraaaiinnsss!” Hollywood walkers tend to make a distinct moaning sound almost constantly. While this may be a side effect of the brain damage/changes, it’s fairly unlikely, and would serve no purpose.

They’re slow. Wrong wrong wrong wrong. The only reason for a zombie to be slow is for the hero to get away, and that only happens on TV. There is no purpose for a slow zombie and nothing to hold it back from a full sprint.

A headshot kills them. This is not wrong in every situation, but it is not a reliable fact. For starters, the headless chicken effect probably applies for instinctive, impulsive, mindless creatures, and headless zombies are still dangerous. From another perspective, because some types of zombies have their brain activity reduced to the most primitive parts, even a clean shot through the head can miss the area that needs to be shut down. Many of these parts are located near the center of the head, which is a tough target from long range.

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The Flash vs. Yoda

For this battle I’m matching up the 2014 TV show’s Earth-1 Scarlet Speedster and Yoda in Revenge of the Sith, since that’s where he really reached his best.

Weapons: Barry Allen has a lot of stuff up his sleeve. He can run really fast, for starters. But the Speedforce also gives him phasing, fast thinking, lightening bolts and in the right circumstances time travel. Yoda is stuck with the Force and a lightsaber. He has Force-speed, but he won’t outrun the Flash.

Defenses/weakness: Yoda’s lightsaber and the Force are his only defenses, and Barry has only his speed and the suit. The Flash’s main weakness is compassion. He’s willing to sacrifice himself to save others at any chance he gets. Yoda wouldn’t hurt anyone else unless there is no other way, so that weakness is negligible. Yoda refuses to wear armor or a suit and so is exposed to stray fire and explosions, but that doesn’t appear to hinder him. He doesn’t have any other weaknesses.

Skill: By season 3, Barry has enough refined control of his speed to take on any evil speedster that shows up. Yoda’s lightsaber techniques and Force powers are unmatched by anyone other than the Emperor. The tiebreaker is that Yoda has 900 years of experience to back him up.

Mindset/intentions: Yoda has no pleasure in killing the Flash, but he will do what he must, as he did when he was fighting Emperor. Whatever reason Barry has for taking on Yoda, he will do whatever it takes to defeat him, though like Yoda, he wouldn’t kill his enemy if he didn’t have to.

Use of surroundings: The Flash is better at this. Yoda has a defensive fighting style that focuses more on spins and swings and jumps.

Because both of these are “good guys,” neither would try to exploit the others weaknesses by harming anyone else, so the fight would be straightforward. Yoda’s fast lightsaber spinning would be a challenge to get through, but eventually the Flash will find a gap and disarm Yoda. It’s possible that Yoda would go offensive and throw Barry around with the Force. That is how most people defeat Barry, so it’s a good place to start. Or he would create a Force shield that prevents Barry from running at him, and deflect his lightening bolts. Either way, the Flash would probably run around in circles and create time remnants of himself. He would take on Yoda from every angle at once, forcing him to retreat. Yoda could defend himself but won’t be able to kill the Flash.

Theoretically, if the Flash doesn’t make any mistakes, Yoda couldn’t stop him with brute force (pun intended). But mind tricks work on almost anyone, and humans are very susceptible. Yoda is never seen using mind tricks, but if Obi-Wan could pull it off, so can Yoda. Given an opportunity, he could send Barry running home to rethink his life, convince him that he’s fighting the wrong person, or just make him lie down and give up. The fight would be long and hard, but the Speed-force is no match for the Force.

Regarding Bigfoot

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An artistic representation of a rather fat Bigfoot

This is absolutely everything you need to know about the the world’s greatest hide-and-seek champions:

  • They are known as Sasquatch or just Squatch, and the arctic variety is the Yeti or Abominable Snowman, although they could be a separate species.
  • They’re 7-10 feet tall, usually bipedal, with black, brown, reddish brown, cream, or even turquoise-stained white hair and fur.
  • Their face resembles a monkey or ape, with a flat black nose.
  • They are strong and can jump the length of their bodies.
  • They are mostly vegetarian, but have been known to eat deer, and in some cases pets, though that last one is unconfirmed. If they eat humans at all they leave no witnesses.
  • Their footprint is 12-22 inches long by 5-11 at the ball and 2-8 at the heel, similar to a bear, gorilla, or human in shape.
  • They tend to be crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn) but have been spotted in broad daylight and at night.
  • They live mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, but have been spotted around the globe.
  • They tend to reside in dense and semi-dense forests in cold(ish) climates, especially old growth redwoods.
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A particularly large footprint from a Squatch who got…petrified?

Some safety tips:

  • Squatches will leave you alone if you don’t draw attention to yourself or eat good food.
  • Once provoked, offering food or acting funny is the best course of action (they have a crude sense of humor).
  • They are unaffected by pepper spray
  • They are intelligent, so don’t play dead.
  • Have some common sense and don’t attack or run from a ten foot tall ape-man.
  • Never harm a Bigfoot. They a rare and endangered species (on the endangered species list of Russia since 1965, France and Germany since 1967), and must be studied alive. A DNA sample could be worth millions.
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Because Squatch and cars don’t go well together.

Other things to note:

  • They like Kit-Kat
  • Bananas are insulting
  • They can’t sneeze
  • They can’t cry
  • North Cascades National Park, WA is the most common location of sightings in the US.
  • 21% of Americans believe in Bigfoot — 1% less than those who believe in the Big Bang

What do you think? Are they real, or just another mythical cryptid? Comment your opinion!

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A famous incident of a Squatch in the ’60s looking back at the camera he didn’t know was there

5 Best Capitol Ships

From Star Destroyers to Dreadnaught heavy cruisers, no fleet or task force of any galaxy-wide organization is complete without a handful of capitol ships. But not all cruisers are created equal; a Victory-class really can’t compare to a Venator-class, no matter how well equipped it is. These are the 5 most advanced capitol ships from the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

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#5: Malevolence

Manufacturer: Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps/Pammant Docks
Model: Subjugator-class heavy cruiser
Class (length): heavy cruiser (4845 meters)
Affiliation: Confederacy of Independent Systems (aka Separatist Alliance)

General Grievous’s flagship possesses twin ion pulse cannons capable of blacking out entire capital ships in one shot. It has around 500 twin turbolasers to destroy the ships the ion blast disables. It’s hanger has space for an unknown amount of Vulture Droids, at least one landing shuttle, and Grievous’s starfighter, the Soulless One. The main inconvenience of the Malevolence is that it has an all-droid crew made up of mostly B1 battle droids–not the brightest warriors or commanders.

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#4: Finalizer

Manufacturer: Kuat Entralla Engineering
Model: Resurgent-class battlecruiser
Class (length): Battlecruiser (2915 meters)
Affiliation: First Order, Knights of Ren

The Finalizer is shared by Kylo Ren and General Hux. It is the most powerful destroyer in the First Order navy by far, being almost twice as long as Imperial-era warships. It had over 1500 turbolasers, multiple turrets, ion cannons, and tractor beams, complete with two full starfighter wings consisting of First Order TIE fighters, Special Forces TIEs and a hangar for transporters and Kylo’s shuttle.

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#3: Chimaera

Model: Imperial II-class star destroyer
Class (length): Star destroyer (1600 meters)
Affiliation: Galactic Empire, later New Republic

At first glance, a 1600 meter dead-average Imperial star destroyer may not seem like much, but it was one of the finest warships in the Imperial fleet after upgrades done by its captain, Gilad Pallaeon, such as proton torpedo launchers, upgraded shields, space for six TIE fighter squadrons, and a cloaking device. After the death of Emperor Palpatine, former Chiss Ascendancy member Mitth’raw’nuruodo, or Thrawn, chose it as his flagship after he got promoted to Grand Admiral, due to the ship’s unbroken record of efficiency and thoroughness. In the years following the reorganization of the Empire, the Chimaera was the most feared and dangerous ship in the galaxy.

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#2: Executor

Manufacturer: Kuat Drive Yards
Model: Executor-class star dreadnaught
Class (length): Star destroyer/battlecruiser (19000 meters)
Affiliation: Galactic Empire

At 19 kilometers tip to tip, Executer-class destroyers were the largest and most powerful ships the Empire ever created, considered super star destroyers along with a few other classes. The Executer was the personal flagship of Darth Vader during most of the Galactic Civil War. Under Admiral Piett, it served as command ship in the Battle of Endor and trapped the Rebels between the new Death Star and the entire Imperial Fleet. It was destroyed after a bomber squadron rendered its forward shields useless and A-Wing pilot Arvel Crynyd flew into the unprotected bridge. Piett lost control and it smashed into the Death Star.

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#1: Ascendant Spear

Manufacturer: Sith Empire
Model: Terminus-class destroyer
Class (length): Star Destroyer (unknown; >1600 meters)
Affiliation: Sith Empire

The Ascendant Spear was considered a superweapon because of its unique and outstanding capabilities. It had a Class 0.5 hyperdrive like the Millennium Falcon’s, only over fifty times more powerful due to the size of the ship, making it the most powerful hyperdrive ever built; similar ships built thousands of years later were hardly half as fast. It possessed a megalaser, which fires a concentrated energy blast powerful enough to destroy large ships in one blast. While that’s impressive, it’s not the best part. The entire ship could be piloted through bionic implants by one individual, not as a tool to control but as an extension of the body. It is rumored that the creator, Darth Mekhis, could operate the entire ship on his own, but Darth Karrid, a powerful Sith Lord, could only operate it with a steady stream of energy from her apprentices combined with her own connection to the Force, and only for a short period of time.

How Cats Are Turning Us Into Zombies

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There are many possibilities for the origin of a zombie outbreak (mad cow disease in humans, biological warfare, partial reanimation, nervous disorders, Pokemon) but there is a good chance that the real issue will be a virus spread by house cats.

There is a parasitic mind-altering protozoan called toxoplasma gondii that lives and breeds in house cat intestines that can infect almost every mammal in the world, including humans. In prey animals such as rats, it causes the loss of the animal’s innate fear of cats and cat smell, allowing it to amble right over to a cat and get eaten. Convenient, right?

In humans it’s effects can be much worse: according to CDC it’s known to lead to flu symptoms, blurred vision, eye tearing, persistent headache, fever, nausea, coordination problems, and even seizures, as well as obsessive love of cats, no matter how evil the cat really is. It can also prevent a fetus from developing properly, leading to death.

This is where it gets a little concerning in terms of human zombification. The parasite chiefly targets the brain, in some cases destroying it completely, but in others just altering it in shocking ways. It’s really not that far from creating mindless human servants for cats.

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In fact, ancient Egyptians are a perfect example of a society under the rule of cats. They held cats in higher esteem than humans–the punishment of killing a cat even accidentally was worse than for killing a human. They even worshipped a half cat half human god called Bastet. Cats themselves were often considered demi-gods. Armies were dispatched regularly to liberate kidnapped felines, and they surrendered battles if they saw a cat so it wouldn’t be harmed. After a cat died, it was mummified and buried, and the entire family would go into a deep mourning. That’s an entire society that failed to hold its own against kitties.““

And the scary part is that 50% of the world’s population–3.75 billion people–has this disease. Because it can infect any mammal and most birds, eating partially cooked meat from infected animals can give you the disease, meaning you can have the disease even if you have never touched a cat in your life.

Think twice, cat people. Do you really love your cat, or are you under its influence, slowly losing your mind?

8 Reasons why Rock Should Still Be Popular

Twenty-first century pop is nothing compared to the hard rock bands of the ’80s and ’90s. Today’s music will never compete with old school hard rock. Here’s why.

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It’s not about appearance. If you look at Steven Tyler today, you might throw up. But listen to his music from Aerosmith and you will change your mind. Today, “singer” and “model” are essentially synonymous.

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It’s not only about the singing. Modern pop songs are based on the vocals and rely on the singer heavily if not exclusively. Rock is defined by the guitars and keyboards and topped with vocals, not the other way around.

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It’s played on instruments, not computers. Today, if a song has any instruments in it at all, it’s usually synthetically generated. A few decades ago, music had to be played and recorded by real people with real instruments and recording hardware. It may have costed quality, but it gave authenticity.

 

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The lyrics have meaning. Take Greenday’s American Idiot, Linkin Park’s In the End, or Skillet’s Rise. All of them have meanings beyond the generic “believe in yourself” songs of today.

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It requires talent, something that is getting rare. It’s easy to set up auto-tune or create beats in seconds on a computer. A publisher with the right friends is half the job done to become a millionaire. Playing a guitar as well as Slash or Eddie Van Halen is not something you can do in a few minutes.

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There are real concerts. 21st century live concerts consist of fancy outfits and hot dog stands. In the 80s, it was about the music and the bands. Thousands of people came to see their favorite bands in action — not for the food.

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It’s good music. People like pop because everyone else does, and because it’s all that’s played on the radio. The people who like rock like it because it’s good, especially now that it’s so hard to find.

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It won’t go down without a fight. Even after mainstream bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses and Nirvana are long gone, new ones like Breaking Benjamin and Linkin Park are keeping rock alive. It might be too much to hope for a revival, but at least it’s not going out completely anytime soon.

Millennium Flacon vs Slave 1

The Millennium Falcon is the easily the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe, but it’s not unrivaled. The Slave 1 has been used by two of the most notorious bounty hunters in the galaxy and has withstood everything anyone threw at it — outliving both its owners. In this post I will not only compare these two ships’ capabilities in battle, but also which is the better all around hunk of junk for a smuggler, bounty hunter, or any other shape or form of criminal.

In terms of sheer firepower Boba’s flagship can vaporize the Falcon instantly. The Falcon was originally a Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300fp light freighter, with an armament that consists of a powerful Corellian-built quad laser cannon on top, a concealed anti-personnel repeating blaster cannon near the ramp, and two illegal above-military-grade Arakyd ST2 concussion missile launchers. The Slave 1 is a highly modified Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-class patrol and attack craft, armed with three twin rotating laser cannons, concussion missile launchers, way too expensive proton torpedo tubes, an ion cannon, a tractor beam projector, and seismic charges that can blow an asteroid to pieces. Both have strong enough shield generators to withstand heavy fire, but the Falcon is still no match.

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The layouts of the two ships are entirely different and suited for very different tasks. The Flacon is optimized for storage space, ideal for a smuggler transporting illegal cargo. Lando Calrissian installed hidden compartments under the deck, and a previous owner added a cargo jettison feature for tight situations when it’s better to ditch the cargo than answer questions — both features made its black market value skyrocket. The Slave 1 has two separate sets of artificial gravity generators that reorient for flight and landing, meaning walls, floors, and ceilings are relative. Instead of a large cargo hold, it has 5 detention cells, a Force-cage to hold Jedi or other Force-users, and stealth mode. It has very little storage and no cargo hold, and even the crew quarters are cramped.

Speed and power are two more factor to consider, and the ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs easily outruns the Mandalorians’ ship. The Falcon’s Class 0.5 hyperdrive is fully twice as fast as that of Imperial warships, while its sublights are heavily modified Girodyne SRB42s that can power it up to 1,050 km/h in-atmosphere. The Slave 1’s three F-31 drive engines can only reach 1,000 km/h in-atmosphere and has a Class 0.7 hyperdrive, making it significantly slower than the Flacon in hyperspace.

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A previous owner of the Falcon installed a main computer made of three salvaged droid brains: an R3 astromech, a V-5 transport droid, and a corporate espionage slicer droid. While they work together in emergencies, the ship is known to have arguments with itself. The exact computer the Slave 1 possesses is unknown, but it probably isn’t schizophrenic.

Overall, one ship isn’t better than the other. The Slave 1 is loaded solid with a wide range of weapons, deadly and nonlethal, and is optimized on the inside secure prisoner detention. It is an unstoppable vessel that can bring capitol ships to their knees and annihilate entire bases in a matter of minutes. The Millennium Falcon is sturdy, hard freighter full of surprises that can destroy fleets of TIEs with a few shots, but its real prowess is its unmatched speed and agility.

So if you prefer runs with little few incidents for impatient crime lords and colossal worms, the Falcon is is the perfect choice, but if you are willing to sacrifice cargo space and comfort for the adrenaline of clashing with squadrons and bringing warships down with a few shots, the Slave 1 should be your flagship.

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Types of Zombies

In the event of a global zombie apocalypse, the survival of the human race may depend on the simple task of identifying the type of outbreak. Despite everything Hollywood wants you to believe, a shot to the head won’t always get it done, and the methods of protection of humans and destruction of walkers differ based on the disease present.

There are three basic types of zombies: bacterial, bacterial but antibiotic resistant, and viral.

In the case of bacterial zombies, antibiotic darts might be the solution. This type of infection is a simple, though destructive disease that simply modifies or shuts down certain functions in the brain. Using a big dose at first is recommended at first to ensure that they really will die. It’s possible that a certain dosage kills the bacteria but doesn’t kill the host, but the physical damage might be too severe to save victims who are far into the process.

Bacterial but antibiotic-resistant zombies are dangerous. Highly resistant bacteria can be nearly indestructible, and killing the host might not be enough if the bacteria can repair it. To stop zombies like that you must temporarily disable them by whatever means are available, capture them, lock them up securely and kill them with fire. Don’t do this when pursued because it takes a long time to kill them and in the meantime makes them more dangerous. Only burn undead if they are locked up and can’t light anything.

If the outbreak is viral, killing the host will do the trick. The virus will be able to duplicate for a while, but eventually the host cells will run out of energy and die. If that doesn’t work, the disease is probably bacterial. However, there could be exceptions….

The most genius type of disease, bacterial or viral, is the kind that allows the host to live and acquire energy so that the disease can use the energy to duplicate itself. This kind will reprogram the victim’s brain to give it the sole purpose of spreading the disease and acquiring energy to do so. Killing the victim may or may not be enough. This is the real Hollywood zombie by the original definition of the word, and when they show up humanity is in big trouble.

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8+1 Best Supercars of 2017

Sports cars aren’t enough. The Z06 Stingray is losing it’s flashiness. Rich people want more. So automakers around the world invented the hypercar: the ultimate road legal track car–engineered for performance, whatever the cost.

I’m skipping the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow/Lightening concept because it’s not road legal, and the LaFerrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR because they are track cars, not road cars.

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9: Lamborghini Veneno and Veneno Roadster

The Veneno, named after a fighting bull like all the other Lambos, is a heavily upgraded Adventador with little room for error. It costs 4.5 million USD.

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8: Bugatti Veyron

While it no longer holds the world record for the fastest car ever, 254 mph (409 km/h) was no mean feat in 2013. It cost more or less $1.5 million. Nontheless, the 4044 pound heavyweight is ready for an upgrade, and the Chiron might not be enough.

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4: McLaren P1

McLaren’s ultimate series tops the charts in almost every way. The P1 GTR is the brand’s number one racing machine, and its road version does not disappoint. It’s price tag is “only” $1.4 million, which is better than many others on this list.

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6: Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey seems to be trying to beat it’s own record set by the Venom GT. The F5 is estimated to hit 290 mph–a new world record by far. Bugatti’s reign is long over, and the Chiron won’t make a difference. Hennessey plans to keep this monster exclusive by limiting it’s number and increasing it’s price, but the numbers are unknown.

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5: Koenigsegg Regera

The newest upgrade from the Agera looks sleek and sporty, but that’s not all. Koenigsegg is confident to shred the road-legal top speed record by over 20 mph, clocking in at over 290.

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4: Bugatti Chiron

The brand’s newest upgrade from the Veyron came a long way, but was it wasn’t long enough to retake the world record speed from Hennessey. It costs a jaw-dropping 2.65 million USD, and certainly delivers some good performance. It’s not bad for a heavyweight monster car.

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3: LaFerrari

The LaFerrari (not Ferrari LaFerrari; just LaFerrari) came around in 2013 and still is the brands most exclusive supercar. It’s the continuation of the F40 line–F40, F50, Enzo Ferrari, FXX-K, and LaFerrari. Enzo would be proud.

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2: Lamborghini Centerario

A Lambo is an unlikely contender for second place, but this one earned it. The company wanted something special for a tribute to it’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and they did it. The Centenario finds the perfect balance sporty and stylish that is hard to find in today’s supercar lineup. Only 20 will be made, costing $1.9 million.

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1: Hennessey Venom GT

This car really deserves to be in the top spot. In 2014, the Venom GT set the record for the fastest-two seater ever made at 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h). It’s convertible counterpart clocked in at 265 mph, making it the fastest convertible to date. Only 29 were made, costing “only” 1.2 million USD each.

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0: Koenigsegg One:1

There isn’t supposed to be a zero in a top ten list. But the One:1 has to get a place, and first was already taken. This car has precisely one to one horsepower to kilogram of curb weight ratio, a feat previously considered impossible. The legendary ratio has finally been achieved by an out-of-the-way brand only seen in car shows and video games, when even Ferrari failed to get it done. It’s time to up your game, supercar companies.

5 Interesting Details in Star Wars Movies

These are five geeky details that will make question  everything you thought you knew about Star Wars, and make you stop and think next time you see the movies.

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#5: The hallway

You can’t deny it. Rey is standing in the same hallway as Luke was, though it got some major upgrades. The hallway in the third picture is slightly different but still bears resemblance. Whether it has any significance is unknown, but it is worth keeping an eye out.

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#4: Maz’s history

You probably already spotted the Mandalorian logo on the banner in the top center, and Boba Fett’s symbol next to it. But other flags have strange and unexplained logos on them. Suns, fighters, and what looks like a sketch of a distorted ear can be seen on some, and others are hidden from view. Some fans suggest that the castle was a Jedi Temple, which would explain why Rey got a Force vision so easily there. Others think it was another non-Force using society Maz was a part of, their logo being displayed directly above the Mando skull in blue. Hopefully The Last Jedi will explain.

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#3: Voices of the past

Rey’s vision might have been the most interesting and mysterious scene in The Force Awakens. There are a lot of things to dissect in a very short period of time, but what stands out the most is the voices that can be heard in the background. It doesn’t take a lot to hear Obi-Wan’s voice saying “Rey, these are your first steps.” But if you listen carefully, you can hear Luke screaming as Vader cuts his arm off, Yoda lecturing him on Dagobah, and Vader’s mechanical breathing. Some even claim to hear the Emperor’s voice, but that might be a little far-fetched.

 

#2: The Skeleton Effect

That sounds creepy, and it is. In Return of the Jedi, you might have noticed some strange reflections in Vader’s helmet right after he dumped the Emperor into a bottomless pit. If you look closely or just pause video, you’ll see that the reflections clearly outline a skull. If that wasn’t weird enough, you can see the same thing in Windu’s face as he’s being burned by the Emperor, and that can’t be a reflection. What it is and how lightening creates it remains a mystery.

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#1: Foreshadowing of Anakin’s fall

The “Squid Lake” bubble writhes and swirls during the performance, but as Palpatine tells the uplifting story of the murder of Darth Plagueis, something more sinister begins to appear–the top of Vader’s helmet. As he continues, you may even hear Vader’s breathing for a second or two. Later, as Anakin kills Dooku, the same distorted breathing can be heard clearly.

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