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Someone Built a Distraction-Free Mobile Phone With a Working Old-School Rotary Dial

The smartphone changed the world, but it wasn’t all for the better. Mobile devices are packed full of endless productivity-killing distractions, and the ability to actually make a phone call almost seems like an afterthought now. A frustrated Justine Haupt came up with an unorthodox solution: she designed and built a mobile phone with a rotary dial that looks like it’s 40 years old. Read More >>

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Are You Sitting on a Fortune With These Rare VHS Collectors Items?

The musty, cobweb-covered antique people over at LoveAntiques.com have compiled a list of what they believe are the 25 most valuable VHS titles on the market, and we’ll be impressed if you’ve heard of more than five of them. Read More >>

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Antiques Roadshow Appraised My 2008 Toshiba TV

In June, Antiques Roadshow (the US version) visited Birmingham, Alabama, my home for the last three years. I don't own a Tiffany lamp or a 19th century Chesterfield sofa. I do, though, have a flatscreen television that's ancient by consumer electronics standards. So that's what I brought to be appraised. Read More >>

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Watch Kids Try to Figure Out How to Use an Old Typewriter

Children growing up today can't remember a world without computers. Typewriters, once ubiquitous in offices and considered the cutting-edge way to write, are now more of a quaint relic than an actual tool... which means they're perfect fodder for the latest installment of the Fine Brothers' "Kids React" series. Read More >>

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Does Digital Media Make Physical Artefacts Obsolete?

Yesterday, a documentary group unearthed a cache of buried Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have been following the urban legend around the buried games for decades. The story has me wondering—with our media increasingly coming in intangible, digital-only form, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think? Read More >>

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Where Is This Mind-Blowing Antique Transforming Desk Hiding Its Autobot Logo?

Maybe we've all been looking in the wrong place for proof of extra-terrestrial life. Because it's hard to imagine this incredibly complex transforming desk coming from anywhere but Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons. Read More >>

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This Pointy, Swivelling TV Was the 84-Inch 4K Flatscreen of Its Day

You're looking at the height of TV technology from the 1950s. Perhaps the most kitsch, retro object you've seen in a long time, the Kuba Komet was the 84-inch 4K flatscreen of its day -- and just as expensive. Read More >>

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Why Old Books Get That Old Book Smell

There's nothing quite as pungent as walking into a book store specialising in old tomes. But why do they produce such a strong and unique smell as they age? Basically every book is an organic chemical reaction just waiting to happen. Read More >>

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The 19th Century Version of Facebook

Looks like Mr. Zuckerberg has some explaining to do—he clearly stole the entire idea for Facebook from this 19th century girl's "friend urn"—or, if you will, Vasebook. Read More >>

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Apple Founding Papers Are Up For Sale

"Stephen G. Wozniak", "steven p. jobs" and "Ronald Wayne". The latter had the best signature on Apple Computer's founding contract, signed on April 1st, 1976. Too bad he used it again to sell his 10 per cent share for £500. Read More >>