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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST:The Soviet Flying Sub (UPDATED AND FIXED)

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Up until now, we've focused on the hippie-dippie peacenik aspects of old-timey visions of the future, but what about the military?

The tactical advantages of flying submarines are obvious - they're more flexible than either subs or planes, and they can lie in wait in any body of water, swooping out to attack the enemy when they blunder by. Provided they don't have sonar. But more importantly, they're cool as hell, even if they're amazingly impractical. And undeniably goony-looking. Click through to see.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Buckminster Fuller

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Wrapping up our featurette on R. Buckminster Fuller (For now) is this fun little museum tour of some of his classic ideas: it includes models and designs, including what I like to call "The Trailer Park of the Future." Click through, or have your life remain meaningless.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The Dymaxion

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The unveiling of the Dymaxion car is below the jump:
Professional Brilliant Person Buckminster Fuller designed this car in 1933. It was intended to be simple, aerodynamic, fast, and cheap. It could hold 11 people, and could do 90 MPH, which was pretty amazingly fast for a 'family' car in those days.
Unfortunately, it's not very stylish ("We like the future, but only with tail fins!"), and though it was very structuraly sound, it looked and felt rather flimsy (Fuller had an obsession with using the exact minimum ammount of materials required for safety).

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The LAX Theme Building

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Designed and built in 1961, the "Theme Building" at Los Angeles International Airport is still a landmark for the city, and a shining example of Googie architecture. Here's a swanky 3D model of the building, and some video footage and some info and links, and why, oh why, oh why won't you look? I type my fingers to the bone for literally three whole minutes, working on this, and you can't even feign ignorance. I guess my mother was right about you. Sigh.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The Sculptured House

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If you've seen Woodie Allen's 1973 SF comedy "Sleeper" then this house will probably look familiar to you. It was one of the major locations in the movie. Designed and built in 1963, you'll need to click through to find out more about it.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition

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Today we're gonna' look at another really influential American World's Fair: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition, celebrating progress (As did all of them), but also celebrating the hundredth anniversiary of the Louisiana Purchase, and westward expansion. The oddly fascinating details are beneath the jump. Or maybe they aren't, but the point is that you'll never know if you don't look.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Metropolis" (1926)

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Ah, but it's not all state fairs and theme parks and mockingly bad cartoons, no. Old movies also show an equally aspirational and unlikely vision of the future. Check out the first couple minutes of this sequence from Metropolis under the jump. (For all you know, it could be the one with the dancing, mostly naked robot chick!)

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