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Nina Dobrev is on Vacation

Since we can't make fun of Lindsay Lohan all day, here's Vampire Diaries' star Nina Dobrev in the Turks and Caicos yesterday. Meh. Based on the pictures I've posted of this chick in the past, I thought she'd look better half-naked. I felt the same way with Jessica Alba back in '05, but in her defense, the lighting in my master bedroom is pretty bad.

Grace Park In A Bikini FTW

I’ve said it a million times but Asian chicks are the best. They’re little and skinny with long hair and really soft skin. If being a girl was an Olympic event, Asian girls would set the world record 35 times a day. ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ star Grace Park, seen here filming the new CBS version of ‘Hawaii 5-0', is a perfect example. If you can think of a hotter girl than Grace Park, I’d love to see her, but since you live in fantasy land I’m not sure how you would contact me.

AnnaLynne McCord Gets Back in Her Bikini For 90210

AnnaLynne McCord wore a retro bikini to shoot scenes for 90210 on the beach in LA yesterday. After a few months off from filming, AnnaLynne is back to work on the CW drama, though the characters are no longer high school students after graduation at the end of last season. In the cliffhanger-filled finale, AnnaLynne's Naomi revealed that she is pregnant, though there's no sign of a baby bump yet in this revealing two-piece. AnnaLynne spent her hiatus hanging out with on-again boyfriend Kellan Lutz and he even accompanied her to NYC for the upfronts while she attended his brother's wedding in May. Kellan will be hitting the promotional road for Immortals soon, starting with Comic-Con next week, and she'll be back on the small screen when 90210 premieres .

Scarlett Johansson Goes Blond And Drops The Cleavage For Dolce & Gabbana

If there’s one constant when it comes to Scarlett Johansson, it’s that she looks like her really, really hot old self in Dolce & Gabbana advertisements… and thank the lord for that. Here she is looking like a blond bombshell and busting out her infamous cleavage in D&G’s newest ad for their lipstick line. Now I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, because the super hot cleavage popping blond version of Scarlett Johansson is a rarity these days, but seriously, she looks a little too airbrushed in this shot. Hell, she looks more like a CG effect than an actual person. Albeit, a really, really hot cleavage popping CG effect.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

A Second Before The Geyser Erupts

This picture is taken right before the geyser erupts. Strokkur (Icelandic for "churn") is one of Iceland's most famous geysirs, erupting regularly every 4-8 minutes. Strokkur has a long history of activity, beginning in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the plumbing system of the geyser. It continued to erupt until 1896, when another earthquake blocked the conduit of the geyser. Then in 1963, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since.

The Paradise on Earth: Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th century accounts, is Bolabolla (or “Bollabolla”).

A Taiwanese Mafia Boss’s Funeral Procession

According to a TVBS report, police obtained information that a crime lord known as “Silly Face” Lee Zhaoxiong [Lee Chao-hsiung] who died last month of liver cancer will have a funeral procession on the 26th, learning that there will be 20,000 figures from various factions , and therefore have dispatched hundreds of police.

Abandoned Castle from Soviet Era

is beautiful castle was found in the Abkhazia region. It is one of the most beautiful remains from the Soviet era and is located near the Black Sea. The structure was constructed almost two centuries ago and had been abandoned for long time before the local government started using it for commercial purposes. Projects of converting it into a hotel have been in talks for a while but with the intervene of the local authorities, the beauty and originality of the structure seems to be fading away with each passing day. However, because of lack of much tourist activity and financial instability, most of these projects have been left half way leaving behind a structure that has been damaged. The structure used to one of the most picturesque scenes during the Soviet era when it is said that a price used to live here. However, now what remains is the still picturesque exterior with an interior that is barren.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Unique V12 Ferrari 458 Built For Eric Clapton

Pictures of a very special custom-built Ferrari 458 Italia hit the web today. It is apparently a one-off commissioned two years ago by the great musician Eric Clapton, who wanted the design to be inspired by Ferrari 512 BB of 1970s, and only now it’s ready for delivery. The pictures have been taken at a dealership in London. The car has one big party piece. And that’s the V12 engine under the hood, replacing the 458's standard V8. Well, at least that’s what Eric requested. Has Ferrari managed to squeeze one in the 458's engine bay, we’re yet to be know for sure. Mr. Clapton wanted the car to be an sprititual successor to the 512, but unfortunately Ferrari does not make a 12-cylinder boxer anymore.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

There’s just something about the 1930s… The decade that climbed out of a great depression and fell into the second world war was still one of progress in design. This decade saw the automobile really begin to take shape, and it has left us some of the most beautiful cars ever envisioned by man. The 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia, the 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, and even the 1937 BWM R7 motorcycle show the high watermark of design in the heart of the pre-war industrial revolution. Today, we look at the great 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a beautiful blue wonder as captured by our friends at Autoblog. This Bugatti Type 57SC is famous in its own right, having earned the Best of Show at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year, it sold for nearly $40 million, a record price for any automobile. While it is certainly amongst the world’s most beautiful automobiles, it is officially the world’s most expensive.

Love Pink? Car Thieves Don’t

Most people have a favorite color. They might paint their entire house bright blue because they love the color so much. Others have an entire wardrobe of their favorite color. Some even dye their hair their all time favorite color. Car thieves also have their favorite colors of cars to steal. Their favorite colors of vehicles to steal include white, black and silver. Why these colors? Most car thieves are professionals, and they steal cars to make money. Car thieves know that cars with the highest resale value include the most popular exterior color. In 2010, 20% of consumers drove off the car lots with a new white vehicle. 17% of sold vehicles came in the colors black and silver. Blue followed with 13%. A consumer pays the same for a yellow or white car, but the resale value for a vehicle with a popular color (like white and black) can sell for up to $1,000 more.

Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Qatar Concept

At the first Qatar Motor Show (26-29 January, 2011), Volkswagen has presented a slightly tamer version of the Touareg 3 that started in the Dakar Rally at the beginning of January 2011; this 228 kW / 310 PS Volkswagen could very well be the world's most talented street-legal SUV. This is a genuine Rally motorsport vehicle, like the one that was still touring South America in the Dakar Rally two weeks ago and was built to withstand the toughest rally race in the world. The vehicle now being shown in Qatar is a version of the Race Touareg 3 - an SUV that can sprint to 100 km/h in less than six seconds - that is legally approved for use on public roadways. The just over two metre wide body was slightly modified for road use. Instead of 16-inch wheels, new 18-inch wheels from BBS with a gold look are being used. The "Race Touareg" signature - also in a golden colour - stretches the entire length of the vehicle's sides. In turn, it is perfectly coordinated with the exterior paint in "Magic Morning," a white that has a slight gold shimmer to it.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

This Is the Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located

This is Pionen White Mountains, the nuclear bunker in which Wikileaks will locate some of its servers. It was excavated 98 feet underground, in a rock hill in the center of Stockholm, Sweden, during the Cold War. Originally, it was just a bomb shelter built in 1943. In the 70s, the Swedes turned the shelter into a full bunker, a civil defense center that was going to hold an emergency unit of the Swedish government in the case of a nuclear war. Now, protected under thirty meters of rock and 1.64-feet-thick solid steel doors, it is the colocation center of Bahnhof, a Swedish internet hosting company. Bahnhof further expanded the facilities when they took over it, blasting new space for gas oil power plants extracted from decommissioned German submarines. In the case of an external power outage, the generators would kick in, keeping the servers running non-stop.

Bin Laden Killing Team May Have Used Night Vision Contact Lenses

Night Vision Goggles technology has advanced quickly over the last decade. Right now, the most advanced setups are panoramic models that use four 16mm image intensifying tubes, which provide with a 100º horizontal by 40º vertical field of view. They are made by the same company that makes the F-35 demon helmet as well as other manufacturers. These helmets are still limited, however, especially for special operation teams. While they are better than your standard NVGs, they are quite bulky and heavier and still don't provide with the natural field of view that would be ideal for field operations. These rumored night vision contacts, however, are almost sci-fi material. People have been speculating about this technology for almost a decade, so perhaps they exist in some hidden Area 51 lab. If anyone has access to these, that would be the SEALs from Team 6.

Hacked Nissan EVs power homes after Hurricane Sandy

As millions of people fired up generators and burned candles in the wake of superstorm Sandy, some EV owners hacked their cars to keep their lights on and refrigerators humming. For Virginia resident Scott Wilson, that involved nothing more than making sure his Nissan Leaf's battery pack was topped up the night before, along with having a ProWatt 1000 DC-to-AC converter and a pair of $25 (£15) cables at the ready. And it's something that EV owners along the east coast can do as they prepare for the latest nor'easter front.

The Thrill of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird

In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist camps in Libya. My duty was to fly over Libya and take photos recording the damage our F-111's had inflicted. Qaddafi had established a 'line of death,' a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra , swearing to shoot down any intruder that crossed the boundary. On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph. I was piloting the SR-71 spy plane, the world's fastest jet, accompanied by Maj Walter Watson, the aircraft's reconnaissance systems officer (RSO). We had crossed into Libya and were approaching our final turn over the bleak desert landscape when Walter informed me that he was receiving missile launch signals. I quickly increased our speed, calculating the time it would take for the weapons-most likely SA-2 and SA-4 surface-to-air missiles capable of Mach 5 - to reach our altitude. I estimated that we could beat the rocket-powered missiles to the turn and stayed our course, betting our lives on the plane's performance.

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