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This Batmobile Infographic Traces the Evolution of the Dark Knight's Ride

In the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, when Supes snatched the doors off of Batman's armored ride and tossed them aside, it was a shame—but not really a tragedy, because it had already been established that Bruce Wayne is so incredibly rich that he can just throw the Batmobile in the gutter, and go and buy another. Over the past 75 years, the character has bought, built, and customized his toys to better suit his vigilante lifestyle, with each iteration different from the last.

The team over at BookMyGarage created an infographic (below) that includes 10 Batmobile designs, from Batman creator Bob Kane's 1941 "Convertible Crusader" up to the current "Kryptonian-Killer" that Ben Affleck operates in the new film. The infographic features illustrations of each car, as well as information on the designer/artist, key features and weapons built into the vehicles, and blurbs about what makes each one special.

The first onscreen Batmobile, featured in the 1960s Batman television series, is probably the most iconic of the group. The actual car, a customized 1955 Lincoln Futura, sold at auction back in 2013 for $4.6 million.

As the infographic moves closer to the contemporary ride, the cars get sleeker and lower in profile, and also much more heavily armored, with the exception of Greg Capullo and Danny Miki's 2014 Batmobile, which BookMyGarage describes as a reimagining of the '41 original.

Check out the infographic below and let us know which Batmobile design you think was the best.

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This Gas Station Chain Serves Some of the Best Fried Chicken in the Country
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Sometimes finding a truly unforgettable meal means venturing outside your comfort zone. That’s the case at the Royal Farms gas station chain in the mid-Atlantic U.S., where restaurant-quality chicken, biscuits, and potato wedges are served at the same venue where drivers fill up their tanks.

As CBS Baltimore reports, Royal Farms was recently named a gas station restaurant worth a detour by Food & Wine magazine. With locations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the chain is best known for its "fresh, never frozen" pressure-cooked chicken that’s hand-breaded in a signature spice blend. Another popular menu item is the "western fries"—potato wedges that have been breaded and fried.

As the manager of one Royal Farms in Maryland told CBS Baltimore, his counter sees around 2000 customers for lunch every day. The store is one of at least 178 that have opened in the U.S. since the chain was founded in 1959. More locations, including gas stations in New Jersey, are coming soon.

Royal Farms joins Indian cuisine, barbecue, and Spanish wine and tapas on Food & Wine's list of top gas station eats. For more unexpected places serving noteworthy grub, including a post office, a Honda dealership, and a laundromat, check out our list of the strangest restaurant spots in America.

[h/t CBS Baltimore]

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Adult-Sized Little Tikes-Inspired Car Spotted in UK
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Remember scooting around town in your red and yellow Little Tikes toy car? The fun plastic vehicle offered accessible mobility like a tricycle, but with the sophistication of a real car. It was never meant to be driven outside of the cul-de-sac, but what if there was a grown-up version that could be taken out on the road?

Mechanic John Bitmead and his brother Geoff of Attitude Autos created just that back in 2015, with an oversized spin on the classic kid wheels. It's road-legal and fully functional, looking somewhat similar to a Smart Car (but way cooler). The car was adapted from a Daewoo Matiz and took 16 weeks to make. Despite its small size, it can go up to 70 miles per hour.

This nostalgic creation eventually wound up on eBay for bids of at least £21,500 (roughly $33,000). It only had 5000 miles on it. Sadly, it seems the vehicle went unsold. But Bitmead doesn't appear to be finished with his unique customs. His Instagram page features a post-apocalyptic roadster with a bright pink Hello Kitty paint job. If you live in the UK, perhaps one day you'll see the two racing during your morning commute.

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