18 Incredible Objects Being Kept Under Wraps

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Wrapping presents for Christmas or for someone's birthday is a pleasure in most cases. Wrapping luxury cars and towering trees and Space Shuttles, though, takes it to a whole new level.

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Although you lose the element of surprise in most of this covered-up curiosities, it's still exciting to see these huge prophylactic objects in disguise. If only I had a Christmas tree big enough for them to fit under.


A wrapped and shrouded personalized Bentley car waits to be shipped and united with its owner, at the Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe, England.

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Boats for sale wrapped in plastic sit outside Kowaliga Marina on Lake Martin in Kowaliga, Alabama.

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A British Harrier Supermarine Scimitar sits on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid in New York City, as workers continue to prepare the the ship for its trip to dry dock repairs.

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U.S. Army Apache and Black Hawk helicopters await loading aboard the USNS Mendonca, which will be setting sail for the Persian Gulf.

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Obsolete Atlas Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles wrapped and stacked side by side at Norton Air base, California, 1965.

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Aerial view of the "Wrapped Reichstag" art project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Berlin, 1995.

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Shrink-wrapped buses in San Francisco.

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator sits obscured on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush.

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Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/U.S. Navy

Sealing these CH-46E "Sea Knights," at Naval Air Station North Island, California, helps prevent corrosion during periods in saltwater environments.

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Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters are ready for deployment to Iraq from the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C.

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The X-38 lifting body research vehicle at the Dryden Flight Research Center in 2004.

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A shrink-wrapped Afghan MD 530F aircraft gets ready for transport at the Redstone Arsenal base, Alabama in 2011

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Photo: Sofia Bledsoe/Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Management Office


A London statue given some red plastic protection.

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis, shrink2wrapped in plastic to protect it from dirt and dust, is prepared for display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Atlantis is scheduled to be on display to the public in July 2013.

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Spacelab is wrapped and ready for transport to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Spacelab was designed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Space Shuttle program and first flew on STS-9 in November 1983. Its final flight was the STS-90 Neurolab mission in April 1998.

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Visitors walk among wrapped trees in Riehen, Switzerland Sunday, December 13, 1998, admiring the work of environmentalist artists Christo and Jean Claude.

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Photo: Winfried Rothermel/AP


More art: Somerville Road in Worcester is bubble-wrapped to highlight the importance of taking care on the roads. January 27, 2010.

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Local peace activists wrap a tank in front of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany with colorful knits to demonstrate for peace and against violence on Feb. 11, 2013.

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Top photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/U.S. Navy

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SkeletorDan
SkeletorDan

Maybe someone can help clarify: why do we keep legacy tech, like Atlas missiles, around? Is the cost of disassembling them to great? Are we afraid we're going to run out of other ICBM options in the coming nuclear Apocalypse? Are they pretty and we just want to build huge warehouses, staff and fund them, upkeep them, etc. so we can stop in and take a peek whenever we're feeling nostalgic?

I'm certain I'm missing something, but I don't quite get it. Seems like a waste.