50yearold business computer nicknamed 'Flossie' getting new life in UK museum

While Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob Smith were regaling America's youth with Western-themed puppet antics and the Cold War was starting to get serious, British businessmen were employing one of the world's first out-of-the-laboratory computers: the ICT 1301. The massive computer, which resembles a prop from Lost's underground bunker more than something you'd see in modern times, is getting a new life from the National Museum of Computing in the UK's historic Bletchley Park.

The University of London is providing the ICT 1301 (last used for grading tests, apparently), which is nicknamed "Flossie." Apparently TNMOC is hoping to have it on display by some point in 2016, and the machine is said to still work. It was purchased by the university back in the '60s, not long after the initial rollout of ICT 1301 computers took place. Just 150 iterations of the machine exist, and Flossie is said to be the last functioning model. It's been a struggle getting Flossie into the museum, despite its history -- the machine spent nine years being rehabbed, among other challenges.

Hilariously, other copies of the ICT 1301 were used as props in various UK productions throughout the years, from Doctor Who to James Bond. And the first of you to spot one in an old episode and send us an image gets a banana sticker! And very likely a cat GIF!