1970s Kids Dressed Up For the Year 2000

What will people dress like in the year 2000? That was the question in 1978 when kids at Lincoln Middle School in Indiana were encouraged to participate in a dress-up contest for "Year 2000 Day." Their answer? Apparently a little bit Judy Jetson, a heavy helping of astronaut, and maybe a dash of... Darth Maul? » 9/29/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Yay, Another Damn Flying Car

You know what manner of shit I can't believe? This shit. This shit right here. This flying car crap. Wired in the UK is telling us that the "flying car may have just landed," but what they really mean is "here's another remarkable flying car that'll never get made because this is how this always goes, forever." » 9/26/14 12:31pm Friday 12:31pm

That Time Two Americans Won a Contest to Build Utopia in Australia

Eleri Harris has a new comic on Medium about the utopian plan for Australia's capital city of Canberra. Two idealistic American architects, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin, won a competition to design what they believed could be the greatest planned city in the history of the world. » 9/25/14 2:30pm Thursday 2:30pm

The U.S. once considered using 23 nuclear bombs to blast out a highway

Rising out of California's Mojave Desert are the Bristol Mountains, nearly 4,000 feet of rock blocking easy passage through the scorching desert. For decades, Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway have had to bend south, acquiescing to the mountains' height. But in the 1960s, at the peak of atomic age, we had a plan to… » 9/23/14 4:57pm 9/23/14 4:57pm

1922: Radio Will Kill the Newspaper Star

Each generation seems to think that it's the first to imagine radical change in the newspaper industry. The predictions of futuristic robot editors? They date back to at least 1968. Tablet news? At least 1994. Printing the news by radio right in your home? 1934. » 9/23/14 3:00pm 9/23/14 3:00pm

You Can Buy This Window From the Manhattan Project for a Small Fortune

Bonhams auction house is gearing up for a big "History of Science" sale on October 22. Among the many intriguing lots is a slab of unique glass used during one of the darkest scientific pursuits we've ever embarked upon: The Manhattan Project. But don't worry. It's not radioactive. » 9/23/14 1:43pm 9/23/14 1:43pm

The 1930s Refrigerator-Radio Combo That Never Quite Took Off

By the late 1930s the vast majority of American households had a radio. So how were radio manufacturers supposed to expand their market? By insisting that the ideal American home has a radio in every room. Sometimes that meant putting radios in the latest appliances — like right inside every American's favorite new… » 9/22/14 2:40pm 9/22/14 2:40pm

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:51pm 9/18/14 4:51pm

That Time Siskel and Ebert Reviewed The Greatest Film Ever Made

It might be hard to believe now, but when it first came out in 1989, some people didn't really like Back to the Future: Part II. Recognized today as perhaps the greatest film ever made for the silver screen, critics like Gene Siskel called it "very gadget-filled and really noisy in an unpleasant way." Hard to believe… » 9/18/14 1:10pm 9/18/14 1:10pm

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too

Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds… » 9/17/14 12:10pm 9/17/14 12:10pm

Vintage ad promising a free U2 tape with every Walkman is fake

Apple recently gave iTunes users something they didn't want for free: a new U2 album. Reactions have ranged from "who the hell is U2?" to "who the hell is U2 and why is this on my phone?" The move has also spawned countless jokes, including the photoshop'd image above. Yes, despite looking plausible enough, it's yet… » 9/16/14 12:14pm 9/16/14 12:14pm

A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. » 9/15/14 4:59pm 9/15/14 4:59pm

Try These Nike Knockoffs for Your Back to the Future Halloween Costume

For those who simply can't hold out for power laces, the Halloween costume version of Marty McFly's Nikes from Back to the Future Part II are quite convincing. And unlike the limited-edition Air Mags that Nike produced in 2011, which are going for bajillions of dollars on eBay, these can be yours for only $99. » 9/15/14 1:04pm 9/15/14 1:04pm

Conan O'Brien Sang Simpsons' "Monorail Song" at the Hollywood Bowl

Last night, the cast of The Simpsons gathered at the Hollywood Bowl for "The Simpsons Take the Bowl," a musical event celebrating the show's 25th anniversary. A number of the show's most memorable musical moments were revisited, but perhaps the most exciting was Conan O'Brien's performance of "The Monorail Song," from… » 9/13/14 2:14pm 9/13/14 2:14pm