This Working Replica of Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion Car Is Scary As Hell

Buckminster Fuller was either a brilliant inventor or a nutcase charlatan, depending on who you ask. And perhaps no single invention of Bucky’s encapsulates that divide quite like his Dymaxion car. Was it a death trap or a feat of engineering genius? The Wall Street Journal recently tested out a functioning replica… » 4/24/15 1:15pm Yesterday 1:15pm

That Time the Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail

When a Florida mailman landed a gyrocopter with a USPS logo on the lawn of the Capitol today, I’m sure you were asking yourself the same question I was: Does the postal service really deliver mail via gyrocopter? Not today. But it turns out they did, back in the 1930s. » 4/15/15 5:47pm 4/15/15 5:47pm

How an Apocalyptic Scifi Novel Imagined the Future 122 Years Ago

La Fin du Monde (The End of the World), is a 19th century science fiction novel about a comet colliding with the Earth, followed by several million years leading up to the gradual death of the planet. The book was written by French astronomer and author Camille Flammarion, first published in 1893, and adapted into… » 4/13/15 3:30pm 4/13/15 3:30pm

Time Capsule Found Under Historic Statue, But Should They Open It?

Workers in Rochester, Minnesota were shocked yesterday to discover a time capsule underneath a statue of the Mayo brothers. Nobody knows what's inside, but it's large enough to keep us guessing. Could it be old fashioned medications? Antique stethoscopes? Maybe a samples of a virus that'll wipe out humanity? » 4/09/15 4:40pm 4/09/15 4:40pm

Why Even Our Most Radical Visions of the Future Include Pizza

According to futurists of the 20th century, food of the future was supposed to be calorie-dense, inexpensive, and ready in a flash. And in many ways that future has arrived. But we're still waiting on one high-tech food prediction from the 1980s: The rehydrated pizza of the film Back to the Future: Part II. » 4/02/15 12:25pm 4/02/15 12:25pm

'Optimistic' Predictions From 1950 That Warned of the Coming Dystopia

It's so easy for us to look back at old predictions for the future and see them as quaint or overly optimistic. But when we take a closer look—when we stop to really process what's going on in these predictions—we often find that they weren't merely silly or naive. They were warning of the horrific, dystopian future… » 3/30/15 11:43am 3/30/15 11:43am

A Custody Battle Is Raging Over the Contents of This 1894 Time Capsule

This past Sunday workers demolishing a former telescope factory in Pittsburgh were surprised to find a 19th century time capsule in the cornerstone. Now the demolition company is claiming that it has every right to keep the capsule — along with the incredibly cool telescope artifacts that they found inside. » 3/26/15 4:45pm 3/26/15 4:45pm