Vloggers Faked a Surveillance Video, But Did They Destroy hitchBOT?

It’s now clear that two video bloggers faked a “surveillance video” showing the destruction of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot. What’s still unclear is whether the pair were responsible for actually destroying the bot, and whether we can expect more to come from their “prank.” »8/04/15 12:26pm8/04/15 12:26pm

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 12:14pm9/16/14 12:14pm

This Movie About the Grandfather of Debunkery Looks Amazing

"No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived," says James Randi in the trailer for the new film An Honest Liar. If you're at all familiar with his work, I can bet you're pretty damn excited to see a new documentary devoted to this man who knows a thing or two about deception. But does James "The… »6/14/14 3:13pm6/14/14 3:13pm

Inside the Color Factory: My Chat With a Photo Colorizer

Dana Keller is a colorizer. He takes old black-and-white photos and applies his digital paintbrush, transforming them into a new work of art. Colorization of old photos isn't new, but it's becoming increasingly popular on forums like Reddit's r/ColorizedHistory, where people share their colorized creations. But how do… »5/22/14 12:20pm5/22/14 12:20pm

No, That's Not the Oldest Message In a Bottle. This Is.

Recently a 101-year-old message in a bottle was found off the coast of Germany. The bottle was tossed into the Baltic Sea back in 1913 and was discovered this year by fishermen (pictured above) who then donated it to a local museum. Just about every news outlet is saying that it's the oldest message in a bottle ever… »4/09/14 4:40pm4/09/14 4:40pm