If this hour-long video teaches us anything, it's that Adam Savage could easily be the world's greatest cosplayer if he wanted to be. On a new Tested video as part of "Adam Savage's One Day Builds," the sci-fi-obsessed Savage tackles another ambitious project—Barbarella's Space Rifle.
The oil crisis of the 1970s meant that Americans had to wait in long lines to fill up their cars. But in the Netherlands, the government decided that the best way to conserve fuel was to ban cars for one day a week. How did people cope? They took their horses on the highway.
When the residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma buried a car in 1957 as part of an enormous time capsule, they included containers of gasoline. The good people of Tulsa reasoned that the folks of 2007 might not have any gas left to fill up the Plymouth Belvedere that they were interring for a fifty year journey into the…
Remember that time in the 1960s when the Canadians accidentally launched exploding shells into an American town? Few people do. It's just one of those embarrassing Cold War flubs that both countries would rather forget.
The New York Times' Retro Report series has an excellent new short documentary video about the rise of Napster. Remember the year 2000? We were such pirates back then.
Though the legend of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs developing the first Apple computer in a garage at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos is certainly romantic, it didn't exactly happen that way.
Over the weekend, I watched the always wonderful and under-appreciated Titan AE (via HBO Go). It had been awhile since I'd seen it—maybe a five years or so—and I was amazed how great that movie still is. Think about it: an animated film that nearly kills the entire human race before the title screen. Gutsy.
What do you get for the paleofuturist who has everything? Forget the boring book and DVD sets. How about a real flying car? Or a robot butler? These paleofuturistic wonders can all be yours! Provided you have a few hundred thousand dollars lying around.
Did you ever wonder what A Christmas Carol might look like if the NSA wrote it during the Cold War? And replaced all the characters with Communist icons? Well wonder no longer!
The moon landing. Birth control. Civil rights. The cultural and technological achievements from 1945 to 1971 represent a "Golden Quarter" in human progress, according to science writer Michael Hanlon in a new article over at Aeon. Since then, Hanlon insists, we've stalled out. But he really couldn't be more wrong.
Were you one of those kids who saw Robert Zemeckis insist that hoverboards were real back in 1989? Then tonight's episode of the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs is for you. In the episode Adam wants to come up with a cool explanation for how he broke his arm, so he decides that he'll tell people he was riding a hoverboard.…
It's one of those urban legends that just won't die. Was Walt Disney actually cryogenically frozen after he died so that he could be reanimated in the future? No.
Passenger air travel in the 1920s and 30s was a uniquely exhilarating experience — provided you could afford it. But for those of us stuck in a world where flying has become a mundane and sometimes excruciating ordeal, we can at least live vicariously through the past. A website called The Passion of Former Days has…
The hoverboard from Back to the Future: Part II is one of the most iconic artifacts of 20th century futurism. But surprisingly, the hovering toys were originally envisioned to be much larger than what made it on screen. That's according to John Bell, the visual effects art director on the classic 1989 film.
The new film The Imitation Game hits theaters this weekend. But before you see Benedict Cumberbatch's brilliant portrayal of Alan Turing on the big screen, you should definitely check out the book that the film is based on, Alan Turing: The Enigma. Today we have author Andrew Hodges joining us for a live webchat from…
At the dawn of the world wide web, early adopters were scooping up domain names like crazy. Which led to quite a few battles over everything from MTV.com to McDonalds.com.