One sleepy Afghanistan village is trying to convince foreigners to visit a town made internationally famous by one of the worst acts of cultural terrorism in recent history. Having enjoyed years of relative stability, Bamiyan wants to open up its cultural heritage to intrepid travelers curious to see more of the country than war.
They were made up by 4chan and if you try it you will melt your phone.
Pabst Brewing Company — and its signature Pabst Blue Ribbon, the ironic, iconic favorite of the young and the cool — has sold to a Russian beverage firm after a century and a half of American ownership.
Just when we finally got over our crippling TwoDots addiction, they had to go and release more levels. Goodbye, productivity.
Why frustrated and unhappy drivers won’t stop working for Uber.
Even seemingly silly science can be useful — for example, it's good to know that if you're experiencing a raging nosebleed, shoving a slice of cured pork up your nose just might save your life. Or that it's normal to see the face of Jesus on a piece of toast. Those published scientific findings, and many more, won the highest honors at the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, conducted at Harvard's Sanders Theater on Thursday.
Because some websites, we just couldn't do without.
We don't want to give anything away here but Wayne Enterprises may have donated some cash to the production of the new "Star Wars" films.
This week we learned how billionaires shop, what happens when you embed a war photographer in a video game, and why butts are back.
Hitting the island waves with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Non-gamers love to stereotype the world of competitive gaming. But what’s it really like? We asked a former competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee player to tell us her story.
How cocaine and the War on Drugs utterly destroyed McDonald's coffee spoon.
The popular website Seeking Arrangement sets up "mutually beneficial relationships" between wealthy older men and young female students. What the site doesn’t talk about is sex.
In May, the USDA's Office of Inspector General filed a request for submachine guns. But why exactly do they need them?
British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to retake the reins, but the answer isn't to pull harder on Scotland — it's to ease off.
"I was just so excited!"
In an effort to combat Yelp's exploitative business model, one restaurant is offering discounts for 1-star reviews.
When I told the nurse that I wanted an epidural, Dustin, my fiancé, asked if I was sure. We’d decided ahead of time that he’d challenge me if I brought it up. “This isn’t what we talked about,” he reminded me. “This isn’t what you wanted.” I gathered my strength to respond and told him that those ideas were from a different person.
It all started with the decision to remove a Picasso curtain.
The world’s population may reach 11 billion by 2100, 2 billion more than previously anticipated, largely due to high birth rates on the African continent, according to a U.N.-led study. Can natural resources keep pace?
"The Diatomist" is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement. Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.
Uruguay’s José Mujica lives in a tiny house rather than the presidential palace, and gives away 90% of his salary. He’s legalised marijuana and gay marriage. But his greatest legacy is governing without giving up his revolutionary ideals.
Jon Stewart interviews Bill Clinton as they talk about strategies for tackling the Ebola virus and the need for cooperation in an inter-dependent world.
Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea.
Is it really worth it? Really?
By almost any economic metric, the gap between white and black Americans is sustained and substantial. It’s no secret that African Americans earn less; more telling still, the wage gap has widened over the last three decades.
Billy Crystal talks about his tribute to his best friend, Robin Williams, and Billy and Jimmy trade their favorite Robin stories.
Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, didn’t want to steal money or hurt anyone. So why did she trick people all over the country into believing she was still in high school?
If you've ever been to a wedding reception in the U.S., you know there's one question that can get a whole family on the dance floor: "Do you remember the 21st night of September?"
What does it mean to design for thumbs? It means building interfaces that are the most comfortable to use within our thumb’s natural, sweeping arc.
Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — following a historic referendum vote. By 55% to 45%, a majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away and becoming an independent nation.
Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between the East and West in the United States. It turns out, this was never the case and the Pony Express was around only for an extremely short amount of time.
As climate activists prepare for the People's Climate March, the singer/songwriter and journalist Jarvis Cocker has some advice: take to the streets, but rather than march, why not dance?
To learn about the mainstream culture of an era, it helps to look at the vagrants and nomads who have dropped out of it: the tramps of the Gilded Age; the beatniks of the 1950s. Today they are called crusties, gutter punks, or the voluntary homeless — but they often refer to themselves simply as travelers.
Assault rifles are like "hot women," colleges are overreacting to sexual assault, and real moms sport kitchen aprons and feather dusters.
Fashion or technology? You can only choose one.
Thousands of firefighters kept a huge and still-growing wildfire from burning homes in Northern California while a man with a long criminal history faced charges of deliberately starting the blaze that drove some 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said.
Fifty-eight observations, exhortations, and hard-won insights into how to dress now.
"Two days after getting back home from a funeral, I dragged myself to XOXO Fest. I wasn't looking forward to faking it, pretending to care about assorted tech industry bullshit for as long as it took to switch into professional autopilot survival mode."
What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.
Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness. But now science has determined the perfect length for a break.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging "sees" inside the body by mapping the position of water molecules, which exist at different densities in different types of tissue. The video above samples some impressive MRI images of the human body in action.
Charli XCX, the songwriting, chorus-belting force behind hits like "I Love It," "Boom Clap" and "Fancy," is primed to change the landscape of pop music. She's having a lot of fun doing it, too.
On going someplace strange to watch a game that doesn't matter.
Published in the May 1983 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher, this amazing math problem challenges students to locate the USS Enterprise's missing first officer—in 50 minutes or less—using compass and straightedge. Are you up to the task, cadet?
Are you sick and tired of wasting potentially tens of calories suboptimally chewing? If so, a pair of researchers from Montreal, Aidin Delnavaz and Jérémie Voix, have a solution: the piezoelectric chin-strap.
The disturbing implications of a long-standing expectation.
What if astronauts squeezed into lightweight, stretchy suits before venturing into space? MIT researchers are proposing just that.
Amazingly, there was a time when the NFL was perceived to be so staid and honorable that NBC Universal and WWE magnate Vince McMahon paired up to invest some $100 million in a rowdy, "bad-boy" rival.
We've gone too far. It's all over. We've lost. There's a man out in San Francisco seeking funding for "The Suitsy," a one-piece suit that thinks you're just too lazy for a two-piece or three-piece option.
When I tell people that I recently finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery, mostly in maximum-security facilities, I often feel a question lingering in the air. The moment I sense it, I try to respond to the awkward silence in some offhanded way, though it is hard to be blithe and whimsical when you're telling people you were never raped in prison.