io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011

THE MIDWEST'S DIMENSIONAL RIFT | The Ames Monument, a pyramid in Wyoming built to commemorate the transcontinental railroad. More weirdness here.


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011

British ratings board rejects Human Centipede 2, calls it a "real risk" to viewers due to "sexual perversity"

Apparently the sequel to last year's grossout masterpiece The Human Centipede (First Sequence), called Human Centipede 2 (The Full Sequence), is so chock full of shock that the British ratings board has declared it a "risk" to viewers. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Why the Wall Street Journal is Wrong about Young Adult Books

It feels like every blogger and YA writer online has already commented on the Wall Street Journal article that sparked a Twitter upheaval (#YAsaves). More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Remember that time Megatron got drunk on the Transformers cartoon?

Here's a scene we hope Michael Bay has tucked away somewhere in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. On a 1985 episode of The Transformers, Megatron and his gang of knucklehead Decepticons get totally shithoused on Energon. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Indiana road sign advises drivers not to fear space rays

This is definitely our favorite new road sign. Both reassuring and informative! Thanks to photographer 0ran Sands, who wrote in to say, "I had to stop and stare at it until I was sure it said what I thought it said." The sign is in Fountain Sq. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Organ Theft and the Insanity of Geniuses: A History of Mad Scientists in the Industrial Age

Victor von Frankenstein was the iconic mad scientist of the 19th century, but he had competition for that role. Here is the bizarre and uncanny history of the greatest mad scientists of the industrial age. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Yes! Matt Smith is officially back for another season of Doctor Who.

The BBC has just confirmed that Matt Smith's Doctor will be back for (at least) another 14 episodes of Doctor Who, presumably referring to a Christmas special plus thirteen episodes in series seven. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Is this a secret Martian base, revealed by Google maps?

A guy named David Martines announced on YouTube that he'd discovered an "anomaly" which is clearly a secret Martian base, just by using Google maps. You can see what he's calling the base in this image, taken from Google, above. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Ten catch phrases you swore you'd never use (and when you used them)

No matter how hard you struggle, these phrases worm their way into your consciousness. No matter how much you deny it, you let them back out. Here's a list of ten phrases too good to not repeat. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011The first accurate map of how green the Earth really is

This is the first map ever produced that shows the global output of plant fluorescence. That means you're seeing the most realistic representation of healthy plant life across the entire face of the Earth. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Vintage advertisements for HAL 9000 and the Orion III space plane

Remember Justin Van Genderen's throwback travel posters for locales in comic books and the Star Wars universe? He's now given 2001: A Space Odyssey a similar retro rehash. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011Compare the first-ever Harry Potter screen test with The Deathly Hallows‘ dark heroes

This brand-new featurette for the final film in the Harry Potter franchise starts off with a tearjerker. It's the first ever screen test for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. More »


io9 Roundup: June 6, 2011What is the ultimate impossible experiment?

There's an old psychological theory that it takes 10000 hours of practice to become an expert in a field...and some argue that it's only practice, not natural talent, that makes you an expert. More »