io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011
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io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011

Dracula Mystery Club mocks sparkly vampire romance without mercy

Tragic vampires can be romantic or tedious, depending on your point of view, but Dracula Mystery Club proves they can also be funny, especially when they're guzzling sunscreen, can't keep their shirts closed, and keep getting stalked by teenage girls. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Local news proves that True Blood would be really depressing in real life

On True Blood, south-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line vampires are immortal hardbodies who have the power to spontaneously create Renaissance Faire music whenever they make love to diner waitresses. Last Thursday, Florida showed us otherwise. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Doctor Who Ponies are four-legged terrors

Artist EatToast transforms sweet, innocent ponies into Doctor Who aliens — the malevolent Cybermen, the creepy Silence, the tentacle-faced Ood. You'll never look at pastel ponies quite the same way. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Marijuana harvesting in Kyrgyzstan sometimes involves naked horseback riding

The Chu Valley between Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan is the home to an extremely hardy type of marijuana that resisted Soviet-era efforts to stamp it out. Law-breaking marijuana farmers in the region harvest the crop normally, but they also procure their stick-icky using a tried and true method that's been around for centuries: nude equestrianism. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Drunken elk trapped in an apple tree in Sweden

From equine marijuana farmers to drunk elks caught in apple trees — yes, it's that kind of weekend. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011What's the largest math proof in human history?

The longest math proof in the world has just been completed. It began in the 1970s and was worked on by 100 mathematicians. Take a look at the math equivalent of endurance running. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Torchwood: Miracle Day: An Onion With Only One Layer

Torchwood: Children of Earth was one of the most brilliant pieces of television of the past few years, so maybe we were expecting too much from the followup, Miracle Day. Or maybe showrunner and creator Russell T. Davies was so eager to duplicate Children of Earth on a bigger scale, he lost sight of what made Children of Earth such a compulsive watch: the relentless pacing, the knife-edge tension. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011A stupid VHS to watch in case you are left behind during The Rapture

Just as restaurants have guides informing patrons how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, in 1999, the creators of the eschatologically inclined Left Behind series made this video, Have You Been Left Behind? More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Duncan Jones explains Source Code with a hand-drawn diagram

Need some clarification on the ending of The Source Code? Director Duncan Jones recently took to Twitter with one of his hand-penned production diagrams. Be forewarned that there are spoilers out the wazoo here. Click on the above to expand. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Sean Connery describes the guns of James Bond in the 1960s

In 1964, Sean Connery and firearm expert Geoffrey Boothroyd — who would be immortalized in the films as Major Boothroyd, or Q — presented this short BBC feature on the many guns of James Bond. You can watch a longer (albeit potentially region-blocked) version of this video at the BBC. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Doctor Who proves love is stronger than time itself

Amy Pond is the longest-lasting Doctor Who companion since Rose Tyler, and recent events have made her even more central than Rose to the Doctor's mythos. But she's been a bit of a cipher for a while now, without much in the way of character development or badass moments. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Nobody is still living in China's chichi ghost city

Remember the Chinese ghost city of Ordos? After visiting this unpopulated metropolis (which was built for one-million residents) in 2009, Al-Jazeera went back to find that even though Ordos was still mostly unoccupied, construction kept chugging along. But why? More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011The Apollo 17 landing site, 39 years later

This lunar soil marks the last time humans visited another world. It was here in December 1972 that the final Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon. This image is a solemn reminder of our space explorations past and (hopefully) future. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Who's the big winner of DC's relaunch so far? Animal Man

Last Wednesday, DC's fired off its first salvo of relaunched first issues. Of the thirteen rebooted books, some worked, a bunch didn't, and one debut absolutely knocked it out of the park. That comic was Jeff Lemire's and Travel Foreman's superhero-horror yarn Animal Man. More »


io9 Roundup: September 11, 2011Insane 3D rhombus is six optical illusions in one

This optical illusion requires a little more work than most - you're going to need to do some serious eye-crossing, for a start - but it's worth it. There's a half-dozen different tricks packed into this one spinning rhombus. More »