Why I'm Kind Of Tired Of The "Smartest Man In The Room"

He used to be so cool and unpredictable. He would breeze into a complicated situation and make it simple through the razor-sharp power of his intellect. But lately, he's gotten dull and predictable, performing the same party trick over and over. The "smartest man in the room" is overexposed lately, and he needs a… » 12/22/14 1:09pm 13 minutes ago

What Pros Have To Think About In Every Smash Bros. Match

Super Smash Bros. is the quintessential Nintendo game: it's incredibly fun, and easy for inexperienced players to enjoy thanks to its chaotic mixture of cartoon items and characters. But once you get a handle on how the high-level game works, things become far more interesting. It just takes some time to get there. » 12/22/14 4:00pm 21 minutes ago

Seth Green Made Guardians Of The Galaxy Action Figures for James Gunn

Not only is he one of the awesome minds behind Robot Chicken (and also occasionally the galaxy's snarkiest pilot), but it turns out Seth Green is also pretty good at making custom action figures, looking at this set of toys based on the Ravagers he gave James Gunn for Christmas. » 12/22/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

The 14 Most Popular Products of 2014, as Purchased By You

Another year in Deals, great products, user-voted Co-Ops, and gift guides has come to an end. Last year we had such a great time putting together a list of 2013's most popular products, that we've decided to make it an annual feature. » 12/22/14 3:17pm Today 3:17pm

The Best New Webcomics Of 2014

Each year, we are stunned by the remarkable and diverse comics that appear on the Internet, and 2014 has been no exception. From gorgeously illustrated epics to spooky short stories to comics that made us cry, here are the best new webcomics that we read this year. » 12/22/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

The 10 Most Surprising Origins of the Animals You Eat

Just what will you be putting on your plate during this holiday season? You probably already know that centuries of selective breeding have produced the creatures we love to feast on, but you might be surprised at how weird the process has been. Here are the 10 most startling origin stories for the animals that most… » 12/22/14 10:14am Today 10:14am

Here's A Supercut Of The 1970s Incredible Hulk Being Sad And Lonely

We loved the classic Incredible Hulk TV series for so many reasons — but one of the main factors was the beautiful sorrow of the green berserker who is all alone because nobody understands him. We're excited to premiere this supercut of all the best "lonely Hulk" scenes, featuring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno in pain. » 12/22/14 9:40am Today 9:40am

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we all… » 12/22/14 12:01pm Today 12:01pm

This Week's TV: Two Specials That Will Make Christmas Extra Creepy

Christmas means that there's not a whole lot of new TV this week, but there's still plenty to watch other than endless replays of A Christmas Story. For one thing, there's a spooky new Doctor Who special and the latest from the dystopian Black Mirror. Plus, marathons for those who prefer TV over yule logs. » 12/22/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Get 58% Off Limefuel's Giant 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack

What's the most important thing about a backup battery pack? How much juice it holds, right? Which is why we like the new Limefuel — it holds 20,000mAh, which should be enough to recharge your phone around ten times, or an iPad Air nearly twice over. Now, io9 readers can grab one for just $34.99 – that's 58% off. » 12/19/14 11:10am Friday 11:10am

Get 52% Off The 10ft Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable – $18.99

We've organized a special discount for io9 readers on this epic lightning cable. How can a lightning/usb cable be epic? When it's 10 feet long, that's how. Now, you can easily charge your phone from the backseat, or across the room for that matter. io9 readers can get one with free shipping for 52% off – just $18.99. » 12/19/14 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

Get 81% off an Introduction to Open-Sourced Electronics w/ Arduino

If you're a regular reader of io9, you know they think arduinos (little open-sourced micro-controllers that do amazing things) are pretty cool. But even if you're not an electronics guru, arduinos combine pure kiddy fun with grown-up challenge. This course provides a nice intro, and for io9 readers it's just $19. » 12/19/14 2:29pm Friday 2:29pm