For the past five years, medieval combat enthusiasts have gathered together for the Battle of Nations — a for-real, full contact competition with actual weapons, metal armor, and a standardized set of rules. It’s an effort to turn medieval combat into an actual sport. »
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Women. These nefarious creature have come for our videogames, they’ve come for our comic books, and now they’re coming for the Transformers. An entire team of six new female Transformers debut in the IDW Combiner Hunters comic and then be released as toys later on. »
“Eyeglasses” for chickens were once sold in the thousands — and they weren’t decorative. Rather, they were the only way to stop chickens from murdering each other. Learn why these lenses stopped chickens from killing, and see old film footage of hen specs. »
Jared Leto’s prison-tattooed version of the Joker made a big splash the other day — but a radically transformed Joker is nothing new. Batman’s most iconic foe has undergone many revamps, reimaginings, updates and interpretations over the past 75 years. Here’s the complete history of the ever-changing face of the Joker. »
A new study published in BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that lower back pain is more frequent in people whose spines are similar in shape to those of chimpanzees. “[Our] study suggests that the pathological vertebrae of some people may be less well adapted for walking upright,” noted lead researcher Kimberly Plomp. »
We drank Scotch with Outlander’s most complicated character Dougal MacKenzie, played by the delightful (and quite tall) Graham McTavish. And while we had him on the couch imbibing the good stuff, we couldn’t help but ask who would win in a fight against Dougal? He answered. »
Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. »
If you think dreams can’t actually hurt you, then this might make you reconsider. Last night, I dreamed that I forgot my password. When I woke up, I had actually forgotten my password. »
A lot of people kick the bucket on this week’s Lizzie Borden Chronicles episode, “Welcome to Maplecroft,” and shockingly — shockingly! — not all of them are done in by the divine Miss B. Our pint-sized psychopath does get the most creative kill, however, in yet another ep that mixes gore with arch, arch dialogue. »
Might as well resign yourself to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron twice — once when the movie premieres in theaters this Friday, and again when it comes out later this year on Blu-ray... as an extended edition with a new, different ending. Somehow I imagine this won’t put too many of you out. »
The miniseries based on JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy arrives this week, as does the premiere of Penny Dreadful’s second season. Plus, get ready for the season finales of Powers and The Last Man on Earth, and see what’s ahead for The Flash, Arrow, Game of Thrones, and more.
Sometimes I feel like there are two Alan Wakes: There’s the game that actually exists, and the game that lives in our collective memory.
When Guardians of the Galaxy came out last year, if you wanted the entire movie team in Hasbro’s 6” Marvel Legends Line, you had to spend money (and get figures you might not want) to get all the parts for the “Build-A-Figure” Groot. That’s not the case with this brilliant new set based on their comic book looks! »
Alan Moore really, really loves the fantasy novel The Vorrh by B. Catling, which he calls the new century’s first landmark work of fantasy. He’s so spellbound by Catling’s strange vision, he’s written a long, beautifully ranty intro. Read Moore’s intro exclusively at io9 — and listen to him reading it aloud! »
Meet Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a newly described dinosaur discovered by a seven-year-old boy in Chile. The theropod was related to famous meat-eaters like T. rex, but researchers think it was a vegetarian. Stranger still: It possessed a mixture of anatomical features unlike anything researchers have seen before.
California grows a pretty significant part of our food supply, both in terms of sheer numbers and in terms of different varieties. But as the land out there gets drier and drier, not everything is going to make it.
We think of superhero weaknesses as being fancy or complicated — radioactive fragments of their old home planets, or the people they love. And that’s why superheroes win. In fact, most superheroes have super-obvious weak points. Here are 10 obvious superhero weakness that villains almost never attack. »