The Tobacco Smoke Enema: A Dubious 18C Method For Reviving The Drowned

Via "A new method of relieving such persons as are thought to be suffocated, or drowned," a hopefully titled document published in 1748 by French physician Jean-Jacques Bruhier, comes what today seems a pretty hopeless method of relieving such persons as are thought to be suffocated, or drowned, namely: the tobacco… » 1/31/15 4:00pm 37 minutes ago

There Is Trouble On The Isle Of Cats And Only Wonder Woman Can Help

Or at least that's the premise of Lauren Beukes's story in the latest Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman release. Equal parts fun, adorable, and heart-warming, the comic is a must read for Wonder Woman, Lauren Beaukes, and Mike Maihack fans. » 1/31/15 6:37pm 59 minutes ago

On Writing With A Day Job, and Expectations Vs. Reality

I grow less and less certain about what would be considered 'normal' or 'average' for a working writer, and this eye-opening article certainly helped give me some perspective, so I thought I might share some of my own. » 1/31/15 6:37pm 59 minutes ago

Moroccan Meteorite May Be a 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of Martian Crust

Mars is often referred to as the Red Planet, but its signature color is only skin-deep. Beneath its rusty regolith, Mars has many other hues, including large dark regions formed by ancient lava flows. Now, researchers believe they may have found a pieceof Mars' dark plains here on Earth, in the form of a meteorite… » 1/31/15 3:11pm Today 3:11pm

Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease. » 1/31/15 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

This Is The Clearest, Sharpest Video Of Lightning Seen From Space

This lightning storm is an eerie, glowing spider in a web of clouds when seen from above. Video footage of this unusual perspective was captured from the International Space Station using a specialized camera to minimize motion blur. » 1/31/15 4:28pm Today 4:28pm

Secret message found inside WW2 bullet is the end to a very funny story

August, 13, 1944. The British 8th Army occupies Florence. The Allies finally break out of Normandy. Meanwhile, somewhere in the south of Tuscany, a soldier writes this encrypted message and hides it inside a bullet. In 2015, someone found it and deciphered it. It was the end of a hilariously absurd story. » 1/31/15 3:06pm Today 3:06pm

12 Monkeys' Heroes Both Do The Unforgivable, But We Still Root For Them

Last night's episode of 12 Monkeys went to an incredibly dark place, showing both Cole and Cassandra Railly doing things that are basically unforgivable. It's actually hard to say whose transgression was worse. And yet, we still manage to sympathize with both of them, which is kind of impressive. Spoilers ahead... » 1/31/15 11:00am Today 11:00am

Shaun Of The Dead Outtake Features Simon Pegg As John Lennon

This is so silly I can hardly stand it: An outtake from Shaun of the Dead, in which Simon Pegg and Peter Serafinowicz pretend to be John Lennon and Paul McCartney (instead of Shaun and Pete). This may be old footage, but it's new to me – and really, who can't get on board with Simon Pegg corpsing all over the place? » 1/31/15 10:29am Today 10:29am

Indiana Jones: A Six Decade Journey of Adventure

Most people know Professor Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. as played by Harrison Ford, star of four films, three of which take place in the late 30's and the fourth of which takes place in 1957. But how many of you remember that there was also a television series that brought us the exploits of a younger Indiana… » 1/31/15 10:35am Today 10:35am

Check Out Crash Course Astronomy, A New YouTube Series From Phil Plait

Throughout the year, as Earth progresses through its orbit around the sun, one can witness stars in the night sky rise and set at different times. It's an example of an astronomical cycle visible to the naked eye, and the first of three subjects in Episode 3 of Crash Course Astronomy, a new series by Bad Astronomy's… » 1/30/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

The Vampire Diaries Can Still Go Straight For The Heartstrings Sometimes

The Vampire Diaries is basically doing its own version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "The Body." But thanks to some genuinely razor-sharp writing and some strong acting from Candice Accola in particular, it's still incredibly moving and effective. Just check out this crazy-intense clip from last night's episode.… » 1/30/15 7:30pm Yesterday 7:30pm

These Dice Celebrate Every Critical Hit With Flashing Lights

A critical success role - whether it's to successfully scamper up the side of a spike pit or send the head of a kobold careening off its shoulders - is something all gamers treasure, no matter how your dice-rolling luck is. These new die go even further by treating you to a light show whenever you get a lucky hit! » 1/30/15 10:03pm Yesterday 10:03pm

"A scorpion's anus is at the end of its tail. If the tail breaks off, the scorpion can never poo again." – Ed Yong, describing a newly documented case of autotomy (i.e. self-amputation) in scorpions. If talk of collateral anus amputation doesn't make you want to read about scorpion tails, what the hell are you even… » 1/30/15 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm