The Stark Beauty Of The World's Tallest Unoccupied Buildings

Some of the buildings that tower high over city skylines are actually modern ruins in the making, their vast interiors abandoned or never completed. These tall buildings may be impressive on the outside, but their insides go unused. » 8/21/14 3:19pm Yesterday 3:19pm

When 18th Century Scientists Got Everybody Wasted on Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, hippie crack and whip-its, was around long before Burning Man parties. In fact, it was the subject of a series of mind-blowing experiments by scientists over 200 years ago, who tested the gas on themselves and many delighted volunteers, for "research." » 8/21/14 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

Meet The People Who Are Pokémon Gym Leaders In Real Life

Every Pokémon journey has the same goal: become strong enough to take on and defeat gym leaders, Pokémon's version of boss battles. What if you could actually fight your way through a real Pokemon league? And what if this League was actually better than the ones found in the games? » 8/21/14 5:09pm Yesterday 5:09pm

Creepy Cosplay That's As Horrifying As Anything We See In The Movies

If you ever need proof of how utterly effective special effects makeup can be in horror, you need look no further than these cosplayers. They take terrifying characters and concepts away from the realm of movies and into the real world. » 8/21/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

Leprechaun: Origins Monster Is Not A Leprechaun, May Be A Large Lizard

The first clip from the WWE-produced horror film Leprechaun: Origins is out. And we're now even more sure that Leprechaun: Origins should just be retitled Baby Fish Mouth: Origins, because it makes no sense. Watch the leprechaun growl like a tiger and eat people. So this isn't a leprechaun at all, is it? WARNING… » 8/21/14 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning


XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! » 8/21/14 1:40pm Yesterday 1:40pm

​More Than 100(!) Awesome Comics To Watch Out For This Fall

Movies? Pshaw. TV shows? Piffle and poppycock. If you want autumn's best entertainment, then you're going to need to check out all the comic and graphic novels due out over the next three months. It's an embarrassment of superhero, scifi, horror and fantasy riches — which is ironic, because you're going to go broke… » 8/21/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

Get 70% Off 3 Years Of Unlimited Network Protection from VPN – $19

Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, io9 readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:23pm Wednesday 5:23pm