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 27 minutes ago

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 57 minutes ago

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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 1:00pm

Geronimo! First Work-Safe Look At The New X-Rated Doctor Who Spoof

Doctor Who's mysterious time traveler has been many things. The Oncoming Storm. The Last of the Time Lords. The protector of the innocent. But now, he's becoming... a porn star? Behold an exclusive safe-for-work look at the new X-rated Doctor Who spoof, from the folks who brought you Game of Bones. » 8/21/14 12:26pm Today 12:26pm

Marijuana Legalization Could Keep Democrats In Control Of The Senate

The Republican Party has an excellent chance of winning the majority of Senate seats this November. Alaska could make the difference, since incumbent Democrat Mark Begich is particularly vulnerable. But a ballot initiative on legalizing pot could keep him in office, and maintain a Democratic majority. » 8/21/14 11:07am Today 11:07am

Annabelle Trailer Suggests—Maybe Don't Fill Your Home With Creepy Dolls

Horror movie Annabelle is entirely about the possessed (real-life) doll that was featured in The Conjuring. She's scary in her own right, but the trailer kind of has me asking, if you're filling your house with horrifying, definitely possessed dolls... aren't you bringing this doll rampage upon yourself? » 8/21/14 10:40am Today 10:40am

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 Yesterday 5:23pm