Why Does February Have Just 28 Days, Anyway?

February gets the shaft when it comes to days in the month. While other months last 30 or 31 days, February has 28 or 29, depending on the year. Why? Well, this video explains all of the fiddling that Romans did to the calendar, and how that resulted in a single short month. » 2/24/15 10:30am 2/24/15 10:30am

Why The 13th Day Of The Month Most Frequently Lands On A Friday

Friday the 13th may be considered unlucky, but it's also more common than you might think. In fact, in the modern Gregorian calendar, it's more likely that the 13th day in any month will be a Friday than any other day of the week. » 5/08/14 8:55am 5/08/14 8:55am

Pin-up calendar features not-so-sexy monsters in sexy poses

Looking for something a pin-up calendar that's a little different? How about Nosferatu, Godzilla, and Slimer giving their best come hither looks in a series of prints that proves light-hearted seduction isn't just for conventionally attractive monsters. » 12/08/13 8:30am 12/08/13 8:30am

The io9 Calendar: Everything Brilliant That's Happening in December!

December is bursting with science fiction and fantasy greatness. George R.R. Martin has a new novella set in Westeros. The Hobbit saga continues. Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor departs. And there are loads of conventions and readings. Here's our complete guide to December's science fiction and fantasy. » 12/02/13 11:28am 12/02/13 11:28am

The Complete Guide to November's Must-See Science Fiction and Fantasy!

November is exploding with science fiction and fantasy goodness. There are new books by Gene Wolfe and Cherie Priest. The TV debuts of Steven Universe and Almost Human. J.J. Abrams is doing a book event. Plus the Hunger Games! Here's everything you need to know about this month. » 11/01/13 2:58pm 11/01/13 2:58pm

The io9 Calendar: October's Can't-Miss Science Fiction and Fantasy!

What does October have in store for science fiction and fantasy lovers? There are new books by Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Pope and Dan Simmons. Tons of new TV shows make their debuts. And there are loads of author appearances, conventions and new movies. Here's the io9 calendar! » 10/03/13 11:20am 10/03/13 11:20am

The Essential Guide to September's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fall is here, and science fiction and fantasy are taking you where you've never gone before! There are tons of new TV shows, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus some great movies, including the return of Riddick. Plus Stephen King's sequel to The Shining! Here's everything you can't miss in September. » 8/30/13 9:08am 8/30/13 9:08am

The io9 Calendar: Your Ultimate Guide to August's Science Fiction!

Time for another heady glimpse into your future. There's almost too much amazing science fiction and fantasy for anyone to handle in August, which is why we've compiled this indispensible calendar. There are tons of conventions, mind-bending books, television shows... plus Elysium and Kick-Ass 2. It's the io9 calendar! » 8/03/13 10:00am 8/03/13 10:00am

The first Time War took place in the 16th century

The fact that the number of days in a year doesn't perfectly match up with the Earth's rotational cycle has posed a problem throughout history. Pope Gregory's attempt to combat some of the complications of that problem caused riots in what has to be the first time battle in history. » 7/07/13 8:00am 7/07/13 8:00am

The Complete Guide to July's Must-See Science Fiction and Fantasy!

What does July have in store? Insane new movies, including Pacific Rim, Wolverine and R.I.P.D. Tons of TV shows. Books by Jay Lake, Connie Willis, David Weber, Charlie Huston, Catherynne M. Valente and Charles Stross. Oh, and an insane number of conventions. Here's our ultimate guide to July's science fiction and… » 7/01/13 11:50am 7/01/13 11:50am

The io9 Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in June!

June is bursting with science fiction and fantasy goodness. Including a new Superman movie! And World War Z! Tons of new and returning TV shows! And new books by Lauren Beuekes, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King. Plus conventions, author signings, and loads more. Here's your ultimate guide to June! » 5/31/13 3:07pm 5/31/13 3:07pm

The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in May!

What does May have in store for you? The final Sookie Stackhouse book, plus more True Blood! Doctor Who's biggest secret revealed! A new Star Trek movie! After Earth! New Audrey Niffenegger and Neal Asher! And loads and loads of conventions. Here's our indispensible guide to May's science fiction and fantasy. » 5/01/13 10:40am 5/01/13 10:40am

The io9 Calendar: Your Ultimate Guide to Everything Science Fiction and…

There's so much astonishing science fiction and fantasy coming your way this month, we can barely list it all. Including the new Evil Dead, Oblivion and tons of other movies. There are brand new books by Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, C.J. Cherryh and Robin Hobb. Plus Warehouse 13 and Defiance! Here's your ultimate guide… » 4/01/13 4:30pm 4/01/13 4:30pm

The io9 Calendar: Your Guide to Everything That's Astounding in March!

In March, you can live the science fiction life pretty much every day. There are a ton of new books, and multiple cons every weekend. Get ready for a new novel from Nalo Hopkinson, alien/human hybrid consciousness in the Saoirse Ronan movie The Host, plus the premiere of BBC America series Orphan Black. And there's… » 3/04/13 1:44pm 3/04/13 1:44pm

The io9 Calendar: All the Science Fiction and Fantasy You Can't Miss in…

February is a short month — but it's jam-packed with extra greatness. Including two wild new TV shows, a slew of science fiction and fantasy movies, and brand new books by Karen Lord, Cory Doctorow and Karen Russell! And more conventions than you can shake a goody bag at. » 2/01/13 2:00pm 2/01/13 2:00pm

The io9 Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in January

January is bursting with pop-culture greatness. There are new books by Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis — plus the final book of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series! Some long-awaited movies finally come to theaters, including John Dies at the End. And Canada's mind-boggling new time travel show Continuum hits U.S.… » 1/02/13 7:00am 1/02/13 7:00am

The Complete Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in December

What does December's science fiction and fantasy offer you? There's Terry Pratchett's complete guide to Ankh-Morpork. And your chance to see Neil Gaiman and Neil DeGrasse Tyson together on stage! Plus tons of DVDs, books, and conventions — plus The Hobbit! » 11/30/12 11:37am 11/30/12 11:37am

The Ultimate io9 Guide to Everything Science Fictional in November!

November is here, and it's packed with tons of excitement. New James Bond! Two great animated movies. The final Twilight! Plus long-awaited books by Hannu Rajaniemi, Jim Butcher, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cherie Priest and Lois McMaster Bujold. And the ultimate Firefly celebration! » 11/01/12 12:08pm 11/01/12 12:08pm

The Ultimate Guide to October's Science Fiction and Fantasy!

October is set to overwhelm you with science fictional greatness. Walking Dead and American Horror Story are back! There's a brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks, and the start of a new series by Jacqueline Carey. Plus Larry Niven and Gregory Benford, together at last! Movies include Cloud Atlas and Paranormal… » 10/01/12 11:00am 10/01/12 11:00am

The io9 Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in September!

This September is packed with science fiction and fantasy thrills. New movies include Looper and Dredd. There are new books by John Varley, Tad Williams, Seanan McGuire, Terry Pratchett — and a collaboration between Stross and Doctorow! And television brings several brand new TV shows, including Revolution and 666… » 8/31/12 1:00pm 8/31/12 1:00pm