The Real-Life Scientist Who Inspired Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut's satirical novel about politics, religion, and the end of the world, focuses on the legacy of a character named Felix Hoenikker. Many of us have read the book — but few of us know that Felix was based on a real scientist. » 10/18/13 6:40am 10/18/13 6:40am

Sing Along With Vonnegut, At The End Of The World

Kurt Vonnegut's apocalyptic novel Cat's Cradle may be too weird for a straight-up adaptation into other media, with its crazy tangents about the religion of Bokononism and its meandering storyline. Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales) took a stab at making a movie version, but now says it's probably not… » 2/13/08 6:30am 2/13/08 6:30am

10 Ways To Destroy The Earth Without Nukes

You can't really call yourself an evil genius unless you've got a clever scheme for wrecking our planet once and for all. And no, using nuclear weapons doesn't really count as "clever." Nukes are so 1950. Here's a list of the 10 coolest ways to smash Earth, or at least render it uninhabitable, without splitting any… » 12/17/07 2:30pm 12/17/07 2:30pm