Comment of the Day: Darth Vader, An Alternate History

In today's comments we shared recipes for chocolate-covered salmon (there are more than you'd think), learned how to reconstruct an 18-foot oarfish using a bit of tech and a lot of imagination, and imagined the 30-second chat that could have stopped Darth Vader before he started. » 10/30/13 4:20pm 10/30/13 4:20pm

Please speak up so the Dark Lord of the Sith can hear you

They say in space no one can hear you scream. But in Darth Vader's E-3778Q-1 life support armor, it can be pretty difficult to hear much of anything. You'd think as elaborate as his suit is, it'd have some kind of hearing aid - or at least a volume control - but I guess not. No wonder he's so cranky throughout the… » 1/07/13 4:46pm 1/07/13 4:46pm

A newspaper profile of Darth Vader from 1977, when he was a nobody

Darth Vader is many things: iconic villain, tragic figure, ambiguously Jewish Sith lord. But back when Star Wars opened, Darth was nothing but — as The San Francisco Chronicle put it — a run-of-the-mill "star creature" and "metallic creature." For more fun with Darth Vader and local papers, see the time David Prowse » 10/08/12 5:50pm 10/08/12 5:50pm

6 Times Famous Supervillains Lost Their Damn Minds

Audiences tend to laud iconic scoundrels for one or two particularly nefarious capers. For example, everybody relishes Darth Vader's misbehavior in The Empire Strikes Back, but nobody remembers when he tried to out-scheme Princess Leia out of obtaining a bank loan. Here's a half-dozen memorable times your favorite bad… » 9/17/12 10:30am 9/17/12 10:30am

This 500-pound Darth Vader cake could feed the entire Death Star

Have you ever wondered what Darth Vader would look like if he hailed from Candyland? After building a 300-pound, Imperial-stormtrooper-shaped pastry earlier this year, the bakers at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes upped the ante and recreated Anakin Skywalker out of gâteau. This Sith dessert was served last weekend at the 501st… » 8/28/12 12:35pm 8/28/12 12:35pm

"Naked Darth Vader" is the most bizarre science press release we've ever…

As someone who deals with academic press releases on a frequent basis, I have to sympathize with journal and university press offices. They have to put together a press release that's attention grabbing enough to pique the interest of writers, is clear enough to explain the concepts to the untrained, but doesn't lose… » 8/24/12 7:30am 8/24/12 7:30am

Jeffrey Brown explains why Darth Vader would have made a great dad

With his new book Darth Vader and Son, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown answers one of the great hypothetical questions of the Star Wars universe: What if Darth Vader raised Luke Skywalker? In a series of single panel comics, we see Darth Vader attempting to run the Empire while still being a good father to young Luke. Brown… » 4/28/12 10:00am 4/28/12 10:00am

Darth Vader's helmet is hidden on the Washington National Cathedral

High atop the Washington National Cathedral sits a Sith Lord, his menacing visage exiled there by the whims of a child. And, technically, National Geographic. Yes, the helmet of Darth Vader adorns the northwestern tower of the National Cathedral. It's a weird story and not Star Wars canon whatsoever. » 3/30/12 2:15pm 3/30/12 2:15pm