The Ivy League of Ancient Roman Gladiator Schools

If you got sent back in time 2,000 years to ancient Rome, you probably wouldn't want to choose a career as a gladiator. After all, it was a messy existence, with a fairly low life expectancy. But if you were up to your eyeballs in debt, or wanted a chance at fortune or fame, you could break in at the top, by going to… » 6/22/12 7:00am 6/22/12 7:00am

Pottery shards were the first ever ticket stubs

Ever go to a college football game with nearly 80,000 crazy fans ready to tear the stands apart? Just imagine going to an event where players routinely died before your eyes, in a culture with a strictly stratified value of life — one where your life might be absolutely worthless to the person sitting next to you.… » 4/27/12 12:49pm 4/27/12 12:49pm

The mystery of England's 2000-year-old headless gladiators

An ancient Roman cemetery in northern England is home to 80 corpses of strong, muscular men who quite literally lost their heads. These decapitated skeletons leave behind a 2000-year-old archaeological mystery that spans all of Europe. » 11/07/10 9:00am 11/07/10 9:00am

Gladiatorial Combat In 80-Ton Battlemechs

As pilot Boris Vassilev directs his heavy-class 'Mech into the five-acre arena, the thundering footfalls are nearly drowned out by the crowd's roars of delight. Viewers in five systems are watching this live, as Boris prepares for a one-on-one battle against top-ranked pilot Inese Lassonde and her heavily modified… » 9/04/08 8:00am 9/04/08 8:00am

Must Read: Planet Hulk

Must-read graphic novels are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Hulk: Planet Hulk
Date: 2006-2007

Vitals: Four of the Earth's top Super-heroes decide the Incredible Hulk's… » 9/30/07 11:33pm 9/30/07 11:33pm