When Fandom Falls Apart: DashCon Edition

DashCon, which is a convention in Schaumburg, Illinois that "aims to be the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date" is taking place this weekend. It is a first year convention, so people expected things to be a bit rough. It is also, however, apparently turning into a "complete disaster". » 7/13/14 6:11pm 7/13/14 6:11pm

Chinese Monster Hoax Wasn't Really Gollum, But a Video Game Ad

Earlier this week, a Chinese man was camping with friends in the Huairou region when he seems to have spotted a monster-like creature that somewhat resembled Gollum from Lord of the Rings. The man said he was "terrified." He snapped photos and uploaded them online. They spread like wildfire. » 6/27/14 12:31pm 6/27/14 12:31pm

Inside the Giant Data Center Hidden In the Middle of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company. » 6/27/14 3:00am 6/27/14 3:00am

Your State's Most Popular Unique Google Search Is Super-Embarrassing

There is one search term that your state Googles more than any other state and, unless you live in Maine or Tennessee, it's probably really, really embarrassing. Estately compiled these unique searches, which range from the sad — Arizona's "Conjugal Visits" — to the disturbing — Missouri's "Family Circus." » 5/22/14 7:56am 5/22/14 7:56am

This map of the internet is not just super-detailed, but worth framing

This ridiculously intricate map charts out the hidden geography and scope of the internet, ranging from assigning proportional landmass to the world's most popular websites, to drawing out the large swaths of free-flowing spam, to creating a color-coded look at the strength of internet surveillance. » 1/31/14 12:56pm 1/31/14 12:56pm