Everything you need to know about alcohol for your St. Patrick's Day…

Whether you're already three sheets to the wind or abstaining from booze this St. Patrick's Day, get to know a little bit more about the wet and intoxicating stuff. We've collected some of our favorite posts about the science, social science, and history of alcohol, so you'll have more to say about your beer aside from … » 3/17/13 7:30am 3/17/13 7:30am

How Felix Baumgartner Will Set the New Skydive Record — and Break the…

Everything is set for this coming Monday's skydive stunt spectacular, in which Felix Baumgartner will attempt to set a new world record for the highest, longest, and fastest freefall in history. Once he leaps from a helium balloon positioned 23 miles (37 km) above New Mexico, Baumgartner expects to go supersonic a… » 10/05/12 11:42am 10/05/12 11:42am

Everything You Need To Know About Judge Dredd

If your experience with Judge Dredd has been limited to famous Anthrax songs, not famous Human League songs, and watching the 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie hungover on basic cable on Sunday afternoons, know that Mega-City One's top cop has a complex (and rather wacky) pedigree. Here's a crash course on why Dredd is the … » 9/20/12 11:45am 9/20/12 11:45am

Here's how Curiosity will use its laser to search for the ingredients…

NASA's Curiosity is set to make its historic landing this coming Sunday, August 5. Once settled, the rover will get to work analyzing the Martian surface and atmosphere for signs that the planet was once capable of harboring life — or might be again. But what does it mean to search for "potential" habitability? » 8/03/12 2:22pm 8/03/12 2:22pm

Surefire Tips and Tricks to Convince People You Have Psychic Powers

So you want to be a psychic. You want to make tons of money, preying on desperate, gullible people. Let's assume you don't actually have psychic powers — or else, you already know that you don't need to read this article. For the rest of us, pretending to have clairvoyant abilities is a whole complicated art form. » 7/05/12 9:00am 7/05/12 9:00am

Who the heck are the Guardians of the Galaxy, the stars of Marvel's…

If you've been on the internet over the past few days, you may have noticed that Marvel Studios is moving ahead with their Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. And unless names like "Rocket Raccoon" and "Groot the living tree" ring true to you, there's a strong chance you have absolutely no clue who the Guardians of the… » 7/02/12 8:30am 7/02/12 8:30am

Everything you need to know about butts, farts, and Japanese water imps

Of all the ways to die, the most ignominious demise is having a kappa — or a Japanese demon — pull a magical orb out of one's asshole. You can repel the beasts with a burst of powerful flatulence, but you must be certain that your fragrant blast is muscular enough to bowl them over like ninepins. » 6/07/12 2:25pm 6/07/12 2:25pm