This Spider-Man Suit Is Actually A Beautiful Love Letter To Peter Parker

Part of Peter Parker's appeal is that he's an everyman - he's someone who's journey from outcast to superhero remains relatable to audiences, even decades later. Artist Hetain Patel decided to express his appreciation for the character with a gorgeous Spider-Suit, entirely covered in a sculpted thank you letter. » 1/29/15 12:00am Today 12:00am

Jon Pertwee's TARDIS Is Looking Much The Worse For Wear

Apparently this is the actual TARDIS prop used by Doctor Who back in the Jon Pertwee era — which seems believable, since it was pretty battered-looking back in 1971 and the intervening decades probably haven't been kind. Makes me kind of nostalgic for the days when the TARDIS was less imposing and shiny. » 1/27/15 4:04am Tuesday 4:04am

This Is Probably The Most Beautiful Doctor Who Artwork Ever Created

Doctor Who has given rise to tons of incredible artwork, from Chris Achilleos' book covers to Dave Gibbons' comics to Bill Mudron's art nouveau painting. But for my money, the best Who art of all time is probably the Dalek comic strip that was published in the mid-1960s in Century 21 magazine. And it's all on Flickr. » 1/26/15 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm Friday 4:28pm

Maybe Luke And Leia's Mom Didn't Die Of A Dumb Broken Heart After All

The folks at Retrozap may have just fixed one of the goofiest moments in the Star Wars prequels. We all remember when Padme dies — seemingly of "a broken heart" — while giving birth to the twins in Revenge of the Sith, right? Well, this theory states something else killed her... namely the Emperor. » 1/22/15 2:33pm 1/22/15 2:33pm

Doctor Who Quotes That Make Hilariously Terrible Pick-Up Lines

Given the sheer volume of dialogue that's been spouted on Doctor Who in the past 50-odd years, and how silly or bizarre a fair amount of it is, nobody should be surprised that dozens of Doctor Who quotes make insane silly double entendres. Our new favorite Tumblr, "Leave The Girl, It's The Man I Want," collects them. » 1/22/15 11:36am 1/22/15 11:36am

How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?

When people describe a story as being told in a "by the numbers" fashion, that's usually regarded as bad. But in a talk at Oxford University the other day, scientist Marcus du Sautoy argued that a great mathematical proof is a lot like a story. In fact, a really great proof is like Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings » 1/21/15 4:00pm 1/21/15 4:00pm

From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… » 1/21/15 9:47am 1/21/15 9:47am