White House Seeks Advice On "Bootstrapping A Solar System Civilization"

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is planning ahead — way ahead. The agency wants you to email ideas for how "the Administration, the private sector, philanthropists, the research community and storytellers" can develop "massless" space exploration and a robust civilization beyond Earth. » 10/17/14 8:30am 10/17/14 8:30am

There's A Spelling Error In One Of White House's Most Famous Paintings

In the largest room in the White House hangs an iconic full-body portrait of George Washington renouncing a third term as president of the United States. There is a small but obvious spelling error contained within the portrait—and it's actually there for a very specific reason. » 8/15/14 10:35am 8/15/14 10:35am

The Galactic Empire Responds to the White House's Response to the Death…

Four days ago, President Obama shot down the dreams of the American people and told them in no uncertain terms that he would not be building a Death Star, despite the online petition with a whole 25,000 signatures politely requesting him to do so. Now, the Galactic Empire has given their response to the White House's… » 1/15/13 12:20pm 1/15/13 12:20pm

Who destroyed the White House best?

Independence Day may feature the most iconic destruction of the White House, but is it the best? This week, we celebrate Election Day-and cope with our exhaustion with the US presidential campaign-by examining the myriad ways pop culture smashes up the presidential home. » 11/04/12 7:00am 11/04/12 7:00am

In an alternate reality, this pyramid is the Lincoln Memorial

The ziggurat you're looking at is John Russell Pope's 1912 design for the Lincoln Memorial. This design and plans for other kooky alternate history monuments are currently on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Check out parallel universe versions of the Capitol, the White House, and other… » 11/30/11 2:30pm 11/30/11 2:30pm

Rowling Snubbed by White House for Promoting Witchcraft

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the United State's highest civilian honor, given to scientists, artists, and humanitarians alike. Now a new book claims the Bush administration blocked JK Rowling from receiving the honor because of her series' occult content. » 9/29/09 12:22pm 9/29/09 12:22pm

Rumors of Life on Mars are Greatly Exaggerated

For the past few days, rumors have been flying around the Internet that the White House was being briefed by NASA scientists about a "provocative" discovery that could indicate the potential for life on Mars. But today, a source close to the planet says it isn't so. Details after the jump.Aviation Week reported the… » 8/03/08 1:00pm 8/03/08 1:00pm