How a pair of torpedos led to the worst shark attack in history

On July 26, 1945, the USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian, where it delivered the components and enriched uranium necessary for the atomic bomb Little Boy, which would soon devastate Hiroshima. But it's perhaps best known for its role in history's worst shark attack. » 8/10/13 8:00am 8/10/13 8:00am

These WWII nurses in gas masks look like retro-futuristic superheroes

Pictured here: members of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps advance through a cloud of smoke during a gas mask drill, ca. 1942. The masks, combined with the nurse's uniforms, look like something out of a 1940s comic book. These are the ladies we want saving us from peril. More at Retronaut and Adventures in Geneology. » 1/22/13 11:30am 1/22/13 11:30am

What if Jack Kirby and Ed Wood teamed up to fight wizards during WWII?

In the midst of World War II, Future comics legend Jack Kirby and future so-bad-it's-entertaining director Ed Wood wake up far from their regiments and find themselves caught in a mystical battle for the fate of the world. In the strange short film The King & the Worst, take on sorcerers and gets some ideas for their… » 7/28/12 11:00am 7/28/12 11:00am

This dieselpunk life pod kept Winston Churchill from dying mid-flight

By 1947, Winston Churchill was 73 years old, overweight, a profuse smoker, and had already suffered two heart attacks, less than ideal health conditions for a man who flew all over the world. So to keep Churchill in the air and among the living, a pressurized pod was designed for Churchill's personal plane. » 1/29/12 3:00pm 1/29/12 3:00pm

Propaganda posters urge you to keep calm and shoot Nazi dinosaurs

When Hitler's dino-hordes storm Normandy, will you have the wherewithal to beat them back? Allied propaganda posters from a lizard-filled WWII urge you to take arms against these Jurassic Nazis, while Axis posters tout raptors as the strength of Germany. » 3/19/11 2:00pm 3/19/11 2:00pm