Soundtrack of a LucasArts Childhood: Sam & Max Hit The Road

GOG (formerly known as Good Old Games) have signed a deal with LucasArts to re-release some of our favorite video games of the 1990s. Sam & Max Hit the Road is on the short list with others of that genre and period presumable slated for future release — like Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle. The background music… » 10/29/14 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm

The US national anthem has a question mark after "home of the brave"

Everybody knows that "The Star-Spangled Banner" boldly proclaims that our flag flies over the land of the free and the home of the brave. But in Francis Scott Key's original 1814 manuscript for our national anthem, there are surprisingly more question marks than you might guess — including after the phrase "home of… » 10/28/14 1:15pm Tuesday 1:15pm

The Disneyland TV Show Debuted 60 Years Ago Today

Sixty years ago today, on October 27, 1954, the Disneyland TV show debuted on ABC. The show actually existed before the theme park opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955 and was in effect an advertisement for the park. But oh, what a glorious advertisement it was. » 10/27/14 6:45pm Monday 6:45pm

69 percent of Americans have never heard of Buzzfeed

People in media are dissecting the latest Pew Research figures on politicization in media. There are quite a few interesting factoids to draw from the poll. But what surprised me most was the percentage of Americans who say they'd heard of each news outlet. Almost seven out of ten Americans have never even heard of… » 10/27/14 2:40pm Monday 2:40pm

Mother Takes A Holiday: Selling Women's Liberation With Technology

The 30-minute 1952 film Mother Takes a Holiday was produced by the Whirlpool Corporation to sell washers and dryers. Whether it achieved this goal or not I really don't know, but it's a fascinating artifact of post-war techno-utopian thinking, slathered with a healthy dose of sexism. » 10/23/14 8:00pm 10/23/14 8:00pm

Kraft Foods Gave Away a Real Spaceship Simulator in 1959

If you were an American kid in the 1950s and 60s you were bombarded with an amazing promise: one day, when you're all grown up, you'll be able to vacation on the moon. But until then you'll have to settle for space-adventure TV shows and comic books. Unless, of course, you won this real live space simulator from 1959. » 10/23/14 2:50pm 10/23/14 2:50pm

Don't Get Too Excited About That New "Hoverboard" Just Yet

People are understandably really excited about the latest hoverboard currently being crowdfunded at Kickstarter. It's called the Hendo and it's being developed by Greg and Jill Henderson for their company Arx Pax. Is it real? Yes. Has our Back to the Future hoverboard finally arrived? Sadly, no. » 10/21/14 12:45pm 10/21/14 12:45pm

Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organization has never been… » 10/20/14 7:00pm 10/20/14 7:00pm

From Football Field to Battlefield: A Futuristic 1950s Vision of TV

As TV technology stormed into American homes during the early 1950s, more and more people started to ask, why don't we use this stuff on the battlefield? They imagined a world where commanders could remotely monitor the activity of troops on the ground — maybe even from halfway around the world. » 10/20/14 2:20pm 10/20/14 2:20pm

6 Fake Ebola Cures Being Peddled Online

Throughout history, hucksters have emerged to sell bullshit "cures" for diseases to fearful people. Today these frauds make their home on the internet. And they're selling bullshit cures for Ebola. There is no known cure— or vaccine— for Ebola, but that's not stopping shameless profiteers from exploiting the panic… » 10/17/14 12:10pm 10/17/14 12:10pm