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The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City

This is the story — kept secret at the time, still largely unreported today — of how the most infamous disease in history broke into New York City in the midst of World War II. This is the story of the ominously-named “Wyoming matter,” and how it took me months to track down evidence it ever happened. »9/03/15 12:11pmYesterday 12:11pm

This Soviet Amphibious Car Is Even Weirder Than It Looks

I realize that if there’s one thing amphibious cars don’t really need, it’s surprises. Being able to drive right off a bank and into the water is usually surprise enough for most people. And a Soviet amphibious car, well, you just don’t need a surprise here. It’s already pegging the needle on the bonkersometer. But… »8/11/15 5:21pm8/11/15 5:21pm

Doc Brown: If my calculations are correct... you'd be dead!

Back to the Future is hands down one of my favourite movie series, I’ve seen it dozens of times, and any time I see that it’s on TV I end up watching it... with the commercials... even though I could simply throw in the DVD to avoid the commercials... that must be the definition of lazy haha. As I’m sure it’s been… »5/13/15 6:13pm5/13/15 6:13pm

The Best Restaurant in the World Is: Disney's Epcot Theme Park

For the past year, Rich Juzwiak and Caity Weaver have scoured New York in search of the city’s greatest restaurant. This spring, the authors expanded their quest into a global hunt: the search for the Best Restaurant in the World. Due to time and budget constraints, it was determined that the most efficient method to… »4/30/15 1:04pm4/30/15 1:04pm

Japan Is Holding Actual Funerals For Sony's Robotic AIBO Dogs

When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you're as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony's robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic… »2/26/15 12:07pm2/26/15 12:07pm

1980s Science Fiction Where The Cold War Never Ends

The 1980s were the final decade of the Cold War — but nobody knew that at the time. The Soviet Union looked unstoppable, and few outside observers saw its collapse coming. So it's not surprising that lots of 1980s science fiction included Cold War futures. Here are 1980s visions of a future where the Cold War never… »2/13/15 4:09pm2/13/15 4:09pm

What Would We Really Drive If The Nazis Won World War II?

Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle has been a masterpiece of alternative history for decades. So when Amazon announced they were going to make a series out of it, many were excited. And sure, it seems promising so far, but how are they doing with the cars? »1/27/15 3:11pm1/27/15 3:11pm

Jim Rockford Warned Us About Google And Facebook Back In 1978

Why didn't we listen? The fourth season of The Rockford Files, arguably the greatest television show of all time, features a "futuristic" storyline about a terrible threat. What if a private corporation used computers to gather personal information on hundreds of millions of Americans? Could we trust them with that… »1/23/15 2:18pm1/23/15 2:18pm

Gawker Liveblog: An Episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Welcome, fans, to the first annual official mid-January liveblogging of an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that is currently (as of 9 p.m. Eastern time) airing on BBC America. If you want to play along at home, you can find BBC America on your local cable network here. Tonight's episode is "Chain of… »1/21/15 10:29am1/21/15 10:29am