Did Ben Franklin want the turkey to be our national symbol?

It's one of those Thanksgiving fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be our national bird, instead of the bald eagle. It's a popular fun fact. But I was shattered to learn as an adult that this little nugget of trivia isn't quite true. » 11/20/14 5:15pm Thursday 5:15pm

The best biographies on Tesla imho are Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by Bernie Carlson (which can be a bit technical at times) and Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla by Marc Seiffer. Both dispel a lot of the myths from earlier biographies. » 11/20/14 3:52pm Thursday 3:52pm

Why Nikola Tesla Is a Hero to Men's Rights Activists

Nikola Tesla is celebrated as a genius who had an amazing ability to envision the future. He predicted cellphones, television, and even elements of the internet long before any of these things existed. But he also had some weird ideas about the social issues of tomorrow. Which is why he's become an unlikely hero in… » 11/20/14 1:50pm Thursday 1:50pm

DARPA Director Totally Cool With Google Taking All the Fun Toys

In an interview this afternoon at the Defense One Summit, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar explained the history and future of the agency. And Prabhakar wants it known that Google and other commercial enterprises are not their enemy. In fact, they're more important that ever to DARPA's national security goals, as… » 11/19/14 5:20pm Wednesday 5:20pm

No, Colonel Sanders never killed a man in a shootout

The internet loves fun facts about Colonel Sanders. Yes, he was a real man named Harland Sanders. And yes, he really was a colonel. (Well, kind of.) But there's one fun fact about everybody's favorite chicken salesman that simply isn't true. Despite what you may have read online, Colonel Sanders never killed a man in… » 11/19/14 12:45pm Wednesday 12:45pm

When Singing to No One In Particular Was The Hot New Thing

Back in 1910 the highest paid singer in the world was blazing trails into the future. Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso reportedly pulled in a quarter of his $200,000 income (about $4.8 million adjusted for inflation) from singing to an audience of nobody. Which is to say, he was singing for recordings that would be… » 11/18/14 5:30pm Tuesday 5:30pm

1 percent of recording artists earn 77 percent of recorded music revenue

Thanks to the internet, there are now more ways than ever to get music. But this hasn't allowed smaller artists to get a bigger share of the financial pie. In fact, the top 1 percent of artists now collect 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music. » 11/18/14 12:30pm Tuesday 12:30pm

A fake gas-powered alarm clock once got Energy Star certification

When an appliance gets Energy Star certification that's supposed to mean that it's environmentally friendly. But what happens when you submit fake products like a gasoline-powered alarm clock or the "air purifier" pictured above? A government audit in 2010 found that both of these ridiculous products were certified as… » 11/14/14 5:45pm 11/14/14 5:45pm