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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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

Wernher von Braun Predicted We'd Send Men to Mars No Sooner Than 2050s

Student researchers at MIT have concluded that given current technology, any colonists to Mars would die after about 68 days. Mars One, the company that hopes to put people on Mars by the 2025 (and film a reality TV show there, so you know they're legit) insists that the MIT researchers are wrong. But as any student… » 10/15/14 1:00pm 10/15/14 1:00pm

This Nine Inch Nails Video Was Shot At The Scene of An Infamous Murder

The 1992 Nine Inch Nails song "Gave Up" is fantastic. But if you're at all familiar with the official video for the song, you'll know that it's a bit fucked up. The video was filmed at 10050 Cielo Drive — the Los Angeles home where actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family in the summer… » 10/14/14 7:00pm 10/14/14 7:00pm

1918's 48-Phonograph Sound System Was Way Ahead of Its Time

Before the rise of synchronized sound in the late 1920s, movie theater owners tried all kinds of different ways to get words and music into the movie-going experience. They brought in enormous orchestras, they built gigantic sound effects machines, and they even tried putting voice actors behind the screen who would… » 10/14/14 3:15pm 10/14/14 3:15pm