The Guy Who Patented the Ouija Board Has an Oujia Board Gravestone

If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with an Ouija board that's conveniently installed in a cemetery. This is the headstone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija board, the beloved game that's entertained and terrified people for over a century. Can… » 10/31/14 4:20pm 13 minutes ago

4-acre spider web may be the grossest thing you will see this Halloween*

This report on a 4-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where 4 acres of their facility were covered by a spider web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That's 35,176 spiders per cubic meter! » 10/31/14 4:08pm 24 minutes ago

10 Tropes About Magical Weapons That We Never Want To See Again

Fantasy epics are full of weapons with mystical powers and strange destinies. It makes sense — everybody loves a weapon with some cool attributes. But as fantasy has grown, you see the same ideas over and over. And here are 10 story ideas about mystical weapons that have been done to death. » 10/31/14 3:52pm 40 minutes ago

These Street Portraits Are the Most Beautiful Tribute to Halloween

We are all bombarded with droves of kitschy, over-the-top representations of Halloween every year. That's why it's so refreshing to look at the stunning work of the photographer who calls himself Joey L. His black and white portraits taken in Brooklyn in 2010 embrace the softer side of our bizarre dress-up rituals. » 10/31/14 3:13pm Today 3:13pm

How China Is Making Tiny Islands Inhabitable With Huge Floating Docks

The Spratly Islands are basically mounds of sand in the middle of the South China Sea, some of them barely tall enough to reach above the water. But China is hell-bent on making them inhabitable, even drawing up plans for floating energy and water plants. It has nothing to do with the islands themselves and everything… » 10/31/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed, One Pilot Confirmed Dead

Virgin Galactic is reporting that there has been an "in-flight anomaly" aboard SpaceShipTwo. There were unconfirmed reports that one of the two pilots is dead. Those reports have now been confirmed. The suborbital flight took off at 9:19am PDT from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. Update: Virgin Galactic… » 10/31/14 2:18pm Today 2:18pm

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone: The Always Up-to-Date Guide [iOS 8.1]

Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we're simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you've come to the right page. » 10/31/14 1:27pm Today 1:27pm

Dozens of Earbuds on Sale, Stock Up on Cold Medicine, and More Deals

Today only, Amazon is offering steep discounts on a variety of JLab earbuds as their Gold Box Deal of the Day. Options range from $10 for standard buds to $18 for enhanced-bass models, to $20 for "high fidelity." There are a ton of colors available, and the prices are terrific, so grab a pair before they sell out. [… » 10/31/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

A Sidecar That Lets Strollers Accommodate an Extra Passenger

So that first baby was a success, and you're thinking about adding a second to your family's roster, but that expensive stroller you bought only accommodates a single passenger who isn't ready to walk yet. You can either give up on the idea of having more kids, or consider this collapsible stroller sidecar that easily… » 10/31/14 1:06pm Today 1:06pm

Halloween Still Smells Like a Plastic Pumpkin Pail

I was never a pillowcase kid. Fill the sheets that I put my head on with the goods, risking an errant Mr. Goodbar besmirching my sleeping quarters? No thanks. Besides, a pillowcase would need to go in the wash eventually. My plastic pumpkin was a dedicated trick-or-treating device. And somehow, it managed to stay… » 10/31/14 12:56pm Today 12:56pm

In Praise of Skull Trumpet, the Internet's Spookiest Meme

Doot-doot! The internet's spookiest meme isn't really spooky at all. Start the video, and a disembodied skull holding a trumpet appears, hovering over a field of black. Without menace, it turns toward you, and the bell of its horn begins to throb. Doot-doot! Skull Trumpet's musical salvo lasts all of two notes, and… » 10/31/14 12:51pm Today 12:51pm

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