Top Stories of the WeekSexcellent | Origins of the Sext

Top Stories of the WeekSuper Soaker Hydro Cannon: It'll Make You Very, Very Wet

The Super Soakers of yore were precision weapons. Small. Thin, accurate squirts. A continuous aquatic laser beam. No more. The Hydro Cannon acts just like it sounds: More »

Top Stories of the WeekHow The US Was Supposed to Survive a Nuclear Holocaust With 9 Inches of Concrete

The American people have a well-documented history of panicking during crises. Is it any wonder then that, when faced with possible nuclear annihilation, the US government would use any ploy available to maintain public order? More »

Top Stories of the WeekWhere Do Barcodes Come From?

Magazines: check. Bread: check. $35 Whole Foods sandwich: check. Creepy guy in line: check. Seems like everything's got a bar code on it these days. But did you ever stop to wonder where those ubiquitous stripes came from? The bar code's rise to ubiquity started with a fundamental problem: More »

Top Stories of the WeekGrandpa Dredger Still Workin' Old Man River

The opening of the Panama Canal was a disaster for Midwestern farmers. So, in 1930 the US government set about deepening the Mississippi River to improve its cargo traffic capabilities. More »


Top Stories of the Week7 Tools to Make You the Country Music Star of the Future

So there's this little thing called the Country Music Awards going on tonight. A country crooner just won American Idol. Every teenage girl wants go be best frenemies with Taylor Swift. More »

Top Stories of the WeekHow to Text at the Movies Without Being a Dick

The taboo against talking on your phone during movies is at this point about as socially established as our rules against eating each other alive, socks with sandals, or marrying our parents. More »

Top Stories of the WeekNintendo Wii U Hands On: An Entirely Different Way to See Things

It looks like the product of a fevered fanboy wetdream. A 6.2-inch touchscreen, surrounded by dual analog sticks and oodles of buttons. Like the portable hardcore gamers wish Nintendo made. More »

Top Stories of the WeekHow to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account

One day and iOS 5 has been hacked already. Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor. More »

Top Stories of the WeekWatch the Pilot's View of the Craziest Flyby Ever

The Argentinean pilots who flew that FMA IA 63 jet trainer at one meter from the ground have sent me an exclusive video in high definition from the cockpit of the plane. More »

Top Stories of the WeekAll the New Apple Stuff

This Is iCloud Apple's iCloud has emerged from the shadows, not only providing cloud backup for your apps and songs, but also photos, videos and contacts. More »