An intriguing retelling of the birth of Jesus set in the space age

Here's a strange Christmas film—weird, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. According to its creators, Anomaly is 'a retelling of thetraditional Christmas Nativity which explores, through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago, set against the space-race canvas of the 1960s.' » 12/25/14 6:49pm 48 minutes ago

Impressive new image of Saturn from above the ecliptic plane

Our friend Val Klavans sent me a Christmas present this morning: A color photo of Saturn as you would have seen it if you were riding the spacecraft Cassini on December 21, 2014. Saturn's north polar hexagon stands out prominently while the rings encircle the planet. You can see the hexagon storm on its north pole. » 12/25/14 4:46pm Today 4:46pm

These Festive Bots Are Just As Excited About the Holidays As You Are

Every year the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich trots out its weird and wonderful robotic creations adorned with festive garb as one of the more entertaining video holiday cards you'll see every year. At this point it's almost as much a holiday tradition as watching Charlie Brown or the Grinch on TV, and though… » 12/25/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

6 Good Reasons to Spend Time On Your Phone this Christmas

In our smartphone-saturated, always-on age, the conventional wisdom is that holidays are a time for unplugging from the web and switching off from the devices that ordinarily dominate our lives. However, you don't have to go with the flow and take a tech break over the holiday—here are six good reasons why you might… » 12/25/14 3:17pm Today 3:17pm

The Puritans banned Christmas

Believe it or not, the Puritans of England hated Christmas. They detested the pagan origins of the holiday and believed that the Bible didn't dictate that pious Christians should observe the day Jesus was born as anything special. Ministers who preached on Christmas Day even faced arrest. Naturally, they brought this… » 12/25/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Chaos ensues as armored truck spills $4.5 million on a street

Dozens of Hong Kong motorists and pedestrians rushed to grab loads of money after an armored truck's doors opened by accident on a busy road, spilling about 4.5 million US dollars in HK$500 notes (US$65) on Christmas Eve, reports the South China Morning Post. Check out all those frantic bastards. » 12/25/14 1:12pm Today 1:12pm

The Interview Meta-Review: Not Really Worth The Drama


After weeks of prevaricating, terrorist threats, conspiracy theories and presidential interventions, Sony finally released The Interview on YouTube yesterday. Although we opted not to review because whether the movie was good or bad (it's bad) is almost entirely besides the point, it seems like everyone else on the… » 12/25/14 9:03am Today 9:03am

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/25/14 8:34am Today 8:34am

These fire hot giant chains look like they're being made in Mordor

I'm halfway certain that there is sorcery from Middle Earth involved in building this humungous chain. But it's pure human ingenuity. The chain is meant to be used on Shell's Prelude project (a floating liquefied natural gas platform) which is basically some ginormous platform that's permanently moored offshore. » 12/24/14 11:11pm Yesterday 11:11pm

Short film: Chat roulette is most fun with a cosmonaut in space

Sure, a cosmonaut on Chat Roulette just wants to see bewbs just like the rest of the screen tanned Internet but at least he has the power to run satellites and make you feel like you're not alone. This lovable short film, Russian Roulette, tells a cute story of a girl cruising Chat Roulette until she meets a man in… » 12/24/14 10:24pm Yesterday 10:24pm

Gizmodo Exclusive: Get 25% off Grain Audio's High End BT Speaker

Christmas is tomorrow, but it's never to late to treat yourself! For a short time, Gizmodo readers can get one of the most unique, high-end bluetooth speakers on the market – Grain Audio's PWS – for 25% off plus free shipping with the StackSocial code "graingiz10". » 12/23/14 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

Dollar Shave Club Delivers You a Great Shave for a Few Bucks a Month

Thanks to a bunch of industry jargon which is made to confuse you about useless technology, razors are way overpriced. And to even get a razor in your hand, you have to go to the drugstore and track down the employee who hates unlocking the special razor case for you, just as much as you hate asking. But with Dollar… » 12/05/14 12:46pm 12/05/14 12:46pm