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 13 minutes ago

These fire hot giant chains look like they're 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

A glow in the dark forest is a magical and trippy place

My, this is beautiful. Artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad teamed up in this projection map installation to create a 'bioluminescent forest'. The entire forest glows with light, from the mushrooms to the trees to the leaves to the grounds to the insects. The darkness is transformed into a magical place. » 12/24/14 9:36pm Yesterday 9:36pm

What Christmas looks like in Los Angeles

It was 77 degrees in LA today which is what qualifies as Christmas here. Who needs a white Christmas, the sprawling city of Los Angeles sure doesn't need pea coats or functional (not fashionable) scarves or snow shovels or visible breath to celebrate Christmas. Paddle boards and a beach will do just fine. » 12/24/14 8:12pm Yesterday 8:12pm

What do other countries call Santa Claus?

Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in… » 12/24/14 8:03pm Yesterday 8:03pm

Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/24/14 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

These Lovely Prints Are a Last-Minute Gift That Won't Seem Desperate 

It's pretty late in the game to be shopping for any kind of gift right now—with only a couple of hours left, you've got a pretty meager list of store options to choose from, beginning with the gas station and ending with your own room. As long as you don't mind giving a facsimile of the actual gift, though, the… » 12/24/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Local ISP Offers Internet Speeds 10 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

While Kansas City and others gloat about their gigabit internet from Google Fiber, a small internet service provider in Minnesota is about to offer stupid fast 10-gigabit connections to consumers. US Internet just announced that the new service will be available to 30,000 households in Minneapolis next summer. It'll… » 12/24/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Report: Hollywood Totally Lied About Its Big Victory Over The Pirates

Back in 2013, the Motion Picture Association of America filed one of its biggest victories: a $80 million settlement against Hotfile, a file-sharing website that got on the wrong side of Hollywood. Only, Hotfile never paid anything close to that amount, and the MPAA has been telling a (court-approved) fib about the… » 12/24/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Nothing Is Better Than These 80s Internet Depictions of Technology

Ever spend time imagining what the world was like the year you popped into it? I love it. Because man, 1983 was ridiculous. And terrible. And awesome. Michael Jackson did his first moonwalk. AOL, Microsoft Word and My Little Pony came into existence. The first consumer Camcorder came out (Sony!) and weighed 7353009… » 12/24/14 2:30pm Yesterday 2:30pm

Christmas decorating sends 15,000 Americans to the E.R. every year

Santa Claus, bless his magical heart, somehow makes it safely onto millions of icy roofs every Christmas. But us mortal humans are not so lucky. Every year, 15,000 Americans end up in the emergency room thanks to Christmas decorating accidents—a decidedly unhappy start to the holidays. » 12/24/14 2:15pm Yesterday 2:15pm

LG Exec Could Be Banned From CES For Sabotaging a Washing Machine

As far as electronics manufacturers are concerned, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas every year is their own personal Super Bowl, Academy Awards, and Mecca pilgrimage all rolled into one. Apparently, Jo Seong-jin, the head of LG's home appliance division should have thought of that before… » 12/24/14 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Buy a Cow For Christmas, and Other Tips for Doing the Holidays Smarter

This year, stop trying to fend off the holiday beast by throwing money into its gaping maw, and get smart about the way you tackle the season. A few simple solutions can cut down your bill, make your life simpler, and pull you out from under the annual avalanche of wrapping paper and tinsel. » 12/24/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

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

Your Love Does Cost a Thing... $30,000, Actually

Like buying a home or starting a family, weddings are a major life event that many couples are willing to pay top-dollar to experience. A recent survey conducted by The Knot found the average cost of a wedding, not including the honeymoon, reached a whopping $29,858 in 2013. » 12/19/14 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm