Google Flu Trends Resorts to Actual Data Because It Got It Wrong

Remember how excited everyone was about Google Flu Trends last year when it confirmed all of our deepest and darkest fears that we were doomed to a winter of misery? Apparently, using peoples' neurotic self-diagnoses isn't the most accurate way to track disease. So now, Google has decided to introduce a "new"… » 10/31/14 5:18pm Today 5:18pm

Morphing Cocktails Are the Perfect Halloween BOOze

Look, cocktails are great. You know it, I know it. But after you pour one and then it just sits there, being all delicious. How mouth-wateringly boring, right? Well, in honor of tonight's revelry, we've got a handful of morphing cocktails that bring a heavy dose of eye-candy. They should pair nicely with the heavy… » 10/31/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

​Five Native American Traditions That Will Take Anyone Closer To Nature

Want to see more animals, move quietly through the woods or just feel a stronger connection with the world around you? Here's five traditions passed down to us by our First Nations, all capable of doing just that, occasionally in surprisingly powerful ways. » 10/31/14 4:36pm Today 4:36pm

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

If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with a 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 Today 4:20pm

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 Today 4:08pm

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 Today 3:52pm

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

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