It takes 90 people to wrangle a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon

Our annual day of helium excess is upon us. We speak, of course, of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. These giant floppy balloons, as tall as buildings and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium, are not graceful creatures. The average balloon requires 90 handlers just to get it down the street. » 11/26/14 4:45pm 11 minutes ago

Passenger Air Travel in the 1920s As Told Through Cigarette Cards

Passenger air travel in the 1920s and 30s was a uniquely exhilarating experience — provided you could afford it. But for those of us stuck in a world where flying has become a mundane and sometimes excruciating ordeal, we can at least live vicariously through the past. A website called The Passion of Former Days has… » 11/26/14 4:32pm 24 minutes ago

These horrible mindsucker bugs can infect and control their hosts

The November's issue of National Geographic has a fascinating article titled Mindsuckers, the tale of tiny beasts that get into their victims bodies to eat them from inside and control their bodies, turning them into remote controlled zombies. And there are more horror ahead, masterfully photographed by Anand Varma. » 11/26/14 4:15pm 40 minutes ago

Why a White Cup Makes Your Coffee Taste More Intense 

If part of your morning routine involves coffee, it's likely that you have a very specific ritual about which cups you use. Now, an Australian scientist has taken it upon himself to find out whether there's any scientific basis for thinking that taste is influenced by cup color—and it turns out, the color of your cup… » 11/26/14 4:00pm 56 minutes ago

A Jacket That Transforms Into a Neck Pillow Is Perfect For Traveling

Break the endless cycle of having to buy a new neck pillow every time you fly because you forgot to bring the last one with Tumi's Patrol Travel Puffer Jacket. Hidden in the collar is a pouch that you can stuff the entire puffy jacket into, creating a comfy neck pillow to make your holiday flight or bus trip… » 11/26/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

How to Win Fights With Your Family This Thanksgiving: Don't

Tomorrow you'll gather around the Thanksgiving table with your family—those precious few souls that walk this cold Earth draped in the same flesh and blood that coat your weary bones. Invariably, they will say something that makes you want to murder them or, at the very least, ruin dinner in the process of setting… » 11/26/14 3:27pm Today 3:27pm

9 Holiday Travel Horror Stories That Make Your Trip Seem Painless

Holiday travel sucks, and most people think that it sucks most around Thanksgiving. That's not necessarily true. However, that probably doesn't make you feel any better if you're reading this while stuck in an airport on the wrong side of the country with hours to wait before your flight leaves. These next nine… » 11/26/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

​How To Make A First Aid Kit For Your Dog

Don't panic, but there's a good chance that, at some point during his life, the furry ball of chaos you love deeply is going to get himself hurt. Probably while doing something stupid. Luckily, performing first aid on your dog is as easy as doing it on a human. Here's how to prepare. » 11/26/14 1:56pm Today 1:56pm

$8 ShopRunner, GoPro Hero4 Discount, and More Early Black Friday Deals

ShopRunner is like Amazon Prime shipping, but for over 100 other online stores (including Newegg, Domino's, TigerDirect, and a bunch of clothing retailers). A subscription normally costs $79 for year, but today you can get it for $8. Yes, really. [One-Year ShopRunner Membership, $8 with code 15THANKS] » 11/26/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and getting peppered with questions about tech-related news stories because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is! It's only a matter of time before they ask you "So what's up with that thing on the internets?" » 11/26/14 12:25pm Today 12:25pm

How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact.… » 11/26/14 11:55am Today 11:55am

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

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". This deal is limited, so if you want one for the holidays, grab it quick! » 11/24/14 4:30pm Monday 4:30pm