On January 28, 1986, America watched on television as the space shuttle Challenger—carrying six astronauts and one schoolteacher—disappeared in a twisting cloud of smoke, nine miles above the launch pad it had just left. To a stunned nation, it appeared that seven lives had instantly been lost.
On December 22nd, 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird took to the air for the very first time, rising above Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale with F-104 chase planes in pursuit. The occasion would mark the birth of one of the most amazing and renowned aircraft of all time.
The government has been wiretapping computers for twenty years, as of today. If your immediate response isn’t “AHHH HAPPY BIRTHDAY FORM OF SURVEILLANCE THAT I FEAR,” congratulations, you are normal.
On this day, September 2, in 2012, Piers Morgan, the then-CNN host, tweeted, simply, “I want to die.”
Wilco is turning 20 years old, but about 10 years ago I loved that band with a nerdy, eager cooped-up high schooler kind of feeling. They were my band when I was 16. They were from Chicago, like me. They had a pleasingly turbulent backstory and every lyric seemed to be about yearning. I wanted to be someone's "pop…
Here's a fun Thursday afternoon activity: Go to Google and search "Google in 1998." You'll be surprised by what the search engine returns. Or at least by the way the page looks.
You know what would be a really awesome seventh birthday party? An elaborate choose your own adventure with a bunch of awesome prizes. That's what Woot's doing today, in honor of their seventh anniversary.
IBM turns 100 today, but since Willard Scott hasn't paid tribute yet we'll do our part to wish America's most innovative company the happiest of birthdays. And for every Watson and ThinkPad you've already heard of, there are hundreds—thousands—of life-altering inventions for which we can thank Big Blue.
The third anniversary is traditionally reserved for gifts of leather, but Sean Ohlenkamp had a much better idea: an intricate rabbit's hole of desktop folders, filled humor and romance of the non-icky variety. I have but two complaints; this raises the bar too high, and I wanna see what's in the rest of them…
Back on January 9, 2001, iTunes—just a day old—was a vastly different beast. Hell, the world was a different beast, and by that I mean Apple actually participated in MacWorld. What did you think I meant?
Today was the 115th anniversary of the invention of the X-ray and while we could certainly talk about how the device improved modern medicine and helped many lives, we're going to reminisce about how it entertained us.
Bill Murray is one of our heroes, not only because he has been in some of geekdom's most iconic movies of all time—from Ghostbusters to Zissou going through Groundhog Day—but because he's simply awesome. He just turned 60.
August 6, 1926 marked the premiere of Don Juan, a film about a charming womanizer. It also marked the first time audiences were presented with a feature-length film complete with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and a musical soundtrack.
On today's date in 1973, a small supermarket in Troy Ohio became the testing grounds for the world's first commercial bar code scanner. At 8:01 am, Sharon Buchanan scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum and changed retail forever.
Tetris, our favorite non-vodka Russian export, turns 25 today. Unquestionably one of the greatest games of all time, Tetris is a bona fide cultural institution, responsible for wasting innumerable hours of time worldwide. Happy birthday, King of Puzzles!