The Tallest Tower in Europe Will Be ... In a Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne's shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland. » 3/25/15 8:30pm Wednesday 8:30pm

Never Try to Blast Open an ATM in Flip Flops

This past Christmas eve, one industrious young man decided to use the empty streets and twinkling lights to his advantage for a round of some good, old fashioned ATM blasting. It did not go well. » 12/31/14 10:30am 12/31/14 10:30am

Some Guy Made a Corn Starch Flamethrower But You Definitely Shouldn't

In the right hands anything can be used as a dangerous weapon. And in this case the anything is a container of corn starch, and the right hands belong to Ivan Owen, who used a leaf blower, an acetylene torch, and a flour sifter to turn the innocuous pantry staple into flamethrower fuel. » 12/29/14 10:14am 12/29/14 10:14am

Activists Want To Use Balloons To Airlift The Interview Into North Korea

Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony's beleaguered comedy about Kim… » 12/17/14 12:32pm 12/17/14 12:32pm

Dance Like No One's Watching, Make a Propane Gun From a Soda Bottle

If you don't have anything to do this weekend and also have an extremely chill landlord who doesn't care if you construct a weapon using highly flammable materials, there's always the option to build this elaborate propane prop gun using an empty pop bottle. » 11/14/14 1:03pm 11/14/14 1:03pm

This Box Lets You Split Your TV Screen In Case You Are Totally Insane

Anyone living in a house with more people than TVs has run into the problem at least once (or if you grew up in my family, pretty much every night): People want to watch different shows at the same time. A startup called ScreensTV is trying to fix family fighting by offering a box that lets you split your TV into… » 11/13/14 10:29am 11/13/14 10:29am

This Might Be the Worst Idea for an iPhone Case Ever

I'm not saying you shouldn't rock an Attack on Titan cell phone case in the shape of the 3D Maneuvering Device's controller from the show. By all means, let your otaku flag fly. All I'm saying is: Don't pull this thing out in the subway if you don't want get arrested and/or shot. Because it looks exactly like an IED… » 6/24/14 5:40pm 6/24/14 5:40pm

Crazy guy rides a bicycle backwards down a steep mountain

Because riding a bicycle down a steep mountain road after it just rained isn't crazy enough, Eskil Ronningsbakken wanted to up the crazy by doing the whole ride backwards. So yes, he was balancing himself, steering, braking, making sharp turns, veering away from cars and zooming down the mountain while facing the… » 12/04/13 9:09pm 12/04/13 9:09pm

Oh my God, idiot geniuses jump started a car with an AK-47

Filed in things you now know are possible but should probably never try in your lifetime unless your life depended on it but maybe still shouldn't: jump starting a dead car battery with an AK-47. Yes, you can do that. Watch these insane Iraqi soldiers use the metal of the AK-47 to bridge the two batteries. Metal… » 12/03/13 11:54pm 12/03/13 11:54pm

Don't Build This DIY Fireball Machine (Unless You're Super Awesome)

Here's a how-to video you probably shouldn't follow, teaching you how to build a do-it-yourself explosion maker you probably shouldn't make, so you can make simulated action movie fireballs in your backyard. Which you probably shouldn't do. » 12/03/13 7:00pm 12/03/13 7:00pm

A Fake Slum for Luxury Tourists Who Don't Want to See Real Poverty

It's estimated that one in eight people worldwide live in so-called slums, which, in some cities, makes visiting these informally maintained neighborhoods unavoidable. Although controversial, the practice of "slum tourism" has become a popular way for tourists to engage with poverty on a personal level. But why go… » 11/25/13 3:00pm 11/25/13 3:00pm

These Guys Tried to Pass Off Melting Blocks of Ice as $4k Worth of iPads

Committing insurance fraud, mail or otherwise, is universally a fairly dumb thing to do—especially when your plan is literally designed to fail. Like, say, that of 29-year-old idiot Nathan Meunch and friend. Because if you're trying to pass off a soggy, dripping cardboard box stuffed with ice as a $4,000 stack of… » 8/14/13 3:15pm 8/14/13 3:15pm

Idiot Thief Robs CCTV Company, Is Immediately Caught With CCTV Footage

A life of small-time crime is difficult enough as it is; the pay's not great, the cops are on your case, your conscience flares up. But one particularly dim bulb in Somerset, England made things even harder on himself by robbing a man who installs IT cameras for a living. Whoops! » 7/07/13 12:00pm 7/07/13 12:00pm

Drunk Idiot Dangles Upside Down from Power Cables

In the list of things you probably should never experience in your life, even if you're sozzled to oblivion, dangling upside down from an active power cable is probably near the top. This very, very drunk man, however, obviously thinks differently. He climbed up a pole and hung upside down a high-voltage power cable… » 4/03/13 2:00am 4/03/13 2:00am

Holy Crap, A Woman Almost Got Run Over By a Train Because She Was…

Holy freaking smokes, almost getting hit by a train doesn't get closer than this. A young woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil had apparently dropped her phone onto the metro tracks and foolishly jumped down to retrieve it. Couple of problems with this situation: she couldn't get back on the platform, the train was coming… » 4/01/13 9:00pm 4/01/13 9:00pm

Major Brooklyn Gang Taken Down by Cops on Facebook and Also by Extreme…

In the second season of the nerdiest adaptation of The Wire to date, New York City police have busted up a violent 41-member gang in Brooklyn using—you guessed it—Facebook and Twitter. Again. » 12/13/12 3:40pm 12/13/12 3:40pm

A Teenage Girl Got Arrested Because She Posted a YouTube Video Saying…

Hannah Sabata, a girl who's only 19 years old, did something a lot of teenage girls do: post a video to YouTube in which they talk to the camera. But unlike most 19 years old, Sabata bragged about stealing a car and robbing a bank, even flashing the cash to prove it. She, um, got arrested because of that video. » 12/03/12 11:00pm 12/03/12 11:00pm

Company HP Bought For $11 Billion Just Cost HP $9 Billion

All is not well at Meg Whitman's HP, we learned during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call this morning. HP just recorded a $9 billion devaluation of its assets stemming from serious accounting tomfoolery at a company that HP bought for $11 billion last year. Ouch. » 11/20/12 9:34am 11/20/12 9:34am

Girlfriend Body Pillow Update: Now $12, Still Terribly Sad

It's been a while since we checked in on the Deluxe Comfort Girlfriend Body Pillow, but we can now confirm that it is still available from Sears. And despite receiving a 20% price bump from $10 to $12, it's still the saddest, most inexplicable human being substitute you can buy. » 10/23/12 6:08pm 10/23/12 6:08pm