11 Bird's-Eye Views That Show How NYC Has Grown Over 350 Years

Exactly 350 years ago today, New York City became New York City. The city itself already existed, of course: As the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. But on September 8th, 1664, the British gave it its permanent moniker, which makes today its name-day. » 9/08/14 11:20am 9/08/14 11:20am

The Beatles: Birthday

Every year, my parents would wake my brother and sister and I up to this song on our respective birthdays. It's a tradition that my father, a Beatles fanatic, started before I was even so much as a thought. » 8/06/14 7:00pm 8/06/14 7:00pm

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was a legendary futurist before the term futurist even existed. He made all kinds of predictions about the way that world would and should operate — some of them accurate, and some of them controversial. And guess what? It's his birthday! » 7/10/14 3:03pm 7/10/14 3:03pm

The ISS, Earth's Ultimate Outpost, Turns 15 Today

Where were you when the ISS launched its first module in November of 1998? Some of us watched, others were in school, still other weren't even alive yet. Either way, it's hard to believe that today is the International Space Station—the largest cooperative science project ever—is celebrating its 15h birthday today. » 11/20/13 10:47am 11/20/13 10:47am

Lazy Bows Wrapping Paper: The Only Good Use For 3D I've Seen So Far

There's no better way to say "I truly hate you" than by giving someone a gift that requires them to wear 3D glasses. But this lazy gift wrap is a brilliant way to show someone you actually care, a little. » 1/16/12 7:20pm 1/16/12 7:20pm

Where Were You When Google Was Born 13 Years Ago Today?

Anyone notice the party that is going on at Google's website today? In case you forgot, September 27th is the date Google chose for their birthday. » 9/27/11 12:21am 9/27/11 12:21am

How Old Are You In Venusian Years?

Sigh, I just found out that I'll celebrate my next birthday at the end of September and I am old geezer, at least in Venusian years. Curious about your own age if you lived on Venus and used its shorter calendar? » 9/07/11 9:45pm 9/07/11 9:45pm

How Many of Your Facebook Friends Know Your Actual Birthday?

Outside of my immediate family, I have no idea when anyone's birthday is without the aid of Facebook. And you probably don't either. David Plotz at Slate wanted to see what would happen if he celebrated three birthdays in July. » 8/02/11 7:00pm 8/02/11 7:00pm

Why We've Wanted Our MTV for 30 Years

MTV turns 30 today. How old! Also how historic; in three decades, the network revolutionized media, turned heads inside and out, and struggled to remain relevant. But one thing should be obvious now: it was never just about music. » 8/01/11 7:00pm 8/01/11 7:00pm

You Owe MIT More Thanks than You Think You Do

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology turns 150 this weekend! You're probably thinking—150? That's old! Who cares about something so old! What a geezer!—for shame. MIT's produced the brains behind some of the world's coolest stuff. [via FastCo] » 4/08/11 5:00pm 4/08/11 5:00pm

Happy Birthday, Bill Murray

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. » 9/21/10 3:20am 9/21/10 3:20am

Let Them Eat Cake... Macbook Cake

Someone named Shelby got a totally awesome Macbook birthday cake. I wonder if a real one popped up out of the middle, like one of those bachelor party strippers. Oh no, they messed up the QWERTY keyboard lettering. » 9/17/10 9:40pm 9/17/10 9:40pm

Happy 60th Birthday, Woz

To: The Good Steve. From: Gizmodo crew. Message: Happy birthday, Señor Wozniak. It's not only that you made the world a better place with all your inventions, but you are also the coolest guy in the whole computer industry. » 8/11/10 10:39am 8/11/10 10:39am

The Copy Machine Is 50 Years Old Today

Dearest copier, thank you for making office tasks simpler, tolerating our very NSFW pranks, and frustrating us with error messages for over 50 years. » 3/30/10 11:20pm 3/30/10 11:20pm

Happy Birthday, Steve Ballmer

You've seen Steve dance before. Today, if you are using Windows, sending emails from your Hotmail account, or even editing Excel spreadsheets, I insist you do a little monkeyboy dance in your seat. For Ballmer—the ever-entertaining CEO. » 3/24/10 3:00pm 3/24/10 3:00pm

Combo Gifts For People With Birthdays Near The Holidays

If only their parents had waited until summer to conceive! Still, they can't change their birth date, but you can most definitely ensure they get the best two presents for their bi-celebration this December. » 12/09/09 5:00pm 12/09/09 5:00pm

PlayStation Now Extra Spotty and Interested In Girls, as it turns 15

15 years ago today in Japan, the original PlayStation went on sale. It wasn't until a year later that it hit US and European shelves, with Ridge Racer satisfying gamers years before GTA was ever a twinkle in Rockstar's eye. » 12/03/09 6:54am 12/03/09 6:54am

Happy Birthday, Internet! Let's Celebrate Your History, You Old Gal

We've had many cake-themed posts lately, but it's not that we're fatasses. We're just celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Internet. And there's a lot to celebrate, because, as the Guardian shows, she's seen a lot of action . » 10/29/09 10:00pm 10/29/09 10:00pm

Here Is the First Photo of the Internet

Little knew Leonard Kleinrock that the first network connection at his UCLA lab was going to bring us this mayhem of tweets and tits we call the internet. It was all about the possibility of total thermonuclear holocaust, back then. » 9/02/09 2:40pm 9/02/09 2:40pm