The Time Wes Siler Almost Killed Me

Some bad decisions were made while backpacking The Lost Coast and a buddy ended up alone, in a storm, after dark, fording whitewater and climbing cliffs with no gear. I should have known better, but at least we got a good story out of it. — Ed. » 1/15/15 2:44pm 1/15/15 2:44pm

What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

Visiting dangerous places, leaving cell signal behind, traveling by yourself and just generally taking risks? Well, guess what? At some point, it's going to go badly for you. Likely when you least expect it. Here's what I've learned about self rescue. » 12/17/14 4:39pm 12/17/14 4:39pm

Cable Snaps on 60 MPH Amusement Park Ride

This is the Skyhawk, a 10-story tall "Screamin' Swing" ride that flings its passengers round and round at up to 60 mph. It's the tallest of its kind, bringing its 40 passengers as high as 125 feet off the ground at the apex of a swing. It's scary enough on a normal day. Last night, one of its cables snapped. » 7/27/14 3:28pm 7/27/14 3:28pm

Claw Machines Continue to Devour Our Children Whole

Those who thought the world was safe from arcade claw machines gobbling up our youth, take heed. The ravenous mechanical creatures have struck again, this time claiming a three-year-old Nebraskan boy. » 4/16/14 11:29am 4/16/14 11:29am

The History of the Human Cannonball

Whenever there is a list released of the world's most dangerous jobs, tree loggers, steelworkers, electrical power-line installers, and fisherman usually are the professions that populate the list. But none of those things are nearly as dangerous as being propelled out of a long cylinder tube, flown through the air… » 1/17/14 7:29am 1/17/14 7:29am

Guy Builds a Bomb Just With Stuff You Can Buy After Airport Security

Just in case you were still being fooled into thinking that the TSA is good for, well, anything, follow along with You Tube contributor Terminal Cornucopia as he constructs a home-made "FRAGGuccino" from stuff you can buy from airport terminal kiosks—you know the ones you can enter after passing through security. » 11/15/13 4:53pm 11/15/13 4:53pm

What Is the Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

The Antarctic? The top of Mount Everest? The bottom of the ocean? In the middle of your parent's kitchen during a political argument on any given holiday? All good guesses, but none are quite right. Between environmental hazards, plagues, and other human beings, the world is a dangerous place, sure. But what locale… » 1/20/13 5:00pm 1/20/13 5:00pm

What Would Happen If You Put Your Hand in the LHC's Beam?

A while back, Sixty Symbols asked a bunch of physicists what they thought would happen if you were to place your hand in the particle beam at the LHC and... none of them knew. Now they've done some digging, and found out. » 5/03/12 7:11am 5/03/12 7:11am

Knock-Off Neck Massager Soothes and Tears Your Hair Out

You probably don't need another reason to avoid buying cheap knock-off electronics on the street or eBay. But in case you were tempted by a surprisingly sweet deal on a neck massager, here's an important PSA to stay clear of them. » 4/21/12 6:00pm 4/21/12 6:00pm

Once Upon a Time, Tricycles Were Responsible for 130,000 Injuries

The tricycle is not commonly associated with instability and safety hazards. But according to an old article from the Milwaukee Journal, the Tricycle of yore was a blood and tears factory for the youth of America. » 11/10/11 10:00pm 11/10/11 10:00pm

Like Throwing Astronauts Into a Flaming Barrel

Astronaut Ron Goran may sound like he's being creative when he describes what returning from the ISS feels like for today's space-faring souls, but really, no he isn't. [Fragile Oasis via Boing Boing, Image] » 9/25/11 10:00am 9/25/11 10:00am

Make a Tornado of Fire Out of Household Items

Forget fireworks, celebrate this 4th of July with a towering inferno of science. Practical Pyromaniac William Gurstelle explains the physics of the phenomenon and shows us how to build our own. » 7/01/11 8:50pm 7/01/11 8:50pm

1. In an outdoor space with your fire extinguisher handy, use the modeling clay to create a base for the…

All Danger Sidekick Phones Just Became Feature Phones

What use is a Sidekick without the services? Last night, the Danger servers closed down for good, meaning no more push email, AIM or apps. If you've bought T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G though, don't worry, you're safe. [T-Mobile via BGR] » 6/01/11 8:11am 6/01/11 8:11am

Google Has Hired Danger, the Makers of Sidekick, to Work on 'Android…

Fortune is reporting that Joe Britt and Matt Hershenson, co-founders of Danger, have joined Google and Andy Rubin, the other Danger co-founder, to work on a new wing within Android called 'Android Hardware'. That means Danger, the company that made the uber-popular, original Sidekick, is back together at Google. » 5/11/11 10:01pm 5/11/11 10:01pm

NASA's Space Shuttle Train Is Basically a Giant, Moving Bomb...

...but it's actually very safe! And yes, NASA has a railroad. It's been around since 1963, actually—so apologies to space nuts who've known about it for a while—but only recently has the agency uploaded an expose to YouTube. » 3/27/11 11:00am 3/27/11 11:00am

T-Mobile Pulling The Plug on Danger-Powered Sidekicks

If you still have a Sidekick phone running the Danger OS, its days of being a fully functioning device are numbered. After May 31, 2001, the data services provided by Danger will no longer be available, essentially neutering the internet-centric phone. If you were unaware, Danger is now owned by Microsoft. » 3/01/11 12:13am 3/01/11 12:13am

The PC Waterbed Brings Water, Electronics, and Your Lap Way Too Close…

Sure, a waterbed for your laptop might seem like a good idea, especially if you're a swinging keyboard slinger. But something about having something so electronic near something so water near something so my lap makes me cringe a little. $24 from Thanko, if you like living dangerously and wear really big gold chains. [ » 2/16/11 2:20pm 2/16/11 2:20pm

AT&T's Heart-Wrenching Texting and Driving PSA (Is Kind of…

Distractedly driving while texting is a categorically reckless activity, like jaywalking, or drunk-IMing an ex-girlfriend. AT&T has a harrowing new film, titled "The Last Text," illustrating the awful consequences. But are they employing a distraction method of their own? » 12/27/10 8:20pm 12/27/10 8:20pm

Sledding Behind a Fighter Jet Seriously Ups the Death Wish Ante

Sledding behind a commuter train? Yawn. A sledding bungee jump? BOR-ING. Hitching your sled up to a buddy's fighter jet? Uh, yeah. Yeah, I guess that's actually pretty hard core. » 12/16/10 4:40pm 12/16/10 4:40pm