5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker history is… » 7/04/14 2:00pm 7/04/14 2:00pm

How Hot Dogs Are Made and What's Actually Inside

After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there's a fair amount of gristle, fat and offal remaining on a butchered animal, and early on, people realized this could be put to good use. One of these products is the hot dog, a classic of pre-cooked, processed meat. » 7/04/14 11:00am 7/04/14 11:00am

That Time the Whac-A-Mole Inventor Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their way by the time Tim Roth, a good Samaritan, was on the scene. As he searched through the… » 3/30/14 9:00am 3/30/14 9:00am

How To Avoid a $3000 International iPhone Data Bill

In light of certain $3000 iPhone data bills for international roaming, it's fair to assume that many of us don't really know what the exact policy is jet set iPhone living. The skinny is this, from AT&T directly: "For $24.99 per month, iPhone users get 20MB of data use outside the US. If you don't have a plan, the… » 8/20/07 7:23pm 8/20/07 7:23pm

What Are You Doing This Weekend (Plus Commenting Instructions)

I'm heading to Maker Faire this weekend, so any readers who are there should stop by and say hello on Saturday (that is if you can find me!) Otherwise, it seems like some Pokemon, some cleaning, some reviewing of gadgets, some Guild Wars, some Xbox 360, and some outdoors time. Ahh, the outdoors. How infrequently we… » 5/18/07 8:11pm 5/18/07 8:11pm