Jaw-Dropping Proof That NASA Rocket Scientists Carve the Best Pumpkins

The internet's chock full of wonderful ways to carve a Halloween pumpkin every year, but few can hold a glowing candle to what the scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab come up with. Every year the lab holds a pumpkin carving competition and the results, and the carving techniques, are… » 11/01/13 12:52pm 11/01/13 12:52pm

Cramming For Anatomy Is Easier When Your Book Turns Into a Skeleton

Because unfortunately movie versions of medical textbooks are all too rare, if you're cramming for an upcoming exam on the human skeletal system and the last thing you want to do is spend the night reading, this wonderful $32 tome can be turned into an almost six-foot tall paper skeleton. Nothing beats hands-on… » 10/31/13 5:20pm 10/31/13 5:20pm

Where Monsters Come From, or Bad Paleontology

Ancient myths of dragons, titans, and giants—inhuman creatures battling it out on an alien earth before mankind—are easy enough to find. Seemingly every culture has them. What's perhaps more surprising is that many of these tales of deformed and monstrous beings, whether terrifying dragons or beneficent heroes armed… » 10/31/13 5:01pm 10/31/13 5:01pm

Has Anyone Ever Actually Poisoned or Put Razors in Halloween Candy?

Remember your mom sorting through your Halloween candy as a kid, looking for signs of ‘tainted’ candy laced with poison, needles or razor blades? It turns out, unless she was just using it as an excuse to steal the good candy before you got it, she was wasting her time. You are more likely to get attacked by a… » 10/31/13 4:00pm 10/31/13 4:00pm

8 Unfortunate Vintage Candy Wrappers

According to a recent article on Smithsonian.com, the notion that poison candy is routinely distributed to unsuspecting children on Halloween is a myth perpetrated by advice columnists Dear Abby and Ann Landers in the 1980s and ’90s. But historically, candy meant for young consumers has sported poisonous-sounding, WTF… » 10/31/13 3:20pm 10/31/13 3:20pm

Make a Spooky Smoke Waterfall Using Sticky Notes and Fire

Here's an awesome experiment you can try if you're looking for a last minute way to decorate your cubicle or house for Halloween. It's particularly great if you have one of those tiny relaxing waterfalls at your disposal, since replacing the water with cascading smoke is sure to have everyone thinking you're some… » 10/31/13 12:20pm 10/31/13 12:20pm

The NASA Engineer Who Made iPads the Future of Halloween

Two years ago, NASA engineer Mark Rober blew YouTube's mind with a video of his Halloween costume: a hole in his chest. Or at least it looked like a hole in his chest. In fact, it was an optical illusion made possible by two iPads, a little duct tape and a lot of ingenuity. Well, you won't believe what he's been up… » 10/31/13 12:00pm 10/31/13 12:00pm

A Haunted House Filled With DIY Tricks From Disney's Haunted Mansion

Haunted houses have gone over the top in the quest for guts, gristle and gore. But the Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater in Los Angeles offers a clever, DIY twist on scare tactics. Its fascinating—yet still freaky—lo-fi haunting techniques are cribbed from one of the country's original spooky addresses:… » 10/31/13 11:00am 10/31/13 11:00am

How Much Would a Pumpkin the Size Of Your House Weigh?

The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don't think it's going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap… » 10/31/13 10:20am 10/31/13 10:20am

How Many Horror Movie References Can You Spot On Bing's Homepage?

Bing's still the underdog in the search engine wars; remaining in perpetual second place to Google. And while it's doubtful that Microsoft will ever win the overall search engine war, today Bing totally wins the Halloween makeover battle with a homepage that pays homage to countless horror movies. » 10/31/13 9:08am 10/31/13 9:08am

Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called "Jack O' Lanterns"

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is “Will O’ the Wisps”, basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. “Jack O’ Lantern” first popped up being used this way… » 10/29/13 3:46pm 10/29/13 3:46pm

A PVC Air Cannon Is Perfect for Scaring Trick or Treaters

You could make crazy DIY Halloween decorations to scare the creeps out of trick or treaters in your neighborhood. You could dress up drones as flying ghosts or ghoulish goblins to strike fear into child-sized candy beggars. You could be the cranky old man who turns his light off and seeps scare by ignoring costume… » 10/28/13 7:45pm 10/28/13 7:45pm