7 Ways NASA Making the Mars Rover Sing Itself "Happy Birthday" Is Sad

As you may know, yesterday was Curiosity's one-year anniversary on Mars, where it's been spending its time wandering the desolate, barren Martian desert in inconceivable levels of solitude. And how did NASA decide to commemorate the occasion? Happy birthday, idiot. Now dance, monkey—dance! » 8/06/13 6:34pm 8/06/13 6:34pm

This Is Officially the Best Copyright-Free Way to Sing Happy Birthday

You might not know it, but the melody from Happy Birthday To You is actually copyrighted, owned by Time Warner, and won't enter the public domain until 2030 at the earliest. That's why the Free Music Archive set out to find an alternative—and this is officially the best choice. » 2/21/13 7:43am 2/21/13 7:43am

Celebrate Thomas Edison's 165th Birthday With a Crash Course On His Life

Did you know that Thomas Edison got his first job as a telegraph operator after saving the daughter of a station agent from an oncoming train? Or that he didn't invent the lightbulb, but instead created the first commercially viable version? » 2/11/12 1:00pm 2/11/12 1:00pm

Happy Birthday, Steve

Here's to the crazy one. The mercurial. The rebel. The market maker. The lucky guy with the new liver. The one who sees things differently. He's not fond of rules and bad typography. And he has no respect for mediocrity. » 2/24/10 1:51pm 2/24/10 1:51pm

Bono Wishes a Happy Birthday to Bill Gates

Bill Gates—one of my favorite Gizmodo readers—was in Vancouver last week, watching a U2 concert. He was celebrating his birthday, so Bono and the crowd sang a song for him. Belated Happy Birthday, Señor Gates. [Techflash] » 11/02/09 2:33pm 11/02/09 2:33pm

Happy 25th Birthday, Tetris

Tetris, our favorite non-vodka Russian export, turns 25 today. Unquestionably one of the greatest games of all time, Tetris is a bona fide cultural institution, responsible for wasting innumerable hours of time worldwide. Happy birthday, King of Puzzles! » 6/06/09 3:15pm 6/06/09 3:15pm

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Telescope was carried into orbit on this day, April 24th, back in 1990, which makes it 19 years old. Now it can finally legally drink alcohol in Ontario! » 4/24/09 2:00am 4/24/09 2:00am

Happy 69th Birthday Chuck Norris

Our beloved Chuck Norris who you might know as the karate fighting, cowboy hat wearing, roundhouse kicking, orange hairing and all around bad ass mother is 69 today! On behalf of everyone at Giz, happy birthday. Here's a clip as to why he'll NEVER use a computer watch. Ever! » 3/10/09 11:20pm 3/10/09 11:20pm

Barbie, Star of Barbie Commodore 64 Game, Turns 50 Today

The blonde bombshell known for her appearance in "Barbie," the self-titled 1985 C64 game, turned 50 today. Some allege that Barbie is popular for reasons other than C64 compatibility, but we're not so sure. [Allure] » 3/09/09 10:00pm 3/09/09 10:00pm

Happy 25th Birthday, Mac. Now Isn't It About Time You Settled Down?

Apple's Mac line celebrates its 25th birthday today: the original Macintosh was released back on January 24th, 1984. It's been a bumpy road, but it made it. And we're glad. » 1/24/09 5:00pm 1/24/09 5:00pm

Cake Knife Lets You Sing While You Slice

This stainless steel, serrated cake knife plays music as you slice your delicious cakes and pies. Although its product page says that it plays tunes "suitable for every occasion," it only comes with "Happy Birthday," "Jingle Bells," the "Wedding March," and "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow," linked to the four buttons on… » 11/12/08 9:00pm 11/12/08 9:00pm

Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 5th Birthday With Portrait of…

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the last of the space agency's Great Observatories » 8/23/08 8:00pm 8/23/08 8:00pm satellites to launch, celebrated its fifth birthday recently... giving me the opportunity to post this amazing multigenerational picture of star-forming region in the constellation Cassiopeia, 6,500 light-years from Earth. The photo…

25 Years of the Other Star Wars

Not so long ago, right here in our Galaxy, Emperor Ronald Reagan announced the other Star Wars, the Strategic Defense Initiative which started the last phase of the Cold War with the Soviet Union (whom, funnily enough, El Presidente called the Evil Empire.) In these 25 years since his March 23 speech, calling the… » 3/24/08 5:10pm 3/24/08 5:10pm