On October 18, 1985 Nintendo of America took a huge gamble, releasing a console into a North American market that seemed to have washed its hands of video games completely. Thirty years later those hands are filthier than ever.
A federal judge ruled that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are not protected by copyright, Variety reports.
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!
Poor Curiosity, all alone out there in the vast Martian wastelands with no one to hang out with on its first birthday. So what's an intrepid rover to do? Sing "Happy Birthday" to itself, that's what.
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.
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?
Today's the 100th anniversary of the birth of fantasy master Fritz Leiber. Over at RPG blog Grognardia, they're discussing what made his work so special, including realistic characters and a sense of adventure. What's your favorite Leiber novel?
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.
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!
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!
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.
Happy Birthday Mr. T. Thanks for not beating all of us fools up on April Fools. May you have many more years of jibba jabba.
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…