I Paid a UX Expert $100 to Get Drunk and Evaluate Gizmodo's Design

It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75! I knew I had to do it, and that Gizmodo… » 3/26/15 6:40pm Thursday 6:40pm

Police Dispose Of 20,000 Pounds Of Fireworks By Detonating Them All

Recently, 20,000 pounds of fireworks were seized in Glasscock County, Texas, and the local bomb squads helped the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to dispose of them. How? By exploding the whole lot of them over the course of three and a half days and creating a tower of sparkling smoke. » 3/21/15 6:32pm 3/21/15 6:32pm

FREAK Attack: A Dangerous Security Flaw Caused by US Government Policy

A group of computer scientists have revealed a dangerous security flaw that could open up many phones and other machines to attack. The worst part is that the problem has its roots in a misguided U.S. government effort to prevent consumers from having access to strong encryption. » 3/04/15 12:06am 3/04/15 12:06am

UPDATED: Holy Shit, This Weight Loss Supplement Has Prozac In It

The FDA just issued a warning not to use the weight-loss supplement Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic — because it contains fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. Not a drug humans should be taking unaware, and one that can cause serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and seizures. » 2/28/15 9:20pm 2/28/15 9:20pm

11 Most Useless And Misleading Infographics On The Internet

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Everybody loves infographics. Facts (and assertions) just spring to life when you make them into cool pictures. But this powerful tool is all too often misused. Here are 11 infographics that are either completely misleading or totally useless. » 2/26/15 2:00pm 2/26/15 2:00pm

The Hate-Spreading Economy Is So Hot Right Now

Futurists estimate that by 2019 hate-spreading products will be a $37 gajillion industry. And it's easy to see why! From sending glitter bombs to your enemies to giving exploding boxes of packing peanuts to romantic interests who've left you in the lurch, hate-spreading products are everywhere. » 2/17/15 5:40pm 2/17/15 5:40pm

A Decade of Our Favorite Google Maps Fuckups

Google Maps launched 10 years ago, on February 8, 2005, and it's become the gold standard for apps that help get you from point A to point B. But it's also the greatest prank platform ever designed. Here are some of the best deliberate (and non-deliberate) ways that Maps has been borked over the past decade. » 2/09/15 7:05pm 2/09/15 7:05pm

The Site Where Doctors Share X-Rays of Weird Things in People's Butts

You and me, we have Wikipedia. Radiologists, they have Radiopaedia. If you can get past the clinical language, you can see it for what it really is: An amazing cache of images that show the human body at its extreme limits. And a place to find (and share!) x-rays of weird stuff people have put up their butts. » 2/04/15 7:40pm 2/04/15 7:40pm

The ​11 Most Horrifying Redesigns Of Childhood Classics

Last week we gazed into the abyss, and the cold, dead eyes of the new International Rescue team from Thunderbirds gazed back. As movies and TV constantly seek to strip-mine your nostalgia for profit, redesigns like this are common. And sometimes, they go very wrong. Here are 11 awful makeovers of our childhood… » 1/20/15 4:10pm 1/20/15 4:10pm

80% Of Americans Support Mandatory Labels On Foods Containing DNA. DNA!

A recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics found that 80.44% of respondents supported a government policy mandating labels on foods containing DNA. Not GMOs. DNA, the genetic material contained in every living thing known to science and practically every food,… » 1/18/15 2:18pm 1/18/15 2:18pm

Giant, Worm-Slurping Leech Filmed For The First Time

For the first time, filmmakers in the forests of Borneo's Mount Kinabalu have documented the so-repulsive-it's-captivating behavior of a large, red, worm-guzzling predator. While it remains unclassified by science, the animal is known to the area's tribespeople, fittingly, as the "Giant Red Leech." » 9/27/14 6:19pm 9/27/14 6:19pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 4:34pm 8/09/14 4:34pm

Watch The World's Tallest Water Slide Test Its First Human Riders

The Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide, has finally started testing with real, live humans. And the first drop in this POV footage is absolutely terrifying. » 7/06/14 12:58pm 7/06/14 12:58pm

This Is Why You Don't Hide Under A Tree During A Lightning Storm

A 14,000-volt electrical shock gave this man star-shaped cataracts

In the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers recount the fascinating case of an electrician who, after sustaining a 14,000-volt shock to his left shoulder, presented with "bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the lens." Translation: Starburst-shaped cataracts. » 1/26/14 12:57pm 1/26/14 12:57pm

The NSA's website for kids isn't creepy. Nope. Not creepy at all.

Just a friendly reminder that the NSA's children's website, "CryptoKids," is an actual thing that exists. » 1/25/14 2:57pm 1/25/14 2:57pm

The Weirdest and Most Revolting Foods That You Could Actually Eat

One of the great joys of exploring other cultures is seeing how other people eat — but sometimes, you need a strong stomach to deal with what you find. Around the world, people eat fried tarantulas, sheep's heads, duck embryos, and tons of other weird items. Here are the strangest and most revolting food items on… » 10/24/13 7:16pm 10/24/13 7:16pm

American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On…

If you're traveling to Canada, a country whose customs officials are notorious for playing the role of morality police, you'd better leave your Japanese comics at home — whether they're in print or digital. » 6/24/11 7:30pm 6/24/11 7:30pm