Remember when metal band names were good? Names like RATT and Poison and Mötley Crüe elicited the perfect image: slick, sweaty men licking their guitars while wearing tight leather pants and acid washed jeans, wagging their hair-sprayed manes and rocking out harder than any of us so-called millennials could even…
Love it or hate it, April Fools’ Day is pretty tame in the 21st century. Krispy Kreme tells you it’s changing its name to Krispy Cream or something and you’re supposed to be “tricked.” Then everybody rolls their eyes and goes on with their lives. But back in the 19th century, April Fools’ Day was hardcore.
Update: After looking into the site’s registration date and the supposed timeline of The Trump Organization’s cease and desist letters, Gizmodo has serious doubts about the veracity of this story, which appears to be a massive troll. We’re sorry, and we’ll do better.
Imagine reading a study from a prestigious science journal and finding out that the scientists performed and wrote the study as a joke. Sure, all of the data is true, but they littered the abstract and conclusion sections with irony. Other years you might have found it funny. But what if the joke was so arcane that…
Bless the leader of the Minutemen, and his never-ending supply of endangered settlements. He just wants to make the world a better place. And yet...
Whenever I write about the history of the internet, someone slips into the comments with a joke about Al Gore inventing it. And it gets funnier every time.
No, people did not suddenly become obsessed with calculus today, wanting to know the answer to an controversial math equation. Aaron Paul seems to have discovered an Easter egg on Siri that quickly tore up the internet.
If you’ve been on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Vine lately, then you’ve probably seen pictures or videos of strange, cartoony characters recently. Maybe they’re pole dancing. Maybe they’re singing Frozen’s Let It Go. Maybe they have a celebrity’s face. Or maybe they look like a monstrosity that shouldn’t exist.
Earlier today, reports abounded that North Korea had suffered an unprecedented internet outage. While it remains unclear whether it's the result of a cyber attack or the country's longstanding technological woes, one thing is certain: you got jokes!
We all know that conformity is one of the great weaknesses of humans, who will do almost anything to "fit in." But this isn't exactly news — researchers proved it 70 years ago. They came up with the world's least funny joke, and then tested to see if they could use peer pressure to make people laugh at it.
Meet Grant Meyers. A man passionate about sound, he can pull meaning from cacophony. He works as a foley artist (someone who recreates the ambient sounds in film) for porn movies. He LOVES it.
Image: Scanned from the July 1964 issue of Popular Mechanics
Someone was did an amazing job of predicting the future when they put that strange slot in the center of your dash. Spooky. [Reddit]
Have you given a dude in a blue hat directions around Manhattan recently? Did he have a Century 21 shopping bag? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve unwittingly participated in the art (gasp!) of Nobutaka Aozaki, who is building a map of Manhattan based on directions drawn by strangers.
Science, chemistry, computer science, medical science, math, programming, physics and basically anything else that requires more than half a person's brain means that I completely suck at it. Does that make me stupid? Yes. Does that make me useless? Yes. Does that make me scratch my head as the wind passes through my…
If you have to explain a joke, that usually means it's not a very good joke. But, if you're telling a math joke, maybe it just means your audience never enjoyed algebra as much as you did. Either way, these videos help explain to the less able mathematicians out there why they're funny.
Watch enough Arrested Development—I mean, is there really such a thing as enough?—and you become party to a long and intricate series of recurring jokes. Now, you can feast your eyes on an interactive visualization that lets you take a closer look at where the gags crop up.