Flying this week might make you reconsider your decision to ever leave home. While the federal government scrapes together the cash to hire the 6,000 new TSA workers needed to get the airline industry through the summer travel season, airports are telling passengers to suck it up and wait. And wait. And wait.
If you're passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favor and make sure you have your phone's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck—but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they'll be spending in airport security…
Mathematicians have confirmed what you, in your heart of hearts, have long suspected: The odds of picking the quickest line really are stacked against you.
It's a magic trick! It's sorcery! How else can you explain that stick being able to pass through that curved hole? If you showed me the two pieces separately, I would have never imagined them to actually fit one another so seamlessly.
Ever stood at an intersection and prodded at, leaned on, elbowed and otherwise palm-slapped the ever-living hell out of a crosswalk button and wondered to yourself if the thing actually does anything at all, really? Well – chances are, it doesn't.
So you've done it. You've successfully procrastinated gift-buying until the last possible second. Those carefree days of laziness come at a cost, and you're about to pay it by standing in line forever. Here's are some things that might ease your suffering a little bit. But just remember: You asked for this.
So, here are some lines moving like crazy. Stop moving like crazy, you lines! Oh, here are some squares. "Hello lines, let's all play nice together!" they say. Now everything makes sense. How did this happen? Eye witchcraft! Thank you for the squares, stupid!
Obviously this is a crazy artsy project that uses way more metal than it should, but I don't care. I would rather look at these towers—or any other artsy-fartsy tower—than any of the current abstract monsters while I'm on a road trip. [Thanks Oscar!]
As your frustrations with waiting in line mount this holiday season, it may be some comfort to know the scientific trappings of why, exactly, you're stuck for 20 minutes behind the lady who insists on a dozen price checks.
Waiting for an iPhone 4 is a rough business. Particularly, it seems, for the small-bladdered professionals among us. Carry on, brave Soho Apple Store line sitter! Secure in the knowledge that however many slacks you soil, you've got backup. [Twitpic]
With scenes from Avatar and New Moon screening today, it's no surprise that the line to get into SDCC's screening room was littered with tents and sleeping bags. We learned the secrets of extreme line-waiting from the folks in front.
Based on an earlier poll, we already know that plenty of you will be heading out to shop on Black Friday. Major polls listed in our Black Friday survival guide indicate that the number of people heading out overall could be higher than in previous years. That having been said, I'm curious to know about what people are…
Those New Zealand jerks may have gotten their iPhone 3Gs already, but everyone else around the world is still waiting in line, sweaty and hungry for their new devices. If they're anything like our friends in Gizmodo Japan, they're quite enjoying the experience. We want to know about it. Send in photos of the first…
Oh my. People really, really want their PlayStation 3s. Just check out all the craziness going on today.