“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad.
If there's someone who mixes mad driving skills and overall madness level on equal parts, that's legendary driver Ken Box. Here you have him driving through a crazy cart course in case you needed more proof of how insane this dude is.
H1 Unlimited is like the Formula 1 of the sea—except it's much faster and has way more crashes. The Unlimited Hydroplanes are powered by a 3000 horsepower Lycoming T-55 L-7 military Chinook helicopter turbine engine capable of going over 200mph.
When a psychologist sees a patient who stabbed her mother, he assumes that she is suffering from some sort of mental illness. But as his grip on reality begins to slip, it becomes clear that something more nefarious is at work.
I've seen many crazy wingsuit flights, but this video of Wingsuit Scotty-Bob flying through a canyon at the Beehive Line is absolutely insane. The first time I saw him passing by that tree my heart froze.
Brace yourselves, for science has taken a step into a path from which there's no way back: a group of researchers at Yale and Harvard have rewritten the entire genetic code of a living organism for the first in history. Not only that, but they have made it resistant to sickness in the process, Physorg reports:
'90s-est of all '90s comic artists Rob Liefeld decided to share his version of the Game of Thrones opening theme with the world, all while sitting on a throne of his own. Dear rest of the planet: Stop recording the GoT theme. We're done now. It's officially over.
Soccer celebrity David Beckham caused a riot in Shanghai when he appeared at a university there to play a demonstration football game with the school's team. At least seven people were hurt when the crowd stampeded to get a better look at Beckham.
This is Jon. He recently recorded himself counting to 100,00, one deliberately paced integer at a time. Join him won't you? At least for a little? You don't often get to stare so directly into the face of madness.
Artist Zimoun employed 138 cotton balls attached to dc-motors inside cardboard boxes for this new installation. I watched this and literally went, "Well that's not... ok but.. wait what? I don't even..." And now my head hurts. [design milk]
No more wasting your money collecting all those apps just so you can watch the lovely, revolutionary, magical, emotional, whatever-happened-to-those iAds contained therein. Apple has deigned to slap together iAd Gallery, a free app that promises "Great ads. On-demand. In your pocket." I don't think it's a belated…
South Korean inventor Mok Young Bak took his apparent obsessive compulsive disorder—an intangible thing—and put it into Caduceus, a very real thing. It serves one, mad purpose: Simultaneous cellphone usage from a remote location.
Do you own an AR-15, an M4 or an M16? Do you wish it could shoot golf balls instead of bullets? What do you mean "no?" Just listen to these testimonials for the Golfball Launcher, a $20 accessory that screws onto the end of your assault rifle in place of a muzzle break:
Scalpers at the Beijing Apple Store just won't quit. First they caused the store to close. Now Apple has reportedly tripled the store's security and requires customers to be escorted upstairs to buy their iPhone 4. Madness!
GDT and James Cameron together — talk about two great tastes that taste great together! The director and producer are rumored to be teaming up for H.P. Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness. Cameron will bring the equipment, GDT the heart. [Deadline]
Over the weekend, Syfy aired its latest insta-classic, Princess of Mars. Starring sexy Martian Traci Lords, it's the tale of . . . um . . . a guy, and Mars, and babes in chains . . . and SPIDERS.
If you thought Red Bull Racing was crazy, you won't believe the Rocket Racing League. Think NASCAR, but in the air, using planes powered by solid-state rockets flying simultaneously. The racers take off in pairs, separated by minutes, competing against the clock at the same time. That means that they will have to…
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a pretty serious organization, and every year they have a very serious conference devoted to things like helping people in the developing world, saving the environment, curing cancer, and solving the global energy crisis. We at io9, however, are not…
What's long, white, wiry and fluffy and has a bit of hardware stuck on the end? A tail cam, of course. Available in Japan from Angel Kitty (they are the hot freekz who brought us the French Maid Keyboard) it will cost you $146, but I think that's a bit expensive, so, after the jump, I'll tell you how to make your own.