How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane

Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. » 1/08/13 2:00pm 1/08/13 2:00pm

The Secret Symbol on Almost Every Camera

PetaPixel revealed a nice little factoid about the secret symbol that's on almost every camera. If you read the camera's manual, you probably already know what it is but if you didn't, that circle with a line drawn through it marks exactly where the sensor of the camera is located. » 6/01/12 5:20pm 6/01/12 5:20pm

Come On NASA, Don't Be a Dick

Last November, Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell sold the page from the Lunar Module System Activation Checklist that contains the calculations that saved his near-fatal mission. It got $388,375 at Heritage Auctions. Now NASA has stopped the sale. » 1/06/12 4:00pm 1/06/12 4:00pm

How to Hack the New Road Signs (Updated)

We knew hacking road signs was easy (and illegal), but they changed the control boxes in the latest models and nobody knew to handle those—until now. Here's the manual, so you can warn people of zombies and raptors ahead. » 10/10/11 10:44am 10/10/11 10:44am

Computers Learn Games By Reading The Manual

The latest crop of game-playing computers have an ace up their sleeve that helps them dominate in games like Civilization. It's not some secretive backdoor tactic that helps them win. These computers can read the manual. » 7/13/11 8:08pm 7/13/11 8:08pm

This Manual Saved the Power to Keep Apollo 13 Alive

On April 13, 1970—321,860 kilometers into its Moon trip—an oxygen tank exploded in the Odyssey's Service Module. James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise had a really big problem. These pages saved their lives. » 4/02/10 1:20am 4/02/10 1:20am

Hands On: Use the Yogen Charger to Power Gadgets With a String Pull

We were pretty intrigued by the Yogen manual charger concept we saw earlier. While the production unit we saw today is markedly different—it doesn't disappoint. Instead of charging gadgets with a pedal, users now pull a cord. » 1/07/10 10:32pm 1/07/10 10:32pm

64% of Men Don’t RTFM Before Calling Tech Support

Gadget Helpline, a UK tech support service, found that well over half of their male customers didn't even bother to read the manual before calling tech support. C'mon guys, is that the best we can do? » 11/07/09 8:30pm 11/07/09 8:30pm

FEMA Firefighters Manual Covers UFO Attacks, Crashes

This video shows how FEMA no only deals with credible threats as hurricanes and terrorist attacks, but also with credible » 11/09/08 2:30pm 11/09/08 2:30pm threats like alien attacks and UFO crashes: They have an entire chapter dedicated to this topic in their firefighters manual. Great. As if it wasn't enough with the UK government revealing and…

The Japanese Wii Safety Manual is Crazy

This crazy Japanese Wii safety manual is pretty much indicative of Japanese people's general insanity. Our theory: a secret battle between Godzilla and several Gundams in the early 1980s bombarded the whole of Japan with cosmic G-rays, which allowed then-youths to grow up and draw these weird-ass manuals.

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