Secret message found in WW2 bullet tells the story of some stupid Nazis

August, 13, 1944. The British 8th Army occupies Florence. The Allies finally break out of Normandy. Meanwhile, somewhere in the south of Tuscany, a soldier writes this encrypted message and hides it inside a bullet. In 2015, someone found it and deciphered it. It was the end of a hilariously absurd story. » 1/31/15 12:00am 1/31/15 12:00am

"Carrots improve your vision" is a WWII lie

Parents have been firing carrots into their kids' mouths for 70-plus years on the concept that "they give you better vision!" Truth is, while carrots are super-healthy, they won't do a thing to bring you back to 20/20. It's a myth, invented in WWII England to confuse the Nazis. » 9/12/14 3:23pm 9/12/14 3:23pm

An incredible photo from the time when Nazis walked freely on US soil

This is the LZ 129 Hindenburg being moved into a hangar in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936. A year later—on May 6, 1937—it would be destroyed by fire in one of the most famous air accidents in history. » 9/09/14 7:31pm 9/09/14 7:31pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. » 8/09/14 3:00pm 8/09/14 3:00pm

What is this machine inside a secret underground room under NYC?

Deep under Grand Central Terminal, beyond basements and subway lines and through 10 stories of bedrock lays a secret underground chamber that's almost as big as Grand Central Terminal itself. What's inside the room? A machine the Nazis wanted to destroy in World War II. » 7/16/14 8:42pm 7/16/14 8:42pm

Flying this Nazi glider from 1938 seems incredibly fun

This dude is flying a Schulgleiter SG38 over Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, an extremely rare glider built in 1938 for the National Socialist Flyers Corps, a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. 10,000 of them were made, and many of the pilots who learn to fly on it became Luftwaffe pilots. » 6/09/14 8:22pm 6/09/14 8:22pm

How Historians Recovered the Only Surviving Nazi "Flying Pencil"

Thousands of Tons of Nazi Chemical Weapons Are Hiding in the Baltic Sea

When the Nazis surrendered their weapons at the end of World War II, the Allies got rid of them in a way that made sense in the 1940s: they dumped it all into the water. Mustard gas and other chemical weapons—estimates ranging from 13,000 to 300,000 tons—are now slowly leaking into the Baltic Sea. » 4/27/14 1:00pm 4/27/14 1:00pm

One of America's Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there's one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don't like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported… » 4/22/14 4:20pm 4/22/14 4:20pm

1940 photo of a Nazi fighter test seems from the future

This photo of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter being tested in a wind tunnel comes from the archives of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, the national aeronautics and space research centre of Germany. It doesn't feel like a photo from 1940. This facility actually looks from the future. » 12/16/13 7:51pm 12/16/13 7:51pm

Holy Scheisse, There's a Shazam For Nazi Music

German authorities have developed a special app that allows them to identify extremist, right-wing music from just a brief clip, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel. The new app works much like "Nazi Shazam." » 12/02/13 5:40pm 12/02/13 5:40pm

A man had $1.35 billion in Nazi-stolen paintings in this apartment

Police has found what's probably the biggest stash of stolen art ever: 1,500 paintings valued at roughly $1.35 billion hidden by 80-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt in his Munich apartment. Of course, the art was stolen by the damn Nazis during the 30s and 40s. » 11/04/13 11:53am 11/04/13 11:53am

Should Germany Spend Millions Preserving Nazi Rally Grounds?

At the height of his career as the architect of the Third Reich, Albert Speer was already imagining what his buildings would look like as ruins. In fact, by the mid-1930s, Speer was designing based on “ruin law,” his term for what a building would look like once it decayed. Today, Nuremberg city officials are… » 9/03/13 3:01pm 9/03/13 3:01pm

German Neo-Nazi Tweets Are the First Ever Censored by Twitter

In an effort to stay on the right side of German law, Twitter has blocked access within Germany to all tweets by the neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover. This is the first time Twitter has censored speech to keep a government happy. But before you cry "censorship," keep in mind that this is just good business. » 10/18/12 10:15am 10/18/12 10:15am

Scientists Discover Iron Man Found by Nazis Is of Extraterrestrial…

No, it isn't the plot for the next Indiana Jones movie: According to a research paper published on the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, scientists have discovered that an Iron Man sculpture found by a Nazi expedition in Tibet is of extraterrestrial origin. » 9/27/12 11:00am 9/27/12 11:00am

Apparently, Nazis Are Now Taking Their Hate to Wi-Fi In New Jersey

New Jersey police are in search of A bigot who set up a Wi-Fi network called "F*ck All Jews and N*****s" inside a community center in the town of Teaneck, 10 miles outside of New York City. » 1/20/12 9:52am 1/20/12 9:52am

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

This is it. The Allied invasion of Europe and the beginning of its attempt to wrest control of the war-torn continent from Hitler's Nazi regime and a faltering Italian southern front. » 10/02/11 6:00pm 10/02/11 6:00pm

This Is How the Nazis Could Have Invaded the United States

March 2, 1942. The United States was already at war, fighting alongside British and Soviets to crush the Nazi and Japanese Imperial forces. That day Life magazine published six plans that the Axis could have used to invaded the US. » 9/06/11 3:30pm 9/06/11 3:30pm

The 5 Most Evil Things Tech Companies Helped Happen

If oppressive regimes want to stay oppressive, they need to fear—and wield—technology like a sword covered in napalm. And in most cases, they can't do that without using outside help. Here are the five worst corporate collaborators in technology. » 9/01/11 1:00pm 9/01/11 1:00pm