The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

This Gorgeous Stained Glass Landscape Is Actually a Rice Field

Who knew growing rice on a mountain could be so beautiful? The Ailao Mountains in Yunnan, China, have been carved into thousands of gradual steps, each a paddy growing red rice. The rice terraces stretch out over some 400 square miles of mountains and valleys. » 12/27/13 3:00pm 12/27/13 3:00pm

Awesome guy blows movie marketing budget to help typhoon survivors

So 20th Century Fox contacted professional video maker and friend of Gizmodo Casey Neistat to make a video for them about Ben Stiller's upcoming movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Cool, that kind of stuff happens all the time to him. But instead of using the money to make a movie about the movie, Neistat used his… » 12/17/13 12:56am 12/17/13 12:56am

The US Is Sending an Armada of Aid to Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm on record, bludgeoned the Philippines last week with 235 mph gusting winds and 50 foot tall waves. By current estimates, the storm's fury has impacted 6.9 million people in 41 provinces, taken countless lives, and razed more that 150,000 homes, entire towns simply washed away by… » 11/19/13 11:40am 11/19/13 11:40am

Before and after pictures of the Philippines typhoon are heartbreaking

This is so sad. Satellite imagery has captured what the Philippines looked like before and after Typhoon Haiyan and it's absolutely tragic. Towns, homes, people's lives have just been completely decimated. There's nothing left. To see the total destruction from above like this is heartbreaking. One day everything is… » 11/12/13 10:08pm 11/12/13 10:08pm

Typhoon Haiyan Even Looks Terrifying From 22,000 Miles Away

Haiyan was probably the strongest recorded typhoon to ever make landfall when it crashed through the Philippines on November 8th—and it looks just as intimidating from 22,000 miles away. » 11/09/13 7:00am 11/09/13 7:00am

Holy F**K That's a Big Crocodile

This 21-foot, 2,375 pound megacroc destroyed four traps, one water buffalo, and possibly a fisherman before finally being captured in a specially-designed, reinforced, steel-wire trap. Trapped, not killed? And cue Jurassic Park theme music in 3... 2... 1... » 9/06/11 10:00am 9/06/11 10:00am

The Philippines Attacks Piracy by Digging Through a Ginormous Pile of It

In the US, we hit our copyright infringers with mammoth, disproportionate lawsuits to terrify their peers into going offline. In the Philippines, copyright enforcement requires this guy getting his hands dirty in a humungous pile of pirated media. » 7/05/11 10:00pm 7/05/11 10:00pm

Expedition Finds 300 Species in One Trip to the Philippines

For most of us, discovering a new species is a big deal. So it's always a little startling when you hear about some expedition rolling out of bed and stumbling into 300 undocumented species in one trip to the Philippines. » 6/27/11 5:20pm 6/27/11 5:20pm

"My We" Is Scary Art to Address a Scary Situation

In the Philippines, where you can die for singing Frank Sinatra's "My Way" off key, artist Louie Cordero decided to satirize the ongoing violence with an over-the-top installation that shows just how crazy the phenomenon has gotten. It'll make you think twice whenever you find yourself humming the Sinatra songbook. » 3/22/11 4:40pm 3/22/11 4:40pm

Killer Captured By Victim Just Before Fatal Shooting

The man with the .45 handgun is Michael Gonzales. Just a second after this image was captured, he fired various shots against the man holding the camera. He was photographing his wife and daughter just hours before the New Year. » 1/04/11 3:00pm 1/04/11 3:00pm

This Enormous Flying Boat Made Transcontinental History, 75 Years Ago…

The China Clipper left San Francisco as a huge seaplane full of mail—110,000 pieces of it. But was responsible for the first transpacific flight in history, and became one of the world's first technological celebrities. » 11/22/10 9:20pm 11/22/10 9:20pm

Actor Mistaken For Gunman and Killed During Filming in Philippines

Last weekend, in the Philippines, an actor was mistaken for a masked gunman by a village watchman who jumped onto the actor's moving motorcycle and shot him fatally. Witnesses reportedly thought the killing was part of the movie's action. » 11/02/10 3:20pm 11/02/10 3:20pm

Mary Poppins Has Nothing On The Unbreakable Fighting Umbrella (John…

Unbreakable Fighting Umbrellas have been around for a little while now, but today we know of one government that actually uses them to protect its president. That government is the Philippines, and the protected president is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She wouldn't have it any other way. Further testimonials for the $180… » 7/13/08 8:00pm 7/13/08 8:00pm