At some point in time humanity got its wires crossed and parachutes, an invention designed to save lives, became a tool for risking life and limb. Instead of gracefully floating down the side of a mountain, paraglider Joseph Innes skimmed along the bottom of a narrow canyon, just inches away from breaking an ankle,…
If you prefer your houses large, drafty, and associated with vampire lore, then now's your chance to bid for Bran Castle. The castle isn't technically up for sale, the owners insist, but they're willing to entertain offers from the "right" people. Buyer beware though—this isn't the only castle purporting to be…
In the 1980s Irina Margareta Nistor worked as a translator of TV programs in Romania under the Communist regime. But in her spare time she secretly dubbed over 3,000 banned movie titles, all VHS tapes smuggled in from the West. These tapes quickly spread throughout Romania. Nobody knew Nistor's name. But everybody…
Your definitive guide to some of the most unusual structures Romania has to offer.
In the small village of Săpânţa in Maramureş County, Romania, sits Cimitirul Vesel, the "Merry Cemetery." Unlike cemeteries in other parts of Romania, the Merry Cemetery is filled with wooden headstones, each one carved, brightly colored, and inscribed with a sometimes irreverent poem. It's a place that looks on the…
If you've eaten at a Subway recently, there's a slight chance that you might've got your credit card information stolen. Okay probably not! But a group of Romanian hackers have managed to hack into Subway cash registers and have been logging down all sorts of customer info since 2008.
These shots depict the already epic Turda Salt Mines, located in Transylvania, Romania. They could also be what Christopher Nolan chooses as the revamped Batcave in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. I can't think of a better candidate.
Last Saturday, Romania implemented a law requiring self-employed citizens to pay a 16% income tax and to contribute to social service programs. Witches, who count as self-employed workers, aren't thrilled and are hexing the government en masse.
Ah, batteries. They always die sooner than you think, right? Not this one! Called Karpen's Pile, this battery has been working uninterrupted since the 1950's. That's 60 years of charge!
Take a close look at this Romanian Samsung Galaxy Tab. See the Porn button? That's 100% real. But you shouldn't pack your bag for Bucharest quite yet.
No, I'm not trying to say "raccoon" through a candy-filled mouth. That's really what Romania is calling their rocket-balloon, which is an entry in Google's Lunar X competition, to be the first vessel to send a robot to the moon.
Only a few days before its intended launch, the crazy-looking, dual-trackpad Asus NB NX90 was reportedly jacked from a five star hotel in Bucharest by three admirably brazen thieves. A security camera snapped them making their getaway:
This photo may not be a masterful snapshot, but I think it's absolutely beautiful. It was taken by a female convict in a Romanian prison—a woman who was terrified just holding the Canon Powershot camera entrusted to her.