Visualization shows the sad truth on how many lives were lost in WWII

The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then. » 5/29/15 7:40pm 5/29/15 7:40pm

Short documentary: What it's like to be in Nepal after the earthquake

Another massive earthquake hit Nepal today, this time the epicenter was near Mount Everest. It’s so sad because the people of Nepal are still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake just two weeks ago that had killed thousands and wrecked Nepal to an unimaginable degree. Samaritan’s Purse filmed this short to… » 5/13/15 1:02am 5/13/15 1:02am

Boyfriend Body Pillow Has Been Working Out, Is Still Deeply Sad

We're a few months early to our biennial Deluxe Comfort Girlfriend/Boyfriend Body Pillow update, but big things are happening in disembodied-lovers'-torso land. Some might even say, swole things. Yep, your quarter-human boyfriend body pillow has been working out. And he's got the nipple to prove it. » 2/18/15 2:15pm 2/18/15 2:15pm

9 Sad Valentine's Gifts for Very Lonely People

Valentine's Day is finally here. And in keeping with tradition, the lonely hearts amongst us will spend the evening partaking in a sacred ritual known as "human Cathy comic." But it doesn't have to be this way! There's an entire world of products out there designed for the express purpose of helping you lie to… » 2/14/15 6:32pm 2/14/15 6:32pm

This video game sums up life in the most heartbreaking way possible

PipocaVFX's We Go Forward starts off as most cheery side scrolling video games do: run, jump, smash bad guys and keep going forward. But then the game transforms into a metaphor for life: we can't make the jump but we can't go backwards so we settle, we teach our kids to be better and then they leave us. » 2/04/15 4:27am 2/04/15 4:27am

Striking images of the first war that felt like a video game

The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't. » 1/27/15 6:27pm 1/27/15 6:27pm

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

Depressing graphic shows the time humanity spent watching Gangnam Style

The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks. » 12/08/14 6:42pm 12/08/14 6:42pm

The story of the Marine who survived all his squad in a twist of fate

This is the heart wrenching story of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams. He lost all his squad mates—11 of them—when their vehicle exploded on their way to a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. And all because, at the last minute, someone tapped on his shoulder. He was lucky. Perhaps, he thinks, too damn lucky. » 11/15/14 3:52am 11/15/14 3:52am

Time lapse: An empty city in black and white feels so eerie and lonely

This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more… » 11/06/14 12:54am 11/06/14 12:54am

Portraits of abandoned dogs before being put down at a shelter

Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings. » 10/21/14 11:33pm 10/21/14 11:33pm

How the Soviet Union destroyed the fourth biggest lake in the world

NASA has published these two images of the Aral Sea, which used to be the fourth biggest lake in the world before the Soviet Union plugged into the rivers that fed it to irrigate massive agricultural areas. The photo on the right was taken in 2000. On the left you can see its current state. » 10/01/14 9:21pm 10/01/14 9:21pm

Short film: The tale of a 13-year-old drug mule across the deadly desert

This is the story of Manny, a 13 year old boy from Tijuana who has to pay the bills for his family. Weak, poor, desperate, Manny is ripe prey for the merciless Mexican drug lords who sent him into the Arizona desert as a mule. But things are not what they seem. The reality is even worse than that. » 9/25/14 10:55pm 9/25/14 10:55pm