Mad chemist uses liquid nitrogen instead of ice water in ALS challenge

Moe Qureshi—a chemist at the University of Toronto—gave his ALS bucket challenge a shocking twist when he decided to use liquid nitrogen instead of ice. I would be terrified just by the thought of pouring liquid over my head at -321°F (-196ºC), but Moe survived the challenge unscathed—thanks to science. » 9/01/14 3:08pm 9/01/14 3:08pm

Trucker brakes 22-wheeler avoiding fatal crash at the last second

A truck is on its way to get into another road when a tiny car invades its lane. The trucker sees the car just in time to slam his brakes, stopping his vehicle a fraction of an inch from the car and avoiding a fatal accident that could have ended with the car's driver in a soup can. » 5/06/14 8:20pm 5/06/14 8:20pm

Luke was going to become Vader, destroy the Rebels and become Emperor

Did you know that George Lucas originally wanted Luke Skywalker to become Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi? His last lines were going to be "Now I am Vader. Now I will go and kill the [Rebel] fleet and I will rule the universe." That would have been cool. It's one of ten unknown facts about the movie.
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How An Electronic Lock Helped a Crazy Austrian Man Keep His Daughter as…

To be honest, I wish that I never learned of the Josef Fritzl story in the first place—but it was hard to avoid given the severity of the crimes committed. However, the fact that a man could imprison his daughter in a basement for 24 years and father her seven children is too horrifying and baffling to ignore. Over… » 4/29/08 5:50pm 4/29/08 5:50pm

Lipstick Stun Gun Comes In One Shade: Frazzled 'Nads

Forget DIY camera stun guns: they're just a stunt. If you want real pocket protection, these charmingly disguised stun guns can deliver 350,000 volts of agony to an assailant. Will they think it looks like you're just brandishing a tube of lippy at them? Probably not an experiment to try. They have an LED flashlight… » 4/08/08 8:19am 4/08/08 8:19am

Kid Brings Camera Taser to School, Almost Gets Tased by Cops

Remember that camera modded to shock anyone who used it? Some genius thought it would be absolutely hilarious to use it at school. (Okay, it would be.) Anyway! The mischievous little bastard didn't even get the chance to zap the schoolyard bully before the cops swooped in and busted his ass, though they deprived us… » 4/04/08 1:30pm 4/04/08 1:30pm

Mindwire V5 Shocking Game Accessory: Rumble is for the Weak

You know what would make gaming even more fun? Pain. Or at least that is what the folks at Mindwire would like you to think. Their new Mindwire V5 unit helps you get into the action with sensations ranging from a "crashing car to the blast of a machine gun's multiple bullets hitting you; a sharp zap all the way… » 3/05/08 5:20pm 3/05/08 5:20pm

Microsoft Sued, Zune Owner Claims Ear Damage

A man who allegedly received an electric shock from his Zune headphones has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft. Joel Geddis received the shock in November of 2006, and since then he has suffered "blood and fluid leakage from (his) ear canal" and "incessant ringing and discomfort." [Sorry West Coast lunchers!] This news… » 2/04/08 3:34pm 2/04/08 3:34pm

Dell's Aluminum Laptops Causing Electric Shocks?

The folks at CNET were surprised to discover that using some Dell laptops can result in electric shocks that "vary in strength from a gentle tingle to a sudden jolt." They also noticed that the shocks occur when connecting peripherals to the laptops. It appears that the offending devices have been isolated to versions… » 1/17/08 9:00pm 1/17/08 9:00pm

Shiny Shiny Gets Hands-on With the Shocking Taser Guns

The lasses over at Shiny Shiny took the shocking taser gun and brought them out for a little fun—at each other's expense. Not to spoil the fun, but Zara and Katie throw out their usually composed British demeanors and zap out all their latent workplace aggression in the span of 30 seconds. Susi from Shiny Shiny says… » 9/04/07 12:37pm 9/04/07 12:37pm