Animation teaches you all that happened in World War II in 7 minutes

I really wish YouTube and the Internet as we know it today existed when I was in high school. So instead of reading textbooks and taking notes in class, I could just watch YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on any test I had coming up. Seriously, I could have dozed off in class and just watched this animation… » 5/20/14 9:04pm 5/20/14 9:04pm

4 Totally Fake Currencies That Changed the Course of Real Wars

At the tail end of his time as Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, General David Petraeus commented that "money is my most important ammunition in this war." It was far from an original thought. In fact, you could argue that currency is the most important and least acknowledged wartime weapon. » 5/05/14 9:22am 5/05/14 9:22am

Smart animation teaches you more about World War I than school

World War I often gets overshadowed by World War II in the history books, which makes sense because WWII scarred our planet forever, but WWI and its aftermath was a terrible and awful moment in history that helped shaped the rest of the century (and beyond) as well. If you forgot about some stuff that happened or… » 2/11/14 9:19pm 2/11/14 9:19pm

R2D2 Just Ate Your Lunch

We know your pain. You loved R2D2 as a kid but were born in the wrong generation to rock an authentic Star Wars lunchbox. Poor soul, you were probably stuck with some lame Saved By the Bell embarrassment. » 7/18/11 7:13pm 7/18/11 7:13pm

Scenes from Before the Second World War

Much is known of what happened during World War 2, but what of the actions of the Axis and Allies in the decade before? The most recent In Focus photography selection answers that question and then some. » 6/19/11 8:00pm 6/19/11 8:00pm

Lego's Four-Foot Super Star Destroyer Executor Will Be Longest Official…

On September 1, Lego will begin selling Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer, the Executor. At 50 inches and eight pounds, it will be the longest set Lego has ever sold. » 6/19/11 7:00pm 6/19/11 7:00pm

An Interactive Map With Every War Ever Waged

Give peace a chance! Also, give this thingamajig a chance: Conflict History is an interactive Google Map and timeline packed with information on pretty much every war ever waged. I think I've learned more in the last 15 minutes than I did in all the semesters of World History I've ever taken combined. [Conflict History » 4/06/11 9:40am 4/06/11 9:40am

What Were a U.S. Soldier's Odds of Dying in Each War?

Our perceptions of wars are pushed and pulled by myriad forces—their causes, their outcomes, their places in our national narrative, etc. But on the level of the individual, which was the deadliest? Nicholas Hobbes' Essential Militaria breaks down the stats for eleven historic conflicts: » 3/02/11 11:00am 3/02/11 11:00am

US Marine Runs 26 Mile-Long Marathon Wearing Gas Mask

I'm sure you'll agree with me that a marathon is tough work as is, but while wearing a gas mask? Which reduces oxygen intake by 30 per cent? It's obvious Marine Sgt Jeremy Soles is tough as nails. » 11/12/10 9:40am 11/12/10 9:40am

The Entire Star Wars Saga Is Finally Coming To Blu-ray in 2011

George Lucas announced today that all six live-action Star Wars movies will be released on Blu-ray in Fall 2011. Along with seeing every strand of Chewbacca's hair and Princess Leia look pretty in HD, the box set will also include documentary features and previously unseen footage. Pricing hasn't been announced yet. » 8/14/10 6:28pm 8/14/10 6:28pm

The Greatest and Most Dramatic Wikipedia Edit Wars

Aluminium or Aluminum? Should a photo of a giant spider be placed in the entry for arachnophobia? Are Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader considered the same character? What does "pwned" mean? These are the questions which began some of the greatest edit wars on Wikipedia. » 8/06/10 10:51pm 8/06/10 10:51pm

Free GTA Chinatown Wars Lite iPhone App Hits App Store

If you don't want to bang down ten notes for the full-fat Chinatown Wars iPhone app, this free "Lite" version is worth checking out. It provides a good taste of the Nintendo DS game, with the first three missions playable. » 5/27/10 5:02am 5/27/10 5:02am

Wooden AT-AT Lamp Is Still No Match For Rebel Snowspeeders

As someone who has an original AT-AT taking pride of place in her lounge, Lifegood Design's AT-AT lamp has just been offered adoption by yours truly. [Lifegood via Design-Milk via Katiesol] » 2/02/10 6:20am 2/02/10 6:20am

Star Wars Zombie Posters Are Crying Out For Zombie Films To Advertise

Official Star Wars artist Matt Busch has created six horrific zombified posters for the Star Wars films, with a mini zombie storyline running through them. See Obi Wan decay more with every new movie poster! » 12/09/09 6:50am 12/09/09 6:50am

Battle at Chinese Nerf Factory Does Not, Sadly, Involve Nerf Weaponry

The global recession has sparked riots at the Nerf factory in Dongguan, South China, but there are as-of-yet no reports of any Vulcan GF-25 cannon discharges. In fact, no foam weaponry of any kind was brandished during the tussle, which came to a head following layoffs and unpaid wages. » 11/30/08 4:00pm 11/30/08 4:00pm

The 10 Best Movie Weapons of All-Time: The People Speak!

A few months ago, Wizard Universe released a 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All-Time list and, as you might have guessed, geeks were up in arms. There were some glaring omissions (Wolverine's claws?) and a serious mixup in the top 10 (He-Man's power sword beat the lightsaber). Thanks to a survey delivered to 2000… » 1/22/08 6:00pm 1/22/08 6:00pm

Darth Vader Drinks Guinness, Wears a Bonnet

Right now it's a bit hot for one of these, but we salute Lady Linoleum, who made this Darth Vader helmet out of eight Guinness cans and some black wool.
[Monster Crochet via Craftzine] » 8/14/07 5:14am 8/14/07 5:14am

Star Wars Gift Card With Luke and Darth Makes You Search Your Feelings

What better way to celebrate Father's Day (Sunday, June 17th) than a good old lightsaber fight? Here's the next best thing, a Hasbro Star Wars Father's Day card with figurines of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. To make things easier for you, the package even folds into a gift box, eliminating that tedious wrapping… » 6/08/07 1:12pm 6/08/07 1:12pm

Duck Fadar: "Luke, I am your bath toy."

Duck Fadar is a rubber duck utilizing the "force" of LED to generate random colors while in the tub. A young Jedi no longer needs to choose between the light or the dark; now it's more like the fuchsia or the aquamarine. Neat feature: lighting is automatic when Fadar is dropped into water. » 10/01/06 1:14pm 10/01/06 1:14pm