This was a great week of learning on Gizmodo! We discovered the right way to store your Mac charger, the wrong way to pave a Russian road, looked at why a gluten-free diet could be bad for you, and debunked nine of the internet's most popular and fictitious "fun facts." Let's review.
In most American cities, it's hard to walk through a park without spotting a gray squirrel. Those bushy-tailed little buggers are everywhere, chomping on nuts and climbing up trees—but not thanks to nature. No sir. They're there because we put them there to entertain us—among other things.
According to NASA's Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton "if Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise said, 'Take us home, Scotty,' this is what the crew would see." It's truly an incredible sequence—the first time ever that the Moon has been captured orbiting Earth.
Going gluten-free is all the rage these days. It's the diet of choice for Hollywood starlets and health nuts alike; supermarket aisles are packed full of products touting their lack of the stretchy protein. But for a lot of people, the gluten-free lifestyle may do more harm than good.
This video is crazy: Watch ace helicopter pilot Dan Clark demonstrating his incredible skills while harvesting Christmas trees at mad speeds. "Oregon helicopter pilot ruthlessly owning inertia," says Redditor coolmandan03. Indeed. It's absolutely insane.
Hiring you and your car out on Lyft can be an amusing experience—especially if Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Conan are the people who want to get a lift.
Everybody loves fun facts. But sometimes these little nuggets of trivia can be more fun than they are fact. And sometimes, they're outright lies. Like these!
When I saw the headline "Snow has fallen? Time to lay asphalt!" in English Russia today I though it some translation problem. But it was literal. It may appear that Russians make new roads on top of snowed roads instead of cleaning them. Just look at the crazy pictures.
Cheap smartphones—we mean really cheap, off-contract smartphones—are terrible. They're tormented by horrid, pixilated screens, they're slower than your grandma, and they feel like they're held together by Scotch tape. The $180 (off-contract!) Moto G is none of those things. It definitely has significant shortcomings, but put simply, you can't get a better cheap phone.
Did you know there's a right and a wrong way to wrap your MacBook charger? Curl it up in a ball, and eventually it'll break. But wrap it like you see in the picture above, and it's going to last a whole lot longer.
People of Earth, dreamers of the universe and possible alien organisms of the beyond: you can swim like Scrooge McDuck in a Swiss bank vault in real life. Like, literally swim in money. This is incredible. A bank safe swimming pool filled with 8 million Swiss coins is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who wants to fulfill every person's childhood (and adult) dream of swimming in money.