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Grandpa Dredger Still Workin' Old Man River

The opening of the Panama Canal was a disaster for Midwestern farmers. So, in 1930 the US government set about deepening the Mississippi River to improve its cargo traffic capabilities. 79 years later, one dredger is still on the job. More »

Super Soaker Hydro Cannon: It'll Make You Very, Very Wet

The Super Soakers of yore were precision weapons. Small. Thin, accurate squirts. A continuous aquatic laser beam. No more. The Hydro Cannon acts just like it sounds: It's a crude, brutish instrument. More »

How The US Was Supposed to Survive a Nuclear Holocaust With 9 Inches of Concrete

The American people have a well-documented history of panicking during crises. Is it any wonder then that, when faced with possible nuclear annihilation, the US government would use any ploy available to maintain public order? More »

Where Do Barcodes Come From?

Magazines: check. Bread: check. $35 Whole Foods sandwich: check. Creepy guy in line: check. Seems like everything's got a bar code on it these days. But did you ever stop to wonder where those ubiquitous stripes came from? The bar code's rise to ubiquity started with a fundamental problem: More »

Guess How This Photo Was Taken

That's the question photographer Vincent Laforet poses to the readers of his blog, only saying it's the "camera that has the potential to change things—radically." In the spirit of his game, I'm not going to reveal it yet. Any thoughts? More »

Hundreds of Thousands of Citigroup Accounts Have Been Hacked

Citigroup says one percent of its credit card accounts have been accessed by hackers, which was brought to their attention by "routine monitoring". Citigroup has 21 million account holders, meaning as many as 210,000 accounts were viewed. According to Financial Times, names, account numbers and... More »

Apple Frees Publishers and Users from App Store's Draconian Content Subscription Rules

Apple has finally recognized that their App Store content subscription policy was total bullshit and reversed it, no longer making stupid demands to publishers and other content providers. More »

Does the Nixon Genie Watch Think It's a Magic 8 Ball? "Yes"

Nixon's Genie wristwatch has a multiple personality disorder—it thinks it's a Magic 8 ball! Not only can it tell the time, date, and act as a timer or stopwatch, it can also answer questions with 15 random messages. More »

Camera Carnage Caused By Jilted Girlfriend

Here's tip for all you male camera buffs out there "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" applies to camera equipment as well as cars, motorcycles and electronics. A poor man from Hong Kong learned this lesson the hard way when he and his girlfriend got in a fight. More »

You Won't Miss a Turn With This Vibrating Steering Wheel

Researchers from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey may have the solution to one of driving's most annoying mistakes —missed turns. The team has equipped a standard steering wheel with a set of vibrating motors that alert you before a turn. More »