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

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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: More »

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

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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?

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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 »

Grandpa Dredger Still Workin' Old Man River

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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. More »

7 Tools to Make You the Country Music Star of the Future

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So there's this little thing called the Country Music Awards going on tonight. A country crooner just won American Idol. Every teenage girl wants go be best frenemies with Taylor Swift. More »

How to Text at the Movies Without Being a Dick

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The taboo against talking on your phone during movies is at this point about as socially established as our rules against eating each other alive, socks with sandals, or marrying our parents. More »

Nintendo Wii U Hands On: An Entirely Different Way to See Things

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It looks like the product of a fevered fanboy wetdream. A 6.2-inch touchscreen, surrounded by dual analog sticks and oodles of buttons. Like the portable hardcore gamers wish Nintendo made. More »

How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account

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One day and iOS 5 has been hacked already. Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor. More »

Watch the Pilot's View of the Craziest Flyby Ever

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The Argentinean pilots who flew that FMA IA 63 jet trainer at one meter from the ground have sent me an exclusive video in high definition from the cockpit of the plane. More »

All the New Apple Stuff

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This Is iCloud Apple's iCloud has emerged from the shadows, not only providing cloud backup for your apps and songs, but also photos, videos and contacts. More »