Riding Sharks, Counterfeiting $100 Bills, Crashing Drones, and More

I think it's safe to say we're all in need of a relaxing weekend. Lucky for you, we've got just the thing. Whether it's a countertop gadget that makes weed butter, a 400-year-old math problem that's finally been solved, or a peek inside NYC's new giant tunnels, here's the best stuff we did this week.

The Rise and Fall of America's Greatest Convicted Counterfeiter


Art Williams Jr. says he never really knew how money worked until he went to prison three times. It's ironic because Art Williams is also one of the most infamous money counterfeiters in recent American history. And he almost got away with it.

Why E-Cigarettes Might Not Be as Safe as You Think


It's little wonder why e-cigarettes' popularity has exploded into a $2 billion industry over the last few years; the promise of safe, harmless nicotine delivery without all the carcinogenic byproducts of looseleaf combustion is a hard offer to pass up. But are these devices and the nicotinated fluids they atomize really that safe? Stephen Dorf says so. Science, on the other hand, says it's complicated.

I Rode A 20,000lbs Whale Shark


"To everyone sitting on their couches watching Shark Week: that's cool I guess. I prefer to go out, jump in and ride them like a horse." Steve Fernandez did just that with a 20,000lbs whale shark off the coast of New York City.

Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone


Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars.

A Computer Has Finally Proven the Answer to a 400-Year-Old Math Problem


Way back in 1611, Johannes Kepler suggested that the most efficient way to stack spheres—like arranging oranges for sale—was in a pyramid formation. Sadly, he couldn't prove it, but now a computer has finally verified it to be true, settling centuries of debate.

TMZ Thinks This Is an iPhone 6, Bless Its Heart


TMZ, famous for showing us some of the world's most prominent genitalia, has another big exclusive on its hands—this time for all you tech nerds out there. "Drool, geeks," the headline reads, and behold the glorious watermarked images of a phone that is almost definitely not the iPhone 6.

These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels


It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA has given us an update.

Futures, Ranked


A comprehensive list of possible futures, ranked from least desirable to most desirable.

So What Ever Happened to Post-PC?


The saying "Post-PC" by now is overused and tired, much like bemoaning Windows 8 or fawning over Apple products. We're stuck in a hopeless Groundhog Day loop where we're constantly entering, exiting, and reentering the Post-PC era. It's all bullshit.

Magical Butter MB2 Review: Your One Stop Edible Cannabis Shop


Toking's not for everyone and neither is vaping. A growing portion of both the recreational and medical marijuana crowds are turning to edibles to deliver their THC. Now, you can make your own cookable concentrates more easily and more quickly than you could by hand with the Magical Butter MB2.

How I Failed to Become a Drone Pilot


Drones are fun. Let's just get that out there. The small, semi-affordable aircraft that violate some people's privacy, hurt others' faces, and generally cause trouble are super duper fun. They're also very, very complicated.

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