“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad.
The North Face of the Eiger — also known by its more charming moniker, the Wall of Death — is one of climbing’s most iconic faces. It was first climbed in 1936, and since then, has claimed the lives of dozens of alpinists. These 360-degree videos bring that sensation of pure, unbridled terror right into your living…
Exactly one year ago today, I set out to collect 314 pi-related YouTube videos in honor of Pi Day. I got to 22 before I gave up in disgust. Here is that post, untouched since March 14, 2013.
The revelation at the end of Fight Club that Tyler Durden was merely a figment of the narrator's imagination blew more minds than that self-inflicted gunshot wound. But what if you could watch the movie without Brad Pitt's character being there at all?
Sure, it's a nice gesture to make—or even 3D print!—your loved ones a customized gift. But can your own pitiful trifles compare to the $30 million backyard stadiums one architecture firm is offering up?
Gosh! I wonder which emoji is trending on Twitter right now! I wish there was some sort of online tool that tracked such a thing! Oh, there is! Praise jeebus for emojitracker.com!
What to do when a bear attacks? Quickly run to your computer or tablet or smart phone, see if you've got some coverage, and then try to remember where you saw this insane local TV news segment with important advice about avoiding a Mauling By Bear.
Sometimes, it's easy to feel like you're losing your grip on reality — especially when everybody else around you is losing theirs, as well. History is full of weird incidents of mass hysteria, where insanity from person to person, or took over a whole community at once. Here are the most uncanny incidents of shared…
Chick-Fil-A, the disturbingly delicious fast food chicken chain and protector of traditional family values, does not approve of things like gay marriage. They do, apparently, approve of sons and their moms dressing up like knights and queens and then going out on dates together, because they just instituted the…
Immigration reform is a huge issue in Silicon Valley (and the rest of the country) right now, and we've seen a bevy of realistic proposals for dealing with a system that many describe as "broken." But Blueseed, a group of entrepreneurs aiming to build a floating city off the coast of San Francisco to house foreign…
When we last saw famed actor/lunatic Gary Busey, he was talking incoherently (which I know is kind of redundant when describing Gary Busey, but bear with me) about Hobbits. Today, Busey is back to educate us further on these tiny denizens of Middle-Earth, specifically their proclivity for fucking each other. In…
Famed actor/lunatic Gary Busey has taken time out of his busy schedule of yelling at invisible people to have a seat on a quiet, secluded hill, wear a tiny baseball cap, and tell us all about the tiny denizens of Middle-Earth known as Hobbits. I thought myself a bit of a Tolkien fan, but I'm not ashamed to say that…
How did 60 Minutes film their segment tonight on free solo climber Alex Honnold? For such a dangerous and unique assignment, only the best would do.
This is Jon. He recently recorded himself counting to 100,00, one deliberately paced integer at a time. Join him won't you? At least for a little? You don't often get to stare so directly into the face of madness.
In most countries, a wedding is accompanied by a tasteful card, subtly boasting of newly-institutionalized love on very thick stock paper. In Russia, some couples break the news with a photoshopped pic of the groom crushing his winged-wife in miniature.
Call it a photocopier or a generic xerox. We all know exactly what we're talking about. Unless you're Ohio state employee Lawrence Patterson, who last year, in one of the most bizarre legal arguments ever, claimed to have no idea.
West Virginia Governor, Joe Manchin, uses the Force for political gain. Watch as the Senatorial candidate paints his opponent as a Sith lord, and then shoots a TIE Fighter down with a rifle. There's a disturbance in the Force, indeed.
Do you ever wonder just how paralyzingly scary it is at the top of a 1,700 foot broadcast tower? Where you're closer to the clouds than you are to the ground? Let this guy do the climbing. [Neatorama]
Darpa, the Pentagon's crazypants research arm, is taking shit to a whole new level: they're pumping money into developing synthetic organisms immune to death. Oh, except for the built-in genetic kill switch. Yikes.
The San Francisco Weekly has a story on a new study from the journal Schizophrenia Research that proves marijuana does not induce insanity. That's good news right before a weekend. From the story: