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The NSA Actually Named A Program Skynet

In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!”


The Tallest Tower In Europe Will Be ... In A Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne’s shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland.


Some Guy Made A Corn Starch Flamethrower But You Definitely Shouldn't

In the right hands anything can be used as a dangerous weapon. And in this case the anything is a container of corn starch, and the right hands belong to Ivan Owen, who used a leaf blower, an acetylene torch, and a flour sifter to turn the innocuous pantry staple into flamethrower fuel.


Activists Want To Use Balloons To Airlift The Interview Into North Korea

Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony’s beleaguered comedy about Kim Jong-un.


Dance Like No One's Watching, Make A Propane Gun From A Plastic Bottle

If you don’t have anything to do this weekend and also have an extremely chill landlord who doesn’t care if you construct a weapon using highly flammable materials, there’s always the option to build this elaborate propane prop gun using an empty pop bottle.


This Box Lets You Split Your TV Screen In Case You Are Totally Insane

Anyone living in a house with more people than TVs has run into the problem at least once (or if you grew up in my family, pretty much every night): People want to watch different shows at the same time. A startup called ScreenzTV is trying to fix family fighting by offering a box that lets you split your TV into multiple screens all playing something different at the same time.


This Might Be The Worst Idea For An iPhone Case Ever

I’m not saying you shouldn’t rock an Attack on Titan mobile phone case in the shape of the 3D Manoeuvring Device’s controller from the show. By all means, let your otaku flag fly. All I’m saying is don’t pull this thing out on the train if you don’t want get arrested and/or shot. Because it looks exactly like an IED detonator.


Don't Build This DIY Fireball Machine (Unless You're Super Awesome)

Here’s a how-to video you probably shouldn’t follow, teaching you how to build a do-it-yourself explosion maker you probably shouldn’t make, so you can make simulated action movie fireballs in your backyard. Which you probably shouldn’t do.


A Fake Slum For Luxury Tourists Who Don't Want To See Real Poverty

It’s estimated that one in eight people worldwide live in so-called slums, which, in some cities, makes visiting these informally maintained neighbourhoods unavoidable. Although controversial, the practice of “slum tourism” has become a popular way for tourists to engage with poverty on a personal level. But why go visit an actual slum when you can simply stay at a luxury resort that looks like a slum?


Idiot Thief Robs CCTV Company, Is Immediately Caught With CCTV Footage

A life of small-time crime is difficult enough as it is; the pay’s not great, the cops are on your case, your conscience flares up. But one particularly dim bulb in Somerset, England made things even harder on himself by robbing a man who installs IT cameras for a living. Whoops!


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