The Fascinating History of the Crossword, the Original Mobile Game

Look around at the people on a train, at a bus stop, or in an airport. Chances are, lots of them are playing some kind of game on their smartphones. But in any crowd, you'll likely see someone poring over a different pocket diversion — the crossword puzzle, still going strong on its 100th birthday. It's been a fascinating century. Read More >>

30 Years Ago Yesterday, Chrylser Invented the Minivan, and Changed History

On November 2nd, 1983, the world's first minivan rolled off of Chrysler's assembly line. It was the vehicle that saved Chrysler from financial doom — and in the process, shaped the automotive landscape for thirty years to come. Read More >>

Watch People in 1988 Freak Out Over The World's First Computer Worm

A rogue computer program has broken loose, spreading uncontrollably. By the end of its rampage, the virus conquered a full ten per cent of the world's internet connected machines. An unfathomable 6,000 computers had crashed. Read More >>

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Fearless Felix's Supersonic Space Jump Is Still Awesome One Year Later

Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute. He kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An incredible feat, and still unrivalled a year later. Come on, guys -- jump to it. Read More >>

The iTunes Store Is A Decade Old Today

For better or worse, Apple has been peddling digital wares for ten years through its iTunes store. What started as a 69 pence, iPod-centric music seller has evolved into the billion pound behemoth we know today. Read More >>

Doctor Who Sucked into Three-Dimensional Television Vortex

The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who will see the timelord exploring an as-yet uncharted dimension, thanks to the BBC deciding to film the hour-long special of the sci-fi pantomime in 3D. Read More >>

This Is the First Picture Ever Taken From Space—and It Was Taken From a Nazi Rocket

This grainy picture was taken on October 24, 1946, almost 14 months after the end of World War II and almost 11 years before the Sputnik launch. It was taken by American military engineers and scientists, using a Nazi rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico. Read More >>

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Insane Time Lapse Video of the Golden Gate Fireworks Storm

Gizmodo reader Thomas Sidney McCallum sent this love video postcard of San Francisco's Golden Gate to celebrate its 75th Anniversary, beautifully filmed with RED and Canon cameras. If you have three minutes, watch it. You will like it. Read More >>


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