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NASA's Lunar Orbiter pics from 1967/8 were deliberately fuzzed and downsampled to hide US spying capabilities

In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface.<p>But it turns out that the Orbiters' …

Magnetism

Eat like an Italian! - Chestnuts and Truffles - Luca's Italy

In restaurants around the world, Italian food is forced into the menu straightjacket of Starter, Main Course, and Dessert, a holy trinity that …

Italian Food

Keeping It Real

Why the airline industry is sticking with its old flight simulators.<p><i>This article is part of</i> <i>Update or Die</i><i>, a series from Future Tense about how</i> …

University of California

It’s 3 p.m., let’s revisit the Frasier/Star Trek: Voyager crossover event 

<b>It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of</b> …

Star Trek

Adam Reed talks leaving Archer, going to Applebees, and firing his characters into space

For nine seasons (and 101 episodes) Adam Reed’s <i>Archer</i>has been a staple of TV comedy, introducing the world to the Danger Zone, “sploosh,” tactical …

Comedy

Ok, because I'm feeling pedantic as fuck, I need to point out that this photo does not look like a Renaissance painting. It looks like a Baroque painting. https://t.co/LvlvcSZjmu

art school of fish

Fish

Floor-mat tycoon buys world's most expensive car - a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO for $70 million

David MacNeil, the founder and CEO of a company that makes floor mats, just bought a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO for $70 million, making it the most …

Supercars

15 Surprising Facts About WarGames

In the late 1970s, two screenwriters had an idea about a precocious young genius and an older genius who would serve as his mentor, and decided to do …

Stephen Hawking

Watching This Artist Paint on Water Is Like a Relaxing Massage for My Brain

Popular in Turkey and parts of Asia, ebru is a unique form of painting that swaps a canvas for a liquid-filled pan that’s sprinkled and splattered …

Art

Here's Why Airplanes Have Engines On The Wings Or On The Tail

I’ve seen normally friendly and warm Jalopnik writers come to clumsy, ineffective blows over the concept of car engine location. I came <i>this close</i> to …

Engines

18 Things to Look for the Next Time You Watch Jaws

Steven Spielberg invented the modern summer blockbuster with <i>Jaws</i>, and his 1975 great white shark thriller is like nothing before or after it. The …

Ronald Reagan

Remembering When Only Barbarians Drank Milk

“Butter eater” was once a terrible insult.<p><i>This article is adapted from</i> <i>Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky</i><i>.</i><p>During a visit to conquered …

Ancient History

17 Times Aunt Gayle Was The Single Best Part About "Bob's Burgers"

"My cat was right about you!"

Gentlemen mod a car with shopping-cart style caster wheels

Crazy Carts are souped-up electric go-karts with rear wheels like the ones on the front of shopping carts. Some goofballs decided to turn a real car …

eCommerce

UK Hospital Fires Worker for Looking at Ed Sheeran's Health Records

Workers at a National Health Service hospital in the United Kingdom were reprimanded for their role in an extremely narrow data breach that exposed …

Health Records

What's the Greatest Concept Car of All Time?

Automakers have come up with some truly wild concepts over the years. Which is your favorite?<p>Over the years, automakers have come up with all sorts of wild, stunning concept cars. Some of them made it to production, while others weren't so lucky. Which concept is your favorite?<p>I can think of a few …

Concept Cars

Nigella Lawson’s Genius Sheet-Pan Chicken Is as Unfussy (and Delicious) as Promised

Nigella Lawson—domestic goddess and champion of home cooks—has for years been a supporter of the laziest form of sheet pan dinner, or <i>traybake</i>, a …

Ron Howard's Arrested Development Parody of Star Wars Puts a Hilarious Spin on A New Hope

It even has narration from Ron Howard.<p>On today’s edition of <i>The Star Wars Show</i>, <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> director Ron Howard stopped by for a very …

The Reason There's Over a Hundred Abandoned Giant Arrows Across the U.S.

Being an airmail pilot in the 1920s was a dangerous occupation—according to Half as Interesting, the average person in that profession died after …

Netflix Will Release Arrested Development Season 4 Again, This Time as 22 Traditional Episodes

Great news if you were confused by the structure of <i>Arrested Development</i>’s fourth season: Creator Mitch Hurwitz is fixing it. Netflix’s 2013 revival …

Secret Nazi experimental plane was an epic piece of vaporware

Behold the incredibly weird-looking Horten Ho 229 -- an all-wing "wonder weapon" plane that the Nazis frantically developed even as they were …

The Nuclear ‘Demon Core’ That Killed Two Scientists

After World War II ended, physicists kept pushing a plutonium core to its edge.<p><i>Since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the world</i> …

A Vector for Pure Catharsis

In YouTube’s science videos, you can probably learn something, but the main goal is to blend, burn, electrify, and crush stuff.<p><i>This article is part …

On The Late Show, Jon Benjamin succeeds in cracking up Stephen Colbert with his failed threesome 

Whether playing Sterling Archer, Bob Belcher, Ben Katz, Coach John McGuirk, or the most unexpectedly soulful can of mixed vegetables in movie and TV …

F1 Racing Lines Explained

An introduction to apexes, turns, angles and speed. In F1, the shortest path isn’t always the most optimal when it comes to the fastest way around a …

10 Outrageous 30 Rock Fan Theories

The <i>30 Rock</i> universe is a wild, wacky place where people can become Muppets at the drop of a hat. But some fans maintain there are even stranger …

Advertising Pics — Beat him until he takes his castor oil, 1940

5 Poems With Amazing Wordplay

Poets and writers are forever playing around with words and their meanings—but some take that linguistic jiggery-pokery to the next level. The five …

The Cyanide Tooth Is a Cold War Fairy-Tale

The popular spy movie trope would have been a rather risky thing to carry around in your mouth.<p>Fictional heroes, from James Bond to Captain America, …