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An invisible warship is at the center of WWII’s greatest urban legend

<i>With more than 5.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or</i> …

It's 3 p.m., let's say "buona sera" to this video of Kraftwerk performing on Italian TV

<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> …

Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse Is The Notetaking System You Didn't Know You Needed

Try as we might, we can’t ditch pen and paper for taking notes. Sure, there are plenty of supremely awesome note apps on the Apple Store. Bear just received a 1.5 update that adds fun organization bits like tag icons, better note searching, and a lickably crisp dark theme just for OLED screens …

Note-Taking

What happened to Q, who sang ‘Goodbye Horses’?

The year is 1991. Creeped out cinema audiences have just been introduced to Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter, the serial killers at the forefront of Jonathan Demme’s screen adaptation of Thomas Harris’ blockbuster horror novel <i>Silence Of The Lambs.</i><p>In one of the film’s most iconic scenes Buffalo Bill …

It’s Amazing That Marvel and DC’s Classic X-Men and Teen Titans Crossover Ever Happened

Thirty-six years ago, the two hottest superhero teams in comics met in an epic-scale single-issue story that paired the New Teen Titans and Uncanny …

What price ethics for software designers in the poisonous era of Cambridge Analytica?

On 12 September 1933, Leo Szilard, an unemployed Jewish physicist who had fled Nazi Germany, was walking down a street in Bloomsbury, London. He was brooding on a report in the <i>Times</i> that morning of a lecture given by Ernest Rutherford the previous day, at the annual meeting of the British …

Cambridge Analytica

These 7 Questions Will Reveal Which Marvel Character Actually Matches Your Personality

"I. Am. GROOT!" – Possibly you after taking this quiz.

11 Demons and Devils to Name Your Baby After

1. Paimon<p>via commons.wikimedia.org<p>Let's start with a classic, shall we? Paimon shows up in a ton of different grimoires, but most of them agree on …

A cyberattack on Russia wouldn't be a good move for the UK

Theresa May has officially placed the blame on Russia for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with a nerve agent in Zizzi restaurant in …

Cybersecurity

Why is totalitarianism funny?

<b>What Are You Watching?</b> <i>is a weekly space for</i> The A.V Club<i>’s staff and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on film and TV.</i><p>“Why …

Armenian Mythology

The mythology of ancient Armenia is a rich blend of indigenous traditions with imported ideas from neighbouring cultures and migrating peoples added …

Ancient History

Nazis Explain Why They Became Nazis

In 1934, American writer Theodore Abel created a fake competition to trick hundreds of people into describing why they loved the Nazi Party so much. Their words seem worryingly relevant today.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.</i><p>In a 1934 letter to American sociologist Theodore Abel, …

Top 10 spaceships in fiction

Some of my earliest memories are of watching Star Trek in the early 1970s, on my grandparents’ black and white TV, and then getting caught up as a schoolboy in all the hype surrounding the release of Star Wars in 1977. But while movie and TV spaceships such as the USS Enterprise and Millennium …

Books

After Annihilation: 10 strange sci-fi books that should be on screen

With Netflix's adaptation of Richard Morgan’s body-hopping cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon, Alex Garland directing the adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s weird and symbolist novel Annihilation and The Expanse’s third season set for release on Syfy this year, any number of SF and fantasy novels that …

Books

103 thoughts I had while watching Jupiter Ascending

<i>Jupiter Ascending</i> came out back in 2015 to awful reviews but fervent, fervent fan love. The brainchild of Lana and Lilly Wachowski, it’s a space …

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

How the 'Original Internet Godfather' wound up on the FBI’s Most Wanted list

It’s 7am and I’m driving down Hull city centre to pick up Brett Johnson, known in cyberspace by the alias Gollumfun and dubbed the “Original Internet Godfather” by the US Secret Service.<p>Johnson was on the notorious US Most Wanted list in 2006, before being arrested for cybercrime and laundering …

Why Wednesday? The days of the week have a convoluted religious heritage

The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which in turn were named after the Roman gods:<p><i>dies Solis</i> “the day of the sun (then considered a planet)”• <i><br>dies Lunae</i> “the day of the moon”• <i><br>dies Martis</i>, “the day of Mars”• <i><br>dies Mercurii</i>, …

Language

Amazing Fan Trailer Brings the Star Wars of Ralph McQuarrie's Original Concept Art to Life

Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for <i>Star Wars</i> still influences the designs and creatures we see in the films, in comics, and on TV today. His …

Framing

This amazing folding house takes 6 hours to build and costs just £25,000

<b>Getting on the property ladder in 2017 may be tougher than ever, but one Italian architect just made it a whole lot more straightforward.</b><p>Renato …

The Modern Doctor Who Episodes That Never Got Made

Last week saw the release of “Shada,” a legendarily canceled <i>Doctor Who</i> story from the ‘70s, finally completed. “Shada” is an icon in <i>Doctor Who</i> …

Here's Where Each of Dark Nights: Metal's Evil Batmen Came From

Even though <i>Dark Nights: Metal</i> is arguably one of the most important stories that DC is currently telling, it can be a little difficult to follow, …

Justice League

Goldust pays tribute to Dusty Rhodes at WWE Starrcade by ditching facepaint

Goldust paid tribute to his late father Dusty Rhodes by leaving his trademark facepaint at home when legends past and present graced WWE …

Soccer

Gerard Butler Is a Terrible Actor

The veteran action star's newest film is the latest in a string of duds. How did this happen?<p>Gerard Butler is a terrible actor. I’m not saying this to be facetious, or as a precursor to presenting redeemable qualities that justify his continued presence in blockbusters. With a career spanning …

How The ‘Montreal Screwjob’ Changed The Wrestling Industry Forever

On the 20th anniversary of Bret Hart’s infamous loss and subsequent punchout of his boss, we talked to wrestling insiders about what really happened.<p>There is no mind more curious than that of a professional wrestling fan. Fight me.<p>Wrestling is an industry rooted in mystery and illusion, toeing the …

Vince McMahon

Overweight farm worker killed 79 piglets after belly flopping on them

<b>Warning: Video contains distressing footage.</b><p><b>An overweight farm worker who belly flopped onto tiny piglets as a ‘prank’ has been jailed.</b><p>The man, who …

Compensation

Threads served up a bleakly British depiction of our impending nuclear doom

<i>In Apocalypse Then, we revisit movies that depict the onset of nuclear war and the immediate aftermath of annihilation. You know—for fun.</i><p>From the …

How Vangelis’s Cult Blade Runner Score Became a Classic

When actor Rutger Hauer said “You can only be a genius so many times in your life” to close Kenneth Turan’s great 1992 Los Angeles <i>Times</i> account on …

Step Aside Jessica Nigri, There is a New Curvy Sexy Queen of Cosplay in Town

Gabrielle Cooke’s Cosplay is Pure Fire<p>Last week, we blew up the site when we posted some sizzling cosplay from Mariah Mallad who is a plus-sized …

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan: His Five Best Bits With Gorilla Monsoon

When WWE Hall of Fame manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died on Sunday at age 73, the name of Gorilla Monsoon, who died in 1999, was invoked alongside …

WWE