DoD security clearances are down 15 percent since the Snowden leaks

The number of security clearances issued by the U.S. Department of Defense has plummeted in the past two years. The big question: Is it because of the Snowden leaks or just because U.S. military spending is down? Yeah, you read that right. Military spending is down. » 3/27/15 10:15am Friday 10:15am

American Cheese Was Invented By a Canadian

It's like learning that French fries aren't from France. Or that apple pie isn't from the United States. Well, here's another food origin story that might shock you: American cheese was invented by a Canadian. » 3/26/15 12:50pm Thursday 12:50pm

50 Years Ago, NASA Astronauts Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich Into Space

On March 23, 1965, astronaut John Young reached into his pocket and offered his crewmate Gus Grissom a corned beef sandwich. It was in the middle of the Gemini 3 mission, and let's be clear, they were in space. It was a silly little prank but one that, man, really pissed off Congress. » 3/24/15 5:55pm 3/24/15 5:55pm

Only about 2000 babies have been born using cryogenic egg freezing

Egg freezing is about as hot as a women's reproductive topic can get. But it's also extremely rare: Only about 2000 humans currently populating the planet can thank this method for their existence. It's a number that's surprisingly low for a procedure that's being so heavily hyped by HR departments and fertility… » 3/20/15 6:00pm 3/20/15 6:00pm

Spring is getting shorter every single year

It's almost springtime! (You laugh hollowly, as you dig out your car for the fiftieth time this winter.) But this year, as it's been for centuries before, spring is coming just a little bit later. » 3/19/15 10:50pm 3/19/15 10:50pm

8 Walt Disney Quotes That Are Actually Fake

Sometimes it feels like the internet is 90 percent inspirational quotes. Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Walt Disney are all popular sources for bite-sized nuggets of inspiration. But sometimes the quotes attributed to these people are just wrong. Like these quotes from Disney — a man who didn't actually say, "If you… » 3/19/15 4:25pm 3/19/15 4:25pm

9 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

The internet is an incredible place, often filled with beauty, wonder, and truth. It can also be a cesspool of lies. Today we have another installment in our ongoing series of photo debunkings. You may have seen these nine images swirling around the internet recently. But none of them are quite what they seem. » 3/17/15 11:30am 3/17/15 11:30am

To Join the Military Police, You Must Get Pepper Sprayed in the Face

So you want to join the military police? Well then, get ready to get blasted with a a level-one contamination of oleoresin capsicum. In plain English: You'll be pepper sprayed in a very painful way. And then you'll have to work out! » 3/13/15 5:45pm 3/13/15 5:45pm

120,000 Pounds of Cosmic Dust Floats Down From Space Every Day

NASA may be endlessly fascinated with microbial life on far-flung moons in our solar system or testing powerful rocket boosters that will propel humanity off its ancestral home, but there's still tons we don't know about our own planet—and cosmic dust is one of those mysteries. » 3/12/15 1:40pm 3/12/15 1:40pm

Apple Stores Are So Popular They Lift Mall Sales By 10 Percent

Damn, the Genius Bar is a bona fide mall hotspot. People love Apple's sterile, glassy retail stores so much, the expensive gadget hubs boost sales at malls by 10 percent. » 3/11/15 2:40pm 3/11/15 2:40pm

The 'American Dream' Was Coined in 1931

Today the phrase "the American Dream" is a staple of political campaigns, book titles, and economic discussions. Everybody's heard it, but nobody knows quite how to define it. It's a phrase that feels as old as the country itself. But the American Dream wasn't invented in 1776. The term was coined in 1931. » 3/06/15 2:50pm 3/06/15 2:50pm

The gorilla who punched that photographer wasn't drunk

Remember the photo of a "drunk" gorilla that went viral a couple of weeks back? The one that punched a photographer and gave the internet an opportunity to make endless jokes about the gorilla uprising? Turns out, the gorilla wasn't actually drunk. At least if you believe "scientists" who "know stuff" about "biology." » 3/03/15 3:40pm 3/03/15 3:40pm

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes each week as we navigate this strange machine we call the internet. But sometimes those images are lying to us. The following lies are culled from the bits and bytes that came through the tubes over the past few weeks. » 3/03/15 1:15pm 3/03/15 1:15pm

If pizza were a politician it'd be a Republican

Pizza is big business in America. So it's only natural that everyone's favorite salt delivery device has a lobbying group spending money to influence politics. Big Pizza spent about $1.5 million in the last two election cycles, which is really no surprise. What might surprise you is that pizza is so partisan: 88… » 3/03/15 11:30am 3/03/15 11:30am

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 2/20/15 5:03pm 2/20/15 5:03pm

Cable Channels Speed Up Shows to Squeeze in Extra Commercials

At some point, you've probably noticed a joke or two cut from a beloved movie or sitcom rerun—for those watching cable, at least. The reason being commercials and capitalism and America, etc.. But cable channels do more than just chopping. They are speeding up the very shows themselves. » 2/19/15 1:52pm 2/19/15 1:52pm

These Penguins In Sweaters Are Fake

You may have recently seen the heartwarming story of Australia's oldest man (109 years young!) who knits sweaters for penguins. The story is currently making the rounds with an adorable photo purporting to show the grateful penguins of Australia's Phillip Island. The only problem? Those penguins in that particular… » 2/11/15 6:30pm 2/11/15 6:30pm

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete." » 2/06/15 5:40pm 2/06/15 5:40pm

No, Women's Voices Are Not Easier to Understand Than Men's Voices

The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true. » 2/05/15 4:43pm 2/05/15 4:43pm