We could have had AC 50 years earlier but the ice lobby killed it

With another sweltering summer over you might have already forgotten the glory of your AC unit, the 100-year-old modern convenience which truly changed the way we live. But the U.S. might have felt the cool breeze of relief a half-century sooner, if an entire industry built on keeping things frozen hadn't stopped… » 10/22/14 4:30pm Wednesday 4:30pm

The man who invented the Pringles can was buried inside a Pringles can

Pringles varieties are as vast and varied as the stars in the sky: Barbecue. Sour Cream & Onion. Buffalo Ranch. Extreme Blazin' Buffalo Ranch. But one, single Pringles can exists on this Earth with a peculiar sort of flavor dust and no chips at all—the Pringles can that holds the ashes of its inventor, Fredric Baur. » 10/22/14 11:00am Wednesday 11:00am

6 Fake Ebola Cures Being Peddled Online

Throughout history, hucksters have emerged to sell bullshit "cures" for diseases to fearful people. Today these frauds make their home on the internet. And they're selling bullshit cures for Ebola. There is no known cure— or vaccine— for Ebola, but that's not stopping shameless profiteers from exploiting the panic… » 10/17/14 12:10pm 10/17/14 12:10pm

Chicago was raised over 4 feet in the 19th century to build its sewer

In the middle of the 19th century, Chicago embarked on a quest to literally lift itself out of the mud. Water couldn't drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 4 to 14 feet. » 10/15/14 1:20pm 10/15/14 1:20pm

The owners of Ebola.com want $150,000 for the domain

There are a lot of different ways to make money in times of fear. A company in Nevada has apparently found their own way, now that more than 4,000 people have died from Ebola and the world is in a state of panic. Blue String Ventures owns the domain name Ebola.com and they're offering to sell it for $150,000. » 10/13/14 7:20pm 10/13/14 7:20pm

80 percent of America's canned pumpkin comes from one Illinois town

Starbucks can keep its Pumpkin(less) Spice Lattes. We, as a nation, get our real festive fix from pumpkin pies—and we've got one small town to thank for that. Morton, Illinois provides Americans with 80 percent of the deliciously globby, straight-from-a-can pumpkin filling that we gobble down a few months of the year. » 10/08/14 6:42pm 10/08/14 6:42pm

An Arizona highway has used the metric system since the 80s

Who doesn't like a math pop quiz when driving down to the Mexican border? If you turn onto Interstate 19, which runs 63 miles (101 kilometers) from Tucson, Arizona, down to Mexico, the road signs suddenly change to metric units. Interstate 19 is a relic from a more optimistic era, when we believed all of the U.S.… » 10/07/14 5:30pm 10/07/14 5:30pm

Some museums have flesh-eating beetles on staff to clean off skeletons

An animal skeleton is made up of hundreds of tiny bones, many of which are too fragile to be handled by human hands. That's why many osteology departments at museums have a special team exclusively devoted to the careful cleaning of these specimens: A colony of millions of flesh-eating beetles. » 10/06/14 1:15pm 10/06/14 1:15pm

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." » 10/03/14 4:40pm 10/03/14 4:40pm