The Hyperviolent Trading Cards That Inspired Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!

In 1962, Topps released a controversial trading card series that depicted the gruesome annihilation of "much of Earth's population" by Martian forces. The set was called "Mars Attacks." Many parents, unsurprisingly, hated it. Some three decades later, it inspired the Tim Burton film of the same name. » 2/09/15 8:15am 2/09/15 8:15am

Highlights from the World's Largest Drone Fair

Defense industry specialists circled up in Washington this week for the three-day-long trade fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In other words, a bunch of guys with a lot of money just got together for a giant drone show. It's actually the world's largest. And here are its wares. » 8/16/13 7:46pm 8/16/13 7:46pm

The Man who would be King

The 1980's saw the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) well on its way towards consolidating and nationalizing what had, for many decades, been a regional business. Though other promotions were still somewhat plentiful well beyond the 80s, WWF and its chief competitor, the NWA or National Wrestling Alliance were the… » 6/14/13 8:14am 6/14/13 8:14am

The Ten Most Unbelievable Military Testing Videos

Sometimes the insane engineering projects the military industrial complex attempt actually work. Sometimes they don't. In between, there's testing, and Jalopnik readers have the ten most unreal videos of these projects. » 5/24/13 8:53am 5/24/13 8:53am

Securing Your Smartphone

Use of smartphones has taken off over the last 5 years, so much so that they are as common as having a t.v. or a PC. Some companies provide smartphones for their employees and others participate in a bring your own device (BYOD) program, allowing employees to have a portion or all of their cell phone service… » 5/21/13 8:14am 5/21/13 8:14am

California Thrash Bloodlines

So much has already been written about thrash metal and its rich history. We know the genre originated in the United States, and that California is generally considered its proper birthplace. We have also heard the story of the "Big 4" numerous times, and watched Metallica travel from biggest thrash band in the world… » 5/18/13 6:14pm 5/18/13 6:14pm

Edison's Elephant

Thomas Alva Edison, known as the wizard of Menlo Park, is often revered in North American school systems as one of America’s greatest inventors, though most are unaware of the measures he took to secure his place in history. In one famous example, Edison pushed direct current (DC) as the electrical standard and was… » 5/15/13 1:14pm 5/15/13 1:14pm

Visiting the WWE Hall of Fame

Andre the Giant.The Iron Sheik. Shawn Michaels. Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat. “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. What do these men have in common? Among other things, they are but 5 of the individuals who make up the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, which totals 113 inductees at this time. The WWE’s Hall of Fame… » 5/13/13 1:14pm 5/13/13 1:14pm

Strange Currencies

UVB-76 is a radio transmitter currently located near Pskov, Russia. The transmitter operates at 4625 kHz, continually emitting a burst of buzzing tones. Periodically the station will transmit voice messages instead of the usual buzzing tones. This has gone on, almost uninterrupted, since sometime around the late… » 5/10/13 8:14pm 5/10/13 8:14pm

Majesty of Gaia

In 1999 Iron Maiden announced their reconciliation with long absent guitar player Adrian Smith as well as their quintessential frontman, Bruce Dickinson. After a greatest hits tour in support of the just released Ed Hunter PC game to whet fan's appetites for new material, the band entered the studio with producer… » 5/08/13 7:14am 5/08/13 7:14am

Metallica Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" At AT&T Park

Friday night in San Francisco was Metallica Night and the Giants offered a wide variety of Metallica-related fun. » 5/04/13 12:10pm 5/04/13 12:10pm

Visiting H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Philip Lovecraft was an American author widely considered the godfather of the horror genre, and is best known for writing the Necronomicon and creating the Cthtulhu Mythos. As with many authors, he did not receive great recognition and accolades until after his passing. Lovecraft is also notable for being a… » 5/03/13 7:14pm 5/03/13 7:14pm

Remembering Jeff Hanneman

I was saddened to learn of Slayer guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman's passing earlier this morning. I have been a fan of Slayer's music for a very long time, and have had the good fortune to see the band live on a number of occasions. Jeff Hanneman wrote the majority of Slayer songs I count among my favorites, and… » 5/02/13 7:20pm 5/02/13 7:20pm

VPNs: What They Do, How They Work, and Why You're Dumb for Not Using One

For as ubiquitous as connectivity has become and how reliant we've grown on it, the Internet is still a digital jungle where hackers easily steal sensitive information from the ill-equipped and where the iron-fisted tactics of totalitarian regimes bent on controlling what their subjects can access are common. So… » 4/29/13 9:51am 4/29/13 9:51am

Greatest guitar player ever? Greatest guitar player ever.

Not Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, Brian May, Keith Richards, Marty Friedman, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chuck Berry or anybody else you can think of. » 4/28/13 3:14pm 4/28/13 3:14pm

This is a surgical amputation kit from the 19th century. That is all.

It looks beautiful and elegant — until you imagine someone performing an actual amputation using these tools. Probably with not terribly great anesthetic or antibiotics. What do you think the curved one is for? » 4/23/13 6:16pm 4/23/13 6:16pm