Turn Your Dumb Selfie Into a Textable Emoji, Annoy and Delight Your Pals

Do smartphone-wielding citizens of the world need an excuse to snap more selfies? Absolutely not! And yet, against all odds, there is something undeniably charming about Imoji, an app that allows you to turn your face—or anything you've got a photo of—into a little textable you-moji. » 7/24/14 7:15pm Yesterday 7:15pm

How To Scan 50 Miles of Historical Documents Into an Online Archive

Tracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View, but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy. The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog a staggering amount of historical documents—a combined 50 miles worth… » 7/23/14 5:20pm Wednesday 5:20pm

These Graphic Prints Contain The Text of Your Favorite Books

There are lots of different kinds of love out there, but perhaps none more pure than between people and their favorite books. You could keep a copy of your one and only out at all times, prominently placed on a shelf at home, or you could spring for one of these posters, t-shirts, or totes from Litographs, which… » 7/23/14 5:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm

The Greatest Eulogy of All Time For a Broadway Legend

Elaine Stritch passed away today at the age of 89. While the Broadway legend had decades of iconic live performances under her belt, tonight's a good time to celebrate her life on the small screen: As Colleen Donaghy in 30 Rock with a eulogy—The Greatest Eulogy of All Time—written and delivered by her onscreen son,… » 7/17/14 8:00pm 7/17/14 8:00pm

This Chlorine-Free Pool Is Biofiltered and Freaking Beautiful

'Tis the season for stripping down and getting wet in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the chlorine and chemicals used to keep man-made, al fresco watering holes clean can do a number on sensitive skin, which makes this Swiss pool all the more appealing; Herzog & de Meuron designed this beautiful lagoon with… » 7/17/14 6:08pm 7/17/14 6:08pm

This Ramen Is Made By a Machine That Takes Up The Length of a Room

A noodle is a noodle is a noodle—right? No way, dude. Though the ingredients are few, the process to make ramen is nuanced. It can (obviously) be done by hand, but Sun Noodle HQ has the help of a long machine that mixes dough into balls, flattens it into sheets, rolls it like toilet paper, and cuts it into all… » 7/16/14 6:16pm 7/16/14 6:16pm

Watching This Moody Light Show Might Transport You To Another Dimension

Using a combo of convex mirrors, choreographed projections, and strategic puffs of fog, the creative duo behind Seoul-based art and design studio Kimchi and Chips put together this brain-bending installation called Light Barrier. Stare too closely and you just might get transported to another dimension. » 7/14/14 8:30pm 7/14/14 8:30pm

Practice Putting At 3,000 Feet With This Mountaintop Mini-Golf Course

If you make it to the top of La Rhune, a 3,000-foot-tall mountain in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, you can look up and out to the natural panorama: peaks and valleys stretching unobstructed into the distance. Or you could look down to the playful Panorama: an eight-hole goofy golf course at your feet. » 7/14/14 5:16pm 7/14/14 5:16pm

Massive school of anchovies looks like a hungry giant alien oil blob

This big black blob that recently appeared off the San Diego coast looks like the fallout from an oil spill, or an undersea plague coming to haunt humans and probably steal their souls. In reality, it's a massive school of anchovies—harmless enough that people are actually snorkeling through the dark mass of fishies. » 7/11/14 7:29pm 7/11/14 7:29pm

Who Recorded the Best Ever Cover of “Summertime”?

We've recently seen some serious contenders emerge for title of official jam of this, the sweatiest season of the year. Grimes, Dodger Stadium, and, uh, Usher with his boys Lil Jon and Luda have all wooed Giz staff with their vocal talents. Well, forget about those fools. Today is the time to make your case for… » 7/11/14 7:00pm 7/11/14 7:00pm

Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the United States that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. We'll get to the why and how, but hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames. » 7/11/14 1:00pm 7/11/14 1:00pm