The History Channel is Digging Up John Dillinger’s Body But Nobody Really Knows Why

John Dillinger is shown on January 30, 1934, as he’s taken from one plane to another…

Fragment of Medieval Poem About a Talking Vulva Found in Austrian Library

Several lines of Der Rosendorn on the Melk fragment. Image: Austrian Academy of Sciences The surprising…

Here’s What People Thought of Amazon When It First Launched in the Mid-1990s

Jeff Bezos holds a cordless power drill and reciprocating saw at a New York press conference…

Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Clockwise from top left: Jim Cooke; Chelsea Beck; Benjamin Currie; Angelica Alzona (all Gizmodo). Lying, tech…

How Historians Can Now See Invisible Text on Ancient Manuscripts

A multispectral image of a mid-5th century CE document representing 1 Corinthians. Erased text appears in…

Star Wars’ Willrow Hood Ice Cream Maker Mystery Finally Solved

That’s no ice cream maker…Photo: Lucasfilm He only appeared for one second in The Empire Strikes…

The U.S. Army Once Kept $1 Billion Worth of LSD in a Maryland Office for Some Reason

Lt. Col. James Ketchum, chief of the clinical research department at the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Arsenal,…

Scientists Sequenced the Genes of Ancient Plague Bacteria That Spread the ‘First Pandemic’

A colorized scanning electron microscopic image of plague bacteria, in yellow, on a flea. Photo: CDC…

How People Talked About iTunes When it First Launched

The iTunes store in 2003, two years after it first launchedScreenshot: Getty Images It’s official. Apple…

Think HBO’s Chernobyl Is Brutal? Check Out This Haunting Animation That Aired on TV in the 1950s

HBO’s new miniseries Chernobyl has gotten a lot of attention for its gory realism. Radiation from…