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Planet Google

Google Signs 60-Year Lease on NASA Air Base to Research Space Exploration and Aviation

The framework of Hangar One. (Wikipedia)

Today in existential crises, Google has just signed a long-term lease on an old Navy air base so they can research space exploration and aviation until we’re all dead. Fun!

The company has signed a 60-year, $1.16 billion lease for an 1,000-acre site on the NASA-owned Moffett Field Naval Air Station. The site, located on the San Francisco Peninsula, reportedly features a golf course, three hangars, and a working air field that Sergey Brin and Larry Page already casually use to land their private jets. Read More

today in travel

Looking for Elizabeth Gallagher? ‘Connections’ Matches Same-Named People to Unused Plane Tickets

You could travel here for free — if you have the same name as someone who can't make their flight. (Yore Oyster)

In the past week, the name Elizabeth Gallagher has gone viral.

In case you missed it, it all began when Torontonian Jordan Axani booked tickets for a round-the-world trip with his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher. The pair broke up before they could take their journey, and Mr. Axani — who who didn’t want to go to the trouble of changing the names on the tickets, but also didn’t want to cancel them altogether — took to Reddit to find another Canadian with the same name as his former paramour who might like to score some amazing plane rides for free. Read More

health alert

We Texted a Therapist From an Inflatable Igloo in Madison Square Park Today

Ms. Frank, far right, chatted with attendees outside the TalkSpace bubbles. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

Pedestrians in the Flatiron District might have noticed something different about Madison Square Park today: namely, two large, inflatable igloos stationed at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, each containing the setting of a therapist’s office.

Those who waited their turn to venture inside the cozy-looking bubbles would discover that they wouldn’t be meeting face-to-face with a therapist — rather, they’d be texting with one. Read More

Fun With Bitcoins

Now You Can Use Bitcoin to Anonymously Send Poop to Your Enemies

Surprise! (Wikimedia Commons)

They say you learn something new every day, and today we learned that you can use the Internet to mail horse poop to people you don’t like.

Motherboard, who are apparently experts in the long-standing history of Internet poop delivery, recently discovered what they claim is one of the industry’s best services: ShitExpress, a site that lets you use bitcoin to anonymously send boxes of horse poop — more animal options will be added later, mind you — to enemies recipients anywhere in the world, with a fun, customized messaged attached. Read More

Kickstart It

Adorable Rubber Ducky Kickstarter Video Will Make You Want to Get Pregnant

Dying. (Kickstarter)

Terrified by the prospect of having kids? You won’t be after watching this insanely cute Kickstarter video for Edwin, supposedly the world’s first interactive rubber duck.

Created by pi lab, Edwin is a high-tech, app-enhanced rubber duck with a variety of uses for parents and young kids — everything from playing lullabies and reading stories to detecting when the bath water has reached the right temperature. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $85,000 before Dec. 2.  Read More

netflix nation

Looking For Netflix’s Highest-Rated Titles? This Site Can Help

Well, looks like we're squared away for Friday night. (Getty)

Are you a pretentious movie-watcher? Will you only grace a TV show with the honor of your attention if it has a solid rating on IMDb?

Betabeat recently stumbled upon whatisonnetflix.com, a simple website that tells you which of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes’ top-ranked movies and TV shows are currently on Netflix. The site also lets you search by genre, as well as for individual titles. Read More