20 Visions of Dystopian Cinema

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

The Future Is Now: 20 Visions of Dystopian Cinema. Why is our concept of the future depicted as so depressingly bleak?

*

Netflix's New National Lampoon Movie Has an Extremely Subtle Mad Men Crossover. A Futile And Stupid Gesture is a biopic about the company's founder, set in the 1970s.

*

How the Drinking Bird Works. There's no such thing as a perpetual motion machine, but this toy comes maddeningly close.

*

Erasing Native Americans From U.S. National Parks. People lived in the Yellowstone and Yosemite areas for thousands of years before they were set aside as pristine wilderness.

*

The Extinction of the Early Bird. As Baby Boomers retire to Florida, they don't want to be reminded that they're old.

*

Why Danger Symbols Can't Last Forever. How will we warn future generations not to dig in a nuclear waste zone?

*

How to Get Ahead of Tax Day. It's not such a chore if you prepare and sort as the forms arrive.

*

Scenes From the History of Snow Removal. It was even more difficult in the good old days.

The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone

iStock
iStock

The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone. The technology was there, but no one could use it until the expense came down.

*

The Internet is in Love With Casual Disney Princesses From Wreck-It Ralph 2. An entire film of just their slumber party would be a hit.

*

Dude, She’s (Exactly 25 Percent) Out of Your League. Online dating gives us the tools to quantify aspirational dating behavior.

*

7 Charts Explain Why America is Becoming Obese. It's a battle that must be fought on several fronts.

*

Treating a Heart Attack in a Centaur. Two doctors and an emergency nurse speculate on where to place the defibrillator pads.

*

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time. An essential reference gallery.

*

Why Scientists are Infiltrating Music Festivals. It's not for research, but to present ideas to the crowds.

*

Is It Possible to Overdose on Vitamins? Yes, so you should learn which ones may be dangerous.

The Cat Who Loves Peaches

iStock
iStock

The Cat Who Loves Peaches. Ozzy doesn't eat them, he just enjoys surrounding himself with peaches.

*

How Much Would You Pay for Han Solo's Jacket or Anakin's Lightsaber? More than 600 pieces of rare movie memorabilia will go up for auction in September.

*

The Ultimate Rich Kids Were the Children of Famous Explorers. Check out the adventures of the heirs of Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, and Cristóbal Colón.

*

Illustrated National Park Reviews. Humorously gleaned from one-star entries at TripAdvisor.

*

How Europe Learned to Swim. Indoor bathing and fear of sea monsters kept them out of the water for 1500 years.

*

See a 50-Foot Tall Tornado of Fire. Firefighters saw it while battling a blaze at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England.

*

The Oscars' Insulting New Award. Splitting the Best Picture award into "artistic" and "popular" categories does a disservice to all films.

*

12 Olympians Who Don't Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer. Some medalists find much stranger places to store them.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios