Israel Should Be in Germany

Hamilton Nolan · 07/23/14 12:43PM

Israel and Palestine are warring again. Civilians are dying again. Families are losing their homes, and chaos persists. Again. This would not be happening if Israel were located somewhere that makes more sense: in Germany.

Can Blood Transfusions Cure HIV?

Hamilton Nolan · 02/05/13 02:22PM

Welcome to our science-like weekly feature, "Hey, Science," in which we will have our most provocative scientific questions answered by real live scientists (or related experts). No question is too smart for us to tackle, theoretically speaking. This week, experts address a Gawker reader's wacky theory: Can massive blood transfusions be used to treat AIDS?

Can Huge Man-Made Lakes Fix Our Rising Sea Levels?

Hamilton Nolan · 01/22/13 02:33PM

Welcome to an important new Gawker feature, "Hey, Science," in which we will have our most provocative scientific questions answered by real live scientists (or related experts). Never let it be said that reading this blog is not the educational equivalent of sitting in a Ph.D.-level classroom, not paying attention. This week, experts answer the question: Can we fix the problem of rising sea levels by constructing massive man-made lakes on useless land?

How to Walk

Hamilton Nolan · 02/14/12 11:09AM

Wacky hippies in the wacky hippie enclave of Denver are encouraging their fellow moonbeam-gazing residents of Marijuanaville to do something a little strange: walk places. On their feet. What's more: even you, The Average American, can get involved in this quirky newfangled hobby. But how?

All U.S. Money Now Invested in Wacky Schemes

Hamilton Nolan · 07/08/10 09:45AM

Utah investors gave money manager Travis Wright $145 million. He invested that money in outside-of-the box ideas, such as canned sandwiches. Now he's facing a lawsuit. In Travis Wright's defense: he was just doing what it takes, these days.

How Not to Do Insider Trading

Hamilton Nolan · 05/27/10 09:46AM

We always laugh when, say, someone's arrested for brazenly offering weed for sale on Craigslist. Our apologies to those fools. It turns out that the dumbest criminals of all are trying to pull off insider trading. Very, very poorly.

Will Three-Year College Schedules Kill Fun?

Hamilton Nolan · 05/12/10 11:27AM

College was once regarded as a place where no-good kids could smoke weed for four years and come out technically qualified for a high-paying career. Now, its regarded as a place you can't afford. But is three-year college worth it?

Nicorette Ad Reminds Us: Cigarettes Are Cool

Hamilton Nolan · 04/08/10 04:53PM

Nicorette would like you to believe that sucking on a hollow white plastic tube containing micronized nicotine is a socially acceptable approximation of burning a square. So they made this commercial to show you: no it's not. [Adfreak]

Gourmet's Dead. Don't Blame The Internet.

Hamilton Nolan · 10/08/09 09:21AM

The death of Gourmet has prompted plenty of maudlin remembrances. And plenty of suggestions as to why we should mourn it: the food, Ruth Reichl, the jobs, the beauty. One theory to ignore: the internet is ruining smart magazines!

What Had Better Be the Nine Best Words Ever

Hamilton Nolan · 06/29/09 03:24PM

Opium Magazine is running "The Longest Story Ever Told": it's printed on the cover, then printed over in black ink, which will fade over the course of 1,000 years to reveal the nine-word-long story. We already guessed it: