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A Star Wars Airspeeder Is the Ultimate Sled

Had the Rebel Alliance a few more of these, it might have won the Battle of Hoth. YouTube user skylarsmith3 build this, the greatest snow sled in history. It’s modeled after the T-47 Airspeeder from The Empire Strikes Back. At the link, you can watch a video of it going down a hill. Link

Roman Artifacts Found in Fifth Century A.D. Japanese Tomb

Even with the limited transportation technologies of the time, the passage of trade over the world carried glass beads from the Roman Empire to the Fifth Century A.D. Utsukushi burial mound in Nagaoka, Japan: It found that the light yellow beads were made with natron, a chemical used to melt glass by craftsmen in the empire, [...]

World War I Centennial: With Friends Like These…

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Dog Has Rebel Alliance Logo Cut into His Fur

But what’s not obvious is that the dog isn’t working for the Alliance. He’s a spy for the Empire. The hairy emblem is part of a false flag operation. Do not trust this dog owned by a friend of Geekologie reader Joe. Link

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Tauntaun

This is what the Empire Strikes Back would have looked like if it was released by stop motion animation pioneers Rankin Bass. The only thing I don’t like about this illustration is the thought of Rudolph the Tauntaun getting gutted by Hermey/Luke Skywalker and used as a meat sleeping bag, but at least he comes [...]

The Worst War Movies Ever

From Delta Force to The Empire Strikes Back, Danger Room skewers eight war films for their inaccuracy, political bias, poor strategy, or all-out cheesiness. Take Rambo III, for example, which did not age well. John Rambo goes to Afghanistan to join the mujahideen who are fighting the Soviets. This is 1988, back when the exigencies of [...]

Learning the Truth in The Empire Strikes Back

(YouTube link) At this point, you have to be pretty young to not know what happens in the Star Wars saga. That said, this contains spoilers. Faris is four years old, and here he sees The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. The camera captures his surprise at the twist. -via Metafilter

The Death Star: A Pentagon Purchasing Nightmare

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward did a cost/benefit analysis of a fictional project for the Pentagon’s in-house publication Defense AT&L Magazine. It’s a cautionary tale about the Empire’s Death Star. The Empire’s answer to Ash Carter should have seen it coming. It’s embarrassing enough that the galaxy’s supposedly most fearsome weapon was felled by crappy [...]

Underwater Boxing

(Video Link) Sure, it’s a challenge, but it’s not underwater chess boxing. Now that would be a sight to see. This video shows a boxing match that allegedly took place in 1939 at Wembley Empire Pool in London. As YouTube user diagonaluk writes, “Can’t imagine why this never caught on.” Me neither. -via Doobybrain

New York Rainbow

Last night, the New York state legislature voted to legalize same sex marriage. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law just before midnight. Celebrations began immediately. Less than an hour after the New York legislature passed a marriage equality bill 33 to 29 during a late session on Friday, Twitter started filling up with messages [...]