An Electronic Jerky Blaster Isn't Such a Good Idea

Adam Weinstein · 05/15/14 12:40PM

Do you like to blast your jerky? If you've ever thought about blasting your jerky with a handheld electric-powered jerky blaster, you might want to think again. Federal regulators are recalling electronic jerky blasters, because they could scorch your jerky and a whole lot more!

Get Ready for More Blackouts

Hamilton Nolan · 08/13/13 08:57AM

When Hurricane "Superstorm" Sandy hit New York, a large part of Manhattan— the wealthiest place east of the Taj Mahal— was without power for weeks. At least it wasn't unfashionable. According to a new report, blackouts are becoming the new normal.

The Washington Monument Is Temporarily Awesome Again

Tom Scocca · 07/10/13 02:38PM

Most of the time, the heart of our nation's capital is a monument to monumentalism, the neoclassical ostentatiously trying to pass itself off as the eternal. But for a few years at the end of the 20th century, the architectural stasis was interrupted by something weird and charming: the Washington Monument became a light-up cartoon version of itself.

Americans Aren't Using Enough Electricity

Hamilton Nolan · 01/03/13 10:10AM

If there's one thing that made this country great for the last two hundred years, it's the utility companies that built huge, fossil-fuel-burning power plants to pump out all the electricity this hungry, greedy nation could use. And how do we repay these fine industrialists now? By slowing down our electricity use. Is this Russia?

No Blackout...So Far

Hamilton Nolan · 07/06/10 04:04PM

Here is some unequivocally good news: The AP reports that New York's power grid is holding up "...So Far." Direct quote! Plus, "electricity demand typically jumps between 5 and 6 o'clock." That's, let's see...now! Everything's fine...so far. [Pic via]