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Gritty Cover-Up? No One Can Explain Mascot's Purple Hole

He’s perhaps this year’s most celebrated figure, but we still know remarkably little about the hirsute, tangerine, hockey monster known as Gritty. Case in point: After sending a half dozen emails to various authorities, I’m no closer to identifying the strange, purple opening on his belly.

Report: Elon Musk Weed Stuff Prompts NASA Probe of SpaceX 'Workplace Safety' Report: Elon Musk Weed Stuff Prompts NASA Probe of SpaceX 'Workplace Safety'

According to the Washington Post, NASA will launch an extensive “safety review” of SpaceX and Boeing, assessing the culture of the two private companies tapped to fly the agency’s astronauts. Citing three unnamed officials, the newspaper reports that the review was provoked by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s…

One Simple Design Tweak That Would Actually Fix Twitter One Simple Design Tweak That Would Actually Fix Twitter

On Monday, The Verge reported that Twitter “redesigned” its iOS app to put less emphasis on follower counts, a move in line with CEO Jack Dorsey’s recent comment that the platform has wrongly pushed users to “increase that number.”

Google Axes 'Fanfiction' Tab That Suggested Grinch and Minions Porn Google Axes 'Fanfiction' Tab That Suggested Grinch and Minions Porn

Earlier this year, Google revamped its search engine on mobile devices, adding tabs for “the most common and relevant subtopics” to the top of results. Search for, say, The Grinch, on your phone, and you might see a suggested tab listing upcoming showtimes. Or, until yesterday, one called “fanfiction” that surfaced…

The Rise of the Skeleton King, the '80s Bone Dealer Who Changed Halloween The Rise of the Skeleton King, the '80s Bone Dealer Who Changed Halloween

When Marshall Cordell started buying human bones in the late 1970s, he says a full skeleton from India cost “probably $199.” Back then, almost all real human skeletons came from India, and companies there sent him catalogs listing everything from skulls to finger bones for sale.

Toronto Airport Says Cannabis Trash Cans Are Not 'Free Weed' Bins Toronto Airport Says Cannabis Trash Cans Are Not 'Free Weed' Bins

Toronto’s Pearson Airport has an important message for would-be stem-pickers: The weed there is not up for grabs.

We Asked a Biologist What Would Happen If You Vaped Venom's Alien Goo We Asked a Biologist What Would Happen If You Vaped Venom's Alien Goo

Venom—Sony’s recently released tale of the world’s worst journalist and his head-chomping pet alien parasite—poses a number of interesting questions, such as “Is this movie bad or perfect dumb fun?” “Where do the heads go when Venom eats them?” and “What kind of accent, exactly, is Tom Hardy trying to do here?”…

Tiny Gecko Makes 'a Bazillion' Phone Calls From Inside Hawaiian Animal Hospital Tiny Gecko Makes 'a Bazillion' Phone Calls From Inside Hawaiian Animal Hospital

Sometimes, technical problems are just a bug. Other times, it’s a lizard.

Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee

Last month, visitors to Washington’s Olympic National Park were treated to a surreal sight. A helicopter crossed the sky dangling strands of drugged, blindfolded mountain goats—as many as five at a time—like a string of furry pearls. In the end, more than 100 goats were airlifted from the park and shipped to new homes…

Twitter Announces New Rules Targeting Imposter and Spam Accounts Twitter Announces New Rules Targeting Imposter and Spam Accounts

Last month, Gizmodo uncovered a disturbing scheme where Twitter spammers were apparently impersonating more than a dozen real women to sell diet pills. Now, it seems, the site is introducing new rules to help stop fake accounts like these.

The Bizarre Scheme Using Viral Abuse Stories and Stolen Pics to Sell Diet Pills on Twitter The Bizarre Scheme Using Viral Abuse Stories and Stolen Pics to Sell Diet Pills on Twitter

This weekend, a Twitter user shared a disturbing story that verged on the surreal. In a 32-tweet thread, Ashley recounted an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who forced her to eat until it caused her pain—seemingly for his own sexual pleasure.

I Wish Elon Wouldn't I Wish Elon Wouldn't

I’m tired.

5 Things I Learned as BuzzFeed Quizzes' Unofficial Fact-Checker 5 Things I Learned as BuzzFeed Quizzes' Unofficial Fact-Checker

In a world plagued by both fake news and “FAKE NEWS,” fact-checking has become something like a civic duty for nerds on the internet. For some, this is the culmination of a lifetime spent being an insufferable know-it-all at parties. For me, it’s just a chance to finally call Buzzfeed on its bullshit.

Man Accused of Scamming Free Meals Out of Online Dates Charged With 10 Felonies Man Accused of Scamming Free Meals Out of Online Dates Charged With 10 Felonies

We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but one man’s alleged scheme to score free dinners off women he met online could land him in prison. According to LA County prosecutors, 45-year-old Paul Gonzales pleaded not guilty on Monday to 10 felony charges related to accusations that he took “financial…

It's Time to Bring Back Translucent Gadgets It's Time to Bring Back Translucent Gadgets

For years, tech bloggers have lamented the boring sameness of cell phones. “They’re all slabs of glass and metal,” we groaned in 2016. “Phone design has plateaued.” These days, the same could be said of many electronic devices, all housed in generic brushed aluminum and dark plastic that doesn’t so much “wow” as…

Raccoon Vs. Crow Is the Alien Vs. Predator of Trash Animals Raccoon Vs. Crow Is the Alien Vs. Predator of Trash Animals

Nature isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s just gnarly as hell.

Is Mark Zuckerberg Wet or Dry? Is Mark Zuckerberg Wet or Dry?

As the sun passed over Gizmodo’s New York office on Monday and staffers shook off the muggy torpor of the mid-afternoon, they found themselves drawn into a (seemingly simple, yet surprisingly contentious) debate: Is Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, a dry man? Or is he a wet one?

Elon Musk Should Tweet More Elon Musk Should Tweet More

On Sunday, Elon Musk’s long-simmering internet meltdown reached a full boil when he called a man who was mean to his submarine a pedophile. This gave the Tesla founder’s harshest critics and fiercest fanboys something they could finally agree on: the guy needed to give it a rest and log off. A Twitter sabbatical,…

My Search for the Spirit of Prime Day at an Ariana Grande Concert in a Giant Amazon Box

BROOKLYN, NY—Imagine a place where all the offers are epic, the deals never end, and shipping is always free. A heavenly kingdom where you can click a button and—like magic—the shower head, butt plug, or off-brand iPhone cable of your dreams appears at your door. This is the sales pitch of the Church of Amazon, the…

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