Mr. Wizard Knew That Girls Liked Science Too

At the very same time during the 1950s that some young women wondered why they should study science when all they wanted to do was get married, and magazines aimed at teen girls and women did their best to simultaneously both dispel and uphold the stereotype of the masculine female scientist, Don Herbert was busy… » 2/05/08 12:30pm 2/05/08 12:30pm

Why Housewives Need Science, 1955

Did you ever wonder why young, single women should waste their time in science class when they could be out tracking down eligible men? Listen and learn as Dad and Mom explain to their skeptical daughter Betty how science benefits married women, as well as those waiting for Mr. Right, in this clip from Why Study… » 2/04/08 12:50pm 2/04/08 12:50pm

In 1975, Arthur C. Clarke Predicted Flying Cars and Smarter Pets

One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was David Wallechinsky and David Wallace's The People's Almanac. Published in 1975, the Almanac covered all sorts of juicy topics to keep an impressionable 14-year-old happy—famous crimes, oddities, utopias, and (oh, baby!) sex. There was even an entire chapter… » 1/31/08 12:40pm 1/31/08 12:40pm

Lost's Greatest Hits: Five Fabulous Favorites

With one week to go until the season 4 premiere, here's a short and subjective list of my five favorite moments from Lost. In retrospect, it's heavy on the first two seasons. They're in no particular order, except for the first: Desmond's Day in the Hatch. These first few minutes of season 2, in my book, represent Lost » 1/24/08 12:40pm 1/24/08 12:40pm

Sex & The Single Robot in 1930

Given all the hoopla over David Levy's new book, Love and Sex with Robots, perhaps it's time to get a quote on the subject directly from a robotic mouth. Meet Mr. Herbert Televox, "the perfect servant, who is never late or insolent .... " according to this picture's 1929 caption. » 1/22/08 12:40pm 1/22/08 12:40pm

Brigitte Bardot Croons Alien Love Song

Here's another scifi song to take to that barren asteroid with you: Brigitte Bardot singing Serge Gainsbourg's "Contact." "A meteorite has pierced my heart," chants Brigitte in this tale of wounded interplanetary love, "I need a transfusion of mercury. ... Remove my spacesuit ..." » 1/18/08 12:50pm 1/18/08 12:50pm

Junior Spacemen Beg Mothers to Buy Vegetable Juice They Won't Drink

In what must be the most unappetizing breakfast combination since soylent green and cream soda, two junior spacemen (no girls allowed!) chase their Cheerios with V-8 juice in this commercial from 1960. Why? Because they needed a box top and can label to get a "moon rocket" game. » 1/16/08 12:20pm 1/16/08 12:20pm

She Sweeps! She Dusts! She's the First Female Robot!

Meet the "first female robot," Susie Robette, from 1957. An FAO Schwartz catalog at the time promised the Robette would be "feminine enough to wear a pony tail of coppered wire." You can find more images here, as well as a patent sketch and some catalog pages, the latter of which reveal she was a product of the… » 1/10/08 12:40pm 1/10/08 12:40pm

Bell Telephone Indoctrinates Teens at Seattle World's Fair

Two peppy, Aryan teenagers learn how tomorrow's communication technology will help us live happily ever after in "Century 21 Calling," a Bell Telephone promo film shot at the Seattle World's Fair in 1964. After disembarking the monorail, the kids run through the fairgrounds, gawking at foreigners and passing up the… » 1/08/08 12:40pm 1/08/08 12:40pm