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Unfinished vases found in Pompeii reveal panic as eruption loomedOpen in a New Window

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French and Italian archaeologists digging out a pottery workshop in Pompeii have brought to light 10 raw clay vases, revealing a frozen-in-time picture of the exact moment panicked potters realized they were facing an impending catastrophe.

The vases were found sealed under a layer of ash and pumice from Mount Vesuvius' devastating eruption of 79 A.D. and it appears they were just ready to be fired.

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An unfinished vase from the Pompeii site.

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They were dropped and abandoned, along with the kilns, after frightened potters saw a pine tree-shaped column of smoke bursting from Vesuvius on Aug. 24, 79 A.D. Read more...

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5 simple ways to organize your Google DriveOpen in a New Window

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Google Drive is like your closet — you stash all your stuff there, but it's not exactly organized

The storage service lets users save files like documents, forms and photos. Depending on your storage space, you have a lot of room to play with, which makes it infinitely easy to create clutter

However, there are dozens of little things you can do to clean up your virtual closet. From color-coding to using the "Starred" folder, here are five painless ways to organize your Google Drive

1. See what's eating up your space.

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You only have so much free space in Google Drive before that gratis 15 GB is used up. Before you shell out for extra space, make sure you're actually using the available room wisely. Much like any device we own, our Drive can quickly fill up with forgotten files, photos or documents that we might not need anymore Read more...

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8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kidsOpen in a New Window

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With two things as rapidly changing as the Internet and a child's development, sometimes safety settings aren't enough.

Besides built-in precautions like Google SafeSearch, what should parents teach their children about the Internet, and when's the right time to start?

According to Amy Morin, About.com's child discipline expert and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, these lessons should start "right from the get-go."

"The overall lesson is that the Internet can be a wonderful tool and doesn't necessarily have to be dangerous, but that bad things can happen," Morin says. Read more...

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8 fresh ideas for exciting stocking stuffersOpen in a New Window

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Stockings are to Christmas morning as soundcheck is to a concert — everyone goes through with it, but it's just the precursor to the main event.

As a result, stocking stuffers get short shrift in the world of holiday shopping. They often get picked up at the last minute, only to be opened and dismissed just as quickly. Everyone knows what to expect: chocolate, lip balm, gift cards. Open and repeat each year.

Stocking stuffers are underappreciated, which just gives them more potential. In the list below, check out this year's most innovative stocking stuffers, and make the stocking part of the main event. Read more...

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Don't try this at home: 1930s daredevils attached rockets to bicyclesOpen in a New Window

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Rocket propulsion was all the rage in pre-war Germany. People attached rockets, with varying degree of success and danger, to skates (both roller and ice), cars, boats and bicycles.

In 1931, German engineer Herr Richter added 12 rockets to his bicycle to create his "Raketenrad." The white box on the frame contained the battery used to ignite the rockets, all solid fuel

Richter tested it on the Avus racetrack in Berlin. When he reached a speed of 55 mph, he lost control and was thrown off as the rockets exploded. He was not seriously injured.

The 1930s also saw the first rocket bicycle race, held in Berlin Stadium. Read more...

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4 messages that job postings send talent by mistakeOpen in a New Window

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Erin Kissane of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews recently took an informal survey on Twitter with a simple question:

Straw poll: If you’re a woman or minority in your field, what language turns you away from job descriptions? Language that feels inviting?

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) November 14, 2014

The answers, which Kissane logged in Storify, were insightful and addressed quite a few topics. Some of these things employers may be communicating on purpose. Some, not so much.

"Get ready for long hours"

Good help can be hard to find, but implying that a job requires 80-hour weeks can spook talent. If that's what you want, so be it, but be careful and be upfront. Buzzwords like "ping pong" or talking up the in-office perks can make it seem like you expect people to live at the office. Read more...

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Police shooting unarmed black men is nothing newOpen in a New Window

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As Ferguson braces for the grand jury's decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson with criminal charges related to the shooting death of Michael Brown—and the protests expected to follow—Mashable has chronicled several previous instances of unarmed black men killed by police figures.

The video above shows the 1992 Rodney King beatings and subsequent riots in Los Angeles, along with the 2006 and 2009 killings of Sean Bell in New York the night before his wedding and Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station Oakland. Trayvon Martin's death in Florida at the hands of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman is also highlighted. Read more...

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Logitech's Case+ takes your iPhone 5S to the next levelOpen in a New Window

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Bill Gates was wrong: The computerized hub for our lives isn’t the PC. The smartphone is

Don’t be too hard on the guy...he was only half wrong. The smartphone is still a computer, and a very personal one at that. And as they get more powerful, our phones will soon make Batman’s utility belt look like child’s play. Today you can control locked doors, pay for purchases, watch movies, and even start some cars, all from a simple phone

But it isn’t the perfect Leatherman — far from it. The iPhone 5 and 5S are small, fragile, and run out of juice before you’ve finished that first cup of coffee. Logitech’s Case+ helps MacGyver the iPhone in every way that matters. If you're running around with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you'll have to wait for your turn at the accessory game. Thankfully plenty of us haven't parted with our 5/5S, because it's still so darn good Read more...

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This soccer goalie is so good, it hurtsOpen in a New Window

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Think soccer is a dull game when it's low scoring? Try this sketch on for size.

The comedy nerds at YouTube channel Studio C are behind this imaginary penalty shootout between the Yale Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels, in which one goalkeeper keeps coming back for more punishment — but manages to win the game regardless.

In one week, the video has amassed more than 5.7 million views on YouTube — fake British accents and lowbrow humor notwithstanding.

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This cardboard cutout of Bob Dylan has its own InstagramOpen in a New Window

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Say you're an avid Bob Dylan fan who comes upon a cardboard cutout illustration of your folk idol at a concert one night. If you're like the Instagram user behind Flat Bobby, you photograph that Bob Dylan cutout on a cultural tour of the key places that led to Dylan's massively successful career.

The Instagram project has traveled surprisingly far to capture Flat Bobby in his natural habitat, including the Newport Folk Festival where Dylan first went electric in 1965 and the site of his first New York City apartment.

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FBI nabs men allegedly planning to use pipe bombs during Ferguson protestsOpen in a New Window

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Two men who allegedly purchased explosives to use in pipe bombs that they planned to set off during protests in Ferguson, Missouri were arraigned Friday in federal court.

The FBI arrested the unidentified men, who are supposedly members of the new Black Panthers, according to CBS, on Thursday as part of an undercover operation

The St. Louis area residents were arrested on outstanding warrants, FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu told CBS

The arrests come as Ferguson nervously awaits a grand jury decision on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Police Officer Darren Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, which has prompted months of protests Read more...

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Bill Cosby gets standing ovation amid mounting sex abuse allegationsOpen in a New Window

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MELBOURNE, Florida — "We love you, Bill Cosby," yelled a woman at the 77-year-old comedian's sold-out show at the King Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night

With extra security guarding every exit, the positive affirmation was the only interruption during Cosby's 90 minute performance. The hecklers were absent inside the venue, even though a local radio station earlier in the day encouraged attendees to taunt Cosby about the escalating sexual assault allegations being made against him.

The relatively tame show ended just as it had begun, with a standing ovation that lasted more than 30 seconds. Cosby charmed audience members — some of whom were surrounded by empty seats despite the venue claiming the show sold out — with relatable family-friendly humor peppered with just a few tinges of subtle yet awkward adult references Read more...

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Crowds come out for revolution anniversary in UkraineOpen in a New Window

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Ukrainians on Friday celebrated the one-year anniversary of the protests that toppled its pro-Russian president.

The civil uprising, sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to walk away from an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Moscow, began when a few hundred protesters gathered on a central square in Kiev on Nov. 21. But it quickly evolved into a violent struggle after riot police attacked peaceful protesters with clubs on Nov. 30

Over the course of the next days and weeks, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians flooded the streets in protest. Eventually, Yanukovych fled Ukraine for Russia and an interim pro-Western government took control of the country. Read more...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Friends' mashup is the new 'Smelly Cat'Open in a New Window

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This Guardians of the Galaxy and Friends opening credits mashup has got us hooked on a feeling.

Thanks to Youtuber Robert Jones, it's now super easy to see that Gamora, Rocket, Groot, Starlord are pretty much the Chandler, Joey, Monica and Rachel of the Marvel-verse. Grab your smelly cat, make sure Ronan the Accuser isn't around and remember, I'll be there for Groot.

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Poop map shows scale of San Francisco's human tragedyOpen in a New Window

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It's common knowledge that San Francisco has a serious homelessness problem. Estimates of the size of the city's streetbound population vary between 6,000 and 10,000, depending on the source. But that population, largely confined to a few nonresidential downtown neighborhoods, can too easily become invisible to most residents

One thing isn't invisible, however: the problem of human poop on sidewalks. Since the city slashed funding for Parks and Recreation in 2009, there's a distinct shortage of working public bathrooms. And that led to a spike in reports of public pooping to the city's 311 help line Read more...

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Netflix scoops up Tina Fey's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'Open in a New Window

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Netflix has scooped up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Tina Fey and Robert Carlock collaboration that was supposed to run on NBC — until NBC's "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" got in the way

The new comedy produced by Universal Television stars The Office and Bridesmaids alum Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who is trying to start over in New York City after living in a doomsday cult for 15 years. The 13-episode first season, set to air in March, follows the wide-eyed, but resilient Kimmy as she finds a job, gets a roommate and navigates New York City in her light-up sneakers

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'Star Wars Epic Yarns' shows the fuzzy side of the ForceOpen in a New Window

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A long time ago, in a craft-minded household far, far away, two felt-sensitive siblings came up with the idea of remaking the original Star Wars trilogy in yarn.

The result, Star Wars Epic Yarns by Vancouver natives Jack and Holman Wang, will be published next April by Chronicle Books. The trio of books each contain 12 classic scenes from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi respectively, rendered in the adorable felt format.

Mashable got its hands on some exclusive early images — so if you've ever wondered what a handcrafted Jabba the Hutt or Yoda would look like, scroll on Read more...

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British company reunites lost teddy bears with ownersOpen in a New Window

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The future looks stuffed with promise for lost teddy bears in Britain

Scenario: You're traveling on a train with your family in London. The train pulls up to the station and you quickly herd your bags, your bigger luggage and kids off the train. You're off the train and as the cars pull away, your youngest proclaims that he left his best friend, a stuffed bear affectionately and creatively named "Teddy," on the train

Previously, if this event transpired your child would cry, you'd get him a new teddy bear and go on living life. Sure, down the line your child may come around on the new bear but it wouldn't be the same and you know it. Read more...

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GOP-led panel debunks Benghazi theories in Friday night news dumpOpen in a New Window

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WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria. Read more...

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How the creepiest and coolest moments on 'Constantine' come to beOpen in a New Window

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Some of the key special effects scenes on NBC's Constantine may just comprise mere minutes of screen time, but behind the scenes, weeks of work have actually gone into creating the mind-blowing moments that make you jump

Despite this fact, though, visual effects supervisor Kevin Blank says bringing the creepy world of Constantine is mostly scary fun

Blank, who previously worked on NBC's Crossbones, collaborates with Sweden-based visual effects studio Important Looking Pirates (ILP) to create the creatures on the comic book-based TV show and the world in which they play. "The work on Constantine is very VFX-intensive, and attractive in terms of ... how fun the things are and how outlandish the things are," he told Mashable Read more...

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Mashable and Street Dreams capture Coney Island in its off-seasonOpen in a New Window

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Last weekend, Mashable and Street Dreams Magazine opened up Coney Island's Luna Park for our second #MashMeet. We wanted to give our community exclusive access to a famous park in its off-season, and we're so glad we did.

From mid-afternoon to sundown, we made portraits, chased light and collaborated with Instagram's finest artists. Creativity was off the charts — using their smartphones, DSLRs, film and instant cameras, photographers found the most unique angles to shoot the same space.

Film director Joe Cavallini made an incredible video to recap the day. The overhead shots were taken with a drone camera Read more...

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Inside the concrete walls of Afghanistan's fun park, a respite from warOpen in a New Window

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Kabul may seem an unlikely location for a fun park, but that's exactly what makes an attraction devoted to amusement so appealing.

Thousands of families have visited Kabul's City Park since it opened in October, taking advantage of the chance to temporarily escape lives greatly affected by war. Even among park rides and costumed characters, the threat isn't far away: The park is surrounded by high concrete blast walls.

City Park is being hailed as Afghanistan's "first-ever" amusement park, but that's not quite accurate. Various parks have opened at different times in different regions in Afghanistan, all looking to offer residents a brief respite. In 2004, a private company made an agreement with the city to build an amusement park in Kabul's central Zarnegar Park. When the idea was proposed, it was met with both excitement and opposition. Read more...

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Ferguson protesters and police agree on limited 'rules of engagement'Open in a New Window

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St. Louis County officials said on Friday they would honor some, though not all, of the Ferguson protesters' proposed "rules of engagement" for police interactions during demonstrations that may come with the impending grand jury decision there.

Among the rules the two sides are in agreement on: The first priority will be to preserve human life, police will wear minimally required attire for their safety and police will establish channels of communication with protesters for deescalation during tense situations.

The rule they didn't agree on: That police would limit use of crowd control tactics, like rubber bullets and tear gas. Read more...

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Radio hosts offer Bill Cosby's crowd $1,000 to heckle him mid-showOpen in a New Window

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UPDATE: The hecklers didn't show up, but Bill Cosby got a standing ovation.

MELBOURNE, Florida — Two local radio personalities are urging attendees of Bill Cosby's Friday night comedy show to stand up mid-performance, yell something about the sexual assault allegations against him, and videotape their heckling.

Sabrina Ambra, one of the radio hosts, told Mashable they will give $1,000 to each protester. The sold-out venue here — the King Center for the Performing Arts — can seat 2,016.

"The plan is to confront Cosby and force him to address the rape allegations that he has dismissed time and time again," said Ambra, who co-hosts radio show The News Junkie with Shawn Wasson"We're calling this 'Operation: Cosby Spartacus.' We're doing this in hopes that multiple people in the audience will do what the mainstream media has failed to accomplish." Read more...

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Uber and Spotify hope music collaboration drowns out recent woesOpen in a New Window

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Uber and Spotify's music collaboration kicked off Friday with a series of live concerts and so-called drive-alongs with artists across the globe.

Mashable met Uber representatives at the company's office in Santa Monica, California, to get a first-hand look at the service, which gives paying Spotify subscribers control over the music in an Uber car

The companies announced earlier this week that Spotify subscribers will be able to link their paid accounts to Uber's on-demand car service.

Since then, Uber and Spotify have been cross-promoting the new service to customers, and explaining how to link the apps Read more...

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Duolingo app now certifies English language proficiencyOpen in a New Window

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The popular and acclaimed free language learning platform Duolingo has just launched a new app that allows you to certify your English proficiency right on your iOS device.

"Every year, over 30 million job seekers and students around the world are forced to take a test to prove that they know English or other languages in order to apply for a job or school," Duolingo notes. "Offline tests can require paying an entire month's salary, traveling to a distant examination facility, and then waiting weeks in limbo for the results."

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Jerusalem on edge after deadly attacks and a summer of warOpen in a New Window

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JERUSALEM — Dara Frank and Sam Green had been planning their wedding for months

The nuptials, though, was the easy part. The timing was harder. The couple, American emigres to Jerusalem both in their 20s, had scheduled their wedding for late August — and all summer Israeli soldiers had been fighting in Gaza. And then there was the seating arrangement....

“We had left-wing peacenik Jews, Arabs, right-wing Zionists, gay American Jews, Hasidic Jews and Israeli soldiers” as well as an "ultra right-wing Rabbi,” said Frank, who, as a leader of Project Tiyul-Rihla, spends her time working to bring Israelis and Palestinians together. Read more...

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Oh Friday, it's Joy: Amy Poehler brings the 'Inside Out' feelings togetherOpen in a New Window

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LOS ANGELES — Joy to the world, Friday is come

And it's been a week of ups and downs

But mostly downs: We've wallowed in Sadness (Monday), roiled in Disgust (Tuesday), raged with Anger (Wednesday) and cowered with Fear.

But it's the Friday before a short holiday week. Ahh, feel that?

Just in time for the end of too-early Christmas carols, Mashable presents Joy, the fifth and final character poster for Disney/Pixar's Inside Out:

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Joy, from Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out."

Joy bounces into action in the short video, above — but also below, with all the feelings together. And right before Thanksgiving, too. Aww! Read more...

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David Muir, ABC's World News Tonight anchor, joins Media SummitOpen in a New Window

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The Mashable Media Summit is right around the corner, and we're excited to share our latest speaker announcements with you.

  • David Muir, Anchor at ABC News, discussing the evolution of world news in the digital age.

  • Liam Stack, Digital Journalist at the New York Times and Miriam Elder, Foreign/National Security Editor at BuzzFeed will join Louise Roug's panel on War Stories: Covering Conflict & War in the Social Media Era.

  • Steven Rosenblatt, CRO of Foursquare, discussing the split of the Foursquare app.

  • Erik Martin, Former GM of Reddit, will discuss media and community in the age of the upvote.

  • Kate Lewis, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media with Jason Abbruzzese on the media on mobile panel. Read more...

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Atari documentary director: 'We were worried we wouldn't find anything'Open in a New Window

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When construction workers operating giant machinery descended upon a New Mexico landfill in April, nobody was freaking out more than Atari: Game Over director Zak Penn.

"I was nervous as shit," said Penn, who was shooting a documentary of the dig. "It was entirely possible it wasn't going to happen."

The crews were there to prove whether the biggest urban legend of video games was true: Were thousands of copies of the "worst game ever made" buried beneath layers of trash? Could they find a time capsule of the gaming industry's darkest days? Read more...

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