The week of May 1, 2016

Lost and Found

Sean Ironstag’s quixotic quest to build a society of plastic floating cities to clean up the ocean

By Rosie Cima

The problem of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has stymied scientists. One man thinks he has the radical solution.


The forgotten Internet of Cyber.kdz

By Mark Hill

They were modern, ‘90s teens who used email to save NASA from cyberterrorists. Their neon-hued adventures remind us what the Internet used to be.

The man who Kickstarted his way to 30 days in a haunted clown motel

By Jennifer Swann

Christopher Sebela thought even as a joke it was a terrible idea. His backers disagreed, to the tune of $10,666. Then things got really weird.

The never-ending campaign to bring back Josta, the original ‘90s energy drink

By Jay Hathaway

Pepsi discontinued Josta in 1999. A small group of fans online have been ‘chasing the panther’ ever since.

Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

By Jeff Keacher

Three decades later, can this early home computer still hold up?

The legend of Turds of Misery, the Internet’s favorite classic band

By Audra Schroeder

The long-lost band was rediscovered online when a random tweet went viral.