If there's one thing our archives will attest to, it's that times change, but the holiday spirit remains constant. For 138 years, the most wonderful time of the year arrived without fail, whether we were at war, in the midst of a Communist takeover, or mourning over failed space expeditions. That being said, we've compiled several of our favorite holiday DIY, how-to's and gift guides from over the past hundred years. You'll be surprised at what we put at the top of our wish lists just a few decades ago.
A physics fanatic down under is having a very Tesla Christmas this year, creating a 30-foot electrifying display of yuletide cheer by attaching a rotating rod to the top of a Tesla coil, making for quite the colorful Christmas tree. Using such specialized science tools as a fishing rod and sinker, household power, and a Nikon D300, physician and Tesla buff Peter Terren manipulated 500,000 volts at a time to produce the images seen here.
'Tis the season for hokey, holiday-related science! This year's Christmas/science tie-in comes via NASA, who provided us all with the holiday present of a Christmas-tree-shaped nebula. Located 170,000 light years away, this nebula spawned the super-massive white stars to the right of the tree.
The end-of-the-year holidays are a time of tradition and ritual. The waiting on line at the airport. The flight getting delayed due to snow. And of course, the annual Thanksgiving vacation lost luggage.
To help alleviate that holiday travel-related stress, Google is giving a holiday present to every traveler who passes through 47 specially designated airports: free Wi-Fi.