Footnotes: Inspector Gadget’s Mixed Messages and a Scorned, Self-Destructive Moon

This week on Footnotes: the universe’s star-crossed lovers Mars and Phobos deal with the homewrecking Curiosity rover. Someone’s gonna get hurt.

Also, we revisit the classic cartoon Inspector Gadget, whose titular character is packed with gadgets and ineptitude. And unfortunately he has a message for the kids.

Come across something on Wired that you want me to talk about? Ping me on Twitter at @mrMattSimon or by email at matthew_simon at

Articles under discussion this week:
Curiosity Rover Captures Martian Eclipse
Hi-Call Phone Gloves Bring Inspector Gadget Functionality to Life

Matt Simon

Matt is the host of Wired’s Footnotes show and editor of the This Day in Tech blog, where he writes about all manner of milestones while respectfully declining requests from friends and family to write about their birthdays.

Read more by Matt Simon

Follow @mrMattSimon on Twitter.