Nicolas Winding Refn's Neon Demon Actually About Cannibal Supermodels? 

Okay, we'll admit it. We did not expect the plot for Nicolas Winding Refn's female-lead horror movie Neon Demon to be centered around cannibal supermodels. You've got our attention now, Refn. » 2/09/15 7:40am 2/09/15 7:40am

Khmer Rouge Survivor Says Guards Drank Wine Mixed With Human Organs

Testifying before a Khmer Rouge tribunal, a man who spent three years as a teen confined to Cambodia's notoriously brutal Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre in the 1970s recalled "torture, mass killings, and cadres drinking wine infused with human organs." » 1/22/15 10:30am 1/22/15 10:30am

Genetic Analysis Shows That Fin-Eating Fish Are Complete Assholes

Some freshwater fish in sub-Saharan Africa have evolved this nasty habit where they bite off and eat the fins of other fish. DNA barcoding now shows these things are nastier and far more indiscriminate than we thought. » 12/11/14 2:20pm 12/11/14 2:20pm

How Does Evolution Explain Human Cannibalism?

Most people only resort to cannibalism in extreme situations — and we usually view them as victims of temporary insanity. Starvation, we say, has "stripped them of their humanity." But a closer look at these stories shows that cannibalism follows behavior patterns that are consistent with evolutionary theory. » 8/04/14 11:24am 8/04/14 11:24am

The Grisly Truth About Tiny Hamsters And What They Really Eat

As Jason Bittel explains in somewhat distressing detail over at Slate, the truth about hamsters and burritos is that hamsters, contrary to what viral videos would have you believe, do not eat little burritos, tiny cakes, or mini pizzas. They eat each other. » 7/10/14 2:30pm 7/10/14 2:30pm

If You're Going To Be A Cannibal, You've Got To Count Calories

Here at Snacktaku we're all about portion control, so when science tells us a fully-cooked human cadaver would contain roughly 81,500 calories, we reach for the freezer bags. » 6/28/14 3:18pm 6/28/14 3:18pm

In a future of lab-grown food, could you eat meat made of celebrities?

An alleged startup claims that it wants to make and sell "artisinal salami" made from celebrity tissue samples. Even if it's a joke, it raises the question: What are the ethics of consuming lab-grown human meat? » 2/27/14 8:55am 2/27/14 8:55am

Male Spiders "Shudder" to Calm Their Cannibalistic Brides

For some male spiders, sex can come with a very high price: Death. How, then, do they get it on without becoming their cannibalistic mate's snack? Scientists have found that male orb-web spiders save their skin by performing a smooth move called the "shudder," which has the amazing ability to reduce female aggression. » 12/19/13 12:30pm 12/19/13 12:30pm

A short horror film set in an America in which cannibalism is legal

Greg Hanson and Casey Regan channel an older B-movie aesthetic for their short horror film Meat Me in Plainville. After all the livestock in America die off, cannibalism becomes legal with unexpected consequences. » 11/24/13 10:30am 11/24/13 10:30am

This Is Why Spider Monogamy Is Terrifying

In certain species of spiders and insects, females kill and eat their mates after sex. But the dark fishing spider experiences a very odd twist on this gruesome tale. » 6/19/13 1:02pm 6/19/13 1:02pm

Grisly new evidence reveals American colonists resorted to cannibalism

Historians have long speculated that punishing conditions in Jamestown – the first permanent English settlement in the Americas – may have driven some of its residents to cannibalism. Now, archeologists say they've uncovered their first hard evidence of colonial anthrophagy: the hacked-at remains of a teenage girl,… » 5/01/13 11:40am 5/01/13 11:40am

How long can you survive by eating yourself?

In practice, the answer is not long. You'd bleed to death pretty fast, or succumb to infection. But if you had a skilled surgeon and plenty of medical supplies, how long could you survive? » 3/27/13 6:40am 3/27/13 6:40am

You just don't understand sexual cannibalism

We call those deadly spiders with the red hourglass shapes on their abdomens "black widows" because they eat their mates as part of the sex act. But black widows are far from the only spiders who sexually cannibalize, and some insects and fish do it too. It's just a natural part of some animals' reproductive process.… » 1/23/13 10:10am 1/23/13 10:10am

The Uncomfortably Common Practice of Medicinal Cannibalism

Would you eat the flesh of a dead person to cure the flu? Ill individuals are often willing to look anything for a cure, and the practice of medicinal cannibalism was quite popular in England for several centuries. » 1/03/13 12:31pm 1/03/13 12:31pm

Life-sized chocolate baby heads are this season's creepiest confection

For the cannibal with a sweet tooth and a strong stomach come these massive white chocolate sculptures sculpted to look like infants' heads. Want to keep yourself from overindulging in sweets this holiday season? Every time you pick up a piece of chocolate, imagine on of these creepy things staring up at you. » 12/01/12 7:30am 12/01/12 7:30am

Fan Fiction Friday: Iron Man and Captain America in “Hungry?”

Greetings! Welcome to the first installment of Fan Fiction Friday on io9. For those of you who don't know, I've devoted the last several years of my life to mocking the worst erotic fan fiction the Internet has to offer, for two reasons: 1) for all the glories of this nerd age, we need to remember that there's a… » 11/23/12 1:20pm 11/23/12 1:20pm

Your sex life is boring and every animal on Earth is laughing about it

Hey, you. You like sex, don't you? Of course you do. Weird sex? Kinky sex? Sure. You're probably all over that shit. But we bet your love life is still straight up Albertson's brand reduced fat vanilla compared to the fully loaded nookie-sundae that is sex in the animal kingdom. » 11/21/12 8:40am 11/21/12 8:40am

The questionable nutritional value of eating a human placenta

Placenta - it's not just for shampoo anymore. There is a rising belief that eating a human placenta after child birth provides a nutritional benefit for the mother and possibly curbs postpartum depression. » 11/16/12 12:53pm 11/16/12 12:53pm

The Reason Early Humans May Have Practiced Infant Cannibalism

Back during the Early Pleistocene era in Europe, there lived a now-extinct subspecies of humans called Homo antecessor. Archeological evidence indicates that this species practiced cannibalism — and that they preferred the meat of young children. The question now being asked by anthropologists is why. The answer, it… » 9/14/12 3:00pm 9/14/12 3:00pm

Another face-eating zombie attack, this time in China

Yet another horrifying face-eating zombie attack has occurred on this planet, therefore solidifying all prior assumptions that A.) zombie apocalypse is happening right now; or B.) that humanity is merely acting particularly terrible nowadays. On June 26th in the Chinese city of Wenzhou, a local bus driver allegedly… » 7/02/12 9:15am 7/02/12 9:15am