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

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

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