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

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

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

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

Wine pairing for zombies: Which wines go best with human flesh?

So you've turned into a zombie, and you've spent a good deal of time mindlessly eating human flesh. But eventually, you find your tastebuds have gotten bored and you'd really like a glass of something that brings out the flavor of kidneys and skin. But what wines would go best with a dinner of human meat? » 6/16/12 8:00am 6/16/12 8:00am

Powdered Mummy, Gladiator Blood, and other Historical Medicines Made…

An Adam's apple a day keeps the doctor away? History is full of bizarre medical remedies, but few are as gruesome as the field of corpse medicine. Many doctors, from ancient times to modern, prescribed concoctions made of human organs, salves of human fat, and the ground-up remains of embalmed corpses to treat a host… » 6/09/12 9:30am 6/09/12 9:30am

Spiders who chop off their penises to save their heads

Sexual cannibalism is a remarkably common mating habit among insects and arachnids — perhaps most famously, black widow spiders and preying mantises devour males after mating with them. There are a number of competing theories about why such a seemingly harmful trait would evolve. And now we've discovered one spider… » 2/01/12 11:28am 2/01/12 11:28am