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strict corn diet turns hamsters into cannibalistic little monsters


if ever there was a study better kept from the kids — particularly those with a worrying attitude toward the family pets — it’s this one.scientists at the university of strasbourg were investigating the id disappearance of european hamsters. they hypothesized pesticides and various other human activities were to blame, but the culprit e as a shock: industrial farming of corn.european hamsters who stuck to the traditional diet of grains, insects, and roots were fine. those with a strict diet of corn didn’t experience a decline in birth rate, but the mothers’ behavior turned cannibalistic towards their young.as gizmodo explained:they also developed “black-tongues” and began acting erratically, “climbing and pounding their feeders.”“improperly cooked maize-based diets have been ociated with h






a surprisingly large number of animals kill each other after sex / boing boing


but octopuses aren’t the only ones who kill their sex partners. female praying mantises often kill their mates, especially if they’re hungry, and within certain species of spiders, the males will actually offer themselves as a meal for their newly-impregnated partners. despite the ferocity of mating in the animal kingdom, romance is not dead: sexual cannibalism can be something of a gift from the male to the female in many cases. female wolf spiders and tarantulas, who often eat males pre-intercourse, produce 30% more eggs than those who don’t when they finally get around to mating. and in the mantis’ case, the death of one male often means the survival of the reproducing female. “it’s probably not the male’s preferred outcome,” scheel says. “but if you think about it…contributing his calo






cannibalism is 'perfectly natural' and quite useful, argues new book


book cover via algonquincannibalism is having a moment. between zombie fare like the walking dead and the santa clarita diet, and the upcoming french film raw, which caused attendees of a toronto film festival screening to p out last year, contemporary pop culture is increasingly fascinated by the rigors of eating human flesh. for a take that strives to look at this phenomenon in a clear-headed, non-sen ionalized manner, though, look no further than the new book cannibalism: a perfectly natural history (out, hilariously, on valentine’s day), by zoologist bill schutt. in a frequently humorous manner, schutt aims to “stay away from the clichéd ideas about cannibalism,” while discussing its natural causes that have been observed within a variety of animals and humans alike. advertisementchapt






why the homeless, albuquerque and america need the ‘opposition party’


commentary: there’s a tendency to “write off” some professions. it’s a very bad habit. for years, victims have included used car salesmen and preachers. now the media have joined that “elite” list.courtesy photojeremy reynaldsthe media were recently derisively referred to as the country’s “opposition party.” this is a tragic lowering of our country’s level of social discourse, and will do nothing except possibly perpetrate irreversible societal damage.in our openly divided and fractionalized culture, those who contribute to all this online verbal viciousness (or perhaps cannibalism is a better word) appear, from the anger of their posts, to have inhaled or imbibed massive doses of digital “courage.”with that in mind, i think it would be positive for us as a community to have a “let’s be ni






why the homeless, albuquerque and america need the ‘opposition party’


commentary: there’s a tendency to “write off” some professions. it’s a very bad habit. for years, victims have included used car salesmen and preachers. now the media have joined that “elite” list.courtesy photojeremy reynaldsthe media were recently derisively referred to as the country’s “opposition party.” this is a tragic lowering of our country’s level of social discourse, and will do nothing except possibly perpetrate irreversible societal damage.in our openly divided and fractionalized culture, those who contribute to all this online verbal viciousness (or perhaps cannibalism is a better word) appear, from the anger of their posts, to have inhaled or imbibed massive doses of digital “courage.”with that in mind, i think it would be positive for us as a community to have a “let’s be ni






watch some animals eat each other while they bone


image: wikimediahumans do some pretty freaky shit in the bedroom, but it usually falls short of decapitating and eating each other. some of our cousins in the animal kingdom do not avoid these trifling taboos.advertisement“when you’re talking about cannibalism, it’s not cut-and-dry jefferey dahmer—it’s not just a starving creature, or animals cannibalizing each other because they’re stuck in a cage,” bill schutt, author of the new book cannibalism: a perfectly natural history, explained to gizmodo. schutt’s book details various instances of animals for whom lovemaking and mealmaking are one in the same. for those who can’t stomach an entire book on this subject but are still looking for a little freaky animal porn to round out their week, we’ve listed a few of our favorite examples below,






watch some animals eat each other while they bone


image: wikimediahumans do some pretty freaky shit in the bedroom, but it usually falls short of decapitating and eating each other. some of our cousins in the animal kingdom do not avoid these trifling taboos.advertisement“when you’re talking about cannibalism, it’s not cut-and-dry jefferey dahmer—it’s not just a starving creature, or animals cannibalizing each other because they’re stuck in a cage,” bill schutt, author of the new book cannibalism: a perfectly natural history, explained to gizmodo. schutt’s book details various instances of animals for whom lovemaking and mealmaking are one in the same. for those who can’t stomach an entire book on this subject but are still looking for a little freaky animal porn to round out their week, we’ve listed a few of our favorite examples below,






watch some animals eat each other while they bone


image: wikimediahumans do some pretty freaky shit in the bedroom, but it usually falls short of decapitating and eating each other. some of our cousins in the animal kingdom do not avoid these trifling taboos.advertisement“when you’re talking about cannibalism, it’s not cut-and-dry jefferey dahmer—it’s not just a starving creature, or animals cannibalizing each other because they’re stuck in a cage,” bill schutt, author of the new book cannibalism: a perfectly natural history, explained to gizmodo. schutt’s book details various instances of animals for whom lovemaking and mealmaking are one in the same. for those who can’t stomach an entire book on this subject but are still looking for a little freaky animal porn to round out their week, we’ve listed a few of our favorite examples below,






all-corn diet turns hamsters into cannibals who eat their young


p o: gettyresearchers in france have discovered that a monotonous diet of corn causes hamsters to exhibit some unusual behavior—cannibalism. advertisementa new paper outlines the efforts of scientists at the university of strasbourg to determine why the european hamster (cricetus cricetus) has been dying off at an alarming rate. the hamster is critically endangered in western europe and research into the cause seemed to hit a brick wall. at first, it was theorized that pesticides and industrial ploughing might be to blame. perhaps the hamsters underground layers were being destroyed, leading to the population drop off. but that was determined to not be the cause. advertisement researchers led by mathilde tissier decided to look into the hamster’s diet. previously, the rodent’s diet consist






all-corn diet turns hamsters into cannibals who eat their young


p o: gettyresearchers in france have discovered that a monotonous diet of corn causes hamsters to exhibit some unusual behavior—cannibalism. advertisementa new paper outlines the efforts of scientists at the university of strasbourg to determine why the european hamster (cricetus cricetus) has been dying off at an alarming rate. the hamster is critically endangered in western europe and research into the cause seemed to hit a brick wall. at first, it was theorized that pesticides and industrial ploughing might be to blame. perhaps the hamsters underground layers were being destroyed, leading to the population drop off. but that was determined to not be the cause. advertisement researchers led by mathilde tissier decided to look into the hamster’s diet. previously, the rodent’s diet consist






cannibalism not aberrant behaviour, study finds. it’s actually pretty common acr


humans are sometimes said to occupy a “pecking order,” but of course the term actually refers to chickens and other poultry. mild pecking is normal behaviour in the flock, employed by dominant birds (or “despots”) as a way to remind subordinates of their lower social position.but the practice can turn gruesome when thousands of birds are packed wing to wing. then, some bottom-of-the-order birds are pecked to death — and eaten. as poultry and egg farms increased in size in the 1920s and 1930s, feather-pecking and cannibalism, known in the trade as “pick out,” be e serious threats.in 1939, joseph haas, founder of the national band and tag co., devised a fashionable method to deal with cooped-up cannibals: minisungl es equipped with red celluloid lenses on a hinged aluminum frame. poultry far






grief and sacrifice in a dream-like installation in koreatown


artist iris yirei hu’s exhibition at visitor welcome center is a heartfelt commemoration of her “spirit sister,” writer emi kuriyama, who p ed away last year. her works on canvas and fabric are by turns riotously inchoate and placidly austere, mixing symbolic imagery with excerpts from kuriyama’s writings. there’s something undisciplined about this mix that is likely a product of hu’s inexperience — she is still an mfa student — but the show is moving as a wild expression of grief.the exhibition spans two rooms, each painted a deep ultramarine blue. in the first hang two tapestry-like paintings. “i eat your body and drink your blood” is a pastiche of imagery. there is a rabbit framed in the moon, dracula and a large pair of open hands, along with the work’s title rendered in floppy, cutout






'santa clarita diet' review: drew barrymore eats people in quirky comedy


don't eat dinner while watching "santa clarita diet." don't even eat popcorn. you may think you're sitting down to watch a situational comedy about a married couple in southern california, but there's quite a twist. entrails, to be exact."santa clarita diet" is a comedy about how suburban real estate agent sheila (drew barrymore) turns into a creature of the undead, with a ravenous hunger for human flesh. it's a wacky, odd production, with a spare mythology of horror and a penchant for surprising, stomach-turning gore. in an early episode, sheila -- hungry, but out of any nearby bodies to devour -- bargains a foot off of an unethical mortician. she tears into it as if it's a turkey leg at a county fair, gnawing at a flap of skin until it slowly peels off. in the first episode, actuated by






review: if you've never met the demon barber, get to this 'sweeney todd'


in chicago and new york, "sweeney todd — the demon barber of fleet street" generally has devolved into a close shave.the reasons are partly canonical. ghosts of past productions now loom over the gothic masterwork by stephen sondheim and hugh wheeler; directors feel the press of the famous barber's knives at their necks so they look for nicks of their own. it's partly financial — musicians don't shave for free. it's partly a trend in sondheim interpretation — the desire to drill deeper and deeper into the shared intimacy of the emotional revelation and dissonance of human connection inherent in his work. and it's partly simple reverence; the beloved sondheim backlist is encircled by the arms of the protectively adoring. size — and populism — can be a threat.but what if you never had the pl






a parent’s guide to not transing the kids


in response to the uptick of trans mania, a group of four mothers and one father met at a suburban starbucks to compare notes on ways to help their children challenge the gender ideology pushed in the media and in the schools.one mother said these meetings are taking place across the country. parents are upset. “and it not’s what people think. day in and day out, that stuff causes people to question their own jud ent,” another mother said.we agreed that most people know how propaganda works in the abstract. recently many are realizing it is no small thing to force people to accept, repeat out loud, and refer to false facts and absurdities daily.“it has a psychological effect. it erodes their (children’s) confidence and makes them question themselves,” said one of the parents.that’s the poi






al pacino and the role that pulled him to the pasadena playhouse stage


al pacino stumbles onstage during rehearsals at the pasadena playhouse, his rumpled suit too loose, his hair disheveled, his eyes buggy. the set of playwright dotson rader’s “god looked away,” which begins performances wednesday, is a lavish chicago el in 1981, the evening before tennessee williams’ final opening.“i was smokin’,” pacino mumbles, in character as williams, collapsing onto a chaise longue. he fidgets, full of angst, as a golden-haired, shirtless young man m ages his shoulders. pacino’s character could be drunk, or fiercely hungover — or both. or maybe it’s the demerol s . “i was still smokin’ then … i was smokin’…” he whines.  suddenly, a screech offstage jars pacino out of character. or does it?“should i stand here?” he says in that gravelly voice, peering into the darkened