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When Star Trek: The Next Generation Was Bad, It Was Truly Horrendous

There aren’t just a lot of candidates for the worst episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I would contend there are a lot of worst episodes, full stop. It’s amazing how much terrible content this show produced while simultaneously reviving the beloved franchise – there’s the racism of “Code of Honor,” the supernatural assault of “Sub Rosa,” the clip show crappiness of “Shades of Gray,” and many more. Everyone has their pick, but “Up the Long Ladder” is my dark horse contender for the title, because it manages to be racist, sexist, and terrible sci-fi, all at once. Read More >>

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No, That Marvel Spider-Man Announcement Isn’t a Spider-Man 4 Comic

Not all number fours are created equal. Not even all of them are fantastic. But a certain digit sent Marvel fans into a tizzy this past weekend, only for it to be all for naught. Or maybe that should be four naught? Read More >>

Man Develops Rare Neurological Disorder From Denture Paste

In a bizarre case in the UK, a 62-year-old man developed a severe neurological disorder, and doctors learned it probably had something to with his dentures. Or at least, with the stuff keeping them in place. Read More >>

Nightmarish Sea Spiders Pump Their Blood Using Their Guts

Earth’s oceans are well-stocked with otherworldly inhabitants, but few of these critters are quite as strange as sea spiders, which look like something that would lurk in the crawlspace under Slender Man’s house. With their impossibly spindly legs, sea spiders—which aren’t even actual spiders—stride across the ocean floor with eerily slow, deliberate steps. They eat by piercing stationary animals like sea anemones and sponges with their long proboscises, and sucking up chunks of tissue softened by digestive juices. Now, new research published in the journal Current Biology piles onto the weirdness, demonstrating that sea spiders move blood and oxygen around their bodies not by pumping their hearts, but by pumping their guts. Read More >>

This Deep Sea Monster Attaches Its Head to Its Neck in the Freakiest Way

We already knew the deep ocean is full of nightmare creatures — twisted amalgams of tooth, jaw and fin sprung to life from some tortured corner of the multiverse. But good news — it gets even weirder! Scientists have just learned that one deep sea predator has a flexible attachment between its head and its skull that allows it to snap its jaws open like a Pez dispenser. Read More >>

Two World War II Shipwrecks Mysteriously Vanished From the Bottom of the Ocean

A pair of warships lost during a historic 1942 naval battle have completely disappeared from their resting places at the bottom of the Java Sea. Large portions of a third ship are also missing. An international investigation has been launched in hopes of solving this bizarre maritime mystery. Read More >>

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Great White Shark Breaks Into Diver’s Shark Tank, Terror Ensues

A harrowing new video shows a large great white shark lunging for a chunk of tuna — and then wriggling its way inside a 'shark-proof' cage with a diver inside. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the video is as horrifying as it sounds. Read More >>

Ancient Nightmare Wasp Is Like No Other Insect on Earth

Do not be alarmed by this heavily armed, parasitic wasp that bears no close relationship to any other organism, and is such a badass that it apparently traded flying for leaping like a grasshopper. Mercifully, Aptenoperissus burmanicus went extinct a long time ago. Read More >>

The Horrifying Way You Might Escape a Black Hole

Black holes: crushing vortexes of darkness that promise to shred each and every atom in your body to oblivion, right? Maybe not. New theoretical work by researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics hints that it might be possible to escape the journey into a black hole with all of your cells intact. The bad news is, you’d probably still die...and you’d wind up in another universe. Read More >>

Scientists Confirm: Comets Smell Like Cat Piss

Rotten eggs, cat urine, bitter almonds — that’s the delightful elixir of aromas comprising the BO of one comet 67P, also known as Rosetta’s comet. In a heartwarmingly nerdy yet mildly alarming development, members of the Rosetta mission team have commissioned scent firm The Aroma Company to turn it into a perfume. Read More >>

Woman Stalked By Starving Wolf For 12 Hours Survives Harrowing Ordeal

Last Friday, Joanne Barnaby went mushroom picking in a forest near Fort Smith in the Canadian Northwest Territories. It was an inauspicious beginning to what would end up being a 12-hour ordeal, one involving a desperate wolf, swarms of mosquitoes, an unwitting bear cub—and a can of beer. Read More >>

Watching a Male Seahorse Birth 2,000 Babies is Horrifying and Awesome at the Same Time

Childbirth is an enormous responsibility that nearly always falls on females—but a few brave males shoulder the burden too. And as a female who has vaguely contemplated the possibility of having children, I don’t envy them for a second. Read More >>

No, You Can’t Use the DMCA to Fight IS, You Lunatic

Politicians and Anonymous activists are freaking out about fighting Islamic State on social media. Into this minefield stepped US homeland security analyst Paul Rosenzweig, who proposed a solution so bad it’s mind-boggling. He wants to use copyright law to stop terrorism. Read More >>

People Livestream This Guy’s Face to be “Healed”

Forty-eight-year-old Braco preaches no dogma. In fact, he doesn’t say anything at all. Nonetheless, he has thousands of devoted followers across the world. Why? People say that staring into Braco’s unblinking eyes dispels physical and emotional suffering. Read More >>

It Only Takes 70,000 Festival Dancers to Make an Earthquake

Hordes of party-minded American hipsters are heading out to Black Rock City this weekend for the annual Burning Man festival — possibly as many as 70,000, if past growth trends hold. And according to British seismologist Paul Denton, that’s enough frenzied dancing feet to generate a small earthquake measuring about 0.5 on the Richter scale. Read More >>