Cats Is a ‘Medieval Morality Play’: 20 Highlights From Tom Hooper’s Strange Director Commentary

Cats has finally come home, and we’ve combed through the director commentary to uncover the film’s greatest secrets. It may be one of those movies that’s impossible to explain, but director Tom Hooper was determined to try. Read More >>

Steven Seagal to Pay Over £256,000 to the US Securities and Exchange Commission for Promoting Bitcoiin. Yes, Bitcoiin

Zen master goblin Steven Seagal, last seen promoting a straight-to-DVD action flick for fans such as Vladimir Putin – and also in sexual abuse allegations – has agreed to pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a total of $330,448.76 (£256,395.19) for failing to disclose the details of his financial relationship with the intriguingly-named cryptocurrency “Bitcoiin2Gen.” Some called it a pyramid scheme. Some called it a fraud. According to the SEC, Seagal called it a don’t-miss opportunity, leading up to B2G’s initial coin offering (ICO). Incidentally, as he encouraged followers to get in on B2G, he neglected to mention to the SEC that he was promised $250,000 (£194,000) in cash and $750,000 (£582,000) worth of coiin. Read More >>

Here are Some Gulls Playing With a Dildo

Conservation photographer Jennifer Warner visited the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, California on Tuesday in order to photograph the pupping harbor seals that have taken up residence on the beach. She soon noticed some juvenile gulls chasing each another around and causing a ruckus; one of them had what she thought at first was a piece of plastic pollution in its beak. She snapped a few photos and zoomed in. Read More >>

Samsung Accidentally Texted The World

Someone seems to have accidentally pressed a wrong button at Samsung. On Thursday Galaxy users from around the world received a mysterious '1' message on their devices. Samsung has since address the incident and said there's nothing to worry about. Read More >>

Twitter Ran Ads for Human Organs Because Money Is Money

Aside from pockets of overt racism, one of the more weirdly unpleasant corners of Twitter comes from its “promoted” content. What ostensibly started as a tool for big-name brands to drive the “reach” and “impact” of whatever message they might be promoting, it’s since devolved into another kind of marketing tool that’s just kind of.... weird. Not weird in the tracking-you-everywhere-you-go kind of way, but weird, in the just plain weird way. Read More >>

Please Do Not Drink Silver to Kill the Coronavirus

Wherever mass tragedy strikes, there will be vulturous hucksters looking to take advantage of people’s fears. The outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China and other countries is no exception. Medical quacks are already trying to sell the very bad idea of swallowing silver to ward off the virus – something that’s more likely to turn you into a real-life smurf than cure anything. Read More >>

Do You Think in Words?

A question for you: when you are aware of your own consciousness – meaning your own individual scattershot thoughts, like what to make for lunch, whether to cross the street, or when it’s time to go hit the pillow – what do you hear? That is, do you “hear” your own voice in your head? Or do you hear nothing at all? Read More >>

This Woman’s Mouth Keeps Growing Hairs

A woman in Italy developed a rare, literally hair-raising medical condition, her doctors say. In a case study, they describe how the woman grew eyelash-like hairs inside of her mouth. What’s worse, the hairs kept returning after their initial removal. Read More >>

Pablo Escobar’s Horny Hippos Won’t Stop Shitting All Over Colombia

When the Colombian National Police killed cocaine kingpin and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar in 1993, they seized his enormous estate, including his sculpture garden, car collection, small airports, and personal zoo. They shipped most of the zoo animals off to other zoos, but they left dude’s four hippos to fend for themselves. Read More >>

Scientists Just Made a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy ‘Speak’

Have you ever wondered what an ancient Egyptian mummy would sound like if it could talk? A wild new scientific experiment has finally answered this burning question, but the result is perhaps less impressive (and certainly less ominous) than you might think. Read More >>

New Species of Praying Mantis Impales Its Prey on Barbed Spikes

Mantises are elite ambush predators, snatching their victims with a lightning-fast strike of their front limbs. But one newly described species doesn’t just hold its prey in a prickly embrace: It impales it, using long, barbed tines to expertly polish off the squirming morsel like a chunk of bread skewered on a fondue fork. Read More >>

CES 2020: WTF Is an Artificial Human and Where Did They Come From?

Neon is the name of the company and also the name of its only product – if you can call it that. I’m told a Neon is a living entity, but it doesn’t have a physical body. I’m told a Neon is computationally created, but it’s not an AI assistant. So what the fuck is Neon and what is all this talk about artificial humans? Read More >>

CES 2020: You Can Now Add Alexa to Your Shower Head for Some Fucking Reason

If there's one thing I've learned about tech shows in my short years of covering and attending them, it's that the stuff on show is quite mind-blogging. Either because of how mind-numbingly dull it is (five hundred near-identical low-brand smartphones, anyone?) or that it's so spectacularly weird nobody would ever want it. This latest announcement from Kohler is definitely the latter. Read More >>

Guy Gets Severed Arm Preserved by Taxidermist: ‘I Wanted to Do Something Cool’

Lots of people have two arms. Far fewer can say they have one on a shelf by their sink. A 37-year-old Canadian man recently joined this exclusive club, turning his amputated limb into a unique conversation piece thanks to a helpful taxidermist – and a hungry colony of beetles. Read More >>

The Weirdest Medical Cases of 2019

2019 has truly been the year of too much. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the bizarre medical cases that made the news this year. So let’s go ahead and take a trip down memory lane, just in case you were hoping to get a good night’s sleep ever again. Read More >>