Humans have been eating other humans since the beginning of time, but the motivations behind this macabre practice are complex and often unclear. Some anthropologists say prehistoric cannibals were just trying to grab a nutritious snack, but new research shows that human flesh — as tasty as it is — doesn't pack the same caloric punch as wild animals. In other words, cannibalism wasn't worth the trouble given alternatives.
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It's not the fault of Hollywood or Netflix or even the internet. Or, well, it's not all their fault. We're to blame for encouraging all these nostalgic re-releases and poorly re-hashed versions of things from our childhood, too. 8-Bit Philosophy delves into our need for nostalgia and cites philosopher Svetlana Boyn, who has said that nostalgia has historically coincided with revolution.
San Francisco is a city of long lines, and on a Saturday afternoon few lines here are longer than the one in front of the Chocolate Chair in Japantown. The Chocolate Chair's specialty is Dragon's Breath, neon-coloured balls of puffed rice cereal soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you take a bite, the nitrogen-infusion fills your mouth with a dense, smoke-like gas. Breathe the gas out through your nose or mouth, and voilà, man becomes dragon.
If this face seems familiar, it's probably because you've seen it associated with any number of recent terror incidents. This man has apparently died at least three times since January, most recently in the terrorist attack at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. So what gives? A France24 investigation provides the answer.
Video: It's a big sweeping question that can't possibly have an answer. Is it the story? Is it the characters? Is it the cinematography? This examination by Now You See It attempts to break down what makes a movie elevate from good to great, and focuses on a few things: the impact it has on filmmaking (also known as why Citizen Kane is so great), the impact it has on our culture (also known as why Jaws is so great) and the impact it has on the individual viewer (also known as why whatever movie you think is great is so great).
Anthropologists working in Kenya have uncovered the remains of a group of prehistoric foragers who were ruthlessly massacred about 10,000 years ago. It's considered the earliest example of organised violence among nomadic hunter-gatherers, a rare find that's offering an unprecedented glimpse into what life — and death — was like for prehistoric foragers.
French fries. Mashed potatoes. Baked potatoes. Hash browns. Potato wedges. Potatoes are basically always delicious whichever way you cook them. Even if you've never had a particular potato dish, if it's potato-based, you know it's starchy goodness for you. Here are 14 different ways to cook a potato from Food, People, Places. I didn't even recognise some but I know I want to eat them all.
According to a report on Variety, citing the usual collection of anonymous sources, Apple is considering a move into producing its own TV and movies. This rumour is as new as the rumours about Apple producing a TV, or a touchscreen iMac, or (insert consumer tech product here). But could this year be THE YEAR? This is the internet, so let's speculate wildly.
Each culture has its own customs and each country has its own preferences but people all across the world are united in their desire to drink and have fun with their friends. And it's that — not language or opposable thumbs — is what makes us humans. But of course, if you're drinking with people from other cultures, you should respect how they do things.
Sibudu, a rock shelter above the uThongathi River in KwaZulu-Natal, is one of South Africa's most important archaeological sites. Its recent nomination for World Heritage status demonstrates that it is of universal value, with heritage that belongs to all humanity.
There are certain films that are so obviously meant to be projected on a big screen it feels wrong to watch them for the first time at home — grandiose, SFX-heavy space sagas like Gravity only feel right splayed across an IMAX canvass. Unfriended, in its scale, has the reverse affect. It's best watched on a laptop, huddled in bed, alone.
Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regime is supposed to optimise the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of ageing, sleep deprivation and hangovers.