Ever since the 1990s, there’s been a bit of a problem with starvation in North Korea. Okay, more like a really big problem with malnutrition and starvation. And in the name of survival, there’s also been a problem with child abduction, because who’s gonna miss one kid when people are dying all over the place every day? So there’s become a rule of thumb in North Korea that you shouldn’t buy meat of unknown origin, because it may be the kid down the street.
Jamestown, Virginia was one of the first European colonies in the New World, and almost every single one of these early settlements dealt with incredible hardship. Archaeologists have now found evidence of cannibalism in 17th century Jamestown during the deadly winter of 1609-1610, in which 80% of the colonists died of cold and starvation.
Officer Gilberto Valle, a cop with the NYPD for six years, was arrested today after it was discovered he had a bizarre plot to kidnap, kill and eat up to 100 women in New York City.
With Resident Evil 6 launching today, Capcom pulled one awesome PR stunt, by opening a temporary “human meat” butcher shop in London, with all kinds of human looking meats and body parts on display.
If there’s one man who can alone keep the JapanWTF going strong for the entire rest of the year, it’s chef Mao Sugiyama. Sugiyama is a chef, a performance artist and a self-described asexual, who doesn’t care at all about sex or his sex organs. So when he decided to have his boy junk cut off, he decided to serve it at a fancy dinner for $250 a piece.
Last week, there was a story about a large shipment of ground up baby pills from China, seized by South Korean authorities and everyone was like “ewww China”. But it’s not just China— corpses have been used as medicine in Europe and almost everywhere else in the world at some time and place. It seems like a bad idea now, but some believed in the healing power of ground up dead people.
Ever since the mid 90s, around the time when Kim Jong Il took power in North Korea, there have been widespread food shortages that have only gotten worse over time. There have been plenty of reports of people eating mud, grass and raw acorns to try and survive, but at the extreme end, when things get absolutely desperate, people have apparently turned to cannibalism— often kidnapping young children that are then turned into meat on the black market.
Cannibalism exists all the way across the animal kingdom, and under extreme circumstances, it can be the only source of food for a small and starving group. But a Donner party situation isn’t the only reason that animals cannibalise each other— the situations behind cannibalism vary widely depending on the circumstances and the species. Some do it on a regular basis and for others it’s quite rare.
In 1981, Issei Sagawa murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman in Paris. He was deported back to Japan, where for his crimes, he simply spent a few years in a mental hospital and then released. VBS got a chance to chat with Mr. Sagawa about his life as a cannibal. CAUTION: The video does get pretty gruesome.
The image of T-rex used to be one of an awesome, fearsome predator, roaming the ancient jungles killing everything in its wake. More recent studies suggest that T-rex wasn’t a fearsome killer, but perhaps just a really big scavenger. And now Nick Longrich, a paleontologist at Yale University thinks that T-rex may have also been a cannibal.