Gore and gravy: Terrifying Thanksgiving horror films to stream now – CNET

There is no actual ThanksKilling 2, but this movie serves as a sequel. Not that we needed another film about a psychotic turkey that goes on a murder spree, it just wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving until we saw this foul fowl offend everyone in the movie. This film is even campier than the original ThanksKilling, with more gore and even more puppets.

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Eat this Cthurkey and other Cthulhu entrees, if you dare – CNET

Cthurkey -- which was given the nickname "Cthuken" by fans online -- is made from bacon, crab, octopus and turkey.

Cthurkey -- which was given the nickname "Cthuken" by fans online -- is made from bacon, crab, octopus, and turkey.

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After binging on turkey, mashed potatoes, puddings, cakes, and your body weight in cookies during the holidays, the last thing you want to ponder is a dinner that looks like it could kill you in a cage fight.

Meet Cthurkey. Rusty Eulberg and his wife Jennifer Robledo wanted to add something a bit more adventurous to their Christmas dinner spread, so they created this edible Elder God that pays tribute to H.P. Lovecraft's tentacled creature from "The Call of Cthulhu."

"Jenny is a big fan of Cthulhu so we went and bought some crab legs and some octopus and bacon and cooked them all separate and slapped them together on a plate, and that was it," Eulberg said. "The next year I made a Cthicken; the same thing using squid instead of octopus and a chicken."

Cthulhu food tributes are nothing new. There are Cthulhu cakes, cookies, pizza, Bento box lunches, and this especially scrumptious Snickerthulhu. Even the YouTube bro-tastic chefs from Epic Meal Time made a meat Cthulhu from hamburger, bacon, squid, and cheeseburgers.

If Cthurkey looks a bit too frightening to serve at your next dinner party, try baking this less creepy-looking Lovecraft tribute -- Cthulhu pie by Sandy Yoo.

As Lovecraft wrote of Cthulhu, "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents" -- unless of course, those contents are delicious. Bon appetit, if you dare!

Originally published on Dec. 30, 2013.

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One-of-a-kind fossil shows T. rex and Triceratops locked in battle to the death – CNET


Artist Anthony Hutchings' rendering of battling Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops horridus.

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When you imagine dinosaurs battling it out, the first match-up that comes to mind is Triceratops vs. T. rex. In our collective imagination they are fighting eternally. It's the clash of the titans. But did these battles actually take place?

Yes. Yes they did. We have the fossil to prove it, and for the first time ever, the public will be able to take a look.

The fossil -- nicknamed "Dueling Dinosaurs" -- was initially discovered in 2006, but until now has only been seen by a select few. It shows a T. rex and a Triceratops in mid-battle, literally fighting to the death. The pair are preserved in a fossil going on display for the first time at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Charlotte Observer reported on Nov. 17. 

The fossil shows the Triceratops and T. rex to date, preserved together in an unusual predator-prey encounter.

Unlike other museum displays where the dinosaur skeletons are preserved then assembled to stand proudly, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences plans on displaying this fossil encased in sandstone, as staff paleontologists slowly take away the sediment that surrounds the bones.

Museum visitors will also be able to ask the working paleontologists questions while they work on the exhibit. 

"There's such a gold mine of scientific information to be discovered," Museum Director Eric Dorfman told The Charlotte Observer.  "We already have a fantastic reputation for letting people see science unfold in real time. People can walk up and see researchers do the work they do. This fossil lets us take that idea with people engaging in science in real time to the next level."

The fossils were acquired for $6 million by the nonprofit organization Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences via private funds and will be gifted to the Museum's Vertebrate Paleontology Collection. The museum's construction on the SECU DinoLab begins in 2021.

"We have not yet studied this specimen; it is a scientific frontier. The preservation is phenomenal, and we plan to use every technological innovation available to reveal new information on the biology of T. rex and Triceratops. This fossil will forever change our view of the world's two favorite dinosaurs," said Dr. Lindsay Zanno, head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences said in a statement.

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Archaeologists find remains of man and his slave killed in Pompeii eruption – CNET


Here are the plaster casts of what archeologists believe were a wealthy man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

Parco Archeologico di Pompei

The deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii happened nearly 2,000 years ago, but more evidence from that horrifying event continues to reveal itself even now. Partial male skeletons from that time period have been unearthed, officials at Italy's Pompeii archaeological park said on Saturday.

During an excavation of ruins about 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) northwest of Pompeii, two skeletons were found lying next to each other in a layer of gray ash at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) deep. 

Archaeologists poured plaster into the empty spaces left by the decaying bodies in the ash. This technique, pioneered in the 1800s, better shows the victims' bodies but also makes the remains "seem like statues," Massimo Osanna, an archaeologist who is director of the archaeological park operated under the jurisdiction of the Italian Culture Ministry, explained to AP News.

The skeletons were found in a side room of a suburban villa along an underground corridor called a cryptoporticus.

"The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected," Osanna said.

Studying the skulls and teeth, archaeologists have determined one of the men was between the ages of 18 and 25. The young man also had a spinal column with compressed discs, which led archaeologists to hypothesize he may have done manual labor as a slave.


Here's a glimpse of one of the male skeletons found at the dig in Pompeii. 

Parco Archeologico di Pompei

The impression of fabric folds left in the ash layer also shows the younger man may have been wearing a short, pleated wool tunic.

The other male skeleton had a strong bone structure, especially in his chest area. He was estimated to have been between the ages of 30 and 40. He may have been wearing a tunic as well as a mantle over his left shoulder.

Archaeologists believe these two men died suddenly, according to a statement, not during the first eruption but instead during the second pyroclastic flow, a violent, energetic flow that struck Pompeii and the surrounding area in the early hours of Oct. 25, leading to the death of the survivors who were still present in the city and countryside. 

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Lego reveals new Super Mario sets for 2021 with cool customizing options – CNET


New Lego Super Mario sets -- including this new Maker Set -- will hit stores on Jan. 1, 2021.


Lego announced new Super Mario 2021 sets on Tuesday that include a new Maker Set, three Expansion Packs, two Power-Up packs and an entirely new line of character packs to collect, all hitting stores on Jan. 1, 2021.

What makes this Lego release extra interesting is the new Lego Super Mario Master Your Adventure Maker Set. It's a creative toolbox that allows builders to completely customize Lego Super Mario building and ways to earn coins. 

Using the Customization Machine included in the Maker Set, builders can change how Lego Mario reacts to three Special Bricks. The Maker Set also introduces a new special Start Pipe that will shuffle the rules of the level play, in that players are challenged to reach the Goal Pole in less time, yet with increased rewards.

The other sets introduced Tuesday are the Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter Expansion Set, the Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge Expansion Set, the Wiggler's Poison Swamp Expansion Set, Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack and the Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack.


The Lego Super Mario Maker Set comes with 366 pieces, all selected to ensure that builders can unleash their creativity and customize their own levels for themselves or other players.


Penguin Mario and Tanooki Mario both give Mario all-new abilities that can be used to beat Lego Super Mario Courses.

Series Two of the Lego Super Mario character packs features an action tag that Lego Mario can read for fans to integrate into the level play. Series Two also includes 10 brand new collectible, buildable characters. 


Lego Super Mario character packs are actual blind boxes so you never know what you'll get until you open up the packaging.


Kept a surprise until opened, fans could be getting a Huckit Crab, Spiny Cheep Cheep, Ninji, Foo, Parachute Goomba, Fly Guy, Poison Mushroom, Para-Beetle, Thwimp or a Bone Goomba.

The new sets also introduce much-loved enemies, including the Piranha-Plants, Larry, a Goomba, Wiggler and Koopa Paratroopa, to the play, all of who can be defeated or played with for coin rewards.

Be sure to check out our extensive review of the previously-released Lego Super Mario sets.

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Gamer born without a hand gets Metal Gear Solid Venom Snake bionic arm – CNET


Daniel Melville with his new Metal Gear Solid bionic arm.

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UK-based gamer Daniel Melville was born without a hand, and thanks to video game publisher Konami and Open Bionics, he now has a super cool new bionic arm based on Venom Snake's design from Metal Gear Solid.

"This is unbelievable. It's everything I've ever wanted from a bionic arm," Melville said in a statement. "I'm an avid gamer and love Metal Gear Solid so much, and to actually have Snake's arm in real life is just insane."

The fictional character of Venom Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, released in 2015, lost his arm in an explosion and has a red and black bionic arm, complete with detachable missile functionality and gadgets to stun enemies. 

The Venom Snake bionic arm for below-elbow amputees clips onto Open Bionics' Hero Arm, a multi-grip bionic arm.

While Melville's bionic arm looks like the same one Venom Snake has in the game, it doesn't have the same weaponized features. It does enable Melville to tackle everyday functions -- including gaming -- just like a real arm via special sensors that detect muscle movements.


Daniel Melville shows off his new Metal Gear Solid bionic arm from Konami and Open Bionics.

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Open Bionics is a Bristol, England-based company that uses 3D printing technology to make bionic arms for amputees that cost less than traditional prosthetics. Each Hero Arm can then be accessorized with magnetic clip-on covers like Melville's Metal Gear Solid Venom Snake cover.

Previously, Open Bionics created Hero Arms that can look like the red Iron Man gauntlet with a vibrating repulsor, one of Elsa's sparkling blue gloves from the hit 2013 movie Frozen, hero Adam Jensen's metal arm from the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and a Star Wars-themed arm that lights up with colored LED lights.

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This poop-themed anime game wants you to care about your digestive health – CNET


Talk intimately about your poo with cute anime game characters. 


The color and shape of your poop might not sound like interesting discussion fodder, but if you plan to play the Japanese mobile game Unkore be prepared to chat about your scat. 

The game, free on Android and iOS devices, features cute anime girls who go on special missions in the fantasy realm of Utopia. The game sounds like a typical fantasy quest game, but it has an interesting twist. 

If you want to earn in-game currency, you have to tell the game's characters about your daily bowel movements. It's not a weird fetish game, but instead a new campaign from health awareness nonprofit Japan Unko Society to make gamers more conscious of their digestive health, and important issues such as colon cancer.

"Since the quality of your feces can be an early indicator of health problems," according to Sora News 24, "Unkore tracks your answers, and if your responses are starting to look abnormal, will recommend seeing a doctor for an examination." 


Describing the color and consistency of your  bowel movements earns you points, but can also help you detect early signs of possible health issues like colon cancer.


The unusual game also rewards players with the "in-game means to recruit characters and obtain items through its Gacha/Lootbox drops for use in clicker game-style battles against harmful bacteria and tumors, represented as monstrous slimes and demons."

The game's adorable anime characters are also human representations of helpful intestinal bacteria, as well as other references to digestive health. If this game doesn't get you excited about paying attention to your poop, nothing will. 

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Jeopardy pays tribute to the late Alex Trebek – CNET


Jeopardy host Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 8.


Since news hit that Alex Trebek died on Sunday morning from pancreatic cancer at age 80, fans have been posting tributes on social media. The show Jeopardy also posted its own tribute to Trebek on Monday.

Jeopardy honored Trebek and his impressive legacy on the series with a video message. The video features executive producer Mike Richards giving an emotional tribute to the show's host.

"Today we honor Alex Trebek," the tweet said. "For over three decades he brought integrity, humor and intelligence to his duties as host of Jeopardy. He will be in our hearts forever. Thank you, Alex. Love from us all."

Trebek hosted Jeopardy for over three decades. In March 2019, he announced publicly that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," Trebek said. 

Trebek hosted the long-running Jeopardy series since 1984, and his contract was set to continue until 2023. New Jeopardy episodes hosted by Trebek will continue to air through Dec. 25. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29. 

"He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years," Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness and his professionalism will be with all of us forever."

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Tom Holland wears two masks in first Spider-Man 3 set photo – CNET


Actor Tom Holland will reprise his role as Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie, expected to hit theaters in 2021. 

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Even superheroes support wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, actor Tom Holland shared the first photo of himself from the Spider-Man 3 movie set wearing not only Spider-Man's blue and red suit, but also a white PPE face mask.

"Wear a mask, I'm wearing two," Holland wrote as the caption for his Instagram photo

Not much is known about the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie. Holland revealed in October that the sequel to 2017's Homecoming and 2019's Far From Home already started filming

The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which doesn't have an official title yet, has Jon Watts (who directed Homecoming and Far From Home) returning to helm this movie.

In addition to Holland as Spider-Man, the cast includes Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jacob Batalon as Ned and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson.

Actor J.K. Simmons' J. Jonah Jameson character -- who made a surprise appearance in Far From Home -- will likely return as well.

Jamie Foxx may be reprising his role as Electro -- the villain of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's also been reported that Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange character will be Spidey's new mentor in the upcoming movie.

Spider-Man 3 is currently slated to hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.

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Beloved Jeopardy host Alex Trebek dies at 80 after cancer battle – CNET


Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2019.


Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died Sunday morning at age 80, the show confirmed. "Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends," the official Jeopardy account tweeted. "Thank you, Alex." 

Last year, Trebek posted a video on Twitter and YouTube telling fans he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but that he remained hopeful. "Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," Trebek said. 

Trebek hosted the long-running Jeopardy series since 1984, and his contract was to continue through 2023. New Jeopardy episodes hosted by Trebek will continue to air through Dec. 25. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29.

"He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years," Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness and his professionalism will be with all of us forever."

"We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia," Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau tweeted. "My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.

In January, when Trebek was asked by Entertainment Weekly what he wanted to say on his final episode of Jeopardy, he said, "I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, 'Don't ask me who's going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I'm sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me for the past 30-odd years, then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye."

As expected, many of Trebek's friends, colleagues, and past contestants showed their love for the game show host on social media.

"Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him," legendary Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings tweeted on Sunday. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the US game show Jeopardy with 74 wins.

"I was on Jeopardy twice. In 1998 I was on the first-ever Back to School special," former contestant Kendra James tweeted.  Alex Trebek was so nice to 15+ 10-11 year-olds -- my nightmare. I wore a too shiny silver shirt from Limited Too, which Alex kept joking (kindly) about needing sunglasses to look at. RIP."

"So sad to hear of the passing of my friend Alex Trebek," actor Ed Asner tweeted. "He was a fighter and also one of the nicest people on this planet. He has left his mark on the world and in our hearts."

"We mourn the loss of Alex Trebek -- a friend, a colleague, an icon. He graced us with warmth, wit and pure elegance, which is why we welcomed him into our homes night after night, year after year. We are deeply saddened for his wife Jean, his family and millions of Jeopardy fans," Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger tweeted.

Fans will have a chance to see Trebek in the upcoming movie Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds

"Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle," actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted. "He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will."

Other fan tributes to Trebek on Twitter show how much the game show host will be missed. "The greatest quiz show host ever, never to be equaled," wrote Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. "RIP, Alex Trebek."

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