Rare Giant Snail with 6,000 Teeth Feasts on Earthworm

The giant carnivorous Powelliphanta Snail of New Zealand slurps up and devours an earthworm in this clip from BBC Earth.
Powelliphanta, the carnivorous snail of New Zealand

“When the air itself becomes saturated and the temperature is just right, rare giants start to emerge,” the narrator says in the beginning of this clip. The “rare giant” here is the fist-sized Powelliphanta Snail found only in New Zealand.

Not only is this snail big, it’s also carnivorous. The Powelliphanta’s diet consists mainly of slugs and earthworms. It sucks them in and uses it’s radula (a tongue-like strip consisting of 6,000 teeth) to shred it’s prey.

Watch the video:

I haven’t been this horrified by something so harmless in appearance since I learned about Hawaii’s carnivorous caterpillars.

Corsets and Codpieces: History’s Hidden Fashion Disasters

Corsets and Codpieces by Karen Bowman
Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era
by Karen Bowman
176 pages
Skyhorse Publishing

Throughout the ages fashion has been weird, and sometimes even deadly. In Corsets & Codpieces author Karen Bowman takes a fresh look at “history’s hidden fashion disasters” to reveal the funny, bizarre, and often horrifying stories behind historical garments, including bum rolls, poisonous makeup, oversized codpieces, Victorian ladies shoplifting crinoline, and more.

Corsets and Codpieces
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Sacred Fragment of 19th-Century Saint’s Brain Stolen from Italian Basilica

A sacred fragment of 19th-century saint John Bosco’s brain was stolen from an Italian basilica, sparking rumors of Satanic rituals.
Reliquary containing the venerated brain fragment of John Bosco
Reliquary containing the venerated brain fragment of John Bosco

Over the weekend a venerated relic of St. John Bosco was stolen from the Castelnuovo Don Bosco basilica near Turin, Italy. The relic is a small piece of Bosco’s brain, obtained in 1929 when he was exhumed for beatification and canonization as a saint.

The church and media have expressed concern that the relic may be used in for Satanic rituals, or will be held for ransom.

John Bosco (known popularly as “Don” Bosco, a traditional Italian title of honor for priests) was born in 1815. Following a series of dreams in his childhood, he became an ordained catholic priest in 1841 and devoted himself to helping disadvantaged children and saving them from a life of degradation. He founded the Salesian Congregation to further his cause. At the time of his death in 1888, the order was helping 130,000 children in 250 houses. His dying message is said to be, “Tell the boys that I shall be waiting for them all in Paradise.”

Saint Don Bosco
Catholic saint Don Bosco

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Bosco was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. According to the Catholic News Agency, he is the patron saint of “young people, apprentices, and Catholic publishers and editors.”

The reliquary containing the brain fragment was discovered missing Saturday night. Authorities set up road blocks and began pouring through security videos, but the perpetrator has yet to be apprehended.

Other relics of John Bosco were used in the creation of a lifesize wax sculpture of the saint, which was created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2015.

Pilgrims who come to the basilica overlooking the place of Bosco’s birth are praying for the relic’s return.

Tomb of Saint John Bosco

UPDATE: Fingerprints lead police to the home of a 42-year-old man who had hoped to sell the glass case containing the relic. It was found intact hidden in a copper kettle in the man’s kitchen. Read the article right here.

Birthday Box of Weird Giveaway

Celebrate seven strange years of Cult of Weird with a special birthday Box of Weird giveaway featuring weird novelties and oddities.
Cult of Weird birthday giveaway

Cult of Weird manifested in our reality from the slimy ethereal sphincter of the cosmic nether seven years ago, on June 23, 2010. It began as my own personal excuse to research historical mysteries, keep tabs on the latest weird news headlines, and collect strange things like freeze-dried piranhas and antique coffin hardware.

The Cult has since grown into a beast I can barely keep up with, serving up a daily dose of deranged to over a million insatiably curious minds every year.

As a thank you to all of you who read my ramblings, share on social media, post funny, insightful or intellectual comments, and generally make this all worth doing day after day, I’ve decided to celebrate with a Box of Weird giveaway.

Win a Box of Weird

As you may know, from time to time I put together these things called Boxes of Weird, so named because I can’t think of anything clever to call them. These unique collections of oddities and novelties (contained within in a generic cardboard box!) are usually only available for my favorite holidays: Halloween, Krampusnacht, and Cannibal Week. However, to celebrate 7 years of what the hell am I doing with my life, I decided to throw together a special Box of Weird giveaway with random things I have lying around.

What’s in the Box?
Box of Weird

One (1) randomly selected winner will receive a box containing:

  • Cannibal Isles T-shirt (comfy AF, unisex size LARGE)
  • Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? by Cult contributor J. Nathan Couch
  • Genuine vintage Capuchin catacombs postcard
  • Cult of Weird Bookmark
  • Bone pen
  • White scarab specimen in lucite
  • Miniature Mayan Temple of the Inscriptions (for very small human sacrifices)

How to Enter

I’m trying out this new thing, so we’ll see how it goes:

Cult of Weird Birthday Giveaway