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Giant Sea Worm Attacks Reef

Nature has a funny way of producing things that are far more terrifying than humans can come up with on their own. After weeks of mysterious destruction in their aquarium tanks, staff at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium in the UK discovered a 4-foot long worm-like creature with what can only be described as Tremor-like jaws (pictured above).

Staff eventually lured it out with fish scraps, but not before it bit through 20lb fishing line.

The tropical worm is covered in thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness.

Shoot People in the Face at Close Range!

First person shooter games are a dime a dozen these days, but they're all chock full of things like "strategy" and "objectives." If you've ever wanted to strip a FPS down to its core, The Onion has officially answered your prayers with "Close Range."

(editor's note: The embed is wonky but the video works as promised. Just click on it to play it)

The Twisted Tragedy of "Crumb"

Through his extensive work from the late 60's to today, R. Crumb single-handedly defined the underground comic genre. Although Puritan parents of the era dealt out spankings for finding any comic stash, an unearthed copy of Zap Comix could mean a trip to boarding school, or perhaps even a mental institution. If you've ever truly wanted to try and get inside the head of the twisted man behind Fritz the Cat and Mr Natural, Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary "Crumb" is about as close as you can possibly get.

Blood-Powered Batteries are Real, Scary

With the economy going down the tubes and no end in sight for ideological wars that will define this generation, at least we don't have to worry about cyborgs, right? Wrong! Recently, researches from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver revealed a tiny little battery that draws power from human blood, for use in medical devices and Jason Statham blockbusters:

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai (XBLA)

If you go poking through the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) on any given day, you're bound to find some really strange stuff. Aside from game demos, "HD remixes," and remakes of classic 2D games, it's hard to find a good game that isn't already being heavily promoted. Enter "Dishwasher: Dead Samurai," a very stylish and wacky beat-em-up from Ska Studios, which despite some flaws really stands out from the pack.

The name stands out on its own because it doesn't really make all that much sense. Shockingly, the story doesn't help:

Fox says Pirate "Wolverine" and Die!

A few days ago, an apparently "stolen, incomplete, and early version" of the upcoming mutant epic "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" found itself circulating throughout the torrent world. Shockingly, Fox is a bit poo-pooed over the whole thing, and is prepared to unsheathe their legal swords and start swashbuckling with the pirates of the Internet.

Twisted Pixel Announces 'Splosion Man

Now that April Fools day has blown over, it's confirmed that the makers of the cutesy XBLA monster mash "The Maw" are in fact developing "'Splosion Man," a game straight out of Michael Bay's wildest dreams. As the name implies, 'Splosion Man has the capacity to make things 'splode, and that includes scientists that try to deter him from his mission of 'sploding anything in his path:

Any scientist he catches is 'sploded into chunks of ham and ribeyes, the smell of their destruction terrifying, but also a little succulent

Kurt Angle's "End Game," Yikes!

People that follow wrestling closely know that Kurt Angle, for all his gifts, is slowly drifting into the abyss of wrestling legend turned crazy person. After being booted from the WWE for "demons" (drug problems), he was scooped up by TNA who, at the time, was desperate for a big name talent to carry their roster. Unlike the WWE however, TNA has chosen to let Kurt do whatever his cooky heart desires.

Mario Meets Obama in Wacky Performance

Years ago, ebaumsworld had this video where two Japanese men squared off in what can only be described as matrix ping pong, with the aid of some nimble actors hidden in black outfits. I have no idea what the "official" name for this type of performance is because my Japanese is rusty (read: non-existent), but that doesn't make it any less intriguing.

"Ender's Game: Battle Room" (XBLA)

I rarely post about stuff like this unless I can find an accompanying video or even an image, but I couldn't wait. In pawing through IGN's upcoming release calendar looking for games to check in on, something caught my eye that made me light up like a kid on Christmas. Sometime in the mysterious "TBA 2009," an XBLA title called "Ender's Game: Battle Room" based on my favorite sci-fi novel of all time, will find its way onto my XBOX360.

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