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Scientist Says Yeet, Cannibalism Could Solve Climate Change

Say what?

In case you’ve been living under a rock for…your entire life, you’d be well aware that we are in the thick of a climate crisis. While there’s endless chatter about how humankind is going to survive the next ten to fifteen years, some scientists believe there is a far simpler solution: cannibalism.

Hannibal Lecter will be pleased. Credit: Giphy

According to Futurism, during Sweden’s recent Gastro Summit, Stockholm School of Economic professor Magnus Soderlund leg a talk titled “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh?”

Apparently, climate change means we’re going to have to eat foods we’ve never considered, including pets, insects, and…well, other humans.

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Soderland is by no means suggesting we recreate The Purge and go on a massive killing spree, but he believes that eating the flesh of already-dead humans could help us “live sustainably.”

As for whether he would be game to eat human flesh, Soderland said, “I feel somewhat hesitant but to only appear overly conservative…I’d have to say…I’d be open to at least tasting it,” he told TV4. 

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Before you start considering whether you’d bake or fry your annoyed loved one, consider the health risks associated with cannibalism. According to Medical News Today, a tribe in Papua New Guinea were practicing transumption – the eating of deceased relatives – which lead to an epidemic of a disease called Kuru AKA “the laughing sickness.”

Healthline states that Kuru is a “rare and fatal nervous system disease.” Symptoms include muscle twitching, loss of coordination, difficulty walking, involuntary movements, behavioural and mood changes, dementia and malnutrition. Yikes.

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Soderland is obviously just thinking of how we can live sustainably in the future, but if it means eating our dead family and friends, we’ve got a long way to go until cannibalism isn’t taboo. 

The Ultra-Rich Need To Stop Buying 'Pet' Cheetahs Or They'll Soon Be Wiped Out

Is this even a question!?

It doesn’t take rocket science to know that cheetahs most definitely do not make good pets. However, for some people with money burning a hole in their pocket, it’s well worth the risk of extinction. 

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A new report from CNN has found that some 300 cheetahs are being trafficked out of Somaliland, a breakaway state from Somalia, every year. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), that’s equivalent to “the entire population of adult and adolescent cheetahs in unprotected areas in the Horn of Africa.”

“If you do the math, the math kind of shows that it’s only going to be a matter of a couple of years [before] we are not going to have any cheetahs,” CCF founder and conservation biologist Laurie Marker told CNN.

Apparently, the animals are being smuggled across the border and stowed away on boats headed towards the Arabian Peninsula to become pets for the rich. According to the CCF, “only one in six cubs survives the journey to buyers.”

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The CCF states that cheetahs have been seen as ‘status symbols’ since Ancient Egyptian times. Today, it’s illegal to remove wild animals like cheetahs from the wild, but that hasn’t stopped an illegal trade estimated to be worth billions. 

Apart from the obvious risks associated with owning a pet cheetah, like being mauled to death by one, they are extremely difficult to care for. CNN reports that “as the world’s fastest land mammal, cheetahs need space to run and a special diet.”

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“Most Gulf owners do not know how to care for the cats, and the majority of captive cheetahs die within a year or two,” experts told CNN.

After being questioned by CNN, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment “denied there were pet cheetahs in the country’s private houses” but dozens of disturbing social media posts featuring the animal beg to differ. 

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People are even selling their pet cheetahs via platforms like Instagram and YouTube. A CCF study found 1,367 cheetahs for sale on social media between January 2012 and January 2018, primarily from Arab Gulf States. 

CCF is attempting to end the illegal pet trade by facilitating confiscations, and by working with NGOs to address “issues such as law enforcement, demand reduction, procedures for the placement of confiscated cheetahs, and cyber-crime.” 

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Marker told CNN, “we really need influencers, we need the governments, the kings, the princes, or the queens to actually say this is not right.”

“If we can save them, we are going to give them the best life that they can have, but they shouldn’t be in our care. They should be in the wild.”

You can help by reporting illegal activities involving pet cheetahs or cheetah products to the CCF, by spreading the word and engaging in responsible tourism. 

The World's Deepest Hole Is Covered By Nothing But A 'Rusty Lid' Which Is Reassuring

Shooketh to the core.

If you thought the Earth’s molten core was something out of an Austin Powers film or your blurry Science class memories, think again.

Shooketh to the core. Credit: Giphy

According to The Sun, the centre of the Earth is far closer than you think, and to access it, all you have to do is open up a little rusty lid. 

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The Kola Superdeep Borehole, located in Russia’s Pechengsky District, stretches 12,262 metres below the Earth’s crust. 

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The world’s deepest hole was a project of the Soviet Union to better understand what lurks beneath the Earth’s surface. Drilling began in 1970 and by the ‘90s it became the deepest borehole in the world. It’s deeper than the deepest part of the ocean!

Apparently, scientists had to stop drilling in 1992 because temperatures were soaring to around 180 degrees Celsius – far hotter than expected.

Kola Superdeep Borehole, 1986. Credit: Alexander Tumanov/TASS

The real question is: what did they find down the world’s deepest hole!? For starters, scientists found water 12km below the Earth’s surface which was previously thought to be impossible.

The brave researchers also discovered microscopic plankton fossils and rocks that were 2.7 BILLION years old. According to Smithsonian, another unexpected discovery was that the mud flowing out of the hole was “boiling” with hydrogen gas. 

Kola superdeep borehole, 1986. Credit: Alexander Tumanov/TASS

You can visit the Kola Superdeep Borehole today, and while it’s been bolted shut under a rusty-looking lid for safety, locals say it’s so deep you can hear the screams of people being tortured in hell – hence the nickname “the well to hell.” 

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Oh, and if you did manage to fall down the world’s deepest hole, it would take between 3.5 and 4 minutes for you to reach the bottom. 

That’s a BIG OLD NOPE from me if I ever visit Russia. However, there is one slightly reassuring fun fact: if you scaled the Earth to the size of an apple, the Kola Superdeep Borehole wouldn’t even break through the skin.

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