January 18, 2019

The mystery of when Unsolved Mysteries would finally receive a reboot has just been solved.

Netflix will bring back the classic true-crime show with the original co-creators returning, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also on board are Stranger Things producers Shawn Levy and Josh Barry. This new version will tackle one case per episode, and Netflix says it will "maintain the chilling feeling" that characterized the original run while "telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series." Also like the original, Netflix says the reboot will "look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases."

Unsolved Mysteries originally aired on NBC for nine seasons starting in 1987, with Robert Stack taking viewers through a series of strange cases that sometimes had a paranormal bent and sometimes leaned more toward standard true-crime. CBS picked it up for two more seasons starting in 1997; it later had a two-season run on Lifetime and a short-lived revival on Spike in 2008. After Stack died in 2003, the Spike reboot was hosted by Dennis Farina. Classic episodes are currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu — but not on Netflix.

This, is course, is just the latest in a long series of examples of Netflix bringing back classic shows, and it will add to Netflix's ever-growing catalogue of true-crime series like Making a Murderer. The streaming service has ordered 12 new episodes of the show but has not yet announced a new host or given the reboot a release date. Brendan Morrow

November 11, 2015

The University of Missouri police arrested a suspect Wednesday morning for allegedly making "a terrorist threat" against black faculty and students, The New York Times reports. The suspect in custody is Hunter Park, a sophomore at Missouri University, about 90 miles south of the University of Missouri. Police said that the suspect "was not located on or near the MU campus at the time of the threat," which was made via anonymous, location-based messaging app Yik Yak. Though the campus initially beefed up security, it opened to a normal schedule Wednesday.

Park's arrest comes shortly after the university system's president and chancellor resigned in the face of mounting student protests over how the administration has responded to race-related incidents. Becca Stanek

November 5, 2015

Egypt and Russia on Thursday dismissed concerns expressed by U.S. and British officials that the Metrojet plane crash that killed 224 people in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula may have been caused by a bomb planted by ISIS.

"The investigation team does not have any evidence or data confirming this hypothesis," Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said in a statement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov called the information "unverified" and said the West was pushing it because of "geopolitical resistance to Russia's actions in Syria."

U.S. investigators are still reviewing the evidence, but one anonymous official told CNN on Wednesday that "the analysis is pointing toward the cause being a bomb," a concern echoed by the British government. Becca Stanek

November 4, 2015

The Illinois police officer whose death sparked a huge manhunt in September had staged his suicide as an elaborate cover-up for embezzlement, Commander George Filenko of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force announced at a press conference Wednesday. Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found dead on Sept. 1 about 150 feet from his squad car near the small Illinois town of Fox Lake, after he radioed in that he was in pursuit of three "suspicious subjects." His death led to a manhunt that lasted for weeks and led to concerns about a rise in violence against police officers. Filenko said that the veteran officer had been embezzling money for seven years from the police department's youth mentorship program, which he led.

"There are no winners here," Filenko said. "Gliniewicz committed the ultimate betrayal to the citizens he served." Becca Stanek

April 29, 2015

Following a Tuesday report by TMZ that legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell had lapsed into a coma, a statement has been posted to Mitchell's official website, assuring fans that the TMZ story was false.

"Contrary to rumors circulating on the internet today, Joni is not in a coma," said the statement. "Joni is still in the hospital — but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority — in the absence of 24-hour doctor care — to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts."

Mitchell's health problems began in March, when she was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. TMZ has not retracted its original story. Scott Meslow

February 13, 2013

Procreating is serious business in the animal kingdom, and Mother Nature has gone out of her way to cleverly ensure the survival of her many, many denizens. From sex organs with multiple heads to prodigious shafts exceeding an animal's own body length, here are 12 of the weirdest (and often scariest) animal penises on the planet:

1. The sea slug's disposable, regenerating penis
The Chromodoris reticulata sea slug has the peculiar ability to discard its penis after copulation. But what makes this soft-bodied marine mollusk particularly different is its ability to grow a new penis within 24 hours. Sea slugs are "simultaneous hermaphrodites," meaning they possess both male and female genitals and use both during intercourse. Once the slugs complete copulation, they "crawl away with their elongated penises still dangling," and then the organs suddenly sever from their bodies and float away. Within 24 hours, the slugs regenerate the penises and are ready to do it all over again. 

2. The fish penis with four sharp hooks 
At first glance, this unremarkable freshwater-dweller from Mexico looks harmless. Yet the newly discovered llanos mosquitofish (Gambusia quadruncus) is in possession of some of the most "fearsome" genitalia on the planet, says Megan Gannon at LiveScience. North Carolina State University Researchers found a reproductive shaft equipped with four sharp hooks, which males use to grab onto resistant females during mating. It's definitely an "unpleasant looking genital barb," says Ian Chant at Geekosystem, but "when they're trying to break through the tissue that blocks their mates' genital pores, male mosquitofish are probably less than concerned with winning any beauty contests."

3. The sea turtle's massive, terrifying penis
Male sea turtles are "horrifically" well-endowed, says Darren Naish at Scientific American. Softshell varieties like the leatherback have penises that, when erect, extend to nearly half the animal's 8-foot body length. The endpoint culminates in a five-lobed head that discharges semen from four different branches (think: Ridley Scott's Aliens franchise). Scientists surmise that males evolved these "innovative penises" in order to inseminate females from long distances, namely to get past their protective shells and bulky, swatting tails. 

4. The Argentine bluebird duck's long corkscrew
Most male birds don't have penises. But a few, such as the Argentine lake duck, more than make up for it, says Miss Cellania at Mental Floss. The duck's penis is shaped like a corkscrew and can extend to more than 17 inches. (The bird is only 16 inches tall.) Females are often observed trying to fly away from an eager mate, leading experts to believe that the long penis could be an evolutionary response that makes forced copulation easier. "Conversely, the long penis could be the reason the females try to escape." 

5. The fish with a penis on its head
Most animals have their reproductive organs located close to their tail-ends. But that's not the case for a newly discovered species of river fish identified in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Phallostethus culling's penis sprouts, oddly enough, out of its head. More specifically, the reproductive organ shoots out from just under the fish's throat, giving the fish the unique ability to grab onto a female with its mouth while fertilizing her eggs at the same time.

6. The warehouse pirate bug's dagger-like shaft
The warehouse pirate bug is typically used to guard grain storage warehouses, where it chows down on threatening moths and larvae. The tiny 3mm (0.11 inch) creature also practices one of the animal kingdom's most dangerous copulation methods: Its spiny penis is razor-sharp, and instead of inseminating females by traditional means, the bug uses its sex organ to violently stab through her exoskeleton in order to ejaculate. This leaves "gaping, seeping wounds" in female pirate bugs, who often die shortly after giving birth.

7. Dolphins' retractable "hand"
The good-natured swimmers have retractable penises that are kind of like multi-tools. Not only does the male dolphin's penis swivel around, but it's often also used to feel out other objects, kind of like a human hand. This gives the dolphin a "ravenous sexual appetite," says Neatorama, and could help explain why males are often seen trying to "hump inanimate objects" and "other animals like sea turtles."

8. Flatworms' fencing penises
Flatworms are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female sex organs, which triggers some seriously odd reproductive behavior. When trying to impregnate another worm, for example, a flatworm tries to pierce the skin of the other using its penis. Experts term this heated competition "penis fencing": The first to successfully impregnate the other while fending off advances becomes the de facto male, who wins because he won't have to expend the energy required to carry eggs. 

9. The echidna's turn-taking heads
The echidna, also known as the spiny anteater, is native to Australia and New Guinea. Like its cousin the platypus, echidna females lay eggs instead of giving birth like other mammals. Scientists, however, have long been perplexed by the male anteater's mysterious sex organ, which secretes semen from four different heads. Getting all four of these into a female is impossible when fully engorged, so the echidna only insert two at any given time. Studies suggest that going halfsies may make the individual sperm swim faster.

10. The orb spider's burdensome load
Male orb spiders detach their penis and insert them in female spiders to impregnate them, says Jennifer Welsh at LiveScience. Having penis-detached intercourse allows the male spiders to not only escape the hungry female — who successfully eats the male 75 percent of the time — but also gives them a better chance of fending off competing males. New research suggests that without the extra weight bogging them down, the new eunuchs become "superior fighters," with enhanced endurance that gives them a better shot at surviving. 

11. The barnacle's accordion-like organ
Though they don't appear to do much more than stick to the underside of boats, barnacles actually possess one of the longest penises in the world — at least relative to their body size. The filament-like penis extending from its shell has an exoskeleton with "accordion-like folds" that stretch out to inseminate nearby females. Barnacles that live near shore breaks often develop thicker, heartier manparts to survive the crash of oncoming waves. 

12. The argonaut octopus' detachable worm
Male argonauts are much smaller than females — only 3/4 of an inch versus a gal's 4 inches. That's why when attempting to mate, the dimunitive male argonaut octupus tries to maintain its distance, using a "special tentacle" that detaches from its body. The swimming penis squirms its way over to the female to deliver semen to her waiting eggs. The practice is so deceptive, in fact, that when Italian scientists first discovered it in the 1800s, they thought it was a new kind of parasitic worm.

This article — originally published on June 22, 2012 — was last updated on February 13, 2013. Chris Gayomali

March 25, 2010

Owing $465,000 on her house and facing the threat of foreclosure, "Octomom" Nadya Suleman has accepted $5,000 from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to put up a sign in her front yard reading "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an 'Octomom.' Always Spay or Neuter." PETA is also offering a month's supply of veggie burgers and "veggie dogs" to help feed Suleman's 14 children. Suleman still has a pending offer from Vivid Entertainment that would pay off the entire mortgage on Suleman's house in exchange for starring in a pornographic film. "No porn, just PETA," says Suleman's lawyer Jeff Czech. "Nadya prefers animals over men." Whatever her preferences, Sulaman's trump card is that she's "a walking, laboring inspiration for all manner of marketing, let's say, innovators," says Addy Dugdale at Fast Company. Watch a report about the PETA deal below:

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