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April 7, 2021

America's true crime obsession has officially reached its logical and absurd endpoint.

The forthcoming Discovery+ documentary Ed Gein: The Real Psycho reportedly includes an exclusive new interview with Ed Gein, the notorious serial killer who inspired Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs — which is surprising, to say the least, since Gein died in 1984. Rather, Gein is reached for comment — from beyond the grave! — by the paranormal investigator and filmmaker Steve Shippy and the "renowned psychic medium" Cindy Kaza.

Writes The Daily Beast in its blistering review of the doc, "Ed Gein: The Real Psycho is simultaneously disrespectful to the dead (and viewers' intelligence) and comical in its shameless deceptiveness." Uh, yikes!

If you still want to watch the "bats--t insane" documentary (which Den of Geek was slightly warmer on, calling it a "surprisingly fun whistle past a graveyard"), it will be available on Discovery+ on Friday. Still, you might want to steel yourself by reading The Daily Beast's full review here. Jeva Lange

October 23, 2015

Not wanting to risk delivering cold pizza ever again, Domino's has designed a car with a built-in oven behind the driver's seat.

It took more than three years to develop the Delivery Expert, or DXP. It's based on the 2015 Chevrolet Spark, and was configured so there's just room for the driver and up to 80 pizzas and side items, the Los Angeles Times reports. The design for the vehicle came from a crowdsourcing competition, which received 385 submissions. Over the next three months, 25 markets, including San Diego and Seattle, will get the cars (don't be surprised if your pizza comes in an oven-less car, though: Domino's USA President Russell Weiner said most pizzas will still be delivered in a driver's personal vehicle). Every year, the company delivers 400 million pizzas in the United States, and Weiner says the DXP will "revolutionize" the system. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2015

Apparently, we've yet to reach peak bacon, as Little Caesars announced Wednesday that it's introducing a new deep dish pizza to its menu that has three-and-a-half feet of bacon wrapped around the crust.

The company's CEO, David Scrivano, told USA Today that the idea came to a member of the research and development team after eating a bacon-wrapped filet. Creating the pizza wasn't as easy as grabbing a piece of bacon the size of a small child and draping it around the crust, he added, saying that they had to make sure it wouldn't take too much extra time to cook and could travel well from stores to homes.

The pizza will be available starting Feb. 23 for $12, a higher price than Little Caesars' other items. Darren Tristano, executive vice president for research firm Technomic, doesn't think the cost — or the fact that each slice has 450 calories and 23 grams of fat — will deter anyone intrigued by the new offering. "Bacon has become the ultimate indulgence," he told USA Today. "It's a rebellious show of strength by many consumers to show that the health and wellness traction is like car tires spinning on ice." Catherine Garcia

October 12, 2014

As the number of C. difficile cases increase due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers are looking at unusual ways to treat these infection — specifically, giving patients pills containing frozen feces.

C. difficile can cause severe diarrhea, bloating, and fever; managing infections costs the U.S. about $3.2 billion each year, and the germ is involved in close to 14,000 U.S. deaths annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Researchers have had luck with fecal transplants in the past because a healthy person's gut bacteria is able to get the sick person's GI tract back in order. In one study last year, 16 patients received fecal transplants (fresh stool and salted water) via nasal tubes into their small intestines, and for 13 of them, the infections cleared up in one treatment. Another group that took gelatin capsules filled with compacted fecal matter saw improvement in 31 out of 32 patients. (Don't gag: the patients didn't smell or taste anything.)

For a person who needs a transplant right away, it can be extremely difficult to quickly get a fresh, tested fecal sample. A team from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tel Aviv University decided to try freezing the samples; after the feces was put into a blender with saline and strained, the concentrate was put into 1.6 gram capsules that were frozen at 112 degrees below zero. Then, 20 patients with mild to moderate C. difficile infections took 15 pills a day for two days in a row; 14 of those patients stopped having diarrhea.

Researchers think this could make fecal transplants more broadly accessible and potentially even safer. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and presented on Saturday at IDWeek in Philadelphia. Catherine Garcia

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