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11 May 2007

Hey, it's a twofer. Also:

Armless, One-Legged Man Leads Police on High-Speed Chase.

Bonus question: How does a one-legged man kick a police officer?

posted by mudpuppie 11 May | 18:48
Now with extra added http://!
posted by mudpuppie 11 May | 18:48
How does a one-legged man kick a police officer?

Verrrrrry carefully.

Also: The thought of enough buzzards to screw up airline flight patterns is disturbing, even without the rotting bodies.
posted by occhiblu 11 May | 19:04
Everyone downwind from the proposed site must be breathing a sigh of relief right about now.
posted by bmarkey 11 May | 19:16
Things to do after I die:
donate self to science
posted by Triode 11 May | 20:15
You would be surprised what even a small bird can do to a jet engine. It ain't pretty. In fact, the commercial jet engines I worked on have kevlar jackets around the fan casing in case one of the blades gets thrown - jacket catches the fan blade so it doesn't go through the wing or fuselage.

Which reminds me, I was at an airport one day when a small bizjet aborted its takeoff because something got ingested into the engine. Turned out to be a piece of paper, but it didn't stop the mechanics from tearing the engine apart.
posted by backseatpilot 11 May | 20:23
"Six to nine bodies" is a far cry from "hundreds."

posted by CitrusFreak12 11 May | 20:31
I don't know where I got hundreds. I could have sworn I read it, but it's not there. Wasn't trying to be sensationalist -- just subconsciously extrapolated, I guess.
posted by mudpuppie 11 May | 20:39
Pups was probably writing knowing that you need hundreds of bodies to have a body farm. Six to nine is more like a body garden or something. Body pot... Body windowbox... Body something or another. Something much smaller than a farm. :)
posted by youngergirl44 11 May | 20:49
Body container garden.

The article that Citrus linked confuses me, though. How is TX's climate so vastly different from Tennessee's or North Carolina's? Alaska's, maybe. Massachusetts'. That's where we need to be thinking body garden, people.
posted by occhiblu 11 May | 20:54
Pups was probably writing knowing that you need hundreds of bodies to have a body farm.

Exactly! I mean, I have 10 pepper plants and 12 tomato plants, but I don't call my yard a fucking farm!

Maybe I should get some...

Oh, never mind.
posted by mudpuppie 11 May | 20:57
Bodies make excellent fertilizer, mudpuppie.

Keep that in mind.
posted by CitrusFreak12 11 May | 21:01
"...How is TX's climate so vastly different from Tennessee's or North Carolina's?..."

Different fauna, particularly. Middle stage time of death estimates are done by staging the development of maggots, beetles, and other fauna that use carcasses as both food and habitat. Finding eggs and mature maggots in a decomposing body means that death occurred at least 1 full maggot generation before, while eggs only would mean the body was comparitively fresh. Examining the soil under the body for colonization by other fauna can reveal additional information about whether the death occurred in situ, or at a different location.

For these reasons, localization of decay processes vastly improve forensics, compared to data gathered in different climate zones, soil conditions, and habitats. Given the size and variability of Texas geography, it could probably justify a couple of body farms, itself. Things rot differently around dry El Paso than they probably do in Galveston or Austin.
posted by paulsc 11 May | 21:22
Coupla bodies = whatever.
Hundreds = cool!
Therefore, El Pups should write for the Times.
'nuff said.
posted by Zack_Replica 11 May | 22:04
Oh, so it's just a hobby body farm.
posted by stilicho 11 May | 22:36
Or perhaps a "gentleman's body farm".

youngergirl, you killed me with your comment. "Body windowbox". Hee! I got the giggles for...well, still!

posted by redvixen 12 May | 19:08
Idea for an upcoming Photo Friday: || The arguably American traits of optimism and self-denial... (NYT link)