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(KnoxNews)   You may think college was hard, but did your professors ever make you dig a pit and bury bodies in a mass grave, all in the name of science?   (knoxnews.com) divider line 39
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2013-04-15 08:41:50 AM
Not in the name of science, no.
 
2013-04-15 08:42:09 AM
Make? No. In the name of science? No.
 
2013-04-15 08:42:50 AM
Shakes tiny fist.
 
2013-04-15 08:44:29 AM
That's something I do during "me" time.
 
2013-04-15 08:46:04 AM
Why should it be for science?  Can we not do this for entertainment?
 
2013-04-15 08:46:59 AM
That sort of course was a known as a gut.

// Now I know why...
 
2013-04-15 08:46:59 AM
Science? No. Revenge? Yes.
 
2013-04-15 08:53:35 AM
I think I saw that episode of Bones...
 
2013-04-15 08:59:37 AM
Yes, in fact. I helped a friend with her carrion-beetle study, which involved harvesting carrion beetles from chicken drumsticks planted in the forest.
 
2013-04-15 09:02:18 AM
I was in the lower 20% when I started that class. By finals, I was in the top 10%. I also had plenty of classroom space. The downside? I was running out of tasty study buddies.
 
2013-04-15 09:07:44 AM
That sounds a lot easier than solving the generalized integral form of the Biot-Savart law. Triple integral over a cross product in spherical coordinates my ass.
 
2013-04-15 09:08:18 AM
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The picture is probably clearer on their 32 foot wall screen.

//Everest display screens at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The primary display wall spans 30.5' x 8.5' and consists of 18 1920×1080 stereoscopic Barco projection displays arranged in a 6 x 3 configuration.
 
2013-04-15 09:09:28 AM
Human nature being what it is, you have to know a few of the corpses have been fondled with a twig.
 
2013-04-15 09:09:42 AM
Hell, no. I took AP Body Disposal in high school so I wouldn't have to deal with that crap in college.
 
2013-04-15 09:15:03 AM
she could finally pursue this dream project.

Must be fun to sleep next to.
 
2013-04-15 09:15:43 AM
Jeremy Clarkson's dead hookers ain't gonna bury themselves ya know.
 
2013-04-15 09:24:31 AM
Yes. But I'm in Detroit. So it's an extracurricular activity for high school.
 
2013-04-15 09:37:22 AM
Yes, but it was a Calculus class, so I'm not sure what it had to do with anything...
 
2013-04-15 09:42:50 AM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Hell, no. I took AP Body Disposal in high school so I wouldn't have to deal with that crap in college.


I appreciate this comment and I appreciate you.
 
2013-04-15 09:45:21 AM

highwayrun: Yes, in fact. I helped a friend with her carrion-beetle study, which involved harvesting carrion beetles from chicken drumsticks planted in the forest.


I thought that was how you grew free range chickens...
 
2013-04-15 10:13:20 AM
Is this about the Body Farm in at UT?

This was my major, forensic anthropology, and I did apply to this school.  But I did not get accepted.  Probably a good thing, as there are no jobs in this field.   Breaks my heart...
 
2013-04-15 10:32:12 AM
"Mass graves are the most profound example of evil, and you may not be able to get away with it much longer if we can make this work,"

The problem isn't getting away with it in the sense that people never find out. You can't wipe out a town and expect that no one willfind out. The problem is that others won't lift a finger to do anything about these atrocities because its often politically inconvenient.

Stopping or a genocide or getting justice for its victims means someone has to go in there, with guns, to lay down the law. You've got to put the people responsible on trial.
Our leaders would rather look the other way than take on the expense and difficulty of it.
 
2013-04-15 10:34:41 AM
Headed to Latin America for grad school next year, so I figure to see some mass graves at some point.
 
2013-04-15 10:48:07 AM

raerae1980: Is this about the Body Farm in at UT?

This was my major, and I did apply to this school.  But I did not get accepted.  Probably a good thing, as there are no jobs in this field.   Breaks my heart...


No jobs? You could have written mystery novels.

But cheer up: you still can, even if you know more about NASCAR.
 
2013-04-15 10:48:08 AM
He said it was for science
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2013-04-15 10:52:49 AM
Burying all that perfectly good meat is a sinful waste. Won't somebody think about all the starving children? (And no, I'm not being entirely "ironic.")
 
2013-04-15 10:53:19 AM
I got my art history degree at Kampuchea U, class of '79.

So, yeah. Mass graves was part of the curriculum.
 
2013-04-15 11:01:01 AM
FTFA, quoting Michael Medler, a geography professor:

"Mass graves are the most profound example of evil."

For extra credit, could somebody please explain why this statement is utterly stupid?
 
2013-04-15 11:01:53 AM
Bill_Wick's_Friend:

I got my art history degree at Kampuchea U, class of '79.

Did you swim there?
 
2013-04-15 11:05:29 AM

The One True TheDavid: FTFA, quoting Michael Medler, a geography professor:

"Mass graves are the most profound example of evil."

For extra credit, could somebody please explain why this statement is utterly stupid?


If this is true, then a less profound evil would be murdering thousands of people to necessitate the mass grave in the first place.
 
2013-04-15 11:05:46 AM
Let's dig them up and see if they're ripe yet.
 
2013-04-15 11:23:52 AM

The One True TheDavid: raerae1980: Is this about the Body Farm in at UT?

This was my major, and I did apply to this school.  But I did not get accepted.  Probably a good thing, as there are no jobs in this field.   Breaks my heart...

No jobs? You could have written mystery novels.

But cheer up: you still can, even if you know more about NASCAR.


Um...I know nothing about NASCAR.  Not sure what you mean.  *quizzical look*

I'd rather not write books.  I don't have that talent.  I'm surprised you didn't link Jefferson Bass or Kathy Reichs, both forensic anthropologists.
 
2013-04-15 11:29:07 AM
Yes, but I got my PhD at The School of the Americas, so, YMMV.
 
2013-04-15 11:36:40 AM

jack21221: If this is true, then a less profound evil would be murdering thousands of people to necessitate the mass grave in the first place.


Well, and also, mass graves are used regularly in situations that don't involve murder. They're used for disease outbreaks, famine, natural disasters, even pauper's graves.
 
2013-04-15 11:39:59 AM
Yes, and this was a literature class which made it especially weird...
 
2013-04-15 11:41:09 AM

raerae1980: Is this about the Body Farm in at UT?

This was my major, forensic anthropology, and I did apply to this school.  But I did not get accepted.  Probably a good thing, as there are no jobs in this field.   Breaks my heart...


I work here.  We have a ridiculous number of students from all over the country come to UT for forensic anthropology.  When asked what majors we should suggest to students who want to get into CSI-type stuff, we were once told "theatre."
 
2013-04-15 01:38:19 PM
kwame:
I work here.  We have a ridiculous number of students from all over the country come to UT for forensic anthropology.  When asked what majors we should suggest to students who want to get into CSI-type stuff, we were once told "theatre."

Theatre. This pleases me.
 
2013-04-16 12:31:38 AM

kwame: raerae1980: Is this about the Body Farm in at UT?

This was my major, forensic anthropology, and I did apply to this school.  But I did not get accepted.  Probably a good thing, as there are no jobs in this field.   Breaks my heart...

I work here.  We have a ridiculous number of students from all over the country come to UT for forensic anthropology.  When asked what majors we should suggest to students who want to get into CSI-type stuff, we were once told "theatre."


I can almost see the body farm from my house!  *waves*
 
2013-04-16 05:13:56 AM
Yes.

/They weren't human bodies, though.
 
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