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(Gawker)   Sometimes your neighbor's dorm room stinks because they're a disgusting slob. Other times it's because they've been dead for over a week and started to decompose   (gawker.com) divider line 105
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2014-02-18 05:06:53 PM  
Was he a poet trying to join a society?
 
2014-02-18 05:07:00 PM  
In the summer of 1980, many people in my town died from the heat.

/Smelled like dirty diapers. Seriously.
 
2014-02-18 05:09:45 PM  
International House resident Jordan Ginsburg remarked, "I don't understand how the people that live next door, and the people who were responsible for his well-being could have not seen that he has been gone for a week."

Would he have been less dead if discovered after two days?
 
2014-02-18 05:10:04 PM  
IF it was an exam week, I can see how smell (and lack of concern that no one saw the student for a week) could be overlooked.

/to some people hygiene  is optional when their schedules are busy
 
2014-02-18 05:10:43 PM  
NSCSB:

My buddy, sophomore year, found his roommate hanging from their loft.  Could barely get the door open because of the body.

/NSCSB
 
2014-02-18 05:11:48 PM  
Oh man, I've been there...
 
2014-02-18 05:14:31 PM  
img.gawkerassets.com
 
2014-02-18 05:14:59 PM  
Man, and he didn't even have a roommate that would get all As for the semester...
 
2014-02-18 05:15:09 PM  
I once had to throw out a sofa because there was a dead mouse under the cushion. I cleaned it and cleaned it and could not get the smell out. I can only imagine how bad a decomposing human body smells in a confined area.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-18 05:15:47 PM  
I used to live in an apartment building with a sick, old woman who needed ambulance transport every week or so. One day there was a smell. We never saw that woman again.
 
2014-02-18 05:19:41 PM  
Can't it be both?
 
2014-02-18 05:21:23 PM  
At least it was winter. I remember one super hot summer when I was a firefighter. The police and coroner called us out a couple of times to pull out a body that had been cooking in the July sun for a week. Couldn't get past the smell with out our air packs.
 
2014-02-18 05:21:30 PM  

ZAZ: One day there was a smell. We never saw that woman again.


You know, I have three very different stories from life life that all end with that exact line but not one of them involves death.
 
2014-02-18 05:21:53 PM  
I'm renting a house with 2 other students. They're both Asian math nerds, so other than the tentacle pr0n and the occasional all night long Magic The Gathering sessions I've had no trouble with them.

/I could see both of them suiciding if they got a bad grade.
//The basement has a lot of rafters.
 
2014-02-18 05:22:12 PM  
U of C students take their academics seriously and their privacy more seriously it seems.  Not knowing anything about him I suspect he did not have any friends and overdosed on drugs with a heart condition.
 
2014-02-18 05:22:35 PM  

blatz514: NSCSB:

My buddy, sophomore year, found his roommate hanging from their loft.  Could barely get the door open because of the body.

/NSCSB


Lucky bastard. I heard that if that happens, you get straight A's for the semester.

www.vampy.tv
 
2014-02-18 05:23:05 PM  
That's why I bury any deck hooker that I've got to get rid of.

i1136.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-18 05:25:23 PM  
University of Chicago Student's Body Found Decomposing in Dorm

Was he a music student?

/old pun
//sure the student wasn't just asleep?
i.ebayimg.com
 
2014-02-18 05:27:46 PM  

someonelse: I once had to throw out a sofa because there was a dead mouse under the cushion. I cleaned it and cleaned it and could not get the smell out. I can only imagine how bad a decomposing human body smells in a confined area.


You don't forget it, that's for sure.

What sucks is when you get a whiff of it after returning home from work.

/hot+cold cycle + "sanitary" mode on washer
//took longest shower EVER
///briefly considered shaving my head
 
2014-02-18 05:33:11 PM  
First thing that came to mind (video clip)

"Quite frankly Mr. Perkins, if he wasn't dead I'd have him expelled."
...
"You see, the boy has no sense of moderation. One moment he's flying around like a paper kite and the next moment he's completely immovable. And beginning to smell."
 
2014-02-18 05:38:36 PM  
My roomate is a huge slob and for a while I was running low on plates and utensils. I kept asking her if she had them she said she would get it. After a week of asking I went in and the stink damn near made me yak. I turned over ever pair of stank socks and underwear to get my stuff. The worst part was her closet, she had 4 big bags of garbage in there, because she was to lazy to walk the 30 feet to the kitchen to throw stuff away. She got all pissy towards me about it and I told her tough shiat my house was not her dump and if she didnt like it she could move out.
 
2014-02-18 05:43:30 PM  

groppet: My roomate is a huge slob and for a while I was running low on plates and utensils. I kept asking her if she had them she said she would get it. After a week of asking I went in and the stink damn near made me yak. I turned over ever pair of stank socks and underwear to get my stuff. The worst part was her closet, she had 4 big bags of garbage in there, because she was to lazy to walk the 30 feet to the kitchen to throw stuff away. She got all pissy towards me about it and I told her tough shiat my house was not her dump and if she didnt like it she could move out.


Mama's wondering how far away you live and whether you're for hire.

/Out, monsters, out!
 
2014-02-18 05:43:50 PM  

rkiller1: Was he a poet trying to join a society?


Heard he was a grateful musician who just joined a band.
 
2014-02-18 05:50:09 PM  
International House resident Jordan Ginsburg remarked, "I don't understand how the people that live next door, and the people who were responsible for his well-being could have not seen that he has been gone for a week."

They sacrificed him for the Scholarship Gods.
 
2014-02-18 05:50:16 PM  
I had a colleague who was found at home a couple of summers ago. No one at work really noticed he was gone, because he was retired and a night owl; he often didn't come to the office until after 9pm. He was a lifelong bachelor and lived alone, and apparently wasn't in regular contact with his family. I think in the end the alarm was raised by the folks in the diner downstairs, who noticed that he hadn't stopped in for dinner in some time and mentioned it to the admin assistant.

/his identity had to be confirmed from dental records because he was beyond the point of being fingerprintable
//hope that that doesn't happen to me at the end of my days
 
2014-02-18 05:54:02 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: International House resident Jordan Ginsburg


I've been to some IHOPs where a decaying dead body wouldn't seem out of place.

/probably waiting for service
 
2014-02-18 05:54:12 PM  
I live alone - so leave my front door open 24/7. Animals are always coming in and out, and the cheeky possums already try to bite my toes when I am alive and well using my computer.

if I died, there wouldn't be much left to stink after a week.
 
2014-02-18 05:56:29 PM  

blatz514: My buddy, sophomore year, found his roommate hanging from their loft. Could barely get the door open because of the body.



sounds like he was a real....wait for it.....swinger.
 
2014-02-18 05:57:10 PM  
Rotting neighbors can be a problem in our 'civilized' nation.
 
2014-02-18 05:58:45 PM  
Awesome! Straight As for the semester for the neighbors!
 
2014-02-18 05:59:42 PM  
Hi! I'm Tom Bodett and we'll leave a corpse under the mattress for you.

www.mamasagainstdrama.com
 
2014-02-18 06:00:07 PM  
Long time ago in college my roommate and I were driving back from an off campus party. We watched as the car in front of us clipped a deer. Total head shot. Being avid hunters and drunk, we figured it was the perfect road kill and threw the dead deer in the trunk to be dressed out in the morning. Naturally, in the morning, we totally forgot about the deer. In fact, we totally forgot about it for four days. Needless to say, the smell reminded us what we had done and when we opened the trunk we were greeted by one bloated stinking dead deer. I've had that image and smell etched into my memory for too long. The smell of anything dead after a couple days is a very distinguished and yucky smell.

/just saying
 
2014-02-18 06:01:07 PM  
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-02-18 06:01:47 PM  
International House resident Jordan Ginsburg remarked, "I don't understand how the people that live next door, and the people who were responsible for his well-being could have not seen that he has been gone for a week."

Well, considering he's an adult, the only person responsible for his well-being was dead.  The thought of my neighbors keeping tabs on me so closely that they would notice I'm not there for a day kinda creeps me out.  So it's actually pretty farking easy for me to understand.
 
905
2014-02-18 06:02:26 PM  
A few years ago, ex-gf of mine's sister lived in a small complex in Dallas.  We went up to visit and wondered what the hell this nasty stench was that was coming from upstairs.

Apparently the old lady who lived in the apartment over the sister's apartment had died three days earlier and hadn't been discovered until her family drove over to see what was going on.

The family didn't have any money to have a funeral home handle the body.  The old lady's corpse was supposed to be picked up on Monday because "the coroner's office wouldn't pick up indigent corpses on certain days unless there are obvious signs of homicide" according to the responding firemen/police.

The firemen opened the windows and turned on some fans and the police taped off the door before closing it.  "They'll be by on Monday, meantime nobody goes into the apartment except family."

This happened on a Saturday.
 
2014-02-18 06:03:09 PM  
You would think an expensive uppidy private University like U.o.C. would have a better class of students who you could count on to know what is going on in their dorms and when a fellow student is rotting.

guess not.  stay classy.
 
2014-02-18 06:04:21 PM  

blatz514: NSCSB:

My buddy, sophomore year, found his roommate hanging from their loft.  Could barely get the door open because of the body.

/NSCSB



i guess college was really hard for him.   sad.
 
2014-02-18 06:06:02 PM  
Heh. My freshman year of college we had a guy in the dorm hall that nobody had seen that we only knew was named "John" by the name on the door.  The whole semester was traded stories of seeing "Mystery John" in the middle of the night, sneaking around the girl's floor, coming out of the RA's office - you name it.

One day there was horrible smell coming out of his room and we all assumed he had kicked off.  We went so far as to call the cops.

Turns out Mystery John wasn't big on doing laundry and attended night classes.  Go figure.
 
2014-02-18 06:07:16 PM  
A music scholar was touring through a graveyard in Vienna when he heard music coming out of a grave.

On inspection, he found the headstone as Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827.

The music was the Ninth Symphony being played backwards.

He soon rang up a friend who came in time to hear the Seventh Symphony being played backwards.

They hurried to call an expert who hurried to them to hear the Fifth Symphony playing backwards.

All the more weird was the fact that symphonies were being played in the reverse order in which they were composed.

When the caretaker of the graveyard heard this, the only comment he made was, "What's the wonder!

He's just decomposing!"
 
2014-02-18 06:08:50 PM  

Linux_Yes: You would think an expensive uppidy private University like U.o.C. would have a better class of students who you could count on to know what is going on in their dorms and when a fellow student is rotting.

guess not.  stay classy.


What do you mean guess not?  That's actually exactly what the story says happened.
 
2014-02-18 06:09:28 PM  

sovietski: someonelse: I once had to throw out a sofa because there was a dead mouse under the cushion. I cleaned it and cleaned it and could not get the smell out. I can only imagine how bad a decomposing human body smells in a confined area.

You don't forget it, that's for sure.

What sucks is when you get a whiff of it after returning home from work.

/hot+cold cycle + "sanitary" mode on washer
//took longest shower EVER
///briefly considered shaving my head



it will drive you insane eventually.
 
2014-02-18 06:11:08 PM  

groppet: My roomate is a huge slob and for a while I was running low on plates and utensils. I kept asking her if she had them she said she would get it. After a week of asking I went in and the stink damn near made me yak. I turned over ever pair of stank socks and underwear to get my stuff. The worst part was her closet, she had 4 big bags of garbage in there, because she was to lazy to walk the 30 feet to the kitchen to throw stuff away. She got all pissy towards me about it and I told her tough shiat my house was not her dump and if she didnt like it she could move out.



make her play your skin flute before she leaves.
 
2014-02-18 06:11:39 PM  
I submitted this with: "The only way they could tell was that he stopped drinking"
 
2014-02-18 06:13:25 PM  

Lydia_C: I had a colleague who was found at home a couple of summers ago. No one at work really noticed he was gone, because he was retired and a night owl; he often didn't come to the office until after 9pm. He was a lifelong bachelor and lived alone, and apparently wasn't in regular contact with his family. I think in the end the alarm was raised by the folks in the diner downstairs, who noticed that he hadn't stopped in for dinner in some time and mentioned it to the admin assistant.

/his identity had to be confirmed from dental records because he was beyond the point of being fingerprintable
//hope that that doesn't happen to me at the end of my days



don't judge a good rot before you've experienced it.   its Nature's/"god's" way.  waste not, want not.
 
2014-02-18 06:16:56 PM  

lennavan: Linux_Yes: You would think an expensive uppidy private University like U.o.C. would have a better class of students who you could count on to know what is going on in their dorms and when a fellow student is rotting.

guess not.  stay classy.

What do you mean guess not?  That's actually exactly what the story says happened.


yea,  a week later.  once you're left alone long enough to smell, its clear that no one bothered to knock on his door.  the only reason anyone noticed is because they were inconvenienced by the smell.  if the dude had not stunk up the place, he would probably have gone the whole semester unoticed.

in fact, they probably would have found him when he was late paying his dorm rent.
 
2014-02-18 06:16:57 PM  
University of Chicago Student's Body Found Decomposing in Dorm

Damn music majors.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-18 06:18:37 PM  

Linux_Yes: lennavan: Linux_Yes: You would think an expensive uppidy private University like U.o.C. would have a better class of students who you could count on to know what is going on in their dorms and when a fellow student is rotting.

guess not.  stay classy.

What do you mean guess not?  That's actually exactly what the story says happened.

yea,  a week later.  once you're left alone long enough to smell, its clear that no one bothered to knock on his door.  the only reason anyone noticed is because they were inconvenienced by the smell.  if the dude had not stunk up the place, he would probably have gone the whole semester unoticed.

in fact, they probably would have found him when he was late paying his dorm rent.


What point are you trying to make?
 
2014-02-18 06:19:23 PM  
If you're single and live alone in a detached house, this could easily be you.  Back in those days, I could probably be dead for at least a week - maybe a month - before anyone noticed anything amiss.

Due to nature of work it wouldn't be unusual drop off the radar for that amount of time.  My parents aren't the type to think something's amiss if they don't hear from me for a week.
 
2014-02-18 06:22:55 PM  

Linux_Yes: yea, a week later. once you're left alone long enough to smell, its clear that no one bothered to knock on his door.


Why would they knock on his door?  "Hi I haven't seen you since yesterday, thought I'd knock on your door?"  That's farking creepy as hell dude.  But I'm sure you do that for your neighbors when you haven't seen them for a day or two, right?
 
2014-02-18 06:23:37 PM  

Linux_Yes: lennavan: Linux_Yes: You would think an expensive uppidy private University like U.o.C. would have a better class of students who you could count on to know what is going on in their dorms and when a fellow student is rotting.

guess not.  stay classy.

What do you mean guess not?  That's actually exactly what the story says happened.

yea,  a week later.  once you're left alone long enough to smell, its clear that no one bothered to knock on his door.  the only reason anyone noticed is because they were inconvenienced by the smell.  if the dude had not stunk up the place, he would probably have gone the whole semester unnoticed.

in fact, they probably would have found him when he was late paying his dorm rent.


So what is the optimal interval?  Should we call the cops when the recluse guy in the next dorm room is gone for a month? A week? A day? An hour? Three seconds?

Which of those time intervals is "classy" in your book?
 
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