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(ABC News)   Prof. seeks $500,000 in funding for 'body farm" to study how human remains decompose   ( divider line
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2005-11-28 10:01:16 PM  
I'll be happy to volunteer my ex-wife's body once she's through using it.

Ah, to watch her in the various stages of putrification ...
2005-11-28 10:07:03 PM  
Well, yeah. The crop is coming in good this year. we got a field full of heads ripe for picking. The arms are busy sprouting, and the legs, well, they are a bit stringy
j z
2005-11-28 10:44:50 PM  
They can look in my basement for half that.
2005-11-28 10:46:12 PM  
I'll give my body, so long as they pay me while im still breathing.
/organ donor
//no difference what happens when i can't feel
2005-11-28 10:46:13 PM  
They've had those on the Discovery Channel before. Kinda sick, but useful when you have that irresistble urge to crack open a cold one.
2005-11-28 10:46:17 PM  
Good friend of mine works at the Western Carolina U. bodyfarm. They like to call the bodies by their real names. "Oh, Wayne is looking pretty bad today".

/it surprised me they used the bodies real names - as opposed to say.. Sample A, or ID #______
2005-11-28 10:47:26 PM  
I'd like to give up my ashes to the farm for fertilizer. Can't for the life of me remember where I want to put them anyway.
2005-11-28 10:47:53 PM  
i think something ilke this already happened.

In my zoology class last year, we talked about a story where a group of girl scouts accidentally came across 2 decomposing bodies in a mesh/wire cage in the middle of a forest that a professor had gotten permission to study the process of human body decomposition.

Interesting stuff.
2005-11-28 10:48:29 PM  
So if they plant you at a body farm, is what sprouts a clone or a zombie? I always get confused about that.

I saw a program on the Discovery Channel about the UT body farm. Quite fascinating and a bit gross.
2005-11-28 10:49:43 PM  
Well, they already have one at the UT ag campus. The guy who runs it was the model for the Grissom character on CSI.
2005-11-28 10:50:12 PM  
It makes sense, though. I imagine there's a considerable need for this kind of research in anthropology and the forensic sciences.
2005-11-28 10:57:29 PM  
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Sorry, first thing that came to mind.
2005-11-28 10:57:48 PM  
Well, didn't this happen once at that Crematorium in GA? Why waste research funding when you have fark headlines to study.
2005-11-28 10:58:49 PM  
If you find the dead fascinating, be sure to check out "Stiff" by Mary Roach.
2005-11-28 10:59:01 PM  
I saw a show about that. It's also mentioned in the book "Stiff" by Mary Roach which is a good read....
2005-11-28 10:59:18 PM  
It surprises me that colleges that have Morg science don't already have one of these. I wonder why it took so long for the idea of one of these things to catch on?
2005-11-28 10:59:48 PM  
csi on the loose
2005-11-28 11:00:16 PM  
FredGarvin: Well, they already have one at the UT ag campus. The guy who runs it was the model for the Grissom character on CSI.

I saw that guy do a lecture at Pellissippi State a few years back, complete with a slideshow. He's pretty damn funny, for a guy that hangs out with dead people.
If it weren't for the smell, this is something I'd be interested in getting into.
The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell was a pretty interesting book. She apparently did her homework researching the one at UT.
2005-11-28 11:02:06 PM  
John Wayne Gacy and Elmer Wayne Henley.

The future's so bright I gotta wear shades
2005-11-28 11:04:43 PM  
I can just hear someone in Iowa saying, this corn taste familiar.
2005-11-28 11:06:34 PM  
Why is this news? Body farms already exist.
2005-11-28 11:07:00 PM  
There are a couple of those body farms extant already. It's great they have them 'cause they learn a lot, but ewwwwwwwwwww. Wouldn't checking out corpses be the suckiest job in the world? Yes! Yes, it would be!
2005-11-28 11:07:57 PM  
Well, alls I knows is Bill Bass grows da sweetest taters in all Tennessee, and them carrots and turnips is mighty fine too. Uncle Bob says he found a tooth in one though...we'd claim it was his own tooth he done found 'ceptin he h'aint had any of his teeth since he'uz just a pup.
2005-11-28 11:10:18 PM  
I want to give my body to one of those.

/better than some cemetary where people can gawk at a piece of rock
2005-11-28 11:10:22 PM  
Pam EL
How could that be a sucky job? You don't have eat them, just record the results. Hells, its only slightly worse than 'turkey masturbator'.
/now retail sucks!
2005-11-28 11:11:37 PM  
National Geographic channel covered the body was awesome. Even my wife got into it. Now she watches National Geographic...'on demand' of course!
2005-11-28 11:12:18 PM  
"The idea of being propped up against a tree to decompose sounds a whole lot better than being locked in a box and preserved under the ground."

It sounds gross but in a way I sorta agree with this guy.
2005-11-28 11:12:50 PM  
I got my undergrad in Physical Anthropology and took a class with a guy who did his Graduate under Dr. Bill Bass. It was great. It was really like CSI stuff, but that was in the 90's, (I graduated in '95).

Bill Bass

It's pretty cool. I was involved in some interesting studies and worked on an actual GBI case. The only problem was that I would have to go on for Ph.D at the time.
2005-11-28 11:14:47 PM  

Call me eccentric, but I am not really fond of corpses. They stink and ooze.
2005-11-28 11:15:08 PM  
Actually, I like this link better:

FAQ with Dr. Bass

2005-11-28 11:16:29 PM  
old and busted, there is a place at u. of Tennessee that has been doing this forever.

nice try


or the other posts

smell you later
2005-11-28 11:18:15 PM  
ElBarto79: It sounds gross but in a way I sorta agree with this guy.

Its true - and the tree likes it.
2005-11-28 11:19:01 PM  
speaking of old and busted captindog, commenting without reading the article OR the other posts is OLD AND BUSTED!
2005-11-28 11:20:17 PM  
2005-11-28 11:20:53 PM  
Nice html skills I have.
2005-11-28 11:22:18 PM  
Pam EL so do retail customers....
2005-11-28 11:28:17 PM  
I have one of those. Helps me win the chili contests every year.
2005-11-28 11:31:58 PM  

My father is the New Hampshire State trooper mentioned in "Death's Acre" (the chapter on a man burning his wife's remains in the front lawn). Got a copy of the book right here, a very interesting read.
2005-11-28 11:35:06 PM  
blike: Mary Roach talks about this a little in her book "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers">. It's a good read, for anyone who is interested.

Don't try to eat while reading, though. Results can be unfortunate.
2005-11-28 11:46:23 PM  
Good friend of mine works at the Western Carolina U. bodyfarm.

Brown Cafeteria?
2005-11-28 11:48:01 PM  
Man, all those bugs at the body farm must be the biggest and fattest bugs you're ever gonna see.

/welcome to the banquet
2005-11-28 11:49:03 PM  
Perhaps this guy can help. He's an expert in the field of body farms.

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2005-11-28 11:54:14 PM  
If they really need more of these they should set them up in much different places. Like the desert, Alaska, tropics. Iowa would seem to be a lot lower on the list.
2005-11-29 12:03:40 AM  
hahah had a few classes with him. Good guy. Obrien do monkeys love?

Verdutch- "Obrien if Bigfoot got in a fight with Chewbacca who would win?"

Obrien "That is the dumbest question I have ever heard but it would be Chewbacca."
2005-11-29 12:05:50 AM  
It's already been said but this is old news. UTenn has had a body farm for years as do several other institutions. Pretty interesting stuff though. For anyone who liks to read thrillers, check out 'The Body Farm' by Patricia Cornwell. A good read. Also check texts by William Bass--he's run the UT place for a while.
2005-11-29 12:17:51 AM  

I saw that guy do a lecture at Pellissippi State a few years back, complete with a slideshow. He's pretty damn funny, for a guy that hangs out with dead people.

I met Dr. Bass a few years ago at a Kiwanis luncheon where he gave that same little slide show...during the lunch. That guy has a terrific sense of humor.
2005-11-29 12:27:20 AM  
I was gonna post something smart-assy but I'm just pleased to know that so many people know about Mary Roach. Seriously good stuff, folks.
2005-11-29 12:41:57 AM  
You look at bones and dead people all day.Your going to have a sick funny sense of humor. Oh and ALL real forensic anthropologists FARKING hate CSI. Ask one they say its like watching a retard trying to tie his shoes.
2005-11-29 12:50:50 AM  
Damn being too young to take Dr. Bass' class at UT while I was there.
2005-11-29 12:52:12 AM  
Patricia Cornwell wrote a novel entitled "The Body Farm". The novel is set, in part, around the original body farm in Tennessee. Two of my friends plan to have their bodies donated to a body farm. Another plans to donate her body for use at a medical school's cadaver anatomy class.
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