imma thinking about buying this book

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  1. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

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    just to see if i can make it through the whole thing. :dontknow:

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    Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

    Stiff is a non-fiction, "science" writing book. Roach chronicles the different processes that happen to a human being after it dies. Each chapter tackles a different possible outcome for a person's corpse. She goes through chapters about anatomy labs, decay, crash-test and military trials (for safer vehicles, or more effective bullets), plane crashes, transplants, burial and cremation, and even cannibalism. The material for this book is endlessly fascinating and I feel like it has a lot of potential.
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    This may make good companion reading

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  3. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

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    interesting. :bigthink:

    there is this little crematorium up the road from here on hwy. 287. it's surrounded on 3 sides by old, low-income homes.
    sometimes, as i'm driving down the highway, i can see black smoke coming from the exhaust.
    i wonder about the folks that live around it, knowing that there are dead people being incinerated at that moment. i couldn't live near a crematorium. :facepalm:
     
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    keywordpk Perpetual Geek Gold

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    I've read all her books. She is awesome. Check out 'Bonk' as well.
     
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    keywordpk Perpetual Geek Gold

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    I've read that one, too. Made me decide without a shadow of a doubt that I want to be cremated. I think this book should be required reading for everyone.
     
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    Don't donate your body to science.
     
  7. Lemmy

    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    Interesting.

    I like to get info from the coroner's office staff when I'm there. Always interesting whether it's about the actual science stuff or just anecdotes.

    Give a review at some point. :toptip:
     
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    RH Goatcabin Notable Member VIP

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    gee eee of oh! :derp:
     
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    keywordpk Perpetual Geek Gold

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    Hi Lemmy! Lennon loves her crate! Thank you again! :hug:
     
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    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    I want to minimize the amount of people that will laugh at my junk so I'll take your advice.
     
  11. Lemmy

    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    No problem! Can't wait for the play date and I'm glad "Lenin" likes her hideaway. :toptip:
     
  12. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

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    i'm trying to decide if i can take it or not :ohnoes:
     
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    keywordpk Perpetual Geek Gold

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    :c
     
  14. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

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    goat, sir :hat: