October 2, 2007
Only in America?
I can't stop laughing long enough to draw any scholarly conclusions from this North Carolina tale, the gist of which is that a man stored his amputated leg inside a barbecue smoker which he then lost when he got behind on his storage locker payments. The buyer, who turned the leg over to police who then gave it to a funeral home, wants it back as his lawful property because he wants to charge people to see it during Halloween season. The leg's original "owner" (?!?!) says it should be returned to him because he wants to be buried a whole man. It would be more interesting if he could make an argument about the inalienability of body parts, but it looks like the fight will be carried out in the domain of property rights.
A BBC report on the case, remarkably straight-faced, is here.
Posted by johnn at October 2, 2007 10:30 AM
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Oh, I don't know. I have a big collection of surreal Brazil stories. Remember the Ema que parecia um peru?
Posted by: Binky Rasmussen at October 5, 2007 12:54 PM
Well, you're right, of course. This weirdness seems distinctly American to me somehow, though. I don't remember the ema/peru story. Remind me.
Posted by: JohnN at October 6, 2007 12:20 AM
That was the one where the two mendigos who lived under the Sao Cristovao viaduct used a sleeve off a shirt to lure a "turkey" through the bars of the zoo. They wrung its neck and put it in a shopping cart to transport it to a banquet of their fellows. Apprehended with the creature on the way back, they said they thought it was an enormous turkey. And the really fun part was that the judge handed down the sentence in the form of a poem about the adventure, and ended up absolving them of the crime.
Posted by: Binky Rasmussen at October 9, 2007 7:11 AM
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