Thursday, August 23, 2012

The late, great Michael Jackson said it best...

This blog post's for my mass comm. faculty colleagues. Just call my name and I'll be there (to be your sub if you're out of town and need me to take your class.)

Come to think of it, here's a song that captures what I'm trying to express. Turn up your sound:

Strange stuff about amputation

I've been researching and writing about amputation of human limbs in the Civil War and have come across some curious (and grisly) stories.

One is about a man who a few years ago used a pocket knife to slice off his own hand--to save his life--when he accidentally got his limb caught in a cornpicker.

The video for that piece accompanies this blog post.

Another article--in the news just a few days ago--is about a character in S.C. who's accused of cutting off another person's hand so that he (the alleged cutter) could collect insurance money.

I've always said that dogs are better than people. If you don't believe me, do your own browsing of the net and discover what horrible deeds (mutilation and amputation) people do to their fellow human beings.

I recall, too, a crime that occurred in Iowa when I lived there decades ago as a graduate student. Seems a prominent chiropractor had been accused of sawing off the arms and legs of his wife and dumping her torso in a remote wooded area.

The saying at that time was: She wanted a divorce but he gave her a separation.

Now, back to the video of the cornpicker victim: