Monday, 21 June 2010
In what must have seemed like a scene right out of the film 8 Heads In A Duffel Bag, Southwest Airline cargo workers in Little Rock Arkansas recently made a grisly discovery. Imagine your typical baggage handlers tossing around luggage and boxes and things in the cargo warehouse when all of a sudden a human head rolls across the floor. I don't know if it happened that way or not but somehow workers discovered 40 to 60 whole and partial human heads.
WTF? Yep, and after a little tete-a-tete they contacted the authorities. Now the airline would normally ship "human specimens for medical purposes" but in this instance it seems the cargo of craniums wasn't packaged properly. They were in plastic containers closed with duct tape as opposed to being vacuum sealed. Huh! Well, sure, that's a no-brainer.
Now, for me, this story raises a couple of questions. Number one is where the hell do the heads come from? Do people donate their heads to science? Not that I'm aware of. Didn't guillotines go out with the French revolution? And partial heads? Does somebody chop whole heads into pieces because they can get more for the parts? And where do they do this work? In a "head" shop?
The heads are destined for "a doctors' continuing education program". I guess when they learn their patients come with a whole body to be treated they'll think they were better off a head.
This story certainly gives new meaning to getting ahead.
Oh and if you haven't seen 8 Heads In A Duffel Bag with Joe Pesci, here's the trailer from the 1997 film...