On the other hand “Lemonade from Lemons: The Taphonomic Effect of Lawn Mowers on Skeletal Remains” is pretty fantastic, both from a title and actual experiment standpoint.
Kudos to Martin et al for getting a paper in JFS all about how they drove back and forth over (pig) skeletons on a riding lawnmower lowering the blade with every pass and then charting where all of the pieces went.
the Journal of Forensic Sciences always has at least ONE purely “wtf” article per month but
necropsy findings of 90 Brazilian dogs who died while being groomed? and the results are almost five years old??
AND LO, THERE DESCENDED FROM THE HEAVENS ON THE EVE OF MY COMMITTEE DUE DATE, THE JULY ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES WITH AN ARTICLE DETAILING THE EXACT METHOD I NEED TO FILL THE SORROWFUL GAP IN MY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.
ALSO in regards to that John Green post about how “boring” adults are compared to teens because khaki pants and watching CSI yo John Green guess who it is who goes out there in the real world and does the shit they do on CSI except for real really real life and buys khakis in bulk because they look professional in the field in the office in the funeral home in the hospital in the forensics conference in the courtroom etc etc etc and are more lightweight than jeans and therefore less hot under protective coveralls and come in lots of styles heavy on the kind of pockets that are good to shove a whole bunch of extra latex gloves into and when you buy lots of them on sale at once it’s cheaper and therefore less terrible if you accidentally ruin a pair doing something gross in the field hint John Green they are not part of your target demographic.
Not that you have to have some sort of out there rock star career or profession to have a full and rich and interesting adult life and an inner life that’s fascinating and alien and amazingly uniquely human with its own deep personal mythology and potential for story-telling. But then again John Green is apparently the only human old enough to buy cigarettes whose brain hasn’t clicked off into boring-ville SO THERE’S THAT.
In context “mink scavenging on human remains” isn’t one of the strangest things I’ve ever typed into Google.
Out of context, however…
hey #hannibal fandom is there a fic out where all of the big bad FBI people get hauled back in for emergency remedial bloodborne pathogen training because somebody finally notices that they’re doing autopsies and wandering around gore-strewn crime scenes with bodies in advanced stages of decomposition and touching all kinds of shit while wearing only one set of goddamn gloves and no clothing or face or eye protectors like, at all???
because I don’t watch this show but man I think I’ve seen enough thinly-stretched blue latex in various gif sets and screencaps to really enjoy a fic like that.
5 months ago on July 01, 2013 at 06:24pm with 14 notes
My first issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences just arrived AND the complex pool is now open for the season!
Aw yes who’s gonna soak up some rays and do some light reading on cattle-caused fatalities in western Turkey and discrete traits of the sternum and ribs why I do believe it is I.
Sometimes I worry about people using shit they learned from the internet to cover their tracks during the commission of a crime, and then I read the kind of “tips" people pass around as though they’re easy, effective, and DON’T just create a whole new level of evidence to follow up on.
To start, dudes, the police figured out the “hide evidence/remains under a pet burial” thing AGES ago. That’s why you excavate all the way to the bottom of the hole (and yes, you can tell when there’s more hole still left to excavate, even when you’re digging up one that was filled in hundreds if not THOUSANDS of years ago).
I’d tell you not to take advice from a duck when planning your murder but that’s kind of missing the point aka DON’T FUCKING MURDER ANYONE. I’m guessing it’s fun or something to pretend to be all stone cold tumblr mafia killers but can we NOT? This shit gets glamorized enough as it is.
Off to the AAFS meetings! It’s like a con but there’s less cosplay, better booze, and way more #maggots. Also a section this year about tests on bone that’s been put through a woodchipper, which should be fun.
But yeah, conference hotel internet pretty much always blows, so I’ll catch all y’all in a couple of days.