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CSI, San Marcos May 11, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.

Texas State University’s plans for “body farm” put on hold amid concerns about buzzards.

*Dave takes off sunglasses*

“Buzzards are something we should all be concerned about”.



Ahem.  What is a body farm you say? 

No, it’s not Motel Hell.

It is an outdoor laboratory, where cadavers are buried and forensic experts study decomposition and maggots and stuff.  It helps police investigators better analyze a crime scene.  According to the article, the 17 acre site near the San Marcos Texas airport would have been the nation’s 3rd “body farm”.

However they’re a little worried about scavengers like buzzards disturbing the, uh, experiments.  TSU officials are looking for a new location.

I hope they’re looking somewhere besides Texas.  If they’re worried about buzzards, moving to Buda ain’t going to solve their problem.

UPDATE: Morons steve_in_hb and TXMarko remind us of some of Farmer Vincent’s more endearing lines:

“Meat’s meat and a man’s gotta eat”!

“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters”.

and of course, his confession at the end

“I….. used…. preservatives…….”


1. geoff - May 11, 2007

TSU officials are looking for a new location.

Ace’s spare bedroom?

2. skinbad - May 11, 2007

Shouldn’t scavengers be part of the experiments? I have heard of body farms. My wife LOVES CSI–the Vegas one. The kids usually gather around when CSI Miami starts. We watch until the Sunglasses of Justice gives his first awesome line and Roger Daltrey howls (as do we) and then we turn it off.

3. lauraw - May 11, 2007

I saw a show about one of those places.

Pretty interesting. Guy walks out to a field with a rusty old car in it, looks inside the car…and there’s a rotting stiff in it.

Walks by a pond, and there’s a corpse lying partially in the water. Another one over there under a shady tree. They monitor what happens in al these various circumstances, record the weather conditions, temperatures, what insects visited, etc.

It seemed rather surreal. An end-of-the-world feeling to the whole thing.

4. lauraw - May 11, 2007

OT: http://www.local6.com/news/13301899/detail.html

Mrs. Peel should walk down the hall and backhand somebody behind the ear.

5. geoff - May 11, 2007

It seemed rather surreal. An end-of-the-world feeling to the whole thing.

Seems like a great opening for a zombie movie.

6. kevlarchick - May 11, 2007

That settles it. I’m donating my body to science.

7. Science - May 11, 2007


Oh yeah baybee!

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9. Purple Avenger - May 11, 2007

they’re a little worried about scavengers like buzzards disturbing the, uh, experiments.

Not like there’s scavengers in the real world or anything…

Its not like they need to make a new one…the mob has been dumping stiffs in the desert outside Vegas for about 50 years now

10. steve_in_hb - May 11, 2007

How can you reference Motel Hell and not bust out two of the greatest quotes in movie history:

“Meats meat, and a mans got to eat”

“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters”

11. daveintexas - May 11, 2007

steve, I was waiting for a genius who could appreciate my obscure reference to a Rory Calhoun classic.

Well done sir. Very well done.

12. Nice Deb - May 11, 2007

Do people actually volunteer to part of this when they die? (Besides Kevlarchick, that is.)

Seriously, who would want to do that?

13. Dave in Texas - May 11, 2007

In Texas, you have to agree to be an organ donor and a cadaver, or just an organ donor.

If you agree to be a cadaver, you usually become instructional materiel in a medical school.

Some people do.

14. TXMarko - May 11, 2007

The “Original” Body Farm is associated with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They have made great strides in determining time of death in cases where decomposition is advanced.

The bones that are left after each case are gathered and preserved in the catacombs below Neyland Stadium. This Fall, if you watch College Football at all, you will see a nationally televised game from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Think of all those bones underneath the feet of 109,000 screaming, rabid fans.

Cool, eh?

15. TXMarko - May 11, 2007

Oh, don’t forget the Motel hell classic death admission by Farmer Vincent: “I….. used…. preservatives…….”

16. TXMarko - May 11, 2007

I dont know what all the hubbub is about “buzzards” (most likely Black or Turkey Vultures, actually).

I mean, do they expect the scavengers will stay away from the murder victims? I thought the goal was realism.

17. TXMarko - May 11, 2007

Crap, now I’ve got Football Fever… I promise I will shut up now.

Here is the Stadium where the bones are kept. If you are Volunteer fan, this sight will JACK YOU UP.

18. TXMarko - May 11, 2007

Crap, now I have football fever. Here is the Stadium in question.


I will shut up now.

19. daveintexas - May 11, 2007

Over at AoSHQ someone linked an Insty Podcast from when he viewed the UT body farm. Have to check it out later.

20. S. Weasel - May 11, 2007

As I said on Ace’s, my mom willed herself to the Body Farm for a while. And then she got something terminal and thought better of it. Mortality gets a lot realer and less amusing as it gets closer, I guess.

Before that, she tried willing her body to a med school, but apparently they’ve got all they can use. The only local school that showed any interest was Meharry. Which, for those of you who aren’t local, is a med school Of Color. We spent years teasing her (in deplorably bad, wicked and morally wrong minstrel dialect) about how THAT anatomy lesson was gonna go.

21. Mrs. Michael - May 11, 2007

The concern about the animal scavengers disturbing things is real. I watched 4 turkey vultures work together to actually pick up a dead deer and drag it off the road so they could have their picnic without getting hit by oncoming traffic.

They wouldn’t leave much to be investigated by CSI.

22. daveintexas - May 11, 2007

Yeah, we have turkey vultures bigger than Moses down here. Lots of small deer and critters by the side of the road to munch on.

I love that scene from “Newhart” where Larry and his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl (cause mom kinda liked the name) are off to go wander down the road to see what is the “critter du jour”.

23. Mrs. Michael - May 11, 2007

I actually bought a Road Kill Cookbook from a gift shop in Texas a few years back!

24. S. Weasel - May 12, 2007

Hey, we have turkey vultures up here in Yankeeland, too! A great big one sailed past me while I was hiking last year and landed in a nearby tree. I whipped out my little digital camera and was hopping around under the tree videotaping him, when he started making a funny noise. That’s when I remembered, “hey, aren’t these the guys that throw up on you when they get upset?”

I scrammed.

25. kevlarchick - May 12, 2007

Nice Deb, you can donate your body to the University here and they come pick it up and everything, no matter what condition it’s in. Then later in the year they have a little service for the donor’s families, thanking them and honoring the donors.

Really cuts down on funeral costs, if you ask me. Very sensible.

26. daveintexas - May 12, 2007

Besides, you ain’t in it anymore.

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