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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 13:50

CHICAGO (AP) — It sounded ghoulish enough: a shipment of 18 frozen human heads discovered and seized by customs officials during routine X-ray screening of cargo arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Turns out the heads were used for medical research in Italy and were being returned for cremation in Illinois. The holdup was due to a paperwork problem.

It just so happens such shipments are commonplace, and heads — quite a few of them — crisscross the globe via airplane and delivery truck.

"Just last week, we transported eight heads, unembalmed, to Rush University Medical Center for an ophthalmology program," said Paul Dudek, vice president of the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, which supplies cadavers and body parts to medical schools in the state for training students.

His association sends about 450 whole cadavers to medical schools each year and also ships individual body parts, including about a dozen shipments of heads annually.

The heads are used for training in fields such as dentistry, ophthalmology and neurology, where they are used for Alzheimer's research. They are also used to train plastic surgeons and by students learning to perform facial reconstructions on accident and trauma victims, Dudek said.

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#2 billyea

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 13:57

Would hate to be part of a shipping mixup.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 14:10

They were headed home.

Now I know how it feels to make bad puns.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 14:16

Now I know where to go in future to get some head.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 16:55

18 heads are better than 2. :shifty:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 17:08

They were headed home.

Now I know how it feels to make bad puns.


Clearly, the paperwork,....

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:52

It just so happens such shipments are commonplace, and heads — quite a few of them — crisscross the globe via airplane and delivery truck.


I may never fly again. :p

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:35

dont see why this is news... its just students trying to get a head start.... .... ooooo i am a sheep to trends damn these head puns

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 18:27

Should leave the heads out on the desert -- maybe the aliens will fly by and scoop them up.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 18:33

Should leave the heads out on the desert -- maybe the aliens will fly by and scoop them up.


or maybe next time RUMC should call to give them a heads up !!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 18:43

Used for Dentistry ?

I think I would prefer to use a set of dentures and a mannequin

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 18:46

Are brains included ..... ?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 18:47

18 heads in a duffel bag. Wasn't that a movie?

#14 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 20:02

would have been one of the worst days on the job for the person that found it and did not know what they were for.



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