I think, morally speaking (and probably taste too) I'd be ok about eating someone if my life depended on it.

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I was just pondering this as I cooked some bacon. As you do.

Pigs are lovely, I'm very fond, but I've no issue with eating them. Lambs too, and all sorts of other animals. And I thought, woudl I eat, say, a dolphin?

Hmm. Probably. Especially if I was really hungry and it was all there was.

shock

And then I thought, well, what about a person.

And do you know, my brain doesn't scream in horror at the idea. If I was marooned on a desert island for eg, with someone else, and they starved to death, I'd probably be ok with cooking and eating what was left of them. And in fact, if someone else did the butchering bit, I'd probably chow down fairly happily.

shockshock

I've never really thought about it before. But there you go.

AIBU?

HeySoulSister Sun 16-Jun-13 19:43:55

no yab very reasonable!! carb free too,dig in!!

AuntieStella Sun 16-Jun-13 19:44:21

I din't think I coukd kill a person. But if it was a survival situation (say a plane crash), I would have no qualms about eating corpses.

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 16-Jun-13 19:45:30

YANBU I would as well.

I think that if it was a social norm to eat people then I would be fine with it. We are conditioned to see some species as food but not others by our culture. So some nations eat horses and dogs, but we don't because of cultural issues. However I think that there would be big issues around the provenance and whether it was free range.

wigglesrock Sun 16-Jun-13 19:47:08

I would have absolutely no qualms about it, if they were already dead. I'd be quite happy if when I was dead someone ate me in order to survive.

Oh thank god.

I thought perhaps my brain was malfunctioning. I seriously gave it proper thought and came up with no sense of revulsion so long as a) no one was murdered and b) I didn't have to do the butchering.

blush

Bobyan Sun 16-Jun-13 19:56:30

Apparently human tastes similar to pork, so YANBU especially with some sweet and sour sauce grin

HollyBerryBush Sun 16-Jun-13 19:57:58

you would eat anything (or any one) if you were hungry enough.

And having smelt burning bodies - I cannot stand the smell of pork

I value my survival over a dead person having meat on their bones. So I'd tuck in, with regret and guilt and horror, but I'd eat up.

Weirdest sentence I've wrote on MN there, I'll admit.

SirBoobAlot Sun 16-Jun-13 20:00:02

I obviously wouldn't be able to do it, as just the thread title has put me off my dinner.

<useless>

BaconKetchup Sun 16-Jun-13 20:00:07

People who have done it as survivors of accidents in deserted areas have ended up traumatised because of it haven't they

Hassled Sun 16-Jun-13 20:00:34

I actually don't think I could. Which is pretty pathetic given that the alternative would be starvation. Maybe the desert island scenario would hand me a giant grip.

I've read a few survival stories. The important thing is to get the hands, feet,head and all that off first so they don't trigger you.

Jamillalliamilli Sun 16-Jun-13 20:32:48

I'm vegetarian and find the idea of carving up and eating your own kind in an emergency situation a bit less disgusting than the idea of eating a different creature. It's like you'd know more what you were getting and doing with a human.

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 16-Jun-13 20:37:15

If they starved to death though, they wouldn't have a lot of meat on them would they? Would you eat the offal?
I couldn't do liver or kidneys, but I'd manage a stew I think.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Sun 16-Jun-13 20:38:23

I think it'd be majorly hypocritical of me to merrily munch on cows, pigs, sheep and chickens, but then freak out over eating another person. If I'm prepared to eat other creatures, I need to be prepared to eat something from my own species.

I've just finished reading The Hunger Games so have been pondering this sort of thing myself today. grin

Thurlow Sun 16-Jun-13 20:43:41

Yeah, I would, in a plane-crashed-in-the-Andes situation.

Has anyone ever read the short story 'Survivor Type' by Stephen King? It's about a guy stranded on a desert island, helpfully with heroin, who is so hungry he starts amputating and eating parts of himself...

Horrifyingly, I wouldn't have an issue with it.

lougle Sun 16-Jun-13 20:51:11

Hmm....you'd have to be a bit careful, wouldn't you? If they died of starvation, possibly, but if they're dead and you're alive and you've had the same amount of food, you have to wonder if there's some sort of infection that finished them off...

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Jun-13 20:53:38

I think I would have to be there to know.

Bearing in mind I struggle to cut/handle raw meat I may not be very good.

Good point Lougle.

Hmm.

Although dh (for eg) would starve to death quicker than me on account of his super skinniness and my chunky bum.

I would too.
I've eaten dog out of choice, just once, and in a country where it was accepted, I didn't go after an old lady's guide dog.
It tasted like, erm meat.

Ledkr Sun 16-Jun-13 20:59:54

I could if they were properly prepared and cooked.
I'd have to have some fava beans and a nice chianti grin

lougle Sun 16-Jun-13 21:02:09

Nice fencepost wedged up your nether regions there, Sparklingbrook grin

Oooh Netto. Dog. I take it you didn't see said dog 'in the flesh' prior to its demise?

lougle Sun 16-Jun-13 21:03:07

Ledkr, that doesn't really fit in with the survival theme, does it?

<Imagines survival situation where proper cooking, fava beans and nice chianti were available.....>

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Jun-13 21:03:35

<picks splinters out of bumhole> grin

ivanapoo Sun 16-Jun-13 21:12:17

I'm veggie but I have always said if the world was about to end and some was on offer I'd eat human flesh. When else would I get to taste it? I'm curious!

HollyBerryBush Sun 16-Jun-13 21:14:41

Yeah, I would, in a plane-crashed-in-the-Andes situation.

That made me wryly smile. One of my oldest friends was at the sister school in Montevideo, she knew those boys on the plane. She still knows those who survived.

I have often said I would like to eat my horse when she dies. And I don't eat meat. I just love her so much that it seems an appropriate way of getting rid if her.

Thurlow Sun 16-Jun-13 21:22:29

Really, holly? That's fascinating. I always wonder how they just carried on with normal life afterwards. Not that I would imagine anyone would blame them for what they did.

Eyesunderarock Sun 16-Jun-13 21:26:10

I'm a vegetarian, I wouldn't have a problem with eating a person, or being eaten in a survival situation. If we were already dead.
For me the dilemma would be whether I was willing to kill someone else in order to survive by eating them, or for my children to eat.
I think I'd start with rabbits and pigs first in that scenario.

This book is worth reading, including the chapter on cannibalism.
www.amazon.co.uk/Maos-Great-Famine-Devastating-Catastrophe/dp/1408810034

TroublesomeEx Sun 16-Jun-13 21:27:40

I was just about to say the same as ivanapoo

I'm veggie and have often pondered this - would I eat a person if it was that or die of starvation. And yes, I think I could.

Jan49 Sun 16-Jun-13 21:35:21

I'm vegetarian. Morally I don't think it would be wrong to eat parts of a dead body to survive in an emergency situation. But practically I don't think I could do it. I'm revolted by meat, always have been, and it would seem like meat. I think I'd just die. Perhaps it would be a place where you could eat leaves or chew on grass and I'd do that.

Surely the solution would be to post an opinion on mumsnet that people would disagree with and then survive on all the biscuit biscuit biscuit til help arrived.wink

ZZZenagain Sun 16-Jun-13 21:37:13

I can't imagine being so h7ngry that I would chop up a person's body to eat or start gnawing on a raw limb. I would prefer to think I wouldn't do it but if my dc were starving, I suppose that is just what I would do. Have never been really hungry. I suppose when you are, hunger overrides everything else and so you can eat things you could not ordinarily imagine eating (worms, insects etc)

I don't think it would bother me in the slightest. I think I would have to be pretty desperate to actually kill someone myself, but if my children were hungry, then I would - I wouldn't think twice about it. I like to think I'd try dogs/cats/rats first, but if people were all there was, then people it would be.

sarahtigh Sun 16-Jun-13 23:44:13

when starving children die in third world countries they tend to bury them, not use them to feed slightly less starving children, I am not saying it never happens but it does not appear from the news or any other form of media that this happens with any regularity which is why there is discussion in certain situations like plane crashes because normally the dead are just buried maybe in mass graves but still just buried

Morloth Sun 16-Jun-13 23:46:31

I have watched surgery.

What disturbed me about this was how much we are 'meat'.

If I had to, I would. I probably wouldn't kill someone to eat them. But if the choice was between say my kids and someone else, then I might.

Things have rarely gotten so bad people have resorted to this though.

Starving to death is very painful and takes a long time.

If you are hungry enough not just a bit peckish you will eat anything.

Bark, dirt, pets, people...

Sarahtigh, that's a very good point. I did read the Andes survivors book and they were pretty screwed up about what they did, but those countries where starvation is all too common a process don't resort to cannibalism. confused

Morloth Mon 17-Jun-13 00:25:22

They may well do Ellen but it isn't the sort of thing most people could stomach on the evening news. I certainly wouldn't hold it against anyone.

It could be that there are filters on humans though that cause the initial revulsion in most people.

Even in the survival situations, there have been people who have refused.

It is probably something like the 'warrior' gene.

There will be people who will do anything but they are probably the exception to the rule.

I don't actually know what I would do in such an extreme situation, and I really hope I don't ever have to find out.

No, I wouldn't hold it against someone myself. But it seems to be extremely rare, even in desperate circumstances. Is there some inborn natural taboo about it? I've never even been very hungry, let alone starving. I've no idea what that might be like.

Morloth Mon 17-Jun-13 00:32:32

Desperate people do desperate things.

Who knows.

I have been hungry (like not eaten for a couple days) but never to starvation point.

Certainly never to the point where people looked tasty.

But there probably is a line a human can cross that will reduce them to the basic predator they are.

Eyesunderarock Mon 17-Jun-13 00:32:40

sarah, one of the points about cannibalism in a desperate situation is that those doing it know that it is a shameful choice and so don't speak about it.
So there may have been hundreds of incidents in areas where it has gone unmentioned and unreported, either the disinterring of corpses or the killing of people in order to eat them.
It's impossible to know.

Bit heavy going for this thread though. smile

ripsishere Mon 17-Jun-13 02:06:26

I could eat someone if they were already dead. i couldn't kill and butcher them. I would prefer just muscle over anything attached to bones too.
I've eaten dog. It wasn't nice despite the woman who sold me my portion telling me it was black so therefore tastier.

TheEarlOf Mon 17-Jun-13 03:36:56

YANBU but I would not do it eW eW eW (although I am a vegetarian because I can't stand the thought of eating flesh)

Wouldn't mind someone eating me in a plane crash situation though

TheFallenNinja Mon 17-Jun-13 06:06:06

To be fair, these days, my mates would turn out to be horse.

Fakebook Mon 17-Jun-13 07:06:20

I wouldn't want to do it, but doesn't hunger make you go mad? I wouldn't know what I'd do if I was delirious.

I had an eating disorder as a teen and have been hungry (think weeks without any food and months with barely anything at all). After a while, the hunger just goes tbh, you're just left with a weird euphoria and lightheadedness.

I have no idea if it would be different in a different mind set though.

SacreBlue Mon 17-Jun-13 08:08:32

Afraid to put kibosh on thread by doing a Basil Fawlty grin

In many highly torn areas where there are famine conditions people do resort to whatever they can - I certainly would. Irish Hunger stories tell if them having green faces from trying to survive on grass, eating raw turnips (I have done this out if nice crunchiness but then they were seen as livestock feed not human food)

The penchant for insect eating in various countries is seen as a result of previous famine years, it expands what is the norm to eat to the degree needed to survive so wild birds, horses for some, dogs, cats for others, insects and arachnids for others.

The eating of humans is/was the norm into relatively recent times, I don't have link, but the human equivalent of mad cow (CJD or something was it?) has slowed/stopped the brain eating

<shuffles off thread, arms up, moaning BRAAAAAAIIIIINNS>

sweetsummerlove Mon 17-Jun-13 10:04:33

oh man. this whole thread has my stomach churning. I clearly wouldn't survive. . that said there's nothing I wouldn't do for dc.

Chunderella Mon 17-Jun-13 10:10:20

I'd do it. There's nothing morally wrong with eating someone who's already dead, and I think if I were desperate enough I'd probably kill another person to eat them. The reason humans don't usually do it, though, is because it isn't great health wise. You risk all sorts of nasties that just aren't present when you eat, say, a chicken. Hence while humans have commonly done it in times of siege and starvation, it doesn't tend to happen in simply hard times where the extra protein would come in handy but not be essential. This, plus the fact that most humans seem to think of our own species as more important than others, is why it isn't remotely hypocritical to happily eat other animals but not humans. That may be part of the reason why I wouldn't eat a chimp either unless there were no other alternative. Too close!

Nagoo Mon 17-Jun-13 10:11:07

grin @ turn out to be horse.

wamabama Mon 17-Jun-13 11:01:35

Starving hurts at first but then eventually the pain goes and you basically just turn into a zombie. So because I know that I wouldn't resort to eating flesh and i'd just accept my fate and die. Honestly. I'd try my hardest to find some plant form first but if that failed and it was either eat a corpse (of any creature!) or die then i'd die.

Obviously it might be different in that position when instincts take over and gladly hardly anyone has to go through a situation like this so it's not a dilemma we'll face! But just thinking about whether I could, no I couldn't. Doesn't matter that the person is already dead, it's flesh and it makes me shudder all over and feel sick.

SacreBlue Mon 17-Jun-13 20:20:46

Sorry flesh is just a great word has the same divisive properties as moist grin

I'm actually watching TLCs Strangest Addictions and a woman drinks blood! Animal blood and has a live donor for human blood shock

That's freaking me out so not a chance I would eat a human stir fry

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 17-Jun-13 20:25:24

I don't think I would/could either wamabama

cheezypeas Mon 17-Jun-13 22:20:49

I dunno what this says about me but I am thinking of this in terms of a bush tucker trial. Given the choice of a kangaroos knob or nice bit of human flesh, I'd go for human flesh. It tastes like chicken apparantly....I like chicken.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 17-Jun-13 23:11:46

Yanbu.

I think my survival instinct would kick in. Might turn the person in question face down first though. I don't think I'd so anything completely weird like eat their face.

Ali What about the arse? grin

Couldn't eat a human. I'm funny with meat so I wouldn't know when it was cooked right and really couldn't eat it raw.

I'd be the person everyone waits to die so they can eat tbh.

So I wouldn't be bothered if someone ate me to survive but only if I died of natural causes. Dont kill me on purpose to eat. That's a little disrespectful

That is all I ask

megsmouse Tue 18-Jun-13 08:36:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

reelingintheyears Tue 18-Jun-13 09:53:32

As long as it's minted human shanks then YANBU.

I might pass on the liver though.

With fava beans and a nice little Chianti.

Om nom nom

Hazelbrowneyes Tue 18-Jun-13 10:14:38

I could eat a human. I don't think I could butcher a human though (actually, I can't butcher anything - I'm funny about bones and "stringy" bits) so I'd have to get someone else to do that.

QueenStromba Tue 18-Jun-13 14:34:33

You're thinking of Kuru SacreBleu - it's a prion disease (like CJD or BSE) found in tribes in Papua New Guinea where it is traditional to eat your loved ones once they are dead to honour them. Which means that whether or not the idea of eating someone repulses you is probably entirely cultural.

The British are a lot more squeamish about meat in general than most other cultures. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that most of us are so far removed from the meat production process that to us meat is something that comes in a plastic tray not a part of an animal that was roaming the fields a few weeks ago. I'd say a large proportion of people would go veggie if they had to slaughter the animal themselves but in other cultures that's the norm. We've also moved away from eating offal which are the parts of an animal that make it really hard to not think about the fact that you are eating a part of a dead animal. I used to not be able to eat meat on the bone for that reason.

Anyway, I'd probably eat a (freshly) dead person if it was that or starve to death and I'd worry more about the diseases I might catch rather than the moral implications of it. I also have no problems with the idea of people eating my corpse to survive - I am an organ donor after all.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 18-Jun-13 14:36:05

There's very little people wouldn't do to survive, if they only knew it.

When comfy, well fed and warm, we can hold our hands up and say nooooooooo, I couldn't do X, Y, Z - it's wrong.

But I am very confident that all that would go out of the window if you were staring death in the face.

Cant believe mumsnet is full of cannibals! Remind me not to get shipwrecked with any of you grin

Vultures the lot of you!

amicissimma Tue 18-Jun-13 15:35:49

I can recommend Alive about a group of teenagers/young adults who were in a plane crash in the Andes and faced this very dilemma.

Very thought-provoking.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 18-Jun-13 15:40:10

I second that recommendation ami.

I would definitely eat human flesh if my life depended on it.

FairyJen Tue 18-Jun-13 16:27:00

I denfinitley could. I think some people could be rather tasty, dp has been tenderising in ale for 28 years so far. Delish! grin

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 18-Jun-13 18:05:32

Sp

I'd do as the people who crashed in Argentina did,turn them over and take meat from the backs of thighs and buttocks. Just in case we were found.

I wouldn't kill someone to eat them unless things got really desperate.

OP you've made me give this way too much thought blush

yamsareyammy Tue 18-Jun-13 18:12:12

No, I would rather die.

Yams looks like we are the ones that would get eaten grin

To those who would eat a human, you eat someone you knew? Would you get your pets? Roasting a Guinea Pig with cat smoothie for afters? grin

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 18-Jun-13 18:39:13

I would definitely eat my pets if it came to it. Not least because they'd be easier to catch than somebody else's.

Not sure about a person I know but human survival instinct makes people do strange things - cutting off ones own arm for example. So maybe.

Not sure if I'm really pragmatic or a sociopath now blush

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 18-Jun-13 19:18:32

It's hard to say, because it really is difficult to honestly put yourself in that situation.

I sit here, in my comfy chair, on my pc, in my warm home, having eaten my dinner and ponder whether I could eat you if I had to grin

But I honestly think I would. And I don't have any pets, but i don't see next door's turtles or the dog on the other side lasting long.

The big question is whether you would actually kill someone in order to eat them, or would just eat someone who had died.

I truly believe that when it came right down to it, and you knew you would die otherwise - there is nothing you wouldn't do.

Survival instinct is so strong.

yamsareyammy Tue 18-Jun-13 19:38:36

ThisreallyisnotSP, I hadnt thought of that! Hope you and I dont get nightmares.
I was looking at it that I was the only one alive, and that the others were dead. Still dont think I would eat them
I also figured that after about 10 days I would be so delerious that I wouldnt care about living or dying, so I fugured I would only have the 10 days to actually think about the problem.
Would eat the pets I think.

just a thought. What would vegetarians do?

I couldn't eat a human. They just don't look tasty tbh.

I have seen men I would cover in chocolate but I don't think that's the same grin

<lowers the tone>

I think vegetarians would have to eat the humans hair or something. I'm not sure. Going from vegetarian to cannibal is a huge jump

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 18-Jun-13 20:06:57

We taste like port apparently sp there's a tribe in Papa New Guinea/Amazon (could be wrong geographically speaking) who had cannablistic tendencies in days of old, their word for human flesh translates as "long pork" apparently.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 18-Jun-13 20:07:24

*pork! Not port.

I could settle for tasting like Port but not pork grin

I started this conversation on a very slow day at work once. Everyone looked at me like this hmm and said of course they wouldn't and that I was disgusting. I told them they were all liars and they didn't have my permission to eat me should the situation arise.

I would eat anyone of you if I had to and I could do the butchery myself too. I worked in a lab for a long time working with hearts/stomachs and have no squeamishness left in me.

pigsDOfly Tue 18-Jun-13 22:24:25

I think it rather depends on the relationship to the person as well. I think a lot of MNs would be willing to kill and eat their MIL whether they were starving or not.

Not sure I could eat the dog. Twould feel like eating one of the DC. Certainly would have difficulty killing anything.

pigsDOfly Tue 18-Jun-13 22:31:50

I think it rather depends on the relationship to the person as well. I think a lot on MN would be willing to kill and eat their MIL whether they were starving or not.

Not sure I could eat the dog. Twould feel like eating one of the DC. Certainly would have difficulty killing anything.

Slambang Tue 18-Jun-13 22:35:07

You have my permission to eat me if I'm dead first.

Not bovvered.

MoreBeta Tue 18-Jun-13 22:40:33

For some reason I was thinking about this related question the other day:

If I were starving could I bring myself to lop off say a hand or a leg (suture the wound to stop the bleeding obviously) and in effect eat part of myself to keep the rest of myself alive?

Yes I do really think about stuff like this sometimes. grin

VerySmallSqueak Tue 18-Jun-13 22:45:11

What conclusion did you come to MoreBeta ?

MoreBeta Tue 18-Jun-13 22:50:37

Logically speaking I thought that it would save my life - my hand/leg is surely just as good to eat as that of another person and have the same nutritional value.

Practically speaking I thought the actual operation of removing the limb and suturing it might be life threatening though.

I have read of people doing their own amputations in extreme circumstances so maybe it is possible.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 18-Jun-13 22:59:30

I don't suppose it would really practically work, More. You'd already be in a weakened state to even consider it.

I think I would eat pretty much anything if it was digestible.

(pretty much do really with my standard of cooking grin )

MrsKoala Tue 18-Jun-13 23:12:14

I don't get the ick factor about this subject (i've come to the conclusion i'm defective, with something missing - as i have no ick about bodies, or fluids in any way). I don't think i'd even wait to be starving. Peckish would be enough for me to be eyeing up my fellow passengers. And they wouldn't have to be that dead either.

Morloth Wed 19-Jun-13 05:05:14

yamsareyammy 'No, I would rather die.'

Egggggselllent... grin

zonetwo Wed 19-Jun-13 05:19:57

Depends who it is I think. Doesn't cannibalism send people mad? Think I read that once, no idea if it's true.

MusicalEndorphins Wed 19-Jun-13 05:36:09

No. I just asked dh and he also said no.

Eastpoint Wed 19-Jun-13 05:42:47

Yes I could & I think I might find it easier than eating crickets, locusts or beetles. I had to eat something really scary looking in Japan once & I felt sick with every mouthful.

mrssprout Wed 19-Jun-13 05:59:29

I think it's hard to know exactly what you would be able to do in a life & death situation. My Pa was a POW & said the men who survived tended to be the ones who could put aside their usual feelings to food & eat whatever could be found eg: the bugs in the handful of rice given, the commanders dog that got too close to the prisoners boiling the rice one day. All sounds a bit yuck when you are sitting in your home with a kitchen with food available but very different if you are living through the situation. Sitting here now I can't imagine eating a person but if it was a choice of do that or die then a survival instinct may very well kick in & I might do it. On a lighter note this thread would be a very good dieting tool, I had been planning to go get a snack.......now maybe not.

yamsareyammy Wed 19-Jun-13 07:37:12

Lay off me people!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Wed 19-Jun-13 08:11:49

No, no, it's good. You're a hero.

When the apocalypse comes, you and all those who couldn't possibly chow down on a slice of Mrs Jones Next Door and would rather die will be rounded up and fed to the rest of us.

win win.

grin grin

yamsareyammy Wed 19-Jun-13 08:35:32

grin hmm

I'm a veggie. I would if it came down to it. To mer it's like the ridiculous "if you were stranded I a desert island, would you eat meat?" Question that many people seem to think is pertinent to ask veggies hmm if you needed food, you'd eat it.

TheCraicDealer Wed 19-Jun-13 08:57:23

It's long been suspected that the first colonists to America turned to cannibalism, but they recently found proof. I'm a bit less up for it when you see the face of a 14 year old looking back at you, like in that reconstruction. And the fact that they probably picked her because she had no other relatives left to argue....SAD FACE.

Some of the OP sounds like a Hillaire Belloc poem-

"Pigs are lovely, I'm very fond,
Cows are cute (and sometimes spotty)
Although Human flesh, I'm told,
Would send me rather dotty"

1Veryhungrycaterpillar Wed 19-Jun-13 09:00:51

If it was apocalypse I don't think I'd want to live, you can eat me if you like, just wait till I'm already dead though

Chunderella Wed 19-Jun-13 10:05:28

MoreBeta I think there's a fair chance you'd die of shock and/or blood loss, maybe even before getting chance to tuck in. Amputations done without proper anaesthesia etc have historically not had brilliant survival rates, even when done by the best surgeons of the day. Unless you ended up on an island that had no food but state of the art medical supplies and a handy manual on self-amputation for beginners. Infection could probably also set in, but you'd have probably at least been able to eat the hand by then. It'd be a right fucker to die before even getting the chance to chow down.

Poledra Wed 19-Jun-13 10:24:46

I'm now concerned that we have no pets and next door's cat looks huge but is properly a mere titbit when you remove his fur sad <contemplates getting a nice big dog for Emergency Rations>

I'd do it. And could probably butcher someone too, as I'm not squeamish about things like that. Would be difficult without my nice sharp knives though. And they wouldn't let me on a flight with one in my hand bag
<'Oh no, nice security person, I have no intention of using the knife on the flight. It's in case we're in a plane crash and I need to butcher the dead folks for the rest of us to eat'>

Chunderella Wed 19-Jun-13 10:29:32

I'd eat the next door neighbour instead.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Wed 19-Jun-13 10:34:03

I think what would send you dotty about eating humans is not that there is anything in the meat itself that would physically affect you, but rather the psychological impact on you of eating a fellow human being and the impact of your life up to and at that point that was so awful that you were left with no option but to eat your neighbour.

Poledra Wed 19-Jun-13 10:34:38

Yes, but she and I are probably well-matched in height and weight, so it could be difficult to take her down - though she's single and DH is a big chap so between us, we could do it, I reckon. <scratches Big Dog off necessary purchase list>

Eastpoint Wed 19-Jun-13 11:21:23

I really don't like my next door neighbour. Anybody feel like trying her? She is mid-50s & has a very good diet washed down with red wine.

Oh dear, have I gone beyond normal levels of poor taste?

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Wed 19-Jun-13 12:02:33

On here?

I don't think it's possible.

grin

Eastpoint Wed 19-Jun-13 19:27:02

smile

MoreBeta Wed 19-Jun-13 22:19:27

Of course as we know, women live ages longer than men in disasters because of body fat.

If I were on the MN death flight and survived the crash all I could look forward to was a slow and certain death with you lot eyeing me up for weeks (not in a good way either) just waiting for me to pop my clogs.

I might be tempted to try the amputation route or perhaps just nibble a finger off each day to keep my strength up like a sort of fleshy version of Kendal Mint Cake. grin

Chunderella Fri 21-Jun-13 10:30:01

Better cannibalism than airline food, anyway. Or Kendall mint cake.

tungthai Fri 21-Jun-13 11:23:19

I don't think I could. I don't think my desire to survive would be strong enough to eat human flesh.

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